Archive for June, 2010

Touching Base

June 30, 2010

Like the seeds sown in this parable, the world has pressed in on me at work; at home, our health has suffered as Caroline has been in the wars too; and then Caroline starts the final countdown to grow our … (read more)

Four-Leaf Clovers And Faith

June 29, 2010

When Cub Scouts once met in my yard, a "busy-work scheme" was letting the boys search for four-leaf clovers. Early on, this would fascinate them, until one would decide this assignment was busy-work and refuse to be conned. Now and … (read more)

If Wishes Came True

June 28, 2010

A catalogue at the door throws me into a tizzy of wishing. I scour pages, noting new outfits, furnishings, or appliances that I'd order if I had the money! I write each item on my "wish list" and toss it … (read more)

Either/Or

June 27, 2010

C.S Lewis once wrote that Jesus was either a religious madman or the Son of God. For many years, Lewis had been a staunch atheist and would not give any credibility to Christ's claims or Christianity. But one day, he … (read more)

It Is Finished

June 26, 2010

As a writer of young adult fiction, probably my most satisfying moments are when I finally finish another book. The story is complete, all questions answered, a satisfactory wind-up, no loose ends. I can sit back and say, "It is … (read more)

Our Heart's Desire

June 25, 2010

When we were young, what was it that we had a desire to become, when we were (shall I say) grown up? I remember my mother telling me how she had to take piano lessons when she never really wanted … (read more)

It Changed My Life Forever

June 24, 2010

It is totally understandable that not everyone receives, understands, or accepts a message in exactly the same way. Some of us learn differently or respond differently to what we are taught or the way we are taught, or to what … (read more)

The Runoff

June 23, 2010

As I was out walking the dogs the other day, I was amazed at the amount of snow still covering the heights. Indeed, as spring has made way for summer, the mountain runoff continues to water the valleys below. The … (read more)

Moping

June 22, 2010

Somehow, through the passing of time, the PCCWeb Daily readership has become a part of my extended family. Some have written unbidden to ask whether I am okay. When am I going to write some more devotionals? My problem has … (read more)

Leaving Our Nets

June 21, 2010

When I was a pastor in Scotland, I loved working with the local fishermen. They were a hardy breed of manly men. They were coarse and rustic, weather-beaten and strong. Each week, they put their lives at risk looking for … (read more)

Father's Day

June 20, 2010

The year after Dad died, when I walked down the card aisles and saw all the Father's Day cards, I struggled with sadness. Now, many years have passed, but I still choke up from time to time. I miss my … (read more)

Butterflies

June 19, 2010

It is the late spring and early summer time of the year in the Okanagan Valley. Every leaf and flower is newly in bloom; and it is a fresh time of year. The birds have all arrived from winter climes, … (read more)

Dying Without God

June 18, 2010

I have experienced the abysmal hopelessness that can enter a heart, spirit, and soul. I have experienced believing that there is no way out and no way back to a better life. For a season, I believed that I was … (read more)

Intricate Details

June 17, 2010

Recent car problems found us searching the owner's manual and then the Internet for repair information. Once my husband felt that he had all the details he needed, he then tackled taking the dashboard of the car apart. Once the … (read more)

The Word Of God

June 16, 2010

At the end of the month of March, the television showed Japan with its cherry trees in flower. After celebrating the beauty, people sat down below the trees, and the reporter affirmed that the show lasts only one and a … (read more)

Spiritual Gifts

June 15, 2010

A while back in our small group, we were talking about our spiritual gifts. So we decided to do a survey to see what our individual spiritual gifts are. We realized that we all knew ourselves pretty well in that … (read more)

Emerald Fields

June 14, 2010

On each of the three Scottish coach tours that I have led, there came a time when someone said, "Everything is so green!" Scotland is covered with so many emerald hills and green fields that when you see them for … (read more)

Trust

June 13, 2010

Tasha was the most faithful of dogs. I could always trust her to be alert, night or day, to my needs and commands. In fact, throughout the thirteen years we dwelt together, I have no recollections of her ever being … (read more)

On Wobbly Feet

June 12, 2010

We've all watched as a toddler struggles to his or her feet and then takes those first hesitant steps — wobbling and weaving uncertainly towards the goal. The arms are outstretched and the face is all aglow. Suddenly — thwump! … (read more)

Ever Faithful, Ever Sure

June 11, 2010

It was really early, and as I awoke, a tune was ringing through my head and my soul. I could remember only the last line: "For his mercies aye endure, ever faithful, ever sure." In my dream, I was looking … (read more)

Come And Sit

June 10, 2010

It's amazing how many times we can read through a part of the Bible, and then suddenly one day, it all makes sense. For me, it was reading through this part of Scripture and then reading it again in one … (read more)

Who Am I?

June 9, 2010

In the hospital where I worked, name tags were very important. They told visitors that we were employees. They told other employers what department we worked in and what our specific job was in that area. While we were at … (read more)

No Man

June 8, 2010

For most of his life, my father was an agnostic. He wasn't sure if God existed, and part of his stumbling block to faith was in accepting that Jesus was actually the Son of God. He was willing to concede … (read more)

Horns Of A Dilemma

June 7, 2010

I enjoyed reading the book, The Apologetics Of Jesus, by Norman L. Geisler and Patrick Zukeran. In it, the authors describe the various styles of arguments Jesus used in responding to the criticism of His opponents. Jesus, being fully aware … (read more)

A Time To Be Born

June 6, 2010

Because I'm intolerant of wasted time, in the past, I didn't handle well being let down in agreed arrangements or any other time-broken promises, especially those without any prior notice. It's the wasted waiting time that I objected to most. … (read more)

Ephphatha – Be Opened

June 5, 2010

When I was old enough to use the stove unattended, I went wild with "experimental" dishes. Today, they'd seem pretty tame, but my meat-and-potatoes Dad saw every one of them as disastrous. He refused to eat things like pork and … (read more)

Never Ever

June 4, 2010

When I was growing up, my life, I expect, was very similar to that of most kids. I had lots of fun. Childhood illnesses visited themselves upon me. I didn't get a lot of the things I wanted, and sometimes, … (read more)

Gift Of The Gab

June 3, 2010

Having the ability to strike up a conversation with just about anyone at any place at any time must surely be a gift. When I came to the verses in the Bible that talk about the gifts of the Spirit, … (read more)

What A Family Reunion!

June 2, 2010

The images flickering on the television of devastation and death following earthquakes in Haiti and Chile have brought so many personal memories flooding to the fore: my husband's first awareness of terminal illness, the struggle at home to provide quality … (read more)

Forgiven?

June 1, 2010

Have you ever done something in your life that you regret now, and you wish that it had never happened and that you could start all over again? I know I have, and not only once, but a few times. … (read more)

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