Archive for February, 2009

Time With The King (2)

February 28, 2009

A close, but much younger friend of mine had a continuous battle with the age-old time factor, i.e. never having enough of it! Overall, he managed his time well. However, he frequently complained that his personal relationship time with the … (read more)

Time With The King (1)

February 27, 2009

Don't you just hate it when you are in a hurry and all the traffic lights turn to red the moment you get to them? It's one of those days. I'm in a great hurry; all the traffic lights, one … (read more)

Control-Alt-Delete

February 26, 2009

In our town, many of the churches have signs out front with challenging messages on them. Recently, I saw one that said, "Too bad when we mess up, we couldn't press Control-Alt-Delete and have a new start." In the PC … (read more)

The Red Squirrel

February 25, 2009

Each day, we put out six or seven peanuts, in the shell, on our deck railing for the blue jays, as well as the feed in the bird feeders in the backyard. But there is also a red squirrel which … (read more)

Uncertain Times Of Change

February 24, 2009

Like many here in Canada, I've been thinking about the changes in our own government and the uncertainty of its stability. I've also thought about the change of government that has taken place recently in the United States. With hopes … (read more)

The Hand-held Mirror

February 23, 2009

Today, I picked up my hand-held mirror to check the back of my hairdo to see if it would pass inspection. What I beheld in the glass was marred by splotches of dried toothpaste, water spots, and other minute detritus … (read more)

Oscar Month

February 22, 2009

I love February because it's 31 Days of Oscar on Turner Classic Movies. I get to record and watch the old movies with famous actors like Errol Flynn, Olivia de Haviland, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, and Greer Garson. On two … (read more)

Hot Or Cold

February 21, 2009

Our part of Canada has recently experienced very, very cold weather and severe wind chill. After a few days of experiencing and enduring this weather, we finally ventured out into the community to church and to the stores. It was … (read more)

Success Guaranteed

February 20, 2009

As a renewed Christian — a good few years ago now — I so wanted to succeed in serving the Lord. I so wanted this promise of success, as well as all other promises in God's Word. At the time, … (read more)

Our Itching Ears

February 19, 2009

I was concluding a course I was taking on preaching the Word of God when I was asked two questions: (1) Do you agree that there is theological illiteracy in the church today? and (2) Do you think a distinctive … (read more)

Consider The Ravens And The Lilies

February 18, 2009

Although Jesus warns us in the verses following today's Scripture not to become like the unbelievers, constantly preoccupied with the material things of this world, yet at times of uncertainty, I find myself struggling with feelings of anxiety and fear. … (read more)

Quality Of Life

February 17, 2009

I have noticed in our travels some very uninviting environments where the people are very poor. The water is at a public faucet or a water truck, or existence requires many hours hauling water for household use, bathing, cleaning, or … (read more)

God Never Changes

February 16, 2009

Here in Victoria, one of Australia's cooler states, the seasonal change to February's summer weather has turned my green lawns to straw gold, as temperatures have soared beyond 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit). The changes around me, though, are … (read more)

The Fall Of A Sparrow

February 15, 2009

Recently, I made the tough and painful decision to put my beloved dog, Ally, to sleep. This was one of the hardest things I ever had to do, as I struggled with feelings of guilt and doubt about taking a … (read more)

Good And Faithful Servant

February 14, 2009

I was stationed at the Canadian Navy base in Scotland, waiting to join a new aircraft carrier destined for the Pacific, when the war came to an end with VJ day. I was scheduled for return to Canada and demob … (read more)

Love In Our Daily Lives

February 13, 2009

Recently, we had a Sunday storm with winds of ninety kilometres per hour. Rain fell steadily, making slick the ice-covered church steps and parking lot. Because of the wind, I found it difficult even to stand without being blown sideways … (read more)

Born On The Third Of July

February 12, 2009

As I have said in previous devotionals, last summer, we moved house, and baby Zo

The Learning Process

February 11, 2009

Learning to use my first computer was a long, tedious task. Today, however, I wonder how I could ever get by without it. Learning to lean on Jesus is also a task which can take much practice and perseverance. We … (read more)

Jehovah Is Her Glory

February 10, 2009

Having the challenge of raising an autistic son, I am greatly inspired by Jochebed's demonstration of faith and courage to protect her son, Moses. "Jochebed" means "Jehovah is her glory". It is a name that describes her strength of character … (read more)

Caring Community

February 9, 2009

We come across many verses in God's Word about gathering together, and about agreeing and being in unity. Like me, I would guess that you are continually amazed what we can experience and accomplish in pairs, in groups, in teams … (read more)

Our Environment

February 8, 2009

My dog, Princess, really loves her walks. When we go up the road to a nearby pond, her nose is to the ground the whole way. She sniffs the most interesting smells in her environment. She can tell which rabbit … (read more)

A Better Deal

February 7, 2009

It seems that everything that is supposedly good for us goes up in price. The whole wheat bread I often found on sale for ninety-nine cents is now triple the price and never on sale. Yes, I am aware that … (read more)

The Waters Of Marah

February 6, 2009

Israel's incident at "Marah", which means "bitter", can be compared to many of life's experiences as we journey through the wilderness of this world. If you are like most people, there probably have been hardships in your life when you … (read more)

Waste Not

February 5, 2009

2.6 billion people world-wide (1.6 million in the U.S.A. alone) have no sanitation. That is four out of ten people who have no access to any latrine, toilet, bucket, or box. The disease toll is stunning. One gram of feces … (read more)

Kingdom Days

February 4, 2009

For many years now, I have started each day of my life by anointing my forehead with oil, and asking the Lord for "Your righteousness, peace, and joy to be flowing throughout my whole being, spirit, soul, and body, so … (read more)

Concrete Faith

February 3, 2009

I have a problem with judging distance; I always have, as far as I know. Overall, this has not caused too many problems, except for some with driving and parking — to which my family will attest! One of my … (read more)

Groundhog Day

February 2, 2009

Not all people celebrate Groundhog Day, but it is popular in North America. Tradition asserts that if the groundhog (reputed to be afraid of his shadow) comes out of his hole on February 2nd and sees his shadow, he will … (read more)

Purrfect Contentment

February 1, 2009

Once again, I was awakened by a loud, contented purring close to my ear. My old cat Ginger was at it again. Well advanced in age, he finds it difficult, due to his old teeth, to chew dry food anymore. … (read more)

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