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River Of Pleasure

October 30, 2013

In the midst of mundane happenings and basic, routine, everyday tasks, some days turn out to be extraordinary. So it was when I walked to a nearby store and the only thing occupying my mind was the item that I needed from that particular …( read more )

An Outing

October 15, 2013

On a sunny spring afternoon a few years ago, I took a drive around my new neighbourhood, on roads unfamiliar to a newcomer. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my outing in the farm country where more fields opened to the view, with farm houses a …( read more )


September 19, 2013

At 84, I think of childhood days, and some events come vividly to mind. There came a time when my parents bought a building lot from a farmer just on the other side of the river where we lived. The foundation for our new home was made of …( read more )

Meaning And Purpose

September 2, 2013

Recently, I have had a need for a computer technician. It has been amazing to watch a young person going through the different phases of fixing my computer, clicking keys to control the manifold systems with understanding and skill, …( read more )

Family Reunion

August 27, 2013

Once again, a family reunion was arranged, and many of the family journeyed hundreds of kilometres to be together. From the beginning, there was excitement, anticipation, and joyful preparations for the event. The destination property …( read more )

Extraction Of A Tooth

July 25, 2013

It did not take long to seek for help for my toothache. I was able to put up with the increasing pain for only a day. A phone call was quickly made and an appointment set for dental evaluation. I was yelping in pain when I was told that …( read more )

Music Lessons

June 22, 2013

My daughter gives music lessons. I watch the children come for their lessons with mom or dad, the little feet eagerly stepping in; some come running to the door. I hear the little hands on the keys getting a song together. Whether the …( read more )

Blind Spots

May 30, 2013

It was years ago when I was still young, married, and already had two children. We came to Canada as a family, with enthusiasm, learning about life in a new country. In two years, we had an old model car, and after getting his driver's …( read more )

Why Go To Church?

May 11, 2013

It was a windy Sunday morning to walk the few blocks to church. The wind was against me as if trying to keep me from getting ahead. Debris was flying all around, and the wind's fury tried to pick me up every step of the way. Having some …( read more )

I Will Pray For You

April 27, 2013

It is nothing short of a miracle when a Christian has an open opportunity to say, "I will pray for you! Do you know Jesus loves you?" One day, I was sitting on a park bench when two young men stopped to share a weed. I got up and went …( read more )

Decisions, Decisions!

March 13, 2013

My desk lamp was not the best light for my purposes, yet I lived with it. Although the lamp was seemingly otherwise in good condition, I did not realize that I was being blinded by the silently harmful light. For years, I let it be my …( 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 )

War Christmas

December 24, 2012

Why is it that we rarely appreciate what we have, until it is taken from us by financial circumstances, natural disasters, or war?

It was on November 30, 1939, my tenth birthday, that Russia attacked eastern Finland. We said goodbye to …( read more )

Knits And Purls

December 10, 2012

Knitting has been one of my hobbies, and although I'm not an expert, knitted items for family and friends are especially found under the Christmas tree.

I keep an eye on the rows so that the pattern stays uniform in all the knits and …( read more )

Their First Encounter

November 12, 2012

"Where has the time gone, anyway?" I was wondering out loud, looking at the date while routinely opening the restaurant for another day. Coffee was hot and ready, and in silent devotion to God, I sent a prayer heavenward: *Dear God, …( read more )

Seasons Of God's Redeeming Love

October 7, 2012

Just a little while ago, springtime — a season of rebirth and awakening — brought new life, leading to the bounty of summer. But summer is over, and another season has followed. Walking hand-in-hand with joy and hope have come … (read more)

Giant Knees

September 26, 2012

Taking my usual health walk one day, I took a rest on a park bench before continuing my effort. So it was that the tiniest of tiny bugs flew to rest on my knee. With my poor vision, how I … (read more)


September 5, 2012

Recently, I experienced a setback in regard to a simple surgical procedure on my eyes. I had carefully completed all the needed preparations for the forty-five-minute surgery, only to be told at the last minute that it had to be … (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)

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)

High Wind – Higher Faith

April 20, 2012

A 100-kilometre-per-hour wind seemed like a lot more on my seventh-floor balcony when I struggled to get out to remedy a situation that had the two chairs on the balcony in the gusting wind. One was securely tied into the … (read more)

The Feet Of Those Who Bring Good News

February 26, 2012

Since the new year, I have renewed an old habit of distributing gospel of Christ tracts with the title, Four Things God Wants You to Know. My daily walks around the block also mean opportunities to talk to people passing … (read more)

Spiritual Skates

February 5, 2012

My walks take me by a skating rink, and I enjoy watching the young and old pleasure skating to music that swells from speakers. A young one who barely walks is in good form with small skates and loving hands … (read more)

The Gift Of Giving

December 22, 2011

I have knitted a few sweaters, socks, and such for family and friends to open as Christmas presents. I am a steady customer at the wool shop, and while shopping, I meet other grandmothers selecting wool for baby shawls, afghans, … (read more)

Advent Sunday

November 27, 2011

As season leads to season, one year after another, comes the season of Christmas, heralded by Advent, when we sing: Prepare the royal highway; The King of kings is near! Let ev'ry hill and valley A level road appear! Then … (read more)

Not Having To Move

November 19, 2011

Uprooted again! Two years ago, I was hoping that I would not have to make another move in this life or look for a place to spend my late years and eventides. During these two years, I have been thankful … (read more)

Handmade Dolls

November 5, 2011

I have been given odds and ends of colourful yarn to knit special dolls. My senior hands don't hold the needles as they should or make the rows as neatly as they could be. Nevertheless, I enjoy creating dolls — … (read more)

The Bread Of Life

October 10, 2011

My granddaughter planned her very first family Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. As the pots boiled and the turkey cooked in the oven, we anticipated partaking in the feast. We did not disappoint her with our thanks. She was … (read more)

Postcards Across The Miles

September 21, 2011

Periodically, I receive lovely postcards from a cousin and his wife who enjoy nature walks in one country or another in Europe. A card in colour opens a view of mountains and valleys, or a bird in its habitat. The … (read more)

A Stronger Dose

September 6, 2011

Medical appointments have been regular happenings for me, and every effort has been made to check my condition. Appropriate tests with interesting names have been taken to bring balance to the system of my bodily functions. Medications might be changed … (read more)

Various Parts – One Head

August 25, 2011

The human body is made for the eyes, and the eyes are made for the body. One without the other would not function fully. My old body is feeling its age. The ribs and hips and joints are having an … (read more)

Rules For New Life

August 13, 2011

I enjoy housework, a clean house, and orderly cupboards. Then I know where things are. Long ago someone needed my help when moving into a smaller apartment. I bagged fifteen large garbage bags full of trash before even starting the … (read more)

First Aid

August 1, 2011

My old car is acting its age. I never know if it will start. The trips to the licensed mechanic have been helpful. I find my own old life is also in need of continued service — in God's Word. … (read more)

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