Archive for July, 2010

Glass Wings

July 31, 2010

Until recently, I had never heard of the glass wing butterfly, which is native to Central America and Mexico. The beautiful, transparent wings of these amazing little creatures look like glass mirrors and reflect the setting and wonderful backdrop of … (read more)

Spirit Wisdom

July 30, 2010

Eric Alexander was the most wise and spiritually gifted pastor that I have ever known. He used to preach at the St. George's Tron Church, which is situated right in the heart of my old hometown of Glasgow in Scotland. … (read more)

What Happened?

July 29, 2010

I was doing a financial report for our Presbyterian Women's group when indigestion started in my chest. I went to the kitchen to get some milk, and shortly after, the indigestion turned into pain with the inability to breathe. I … (read more)

Rain, Rain Go Away?

July 28, 2010

Today was a dreary day. It looked like we are going to be blessed with rain again. We've had quite a bit of rain lately, and I am sure that the plants and trees and farmers are very thankful. As … (read more)

My Hiding Place

July 27, 2010

I enjoy a measure of aloneness. I greatly desire to return constantly to my private place where I am most comfortably free to be myself — to think things through, speak my thoughts aloud. Yes, I can come to my … (read more)

Lofty Mountain Grandeur

July 26, 2010

Throughout the Daily Devotional tour of central Europe and the Oberammergau Passion Play, I noticed that I was conscious of being constantly in prayer, the way I feel I always ought to be. Often, I found myself looking at my … (read more)

Two By Two

July 25, 2010

On a recent camping trip, we found our site to be on the water's edge, a perfect place to watch the sunrise, to enjoy my coffee, and most importantly, to have my time with the Lord. As I sat at … (read more)

The Maze

July 24, 2010

One summer, we decided to go to a local attraction called The Maze. The farmer had taken a field of corn stalks and cut a maze through it. As we followed the paths to different stations, we would find clues … (read more)

Thy Rod And Thy Staff

July 23, 2010

Recently, my family experienced the loss of my husband's mother. During the final weeks of her illness, I was encouraged to see that she was comforted by her children and grandchildren who stood by her side until the time of … (read more)

Two Sparrows

July 22, 2010

Every day, we enjoy the beauties of nature from our deck overlooking the Westport Pond and beyond it, Foley "Mountain". We watch God's creatures and note especially how they care for family: On the pond a string of mergansers, with … (read more)

God Remembers

July 21, 2010

Years ago, one of my best friends was diagnosed with a terminal condition. It was completely unexpected, and the doctors told him that he had only months to live. I was shocked when I heard the news and couldn't accept … (read more)

Grace In The Midst Of Darkness

July 20, 2010

We are all familiar with the story of the man born blind, how Jesus cures him, and the man begins a voyage of faith. But what if a person were to lose his sight in a tragic way? How would … (read more)

Speechless?

July 19, 2010

Old time western heroes are generally portrayed as the strong, silent type. These days, I've noticed more and more of those strong, silent folk in our churches. Many Christians don't participate vocally during praise and worship time. "I don't sing," … (read more)

What Would Jesus Do?

July 18, 2010

Over the past few months, I have heard several people saying, "What would Jesus do?" in relationship to different situations in their lives. Well, today, I was given the opportunity to walk it out in my own life. The past … (read more)

Spiritual Allergies

July 17, 2010

I am allergic to shrimp, so I attempt to avoid them. However, it's not as easy as one might think. Nice restaurants camouflage them in soups, sauces, egg rolls, and other delicious recipes. Recently, I discovered, just before putting the … (read more)

Living At The Altar

July 16, 2010

My mother-in-law was born in the early twentieth century, in a farming community. It was a time when wealth was measured by the results of a crop, or the unexpected birth of twin calves, or the wintering of a harsh … (read more)

Running Ahead

July 15, 2010

Currently, I'm on a four-day personal prayer fast and vision-casting retreat. For the last year, I've been so busy at church that I feel as though (and certainly know) that I've been running ahead of God and expecting Him to … (read more)

I Am Delivered

July 14, 2010

As far back as I can remember, I have had an active imagination with the ability to visualize. This can be pleasant and sweetly exciting when it works for good. But in the past, I frequently experienced periods of extremely … (read more)

The Mirror

July 13, 2010

Hoss, our wirehaired dachshund, has a problem. Whenever he is on my bed and he stands up and turns in a certain way, he begins to bark frantically at the image he sees in my dresser mirror. Even though he … (read more)

Jesus Prepares The Way

July 12, 2010

Whenever God does something amazing, it is usually a wonderful surprise, with no one thinking of it beforehand. I had such a faith experience just lately, and I am still marvelling at Jesus' preparations. It was the day of my … (read more)

I Wouldn't Say That

July 11, 2010

Very late one evening, while the rest of my family slept, I tidied away at kitchen chores. In my annoyance with the thankless, necessary tasks, I took the occasion to complain to the Lord. I finished my rant. In the … (read more)

Never Say Never

July 10, 2010

How many times we have said, "I'll never do that again!" Personally, I've lost count. Most recently, I shot off my mouth to someone without thinking it through. I never meant what I said to be offensive, but it was. … (read more)

Thanks, Friend

July 9, 2010

I once saw an elderly man get hit by a double-decker bus. It happened in the middle of Glasgow many years ago. I was returning home from an all-night party with a bunch of friends. The old man was coming … (read more)

Complete Silence

July 8, 2010

How I love summertime! I love the long days. I love the sunshine. I love flowers. I love the green trees. I love the lawns. I love watching children play in sprinklers on hot days. I love hot days. Often, … (read more)

Where We Don't Belong

July 7, 2010

Recently, my husband and I were driving through nearby New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. Gazing absentmindedly out of my passenger window, I observed the city's landscape. At one point, we drove past a scrap metal dump where a large backhoe … (read more)

Reunion

July 6, 2010

I had waited a long time, but finally, the day arrived. Seated on the plane, I wondered what it would be like to see everyone again. So much had changed. Some friends had faced tragedies. Others were terminally ill and … (read more)

Please Get Me A Torch

July 5, 2010

A recent power outage found me in a room with no windows. I called out to the person in the other room, "Please get me a torch." A quick reply came back, "You want a what?" Again, I asked for … (read more)

Teamwork

July 4, 2010

It has been a few years now since I have worked at a local delicatessen and restaurant. I remember my very first day starting at the deli, and coming from a banking background, I found it to be very, very … (read more)

Dusty Shoes

July 3, 2010

I've only once shaken the dust off my feet where I felt I wasn't welcome. It took place many years ago while I was still a student minister in Glasgow, Scotland. My brother-in-law, Billy, went to buy some record albums … (read more)

In The Name Of The Lord

July 2, 2010

As often as my name is called, used, or written, there is no godly power in it to overcome any dark besetting negatives or sickness in others or myself. Jesus warned His disciples, "without Me you can do nothing." (John … (read more)

Sermon On Mars Hill

July 1, 2010

Recalling my trip as a tourist in Athens, Greece, many years ago, my most memorable experience was visiting the Parthenon, one of the most prominent of all ancient Greek temples. There I also had the opportunity to see the historic … (read more)

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