Archive for February, 2013

Here Am I, Send Me

February 28, 2013

In the early 1960s, we lived in Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada, and we attended a small Baptist church. One Sunday, we had a guest speaker from England. He and his wife had come to the area through the Wycliffe Bible Translators, …( read more )

Eloquent Phrases

February 27, 2013

I love to write, but admittedly, words don't always flow easily from my mind out through my fingertips. For those who know me as a jabber-box, that might be a bit of a surprise, but feeling inadequate is my Achilles heel when it comes to …( read more )

There Came A Man

February 26, 2013

There was a man sent from God whose name was Jim. God chose him to be a witness to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, so that all men who believed on the name of Christ might receive the gift of eternal life. When Jim came to Jesus, he made a …( read more )

Creepy Things

February 25, 2013

So a person decides to be an entomologist and study creepy things. Or a doctor chooses to treat people's bottoms for a lifetime. A farmer hauls away waste product from his animals all the time and a stay-at-home mom wipes noses and …( read more )

True Freedom

February 24, 2013

Have you ever wondered what true freedom really is? The dictionary defines it as the power to do what we want to do and to go where we want to go without being controlled; not being a slave or prisoner; not having or being affected by …( read more )

Heavenly Rejoicing

February 23, 2013

Every day, I do something wrong. I say the wrong thing or forget to do the right thing. I break a promise that I made or neglect an obligation I meant to fulfill. I break one of God's commandments or I deliberately go against Christ's …( read more )

Get To Know God

February 22, 2013

In chapter sixteen of his book, The Power of Prayer, Andrew Murray deals with a subject that I am sure many people find difficult to deal with. It is the age-old problem of answers to prayer. So often we hear the complaint, "I prayed …( read more )

The Answer

February 21, 2013

One of the three-year-olds in a parent-tot drop-in that I run has been going through a very cute stage. Whenever she is asked something which either she doesn't have the answer for or else she would rather not give the answer to, she …( read more )

Living Our Destiny

February 20, 2013

In the much-beloved movie about a slower-than-normal young boy, Forrest Gump sat before his dying mother and asked, "What's my destiny, Momma?" Momma Gump's definition of destiny was similar to that for fate. She didn't know, and Forrest …( read more )

Chariot Wheels

February 19, 2013

Recently, I watched an amazing, three-part documentary that makes a case for the discovery of what appears to be ancient chariot wheels at the bottom of the Red Sea. Interestingly, fossilized human and horse remains were also found. …( read more )

Where Two Or Three

February 18, 2013

A simple gift from a seven-year-old boy prompted this devotional. When I visited his home, Jacob presented me with a braid. He had made it by untwisting blue nylon rope, then reworking the strands. Singed knots fused the fibres at the …( read more )

Please Forgive Me

February 17, 2013

He was a devious, tumultuous, impetuous, mischievous little brat. He was a bit of a troublemaker, always instigating a disturbance. He was forever being scolded by someone. His quick and seemingly sincere comeback was always, "I'm sorry; …( read more )

Godly Recycling

February 16, 2013

The seasons change almost too quickly for my liking. But this is the way it is, and I must comply, even though I would prefer to see a recycling of the times from bad to better – a recycling of all that lacks consideration and …( read more )

Tongue-Tied

February 15, 2013

This verse causes me to remember how God answered our pleas regarding our son's inability to talk. He was born brain-damaged after being starved for oxygen before birth. At age six when he entered special education classes, he still had …( read more )

Unconditional Love

February 14, 2013

I saw a memorable film on television. It was the story of a broken marriage — a story in which a teen-age daughter was very embittered by the break-up of her parents. The father walked by the edge of the schoolyard at recess time to see …( read more )

He Leads. I Follow

February 13, 2013

When I was walking my dog the other morning, some friends of mine were heading out towards their car. Immediately, Sparky began to pull on his lead, digging his feet into the soft ground in his eagerness to reach them and greet them in …( read more )

Never Will I Leave You

February 12, 2013

Every time I go to our gym, I start out on the stationary bicycle. It's not just a boring bicycle ride; it's like watching me bicycling along, passing other cyclists — like a video game with 30 different tours and topography from real …( read more )

The Electronic Being

February 11, 2013

I love my computer. I pound those keys on the keyboard in order to create sentences, paragraphs, and finally, a story, whether it is a made-up story for my grandchildren or a devotional from my life experiences. I love the Internet. I …( read more )

A Tsimshian Wedding

February 10, 2013

I remember, as if it were yesterday, attending a Tsimshian wedding. Many years ago, my husband and I travelled up the west coast of Canada, to share the wonderful message of the gospel of the living Christ. For our financial support, we …( read more )

What Is Church?

February 9, 2013

I find it amazing to think that Christianity is actually the world's largest faith. About one-third of our planet's population is connected to Christ, and each year, that number is growing all over the earth. Beginning on a hillside in …( read more )

The Apology

February 8, 2013

A number of years ago, a family member wrote a letter of apology to me concerning their behaviour in the past. That letter changed our relationship immediately. A relationship which had always been somewhat strained became warm and …( read more )

A Top Coating

February 7, 2013

The highway out of our development is being surfaced with a fresh coating of tar. However, it's just a thin layer, and when we drive along it, we still feel the same old bumps in the road. It looks good, but obviously, it's a quick and …( read more )

Stuffing Our Stuff

February 6, 2013

I was amazed the first time I saw it. I imagined I never would, but I did. My brother and I had recently started backcountry camping. Our first trip found us with cheap sleeping bags that delivered only shivers. So we visited a reputable …( read more )

As Jesus Is

February 5, 2013

I like my set of little living-room tables. They are finished in a warm brown walnut. The middle-sized one sits under the largest, and the wee one under both. I bought them tagged as is at the furniture store. The wee table had a …( read more )

Don't I Know You?

February 4, 2013

I was born and raised in Canada, and this will always be my home. One year after I graduated from high school, I moved to the United States. There I studied, trained, and worked for a total of ten years. I had learned, accomplished my …( read more )

Come

February 3, 2013

When Eugene Peterson wrote about Psalm 89 in his book of daily devotions, Praying with the Psalms, he shared: The psalm as a whole is a study in proportions. The jagged intensity of the complaint (vv. 38-51) is set in an expansive …( read more )

The White Rodent

February 2, 2013

I live in Wiarton, Ontario, Canada, the home of "Wiarton Willie" an albino groundhog. Each February 2nd, they wake the poor creature up so that the mayor can speak "groundhogese" to this critter and find out if there will be an early …( read more )

Who Is Azor?

February 1, 2013

Who is Azor? Who are we? Who am I? Why am I here, and what am I supposed to accomplish while in this earthly body?

Have you ever wondered why God put all those begots in the Bible? And have you had trouble reading through all the begots? …( read more )

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