Archive for April, 2010

The Problem

April 30, 2010

Our two dogs, Prince and Candy, were very different in looks, size, temperament, and personality. Sometimes this was a good thing, and sometimes it created a problem. Candy, being the leader of the two, would often attack Prince, tearing a … (read more)

The Agony Of Deceit

April 29, 2010

A number of years ago, my wife and I were attending a function in Maine, USA, just over the border from where we live. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The fellowship with friends was wonderful. At one o'clock, they … (read more)

A Royal Name

April 28, 2010

The name of my Ragdoll pedigree kitten's sire is Brightstone Prince Charming, so coming up with a royal name to register it was no easy task. Nevertheless, with a little help from my sister, I discovered that "rey" is Spanish … (read more)

A Grandmother's Anxiety

April 27, 2010

"Congratulations, a baby boy!" The words were taken in by a beaming and proud grandma. On February 14, 2010, Carter Nicholas was born, our fourth grandchild. What an exciting time! He is such a sweet, newborn baby boy, and I … (read more)

Parakeet Aloft

April 26, 2010

The canaries were singing their little hearts out on the front porch, greeting me as I came home from school for lunch. The place? Bermuda — where I grew up. I often slept in the warm sun to the sound … (read more)

Rise Up

April 25, 2010

As I was washing the dishes, I looked out the kitchen window and noticed a bird in the backyard. The starling was flapping about in an awkward way. As I gazed at him, seeking to figure out this puzzle, it … (read more)

Funky Rhubarb

April 24, 2010

"Something funny is growing in our rhubarb," daughter cried! Dad explained that the strange growth was normal. The rhubarb was going to seed. Just like me. Consequently, I'm feeling crummy. I just turned the magic age of 65. Ever since, … (read more)

To Be Teachable

April 23, 2010

I learned early in life to be teachable. My mother had taught me a few sewing skills at home, so when I began Home Economics classes in the ninth grade, I let the others know that I already knew how … (read more)

Turning Coffee Into Trees

April 22, 2010

There's a new coffee shop in town called "Ja Verde". It's situated on the west end of Middlebrook Pike, and its grand opening took place on Saturday, March 27th. I was there on one recent morning, having coffee with a … (read more)

The Artist's Scalpel

April 21, 2010

Several years ago, my husband and I were strolling along the shores of nearby Harrison Lake, admiring the wares of the vendors who had set up temporary shop on the sand. One artist and his work caught my attention, and … (read more)

The Armadillo

April 20, 2010

My grandchildren are fascinated with all kinds of wildlife. To them, all of God's creatures are important. During their last visit, they searched for an armadillo, hoping to capture and make a pet of him. They didn't understand my desire … (read more)

Ask, Believe, Receive (Part 2)

April 19, 2010

Just one aspect of my renewed relationship with Jesus my Lord was that here was a perfect model whom I could rely on, depend on, love, trust, and believe in totally. I could follow our Lord Christ, and be guided … (read more)

Ask, Believe, Receive (Part 1)

April 18, 2010

It's difficult for me to believe it today, but as a child in school, shy, embarrassed, and tongue-tied, I was reluctant to ask my teacher anything. My parents told me repeatedly, "If you don't ask, you won't get to know. … (read more)

A Mountaintop Experience

April 17, 2010

As I read the devotional on December 26, 2009, by Rosemary Renninson, entitled " Messiah Born ", and as the mother of two girls myself, I envisioned Mary wrapping her baby in the swaddling cloths with her own hands. I … (read more)

A Display of Faithfulness

April 16, 2010

What a delightful season we are entering! Robins return home and tiny crocuses poke their little heads up through the warming earth, even amidst the last bit of clinging snow. Baby ducklings follow mama duck, curiously turning to and fro, … (read more)

Bad News

April 15, 2010

It was a cloudy and rainy day. The "folk music" satellite station had just finished playing the song, "Love Hurts", and my mind recalled a telephone call from my friend a few years before. I remember the way my friend … (read more)

Spring Plants

April 14, 2010

"Truth shall spring out of the earth…" As of this moment, tips of tulips, crocuses, grape hyacinths, hyacinths, daffodils, narcissuses, and irises announce their abandonment of winter's hibernation, peeking proudly through rich soil. Green spears stretch ever skyward. Meanwhile, buds … (read more)

Ministering Spirits

April 13, 2010

The Bible has many references to the role of angels in our lives. Angels delivered the prophet Elisha and his servant from the king of Syria. God sent His angel to shut the mouths of the lions when Daniel spent … (read more)

In My Father's House

April 12, 2010

Until recently, I have not given much thought to the serious problem of homelessness facing so many individuals and families. The threat of being homeless, however, has now has touched the life of a family who is dear to me. … (read more)

Fervent Prayer

April 11, 2010

Through this and Scriptures like it, I frequently need to bring my personal prayer life to be examined by the Lord. Of all that I do pray for, what may I be leaving out? I've never heard that I'm doing … (read more)

Bill

April 10, 2010

Bill was our show horse. He was a gaited horse, a beautiful racker. He had five different gaits, or manners in which he lifted his feet, that made him a smooth rider. The rack was his best: a fast, flashy, … (read more)

A Way Out

April 9, 2010

The Olympic and Paralympic Games held in our province are now history. And whether people had tickets to games or were among those of us who just were able to experience the experience, there will be endless stories to tell. … (read more)

Spring Has Sprung (2)

April 8, 2010

Spring is a wonderful time of year. The weather warms up, the snow has melted, the grass begins to grow, the trees leaf out, tulips and crocuses and daffodils poke through the ground to delight us with fresh colour and … (read more)

Spring Has Sprung (1)

April 7, 2010

How we long for spring to arrive in northern Alberta, Canada. Winter has been here for months and we desperately need some warm weather, some green grass, some blooming flowers. One sure sign that spring has arrived is the return … (read more)

The Jesus Rose

April 6, 2010

A carpenter by trade, Earl read the signed note with great interest, because he recognized the names. "This little rose was given to me on our first-month anniversary. I hung it inside this wall with the hope that all who … (read more)

What Is Heaven Like?

April 5, 2010

Several days ago, we were walking the beach at the evening hour. It was foggy, so everywhere we looked we saw but a shadow; nothing was clear. Then, as we walked along, a picture developed in the sky which I … (read more)

Stone Cave

April 4, 2010

When I was in Israel, our guide took us to a shepherd's cave just outside Bethlehem. He said that this was the sort of "stable" Jesus was likely born in, because the shepherds had used this particular cave, and others … (read more)

The Difference

April 3, 2010

The young man had six silver balls pierced through his lower lip. Three studs were on each side of a semi-circle loop which joined them together. Another woman had a silver stud through her tongue and half a dozen gold … (read more)

The Curtain

April 2, 2010

For a number of years, I attended a church which had an amateur theatrical group attached to it. The group generally produced two plays a year. When a performance was to be given, there was always much excitement in the … (read more)

Anxiety Attack

April 1, 2010

I can remember taking an anxiety attack several years ago. One night, I woke with shortness of breath, and my heart was racing. I didn't know what was happening, and I feared the worst. I had no chest pains, and … (read more)

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