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God's Power In Our Weakness

March 22, 2017

As my body deteriorates and my weakness becomes more and more discouraging, I wonder what Paul means when he says: For me, weakness means failure and inability to cope with the day's activities, but now, as Christ's power rests on me, …( read more )

Leaving Home

February 26, 2017

Are you packing and getting ready to leave home, or facing a big change in your life with a lot of uncertainty? I know something of what you are going through, because I am, too. I was supposed to be moving, but now I am told that this is …( read more )

Forward With God

January 23, 2017

I was overwhelmed by the responses to my New Year's Eve devotional, Which Way To Go . Readers were very loving and understanding as I outlined my future needs while facing a move to residential care. I really appreciated the love and …( read more )

Life Is Worthwhile

January 13, 2017

Sadly, I have read of many Aboriginal and Inuit teens attempting suicide in remote northern Canada. They experience depression at twice the rate of the rest of Canada. Many years ago, I worked in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, helping street …( read more )

Which Way To Go?

December 31, 2016

As I look out of my living room window early in the morning, I see a seagull standing on the rooftop of the neighbour's two-story building. What is he looking for? Another sea gull? He looks so alone, taking stock of his domain. The ocean …( read more )

What If We Were There?

December 24, 2016

As the years have gone by and I have grown older, the nativity seems more like a movie in my mind — not real, just a picture. It seems so long ago and so far away — what would it be like to really be there? There have been so many …( read more )

Shine Jesus Shine

December 15, 2016

Many years ago, shortly after I came to Canada, I was sitting in a church when this lovely hymn was announced. Even though I had not heard it before, I found myself singing wholeheartedly with everyone else. I have never forgotten the …( read more )

Cousin Elizabeth

December 9, 2016

Have you ever felt so confused, afraid, or alone that you desperately needed to talk to someone, but no one would understand? Then you can probably identify with Mary after this visit from the angel. Women who have given birth could …( read more )

Grieving The Holy Spirit

November 18, 2016

Years ago, a friend gave me a puppet. As it stands there beside my piano, it looks like a mouse talking to me with a protruding mouth. It has curly hair just like me, and it has a clergy robe on. It's a clergy puppet! The piercing eyes are …( read more )

Darkness Without God

November 8, 2016

As I look out my window this morning, it is terribly dark, and it is raining buckets. Where is the sun? Lord, why do I feel such darkness? I put the television on and hear about a typhoon storming down on Hawaii and a hurricane coming …( read more )

Keeping In Step With The Spirit

October 29, 2016

When I read this verse, it hits me hard, because, as I look back on my life, during so little of it was I aware of the need to keep in step with the Spirit. When I look back at my training in the deaconess school, or even in seminary, I …( read more )

Pleasing God

October 19, 2016

Yesterday was a good day, with lovely weather and sunshine all day. It pleased me a lot going through the day with peace and easy–going thoughts. But I have to admit that when I got up this morning, I never considered that I should …( read more )

God Is Calling To You

October 12, 2016

Early in my life, after graduating as a deaconess, I made Canadian church work my career, serving in Grande Prairie and Red Deer in Alberta, and in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where I started Flora House. I was even sent to Newfoundland to help …( read more )

For Such A Time As This

September 30, 2016

There have been times in my life when I didn't know what to do next. Sometimes, it was because everything was new, never having faced such decisions before. Years ago, the Board of Missions sent me to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to open a …( read more )

Reaching Grandchildren

September 18, 2016

In my early years working for the church, I was a deaconess doing Christian education in many provinces. There were hundreds of children and youth in the churches back then, and I loved the work. I enjoyed sharing my faith with so many and …( read more )

Who Will Help?

August 27, 2016

As I sit down to write this devotional, I am wondering where my soul will lead me today, as I am sure that the Holy Spirit flows through my fingers as my hands dash over the computer keyboard. The apostle Paul never had a computer, but …( read more )

A New Thing

August 11, 2016

Last summer, I was in the hospital suffering from very high blood pressure, when the doctor tried something new on me. He put the pill aside and just gave me the liquid medicine to drink. It worked. The Lord had done a new thing and I had …( read more )

Reaching Out

July 28, 2016

In preparing for a discussion group in the fall on the early years of the church, I have been looking over the Book of Acts. I see that the apostles went through a time of persecution that would have been very disheartening, were it not …( read more )

Weeping And Gnashing Of Teeth

July 19, 2016

During the last few years, as I have lost a lot of weight, I have had trouble with my false teeth, putting up with their inability to do the job accurately without a good fit. They are too big! Not being able to eat meat and certain …( read more )

Our Strength Comes From God

July 7, 2016

Looking back over the years, I note the number of times when I have felt ill, weak, and off balance. As I write, my health speaks to me of pain and frustration. I feel as if I just can't do it. I don't trust my own ability to get the job …( read more )

Coping With God's Help

June 28, 2016

As I write, I am typing this with one finger at a time, as my left arm is badly hurt and too painful to use. Yes, I was careless and fell down on my left side on my arm. Thank the Lord, the arm wasn't broken, just terribly sore. I have …( read more )

Who Do We Appreciate?

June 19, 2016

At my birthday party recently, I wanted to read Scripture, and looking for a verse about hope and the future, I found this one: What a wonderful birthday present from Jesus: new birth and an inheritance that can never perish! I could not …( read more )

The Me-Centered Approach

June 9, 2016

The church these days faces a changing world. We are trying to reach out to neighbours who have a "me-centered approach". How does the gospel meet them? Are we welcomed now when we knock on the door of a stranger's house? There may be …( read more )

Being A Blessing To Someone

May 29, 2016

The Bible makes it clear: God has a special place in His heart for the poor, and we should, too. When I see the terrible situation of refugees in tents in the rain and mud, far from home, I wonder, what can I do? How can I be a blessing? …( read more )

Receiving Divine Guidance

May 15, 2016

Divine guidance is surely something to pray for, because divine guidance is second to none. God's guidance makes each hour greatly blessed, and we live in peace. That is something that we all need, especially as we get older or are in …( read more )

A Touchless Society

April 30, 2016

What do we really want in this life: a bigger apartment, a cute little puppy, enough food so that we will be strong and active, a good job, a loving spouse, the latest smartphone? This modern culture is not an easy, enjoyable one. Although …( read more )

I Surrender All

April 17, 2016

A song written in 1896 still drives me to tears. "I surrender all" by Judson W. VanDeVenter is a tearjerker. Do you know it? Our choir sang it this Easter, and I had to control my tears in order to sing. Mark 10:28 puts it this way: "Lo, …( read more )

The Search Is On

April 4, 2016

Our church is currently looking for a new minister. This is a beautiful retirement community and we are a church family that tries to reach out to all with understanding. What are the modern expectations of a minister today? The church in …( read more )

Playing The Organ In Church

March 10, 2016

Looking back on my childhood in Bermuda, I have some lovely memories of playing the organ in church. We lived next door to the church building. One day, the church doors were all locked, so I climbed in the window and made my way up to the …( read more )

Facing Danger Today

February 28, 2016

Since there is so much violence around, we may have worried feelings about terrifying things happening today. I could be apprehended and treated violently or taken to a dangerous spot where anything could happen. Here in my hometown, I …( read more )

What Is Yet To Come

January 28, 2016

At the beginning of anything that is new and unfamiliar, like a new community to live in, or a new job with more responsibility, one can feel sort of scared, wondering about what is to come next. It is helpful to know that Jesus' Spirit …( read more )

Feeling Disappointed

January 11, 2016

Over the years, I have visited many people who have that look on their faces: disappointment. It's a blank, hurt look, with no interest in any future possibilities — it's all over for them. It is so sad to see. Does the Bible speak to …( read more )

God's Gift Of Time

December 31, 2015

As I look over the last year, I ask myself, What have I done that God would be pleased with? Yes, I know that my times are in His hands, so I ask, What is He expecting of me in this new year? I trust Him explicitly with it all, but …( read more )

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