Archive for May, 2009

Last In Line But Still Equal

May 31, 2009

The Labrador puppies were a beautiful rich cream colour, very appealing as they clamoured towards us at the front of the mesh cage. The one that caught our attention, however, was the peaceful puppy, last in line at the back … (read more)

Get The Net

May 30, 2009

On a recent fishing trip, we were able to try out our new fishing net. After baiting three lines, we cast them into the water. After a few minutes, I felt that knowing tug on the line — I knew … (read more)

The Woodshed

May 29, 2009

When I cycle in to work, I pass by a woodshed where pallets of sawn wood of various lengths and thicknesses are stacked and kept dry. Sometimes when I pass by and the wind is blowing from the right direction, … (read more)

House Churches

May 28, 2009

A close friend of mine attended a house church in Zimbabwe in the late 1990s that catered mostly to white expatriates. He recounted how these grew to be more than places of worship — they were also a means of … (read more)

Voice Of Truth

May 27, 2009

Recently, I watched a Christian film entitled Perfect Stranger, based on the novel Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory. Having a great interest in Christian apologetics, I was deeply moved by the movie's presentation of the Gospel. This … (read more)

When Was It?

May 26, 2009

I read about Mike May, who lost his sight when he was three years old. Forty years later, medical technology had created a way, through surgery, for him to see. Even though his eye turned out perfectly, his brain could … (read more)

Taking The Robin's Lead

May 25, 2009

Most days, as I walk through the gully which has a series of stairs, trails, and bridges behind our home, invariably, a robin flies before me, stops, and waits until I almost reach the point where it has stopped, then … (read more)

Position Acquired

May 24, 2009

We recently added a GPS (global positioning system) to our boat, so that we can venture into more lakes safely. As we have adjusted to using the GPS to navigate our ways, it has now become a part of our … (read more)

XII

May 23, 2009

"Are you sure?" I asked my grandson as his hand reached out to choose. We were purchasing a nine-inch toy plane called an Air Hog. Grandson had his heart set on flying the small plane at the ballpark in his … (read more)

Jars Of Clay

May 22, 2009

Every time I hear today's Scripture read, I am reminded of a message I heard at a special disability awareness service I attended a few years ago. A special guest, Jeff Steinberg, was invited to share his personal testimony and … (read more)

That Which Is Lost

May 21, 2009

The phone rang. "Hello, Kathleen?" "Yes," I answered, bracing myself to deal with a telemarketer. "We have your wallet; you left it at the church." I hadn't even noticed that my wallet was missing. Some good soul had turned it … (read more)

Bottoms Up!

May 20, 2009

During the past week, the swans have been back at the marsh. I was thrilled to see them sailing about in the water as I passed by the marsh. Watching them there gives me literally a bird's-eye view of these … (read more)

Seeing But Not Seeing

May 19, 2009

The news has had stories of some people who have been blind for a long time. Then, through medical technology, they are now able to see. They could see items — but their brains could not process all they saw. … (read more)

The Secret Place (2)

May 18, 2009

"El Shaddai", the lovely song recorded by singer Amy Grant, inspired my study of the Hebrew names of God. In the course of my research, I gained new insight into the profound nature of "El Shaddai", which means "God Almighty". … (read more)

The Secret Place (1)

May 17, 2009

The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom, is an inspiring, real-life adventure of faith. It is one of my favourite mission stories of the underground movement during Nazi Germany. Corrie was a strong Christian leader in the Dutch resistance. She … (read more)

You've Got Talent

May 16, 2009

Middle-aged Susan dreamed of being a professional singer. The odds seemed against her, but she held on to that dream through all sorts of setbacks and disappointments. She kept her composure even when people laughed at her. Average-looking, unassuming Susan … (read more)

Spring Cleaning

May 15, 2009

My family moves this month to our new home. We are excited about this change in our lives. One of the benefits of our move is that we will conduct a proper spring cleaning. My teenage son gently reminded me … (read more)

My High Tower

May 14, 2009

A televised interview with a United States congresswoman caught my attention when she mentioned her concern about an international movement considering the possibility of a global currency. The book of Genesis records an instance in which inhabitants throughout the known … (read more)

The Lesson

May 13, 2009

Over the past five years, my daughter and I have experienced one heartache after another, as we have been used or abused by people. Financially, we lost a large amount, due to a close relative who cheated us. I lost … (read more)

Our God, The Rock

May 12, 2009

Our Australian rock wallaby makes its home in rocky outcrops dotted around the country. It is an agile, nimble, skilful creature, which climbs the rocky crags of its home with ease. It leaps gracefully across even the widest crevices, using … (read more)

Not My Will

May 11, 2009

A traumatic event in my life many years ago led me to pray these simple but difficult words of Jesus: "Yet not my will, but Yours be done." At that time, I was ready to surrender to God and submit … (read more)

Little Mama's Found

May 10, 2009

I was thinking about Little Mama the other day — about the time she got lost. It was a Sunday morning in May, and my daughters wanted to play awhile before getting ready for church. They headed straight to the … (read more)

Just A Pinch

May 9, 2009

Looking through old recipes one day, I found the recipe for homemade bread that I had tried to make with Mom years ago. The sheet was folded twice and had yellowed with age. A smile crept across my face as … (read more)

In Pursuit Of Greatness

May 8, 2009

Jesus had just broken the news about His imminent death to His disciples, whom He considered as friends, and yet all that James and John could think of was to look and feel important in His glory. The coolness in … (read more)

Spring Cleaning

May 7, 2009

My first notice of spring's coming happened while looking at a sunset through my office window. The beauty of the moment quickly disappeared in the light of the sun's golden rays, for it revealed the need to start some spring … (read more)

Act Accordingly

May 6, 2009

How many times do we get angry with the ones we love? My family, my friends, and my circle of relations sometimes do or forget to do things that upset me, and I feel angry. I feel that I should … (read more)

The Spider And The Web

May 5, 2009

One summer morning, I was enjoying the warmth and sunshine of a new day. Conscious of the insect activity around me, I was suddenly aware of a spider coming close. I noticed it travelling through the air on the breeze, … (read more)

Rest And Renewal

May 4, 2009

"Green pastures" makes me think of spring, the lovely time of year when fresh green touches everything with hope. Being led by the Lord to a green pasture is our invitation to rest and to be renewed, as God fills … (read more)

Withered Hand

May 3, 2009

I took a rare day off work recently. My son was in school, and I knew I would have the day alone. I had plans — big plans. I was going to vacuum, dust, do my taxes, write letters, catch … (read more)

But Is It Beneficial?

May 2, 2009

I am struggling (for the first time in my life) with overweight. I console myself by saying that I am not obese, but if the truth be told, I am getting there! All my life, I was a skinny mini … (read more)

Fill Your Boots

May 1, 2009

We often sing, "Fill my cup, Lord; I lift it up, Lord", and we fully expect that God will fill our souls to overflowing as we worship Him with expectation. Since our move to this "neck of the woods" in … (read more)

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