Archive for July, 2011

Garbage Disposal

July 31, 2011

In the park where we live, there is excellent garbage pickup service. Every other Friday, we can put out any items, large or small, that we need to get rid of. It is so liberating to be able simply to … (read more)

Time Management

July 30, 2011

7:54 Sunday morning — I have just finished reciting all the things that need to get done this day before 2:30 p.m. when it is time for me to leave for work. As I recited this very long to-do list … (read more)

The Whisper Of God

July 29, 2011

We look forward each year to "Mission Week" at our church. Missionaries come and update us through pictures and reports, giving us intimate glimpses of what it is like to serve in countries fraught with dangers and difficulties, but also … (read more)

The Power Of God's Lavish Grace

July 28, 2011

"We are most truly human, most fully ourselves, most profoundly free when we live in response to God's grace." – Migliore One day while visiting a school, I noticed an unhappy grade six boy sitting outside the French classroom. This … (read more)

Contentious Living

July 27, 2011

The Andy Griffith episode, "Andy The Marriage Counsellor", tells the story of the Boones. They are a new couple in Mayberry, and while they get along with the townsfolk, they can't seem to master the art of getting along with … (read more)

Humbling Ourselves

July 26, 2011

We live in a city. It is a small city, but a city nonetheless. Our city is growing quickly, but I do know my way around. If I need help, I can get out my map and soon find out … (read more)

Antibacterial Soap

July 25, 2011

There are so many antibacterial soap scents. These are some of my favourites: – warm vanilla sugar – black raspberry vanilla – winter candy apple – cucumber melon Antibacterial soaps claim to leave hands lightly scented and gently cleansed while … (read more)

Just The Same

July 24, 2011

I've been struggling recently with all of the changes that are happening across the world, throughout society, and even in the Christian Church. I've been wrestling with my faith and trying to make sense of all the decisions that have … (read more)

Doing First Things First

July 23, 2011

At the time that today's Scripture was my latest major revelation, one day, during my devotional time, I was itching to adjust my work schedule into a more efficient order, when I came across this quotation in one of my … (read more)

The Call To Pray

July 22, 2011

At the age of 98, mama was truly a prayer warrior. In the summer of 2008, I found myself for the third year sleeping on a cot next to my mama's bed and serving 24/7 as her caregiver. During this … (read more)

From Wrath To Praise

July 21, 2011

One of the mysteries of life that continually baffles believers is why God allows His enemies to persecute and torment His people. Recently, I read a thought-provoking devotional about Joanna, one of the women who supported Jesus and His disciples … (read more)

Not In Control

July 20, 2011

Recently in the news, it was reported that natural disasters doubled during 2010 from 200 to 400, and 42 million people were displaced as a result. During 2011, we have seen the triple disaster in Japan (earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear … (read more)

Carving Hearts

July 19, 2011

When I was a "tween" (between childhood and adolescence), I was sweet on a boy in my class. Like many tween girls do, I found excuses to walk out of my way past his house. My hope was to catch … (read more)

The Ancient Landmark

July 18, 2011

In the area where I spent my childhood, there was an old iron bridge. It spanned the river on a dirt road, marking the one road the residents of Ellabelle community had for getting to the next town. Over the … (read more)

Tears

July 17, 2011

Frankie Valli is known for a song back in the 1960s entitled, "Big Girls Don't Cry" — remember? Can you hear him whining "cry-yii-yii"? If you're too young, you might not know this one. You can find it on … (read more)

Hope Eternal

July 16, 2011

Morning light is just visible — but the birds are way ahead of it; their song is already erupting into the skies and into my ears. Oh, what absolute joy their voices bring to my heart! I have to open … (read more)

The Whiner

July 15, 2011

Would you like some cheese with that whine, Hoss? Whine, whine, whine. How I get fed up some days with listening to that dog whine. In fact, I get so sick of hearing him whine that he often ends up … (read more)

More Than Sparrows

July 14, 2011

As the sparrows return for the spring and summer, I enjoy seeing them hop around. They remind me of today's verses. Sparrows are very valuable as a lovely part of God's creation, and we are even more important than those … (read more)

Moving From A To B

July 13, 2011

Our sons are getting older now and seem to require more space. Their latest takeover was a move from the office that they were using upstairs to a total occupation of the basement. During this move downstairs, I was amazed … (read more)

Spotlight On Passion And Authority

July 12, 2011

I once met a young woman who was passionate about insects — and that made her a true authority on them. Her life's goal, even as a child, was to study and know insects. She read literature on insects, researched … (read more)

Abba Father

July 11, 2011

Never, ever have these eyes witnessed such an awesome example of childlikeness — the state of being that Jesus spoke of in today's Scripture. I ask myself how something so powerful, so beautiful, could come through such a small child. … (read more)

Those Dreaded Comparisons

July 10, 2011

There are three boys in my family. As I compare myself to my brothers, I discover stark differences. I was the firstborn and have a Type A personality. My parents expected much of me. They taught me responsibility through chores … (read more)

Warnings Direct

July 9, 2011

We get the weather report sent to us every morning on our computer, and when there is bad weather ahead, we receive "Warnings Direct" for our area. We often receive repeated warnings of impending bad weather conditions. This morning's warning … (read more)

In The Doghouse

July 8, 2011

Sometimes the Book of Proverbs makes me laugh out loud. Today's verse had me smiling because I know what it feels like to be in the doghouse, especially when I'm the one who sent me there. I've got this picture … (read more)

Nuisance Versus Importance

July 7, 2011

My normal calm, easygoing manner changed in the blink of an eye and the snap of a finger into that of a raging, stomping warrior! The clarion call went forth, and they all converged on my territory. They are no … (read more)

Mind Games

July 6, 2011

Near the beginning of June, my husband had surgery on his carotid artery. It was at that time that he suffered a mini-stroke. I knew that there was something wrong because it was a long time before he came out … (read more)

Through The Eyes Of Faith

July 5, 2011

Once after attending a mission conference, I listened as a missionary witnessed to an unbeliever who stopped by to look at the biblical literature displayed on the table. However, when the woman heard about Jesus, she was not the least … (read more)

Fluttering Flags

July 4, 2011

On Sunday, on my way to worship, I pass many different flags fluttering in the morning breeze. This weekend, I saw many of our nation's flags. During springtime, I occasionally saw a banner adorned with tulips or coloured eggs. Last … (read more)

God's Promises

July 3, 2011

There have been times in my life when I've had responsibilities which I've thought were greater than I could handle placed on my shoulders. Then I've thought of Joshua, who inherited a tremendous responsibility when Moses died, and the task … (read more)

By Name

July 2, 2011

While on the PCCWeb Daily Devotional tour of central Europe and the Oberammergau Passion Play at this time last year, we purchased a "Heidi" doll for our younger granddaughter, Caraline, and a "no name" (but wearing the traditional folk dress … (read more)

After Sundown And Forever

July 1, 2011

I heard the bangs of fireworks in my room. The city is celebrating Canada Day with a display of fireworks after sundown. Colours burst into the air in all shapes and forms. Laughter echoes, rising with each display. The handlers … (read more)

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