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Thanks A Bunch!

June 24, 2017

Why is it that here in North America, a gift of flowers is reserved for Mothers Day, romantic occasions, or perhaps a sick female friend? We rarely give flowers to a man, except at his funeral — unless he's a horticulturist by trade. In …( read more )

The Game Changer

June 4, 2017

If someone deposited a large amount of money in your account but didn't tell you, would it be of any use to you? Only when we know that the money is there does it become a game changer: it changes our life. Every new mother says that she …( read more )

The Easy Way

May 28, 2017

When we're in a hurry, doesn't it seem that every traffic light turns red just as we approach? We wait impatiently for it to change, fingers tapping. Sometimes, we quickly decide to take a short cut, an alternate route that we think will …( read more )

Life Is A Test

May 18, 2017

I'm taking a course in sign language. All ages — from young children to seniors — are in the class, and some of us are hard of hearing. We're often confused, leading to some hilarious moments. The class is a lot of fun, though I'm not …( read more )

Surprise!

May 8, 2017

Don't you just love receiving a gift, especially one that's unexpected? Our Father in heaven is generous and enjoys bestowing gifts on His children. If we allow the Holy Spirit to open our eyes, God will surprise us. Recently this little …( read more )

The Eye Of The Needle

April 28, 2017

Do you ever find that, after thinking about a person or subject for the first time in months, the same name or word soon comes to your attention once more? I call this a God-instance rather than a coincidence. God is telling us to pay …( read more )

He Gave Life

April 8, 2017

A friend returned from a blood donor clinic sporting a red Band-Aid® with the words "I gave life". That made me think about blood and how important it is. Blood is life. By the fifth week of pregnancy — the first week that a mother …( read more )

An Eye In The Sky

March 31, 2017

Every spring, robins built a nest under our deck above our back door. We use this door as our main entrance, and the patio is a place to relax as well as a work area. A busy spot, it seems a strange place to nest, but the birds weren't …( read more )

The Door

March 21, 2017

In the past year, several opportunities or "doors" have been opened to me. One was to lead a much larger church group than I'm used to. Even when asked to take a small group, I was sure that someone else could do a better job. Now, here …( read more )

The Vine

February 25, 2017

Last fall, a friend gave me a flourishing dipladenia plant, a beautiful flowering vine. She was reluctant to abandon it outside, but she had no space indoors. My living room already houses several plants, but how could I refuse those …( read more )

The Rail Strike

February 9, 2017

Before Christmas, my husband and I were in England when the big news was the rail strike. England enjoys a complex network of both surface and underground trains. They interconnect like a giant spider web: a maze of tunnels, escalators, …( read more )

Our Comfort Zone

January 30, 2017

For years, I've spent many pleasurable morning hours with my Bible and coffee, immersed in Bible journaling. Curled up on the couch, I watch the birds outside while listening for God's small voice inside. I thank God for His creation, and …( read more )

Just A Little Trowel

January 20, 2017

God gives us different abilities, and mine is gardening. Our property lies beside the road and can be seen by strangers passing by. From spring to fall I'm outside, trowel in hand. The perennials obediently come into bloom every year …( read more )

Your Choice

January 10, 2017

This past summer, my washing machine broke down. The part to fix it costs almost as much as a new machine. While debating what to do, I began to wash clothes by hand. Hanging dripping items outside on a hot, sunny morning is a pleasant …( read more )

A Word For The New Year

December 27, 2016

A praise team leader at church mentioned that he and his wife asked God for a word, specifically for them, each new year. It caught the attention of both my husband and me. We knew that it was for us. We were curious to know what word …( read more )

Making A List, Checking It Twice

November 29, 2016

Do you find yourself making lists as Christmas approaches? … things to do, places to go, and things to take … menus, grocery lists … lists of names and gifts … If you're like me, crossing off an item gives us a feeling of …( read more )

What's In A Name?

November 21, 2016

Our eighth grandchild is due in the next week or so, and though he or she already has a place in our hearts and in our family, thus far, the baby doesn't have a name. Hundreds of names have been deemed unsuitable. Our name is our …( read more )

Confirmation Of Booking

November 12, 2016

My husband and I are planning a trip to England — an exciting trip for us. We'll be celebrating my mother's 90th birthday and staying in my old hometown. It will be a special time because it's also our wedding anniversary, and there will …( read more )

What Good Is It?

November 1, 2016

I was sitting beneath a tree one hot day, when a big, old porcupine plodded past. He carried an extra burden: a load of old leaves impaled on his spiky back. For a moment, I felt sorry for him. But here was the culprit that had chewed on …( read more )

The Marriage Verse

October 24, 2016

During a Bible study class, I learned that some of the older women had asked for and received a verse from God for their wedding, a verse that sustained them through the ups and downs of married life. I had thought that the "Love is…" …( read more )

Mixed Messages

October 14, 2016

Waiting in line at a local coffee shop, I noticed that the large television screen over the fireplace wasn't advertising their products but showing horoscopes for the day. It wasn't a picture of a donut tempting us with its delicious, …( read more )

Land Of Milk And Honey — And Anti-Fraud

October 4, 2016

Last year, my friend was the victim of identity theft. A dozen new credit cards were issued, but rarely did the credit card companies call first to confirm. The way identity theft works is that the perpetrator provides a false address …( read more )

Click

September 21, 2016

Yesterday, the power was out in the area where we live. The outage lasted four hours, and because we'd been given prior warning, we were prepared. It was a dark and rainy day. Even expecting and knowing the power to be off, I don't know …( read more )

Through The Storm

September 4, 2016

Here in eastern Ontario, Canada, we experienced drought conditions this year even before the end of May. Our summer, so far, has been extremely hot and dry. Last week, a tornado warning was in effect, but although the air turned green …( read more )

God's Invitation

August 24, 2016

In the churches that I have attended, I've always enjoyed serving in some capacity. I once attended a church where all the jobs seemed to have been taken. Whilst praying to be used somewhere, I realized that several times, I'd wondered …( read more )

A Little Zing

August 7, 2016

I often notice people adding salt to their meal without tasting it first to see if it needs a little extra flavour. They just assume that it will be bland. Today, if a certain dish tastes bland, we might say that it needs a little zing. …( read more )

Spiritual Milestones

July 26, 2016

One thing that I've learned in my journey with God is that He always builds on what went before. There's a sequence or a pattern to each adventure — and the Christian journey is always an adventure! When we're undecided about the …( read more )

Finding The Right Fit

July 4, 2016

I used to think that I should cheerfully take on any job my church asked of me. But when I was asked to do tasks that I really wasn't suited for, I began to be resentful. With so few workers in my church, after a few years, I was burned …( read more )

Red Emeralds

June 21, 2016

My friend attended a gospel convention in the United States and stood in line afterwards to have a word with one of the speakers. As she waited, she noticed a young man approaching her. He was a stranger to her, but he was making eye …( read more )

Please And Thank You

June 13, 2016

Have you noticed lately a growing trend among store clerks to drop those "three little magic words": "please" and "thank you"? The cashier simply states what we owe, with no eye contact and no smile. If she were a child, we'd prompt her …( read more )

Knock, Knock

June 6, 2016

My grandparents in England had a parlour at the front of their house that was never used. It contained their best furniture and their most valued knick-knacks. Although the room was dusted, it wasn't heated. It was cold and uninviting. …( read more )

Get Going!

May 20, 2016

Joshua needed a prod. He had been Moses' assistant, and now it was up to him to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. But Joshua was hesitating. Doubting. Was he the right man to do this? Would the people follow him? Was he able to …( read more )

My Angel

May 6, 2016

Years ago, I returned to England for my father's funeral while my husband stayed in Canada to look after our young children. I entered the funeral service holding my mother's arm, but as we came out, she was suddenly surrounded by friends …( read more )

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