Archive for August, 2010

Gumbo

August 31, 2010

It was the worst mud I have ever encountered. Within minutes, I was three inches taller! The soles of my boots were caked with the stuff, and trying to get it off was next to impossible; it dried like cement. … (read more)

Sometimes It Is The Destination

August 30, 2010

With increasing technology allowing us instantaneous information and the ability to be connected at all times, more and more, we are urged to live in the moment, in the Now. The message to us is that It is the journey, … (read more)

Rattleback Stones

August 29, 2010

One year, for my granddaughter's birthday, we included in her gifts a couple of Rattleback stones. They are quite fascinating. They were first found in many of the Egyptian tombs and were believed to have come from the Nile River. … (read more)

Big Is Not Always Better

August 28, 2010

"But I want the big doll!" declared my persistent 4-year-old granddaughter after I told her that she would wake up Mommy if she went to the bedroom to get it. Clearly, I wasn't getting through to Isabella, so I decided … (read more)

The School Bully

August 27, 2010

I was bullied at elementary school by an ugly-looking kid who just loved to terrorize me. I hated going to school because I knew that at some point in the day, he was going to get in my face and … (read more)

Yellow Sprinkle Prayers

August 26, 2010

Our four-year-old granddaughter knows what she likes, and today, it's yellow. She boldly wears a dazzlingly bright yellow short set and chooses mustard for her sandwich. She scribbles only with buttercup-coloured crayons and grins mightily as we journey past a … (read more)

Access Denied

August 25, 2010

I am always up for something new, going back to school at the age of… well, let's not go there; let's just say that things have changed a lot. I am in the classroom for most classes, but I also … (read more)

Dot-To-Dot

August 24, 2010

I have always loved dot-to-dot pictures. I can look at them and have no idea what the picture will be. Someone has drawn the picture originally — then maybe someone else has converted it to a dot-to-dot picture for children … (read more)

The Empty Cage

August 23, 2010

A time came when we all knew my Dad was dying. I felt very close to my Dad, and I believe that he was concerned about how I would react when he was gone. Dad took me aside one day … (read more)

Principalities (2)

August 22, 2010

During a past frightening experience, a young, panic-stricken woman unexpectedly walked into the home where our weekly Bible study group was in progress. She was hyperventilating and her hands were shaking. Suddenly, we found ourselves in the middle of a … (read more)

Principalities (1)

August 21, 2010

I remember my enthusiasm as a new Christian joining Bible studies at a quaint little church where I became a member. During one session, I was surprised when the minister confessed his prior disbelief in the existence of Satan during … (read more)

God Can!

August 20, 2010

I am reading in Exodus. In the chapter where God calls Moses from the burning bush to lead Israel out of Egypt, Moses waffles. He gives all sorts of reasons to God about why he is the wrong guy for … (read more)

Fireweed

August 19, 2010

At this time of the year, the fireweed plant, here in the far north, is nothing short of a glory of splendour upon the hills and fields. Its clear magenta colour floods the landscape with rippling beauty. Fireweed is classified … (read more)

Blessed, The Pure In Heart

August 18, 2010

The repulsive stain looked like a black river across my silver thumb ring. Quenching my exceedingly great disappointment, I first applied silver cleaner, then vinegar, without effect. I thought of soaking the ring in a dish of the silver cleaner, … (read more)

The Trouble With Toads

August 17, 2010

The pond was in a place called Jellyhill. My home was about six miles from its location. One summer, our street pack of adventurers decided to go over to the pond and play there all day long. Usually, war games … (read more)

A Question Of Trust

August 16, 2010

Years ago, in my teens, we used to play a trusting game which was hard to do. We stood in a circle, and one by one, we fell over backwards, trusting the person beside us to be standing behind to … (read more)

A Well-Dressed Christian

August 15, 2010

Men are amazed at all the "torture" women go through to be attractive: hair manipulation on the head, face, legs, and body; exercise to keep the body at just the right weight or size; light garments to support that which … (read more)

Repetition

August 14, 2010

The other morning, when I was just about to brush my teeth, I noticed that the toothpaste seemed a bit runny. I picked up the toothpaste tube and found out that it contained RUB-A535 ® instead. What a shock … (read more)

Driveway Ministry

August 13, 2010

A recent trip into the United States found us travelling through many small towns. It didn't seem to matter whether we travelled through in the early morning, mid-afternoon, or evening; there was a common thread that I noticed. Many homes … (read more)

Something For Nothing

August 12, 2010

I get lots of unsolicited email. I view their subject titles and origins, just in case a genuine email is found, like a needle in the proverbial haystack. If only these communications were true and I gave them my bank … (read more)

The Lure

August 11, 2010

I was watching an old movie the other night, in which one fellow was giving another fellow a wedding present. The gift was a box of colourful, hand-tied fishing lures, which brought back memories for me. My dad was an … (read more)

Night Light For Izzie

August 10, 2010

Her name is Izzie, and since she is the family's youngest, we all delight in having her with us. Last Friday evening, we took Izzie out to dine and to experience the pastry market, where she toddled the aisles with … (read more)

The Look

August 9, 2010

I once had a friend who worked as a detective in the Scottish police force. He was trained to observe people during interviews, in order to tell whether or not they were lying. Small movements of the eyes, mouth, and … (read more)

Simple Faith

August 8, 2010

Teaching my son to engage in real conversation, especially the ability to initiate and maintain dialogue, is a goal I persistently practice as a parent of a child who has autism. Many different books have been written on this subject … (read more)

The Dove Found No Rest

August 7, 2010

I used to be the worst of those restless people. My watchword was "Let's just get it done!" At times, even getting things done yesterday was "nuisance late" for my preferred schedule. Yes, I was one of those overly-exacting eager … (read more)

God's Dawn

August 6, 2010

Sometimes, life shocks us. Something unexpected comes hurtling at us like a comet from the night sky. We reel backward, thrown winded by events. Such was the case for me. Two groups I dearly love announced major changes. The first … (read more)

Where Is Our Focus?

August 5, 2010

Several years ago, my boss at the time told me about a friend of hers who was on his first trip to England, excited to find himself in front of the oldest occupied castle in the world, Windsor Castle. As … (read more)

Setting Up

August 4, 2010

I am a people observer. By that, I mean that in crowds and situations with lots of people, I like to stand back and observe. We recently arrived early at our campsite for our stay; we were all set up … (read more)

His Word In Our Hearts

August 3, 2010

The music we taught our children's choirs over the years had to have firstly a solid Christian message and then a catchy tune. As well, each spring we did a different children's musical at our church. They were always based … (read more)

The River

August 2, 2010

Our campsite beside the river was beautiful and blissfully refreshing amidst the dusty summer heat. Not only were we enjoying it but so were both our dogs. Deciding to stroll along the bank for a ways, I let them off … (read more)

An Imperfect Marriage

August 1, 2010

The first person I actually saw die was my father. We did not think he would die; this was the man who had possessed the strength of two, who had wrestled with farm machinery and farm animals all his life, … (read more)

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