Archive for November, 2010

The Little Black Box

November 30, 2010

Try as I might, I was unable, for several days, to connect with the Internet. Ultimately, I had to call on someone who had previously solved my computer problems, someone whom I'd forgotten about. I wrote this poem about it. … (read more)

A Time For Every Purpose

November 29, 2010

Besides looking at old family photos, I sometimes enjoy listening to the voices recorded on an old fashioned reel-to-reel tape player. These familiar voices of my past brought back many childhood memories I had since forgotten. I heard a six-year-old … (read more)

Spread The Word

November 28, 2010

As Advent begins, it truthfully scares me that amid all the hustle and bustle we can so easily lose the true meaning of Christmas. People who celebrate Christmas as a holiday filled with gifts, Christmas trees, and decorations sometimes get … (read more)

He Understands

November 27, 2010

I have recently found an old electric typewriter that our children learned to type on in our home school years ago. Because it is electric, one just has to touch the keys lightly and it types the letter. But if … (read more)

Thanksgiving As A Lifestyle

November 26, 2010

I remember a season when I repeatedly heard, "Do not be anxious about anything" during church fellowship groups. They had to be joking, didn't they? Were they not ever anxious about anything? I asked the Lord, "What is wrong with … (read more)

Thanks For Everything

November 25, 2010

On the fourth Thursday of November, those in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday set aside to remember to give thanks to God for all our blessings. But we really need to remember that every day is … (read more)

Faith Building

November 24, 2010

It was 1950. I had just graduated from high school. I eagerly headed out to Bible college to study God's Word. I was unaware, however, that I was about to commence my training with the development of a foundation of … (read more)

The Great Controller

November 23, 2010

My favourite vacation is a trip to the beach. My husband and I love to get a hotel by the water. We can sit and watch the mighty ocean waves roll in — roll in just so far, and no … (read more)

Let It Grow, Let It Grow, Let It Grow

November 22, 2010

Rhubarb grows abundantly where I live. In fact, someone pointed this out to me not long ago and suggested that I should perhaps write a devotional about it. So I took it to heart and surfed the web for some … (read more)

The Great Blondin

November 21, 2010

In 1859, The Great Blondin became the first of many tightrope walkers to make the death-defying walk 175 feet above the Niagara Gorge from Canada into the United States. Blondin crossed the tightrope pushing a wheelbarrow, or on a bicycle, … (read more)

First Snow

November 20, 2010

I'm sitting in my newly-made, as we now call it, "writing office", which the boys put together for me in a spare room. I think that it was more to get me out of the other home office so that … (read more)

Apple Cider

November 19, 2010

On a hot fall day, our high school marching band took part in the Apple Festival in Chilhowie, Virginia, USA. We marched in a parade, and then waited around for our time to compete in the field competition. After that … (read more)

Games Galore

November 18, 2010

It happened again! I couldn't believe that I could be enticed again. But there it was — staring me in the face — and tempting me to play the latest edition of a new "Hidden Object" game on the Internet. … (read more)

A Thorn In The Flesh?

November 17, 2010

I have been wearing a shirt for work during the warmer months. Each time I wore it, however, I was aware of a stinging sensation in my back. I thought it might be something catching on the join of my … (read more)

Who's Missing?

November 16, 2010

If I recite the books of the Old Testament to you, can you figure out which one I left out? The list starts out with Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel. Then there are … (read more)

Face To Face

November 15, 2010

As I entered the door with loaded hands, my golden retriever bounded across the living room. Reacting to her eighty-plus pounds of flying fur, I commanded, "Off, girl, off!" Simultaneously, I shoved with my knee and turned my back to … (read more)

Perpetua Felicitas

November 14, 2010

While studying early church history several years ago, I came across one of the most fascinating and inspiring stories of faith, told by Perpetua, a young, newly-converted Christian who was martyred around the year 200 A.D. in Carthage (near modern … (read more)

The Canna Lily

November 13, 2010

In our apartment, we have a balcony where we can look out towards the mountains. We love the view. One day, a friend brought up a heavy pot containing a plant and deposited it on our balcony. It was a … (read more)

Choices

November 12, 2010

Years ago, when I was a child, my mother had an old typewriter with little round keys. We had to throw the carriage over manually. As years went on, I owned an electric typewriter. It was so much faster, and … (read more)

We Will Remember Them

November 11, 2010

November 11th has always been a very special and solemn day for me — as far back as I can remember. As a child, I watched Remembrance Day parades and wondered why all of the pipers, soldiers, and people were … (read more)

God And Country

November 10, 2010

We will soon be honouring our veterans on November 11th. This is the day when we raise our hearts with pride in our country and have a feeling of elevated patriotism for the liberty and freedom we are blessed to … (read more)

This Day Only

November 9, 2010

The greater part of my years has been focused on getting through one stage of life to another stage. As a child, I couldn't wait to be a teenager; then, as a teenager, I wanted to be an adult. Things … (read more)

God Hears, God Answers

November 8, 2010

In general, I don't do too badly with words, though I can be silenced by unexpected grievous circumstances. There have been times when I did not know what or how to pray — so emotionally overwhelmed and silenced was I … (read more)

I Know They're Familiar

November 7, 2010

I know that today's verses are probably among the most familiar of all Scripture, yet they never cease to amaze me! In the past week, we have had three little sparrows smack against one of our large picture windows. The … (read more)

The King's Business

November 6, 2010

A friend of mine was writing on the web the other day that it's only just more than fifty days to Christmas. My first reaction was: Wow! Where did the rest of the year go? I've been extremely busy all … (read more)

Tools Of The Trade

November 5, 2010

I recently spent some time at a fairly common coffee establishment in town. As I sat down to grab a few minutes to read a book, I found my eyes being drawn to a lady who was drawing. She had … (read more)

The Tornado Tree

November 4, 2010

On a wide curve on the Charleston Side Road between Airport Road and the village of Caledon, north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, stands a lone elm tree. About ten years ago, driving by about dusk, my husband had fallen asleep … (read more)

The Power Outage

November 3, 2010

It happened so quickly and unexpectedly. In a split second, there was darkness. Our source of power, which we take for granted, was taken from us. Apparently, lightning struck a transformer not too far away from us which caused this … (read more)

A Sense Of Wonder

November 2, 2010

I sat in the garden with Sophia, between three and four weeks old, looking up at the clouds, when I spied a rainbow. Now this was not the normal sort of rainbow that has an arch which comes down to … (read more)

Master Physician

November 1, 2010

After much prayer and counsel from the Lord regarding women's health issues, I made a decision to undergo a new alternative procedure which is performed by an interventional radiologist. Because of this minimally invasive procedure using imaging guidance techniques, I … (read more)

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