Archive for September, 2009

Church Jewellery

September 30, 2009

A little girl came to my husband and questioned the chain he had around his neck. The chain bore a cross, which was tucked under his shirt. When he lifted the cross out into full view, she remarked, "Oh, you … (read more)

Tabernacle Of Testimony

September 29, 2009

Displayed in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is a full-size replica of the biblical tabernacle, designed from the details described in Exodus. I had the opportunity to visit this exhibit years ago when my Bible study group was studying the rich symbolism … (read more)

One Wheel On My Bike

September 28, 2009

"One wheel on my bike and I am still rolling along…"? Not much changes, or so it seems; we just acquire a few more wrinkles and pounds, as the months — and years — race past. Life seems to be … (read more)

This Little Light Of Mine

September 27, 2009

A lonely light illuminates the entrance of a dim hallway in a building that not so long ago thrived with throngs of people on many occasions. Peeling paint on the woodwork accompanies dandelions dotting an overgrown lawn, signifying neglect of … (read more)

Preparing To Move Out

September 26, 2009

My husband and I decided to put our four-bedroom home on the market. We got ready to downsize by getting rid of a lot of furniture and things we did not need. We managed to empty three bedrooms and most … (read more)

Set In Stone

September 25, 2009

When asked about your future plans, have you ever used this reply: "Well, nothing's set in stone"? This is the equivalent of saying, "Not yet. But I have some ideas." Or "I've started to make arrangements, but there's still a … (read more)

On The Move

September 24, 2009

One of nature's greatest sights is the hundreds and thousands of birds gathering in autumn for their winter migration. Another of nature's great marvels is how they reach their destination. Among the best known of the migratory birds is the … (read more)

Beauty For Ashes

September 23, 2009

This past June, I was fortunate to join a group of other Americans as we travelled to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to help with the home building and the healing that this province so desperately needs. We worked with the local … (read more)

Shifting Relationships

September 22, 2009

When our children were young, a visit to their grandparents was both an adventure and a treat. Grandparents, in their wisdom, play a moral, social, and spiritual role in Africa and elsewhere around the globe. With the HIV and AIDS … (read more)

The Tape Measure

September 21, 2009

Some time ago, my tape measure lost its end. As I have had that tape measure for at least twenty-five years, I decided it was time for a new one. Like me, it had got a bit fragile and retreated … (read more)

Jesus Lives!

September 20, 2009

In this life, both before and after becoming a renewed Christian, I've lived through many trials, tribulations, persecutions, sinfulness, devastating losses of loved ones, financial struggles, spiritual insecurity (due to my lack of faith), fears, worries, pain, heartbreak, et cetera. … (read more)

Appointments

September 19, 2009

Some time ago, I broke a tooth. It should have been fixed promptly. My dentist, however, came down with the flu, and so I could not get the tooth crowned on schedule. Fortunately, I did not experience any pain. Yet, … (read more)

A Gentle Rebuke

September 18, 2009

Discouragement can so easily settle down in our spirit! I have a habit of "teacher marking" particular tasks in which I have participated. I used to say to my late husband, "Ron, I failed." Looking at me with his blue … (read more)

Bossy

September 17, 2009

Her real name is Lucy, but I call her Bossy, because that is how she is. When things don't go her way, she begins butting whatever is in her way! Sometimes, it is one of the dogs that has strayed … (read more)

Shut In With God

September 16, 2009

Many Daily readers, like me, will have experienced being "shut in, and shut up". For me, some of these times occurred through illness, and a couple of times with broken limbs, as well as a few other situations. I'd go … (read more)

Selection School

September 15, 2009

Over thirty years ago, I went to Edinburgh, Scotland, to participate in the Church of Scotland's "Selection School". It was a three-day conference where candidates for ministry were selected by the church. The process involved seminars, counselling, Bible tests, and … (read more)

Peaceful Dove

September 14, 2009

Several years ago, my eldest son participated in a secular film project which involved the making of a video montage based on the theme of diversity. As a Christian witness, my son wrote a poem inspired by Colossians 3:12-14 entitled, … (read more)

Peanut

September 13, 2009

He is very old and has cataracts. Only three teeth remain, and he has a severe heart condition. Stress causes him to chew his tongue constantly. His nails were so long that they had grown under and curled into his … (read more)

Welcome Him

September 12, 2009

In 1980, during a prayer meeting, I told the small group of believers how I longed to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Without hesitation, they began to pray for me. At first, a very sweet, gentle presence started … (read more)

Half-Life

September 11, 2009

Having a mid-life crisis seems to be a common experience for people in their forties. It's a time in life to ponder over past regrets, present purpose, and future plans. One begins to realize that the sands of time are … (read more)

What Is Important To You?

September 10, 2009

If someone gave you three minutes to get out of your house before it was to blow up, burn down, or otherwise disappear forever — what would you take with you? Never mind about your family, pets, plants, or anything … (read more)

God's Instruction Manual

September 9, 2009

When I buy a program for my computer, the first thing I do is read the instruction manual. The one who wrote the program knows best how it works, because it is his creation. The same is true in discovering … (read more)

Goal Accomplished

September 8, 2009

"Go, son, go!"; "Stay with the man"; "Run, run, stay with the ball"; "Shoot the ball"; "Go for the net!" All are familiar phrases heard by and shouted by many parents on a soccer field, night after night. "Neither rain … (read more)

Night Work

September 7, 2009

When I first went to work in Maybole, Scotland, I used to enjoy visiting the local farmers. They loved the land — and their families had been working on it for many generations. From first light to twilight, they would … (read more)

The Long Road Of Change

September 6, 2009

My weight struggle is no secret. I am a member of Weight Watchers. I own all their books and gadgets. I even have a workout pal who nudges me into daily exercise. So then, you might well ask, "Brenda, are … (read more)

By My Spirit

September 5, 2009

Recently, my family celebrated the graduation of my youngest son. Challenged as he is with a severe disability, it was indeed a proud moment when he walked on stage to receive his diploma and shake hands with school administrators and … (read more)

Invaders

September 4, 2009

I've lost count of the number of usual summer invasions of ants. Most of them learn to avoid the small dish of "Ant Rid" and other recommended deterrents I've tried. I find them, far too often and when I least … (read more)

Starry-Eyed

September 3, 2009

I love looking at the stars. When I was a child and things were bad at home, I used to sit up late at night, look out of my bedroom window, and count the stars. It was very therapeutic. It … (read more)

God's Wonders Played Out On A Golf Course

September 2, 2009

As a teenager growing up in the late 1970s and early 1980s, I became a huge sports fan. I learned to play golf at a time when Tom Watson was the big-name player on the PGA Tour. This year, at … (read more)

My Sister, My Bride

September 1, 2009

It has been more than two years since my sister passed away from complications of multiple sclerosis. Life for her was one of sadness and pain, suffering many years with schizophrenia. I was thankful that God allowed me the responsibility … (read more)

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