Archive for June, 2012

Sparkles In The Mist

June 30, 2012

Recently one morning, I looked out my window and saw a magnificent drama arise out of the night's heavy deposit of dew. Misty droplets on the tree branches had been transformed into miniature prisms reflecting the rays of the rising … (read more)

Mending Broken Wings And Things

June 29, 2012

Winter was all but gone and spring was in the air. Feeling invigorated, I headed out into the sunshine for some final winter fun on the skating rink at Victoria Park. I struck a pose, and struck the ice, ending … (read more)

Not A Number

June 28, 2012

On April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg, killing 1,517 passengers and crew members. It was a horrific tragedy, as many lost their lives. It was said that some tombstones had a number inscribed instead of a … (read more)

The Fire

June 27, 2012

Fire travels. It can leap from tree to tree above ground or travel underground by means of tree roots. This happened on a neighbour's property. They had completed a burn a week before, making sure that the site was thoroughly … (read more)

Blessed Be Your Name

June 26, 2012

Back in November 2011, on a church weekend away, work was getting me down because proposed changes were a totally preventable calamity. As we were away together, I shared my concerns with a young man. He has a keen mind, … (read more)

The Walk

June 25, 2012

Ten days ago, for the first time in more than a century, both the United States and Canada allowed a man to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. The event was televised during prime time, and as people tuned … (read more)

The Watchmaker

June 24, 2012

His watchmaker's store was right beside my bus stop for going home. Whenever I travelled into Glasgow's city centre, I would get off the double-decker bus at this store. There were lots of second-hand watches in the window, and I … (read more)

The Poison Of Dishonesty

June 23, 2012

The weather was hot, I was broke, and the kids wanted a swimming pool. What's a body to do? The next best thing. Instead of installing an underground or above-ground pool, I visited WalMart for an inexpensive plastic model. I … (read more)

The Spring Of Water

June 22, 2012

I had heard of a spring where one could go for drinking water. I packed bottles in my car and drove the distance to fill them with clear water. The drive in itself through the country was enjoyable. Rolling fields … (read more)

There's A Toe In The Hole In Your Stocking

June 21, 2012

The mother of the bride, gorgeously attired, stepped out the back door of the car at the church. "Oh-h dear," she bewailed to her husband who was holding the car door, "There's a hole in the toe of my stocking." … (read more)

Waiting And Watching

June 20, 2012

As I was waiting for my friend to arrive so that we could go on a bike ride, I found myself watching the clock, as if the phone would ring by my staring at the clock. I knew that my … (read more)

Motivated By A Bird

June 19, 2012

It's not often that I just sit and do nothing. I would say that that is probably a good way to describe most of us. We like to do things, accomplish much, and have the pleasure of getting things done. … (read more)

Unlikely Places

June 18, 2012

There can be times in our walk as Christians when we feel like we are so very far from God, whether it is from our actions or lack of action, or just something that we are wading through in our … (read more)

The Touch Of The Father's Hand

June 17, 2012

I loved to ride horseback. Bareback was my favourite way to go. Round and round the field adjacent to our backyard I would ride, faster and faster. Often my dad would caution me, "One day, you are going to fall … (read more)

A Vision Of Stones

June 16, 2012

Do you ever find yourself awed by how relevant the ancient Biblical texts can be to our contemporary lives? I do. For example, several years ago, I experienced a personal application of today's promise in Ezekiel. It began with a … (read more)

Live Like A Sparrow

June 15, 2012

Once the snow has melted and the ground has thawed, I stop filling the bird feeder on a regular basis. It is during this early window of springtime when the mother squirrels are fattening themselves up that they commandeer the … (read more)

Slave To Spoken Words

June 14, 2012

"I am the master of my unspoken words, and a slave to those that should have remained unspoken." This unknown writer must have felt exactly the same way as I did: guilty. Have you ever said something that you were … (read more)

In The Palm Of My Hand

June 13, 2012

Thud! Something hit the glass, and I guessed it had to be a bird. Looking outside, sure enough, there on the ground was a goldfinch, lying on its back — stunned! Not wanting to leave it there, I immediately went … (read more)

It's Getting Hot

June 12, 2012

My best friend enjoys scrapbooking. She passes many pleasant hours sorting and organizing thousands of photos taken over the spread of many years. Once they are arranged and cut to size, she formats them into scrapbooks for her grown children … (read more)

My Father's World

June 11, 2012

I am — or rather, was — a walker. I guess I got into it when I started timber cruising (topographic and timber quantitative surveying) for various logging companies on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, during summers in my high … (read more)

Intercessory Prayer – Bind And Destroy

June 10, 2012

On several occasions over the past twenty-five years, I have made lists of people for whom I wanted the love of God to become real. About ten years ago, I began to walk with God in a ministry of intercessory … (read more)

A Great Reward

June 9, 2012

At our house, the "Free Cell" solitaire card game on our computer is used while Internet users wait for web pages to load over a very slow dial-up connection. Almost daily, I watch other family members solve a game in … (read more)

Dressing A Ferret

June 8, 2012

My youngest daughter, Sophia, is her own person. Being not yet two, she is quite prepared to stand her own ground and show her disapproval; she is, then, not a quiet child. It encourages me that she clearly carries my … (read more)

Drive-By Devotions

June 7, 2012

I love this verse. It reminds me that when I've used up all of my own strength, energy, and patience, I need to come to the Lord for renewal. Far too often, I try to do things my way and … (read more)

God's Agenda

June 6, 2012

I have a daily agenda — in about four different places. Occasionally I still forget things, or the entire schemata falls apart. Planning is in my genes. My father did it, my mom does it, and I've followed suit. My … (read more)

The Checker Game

June 5, 2012

My twelve-year old grandson asked if he could install some games on my computer, knowing that I am not a game person. I gave him permission to install a couple, waiting to see what games he had in his mind … (read more)

Cursed Or Blessed

June 4, 2012

As I write this, there's a lovely, quiet rain this morning. It patters about my house and makes the front street shiny. I relax and breathe deeply. I have returned from a holiday in rain-forest-green Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where … (read more)

Never Enough Time

June 3, 2012

"I never have time to read my Bible or pray." There is never enough time. You know it and I know it. And the older we get, the faster the time seems to go. It might have something to do … (read more)

Shadows Of Our Lamp

June 2, 2012

It was towards the end of the day, and the children were at last in bed and asleep after a day of racing here and there, and swimming in the lake. The two dogs from two families, stretched out in … (read more)

Eyes To See

June 1, 2012

One of the things that I enjoy doing is taking pictures of simple things in nature. Often it may be a flower or something in nature that is sometimes overlooked. With today's technology, this is something we can easily do … (read more)

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