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Would The Real Christian Please Stand Up

November 10, 2014

Back in the 1950s, an American panel game show entitled "To tell the truth" was a big hit with viewers, including me. As a teenager, I enjoyed trying to figure out who the "real" person was before the panel guessed. The show featured a …( read more )

A Cloud Story

October 27, 2014

Have you ever taken the time to watch the clouds roll by as you are lying on your back on the soft green grass or sitting in a comfortable chair? I have. The free encyclopedia, Wikipedia, says that a cloud is a visible mass of liquid …( read more )

Deeds From The Heart

October 10, 2014

A few years ago, I wrote a devotional entitled " Tiny Running Feet ". The story revolved around a little boy running towards the front of the church with outstretched arms in order to help carry a huge cross to its final destination: a …( read more )

It's All About Him

August 28, 2014

Bastian, a quiet boy who loves to read, is accosted by bullies on his way to school. He hides in a bookstore, interrupting the grumpy bookseller. Bastian asks about one of the books he sees, but the bookseller warns him that it is not …( read more )

Lost and Found

July 26, 2014

Have you ever lost something that was very important to you? I have. I used to wear a small gold ring on my right pinky finger. If my hands experienced cold, my fingers usually reduced in size, and my gold ring would fall off my little …( read more )

Nudges

June 25, 2014

Have you ever had "something inside" nudge you to do something, or have you ever driven your familiar route home but "something inside" insisted that you take another route? Or, have you, while driving your car, changed the station on your …( read more )

Vows And Promises

June 18, 2014

Do you remember the last time you made a vow or promised someone to do something, and then later, found out that, for some strange reason, the promise that you made had not been fulfilled? The other day, I made a couple of vows as well: …( read more )

Let Me Go

June 11, 2014

The other week, my husband and I attended the funeral service of his dear departed sister, who was also a mother, a sister-in-law, an aunt, and a grandmother. Her life affected two generations, and each generation mourned her differently. …( read more )

Mechanical Bodies

June 3, 2014

At 186,000 kilometres, my car is starting to make funny noises. It seems that my car is more in the garage being repaired than it is at home. I faithfully have the oil changed every 5,000 kilometres, and the motor is still in good …( read more )

God Willing

May 27, 2014

"God willing": I used to say those two words all the time. Whenever I talked to someone on the telephone, and, at the end, I said, "See you soon," I would add those two words: "God willing." It seemed that whenever I set up a future …( read more )

Exposed

May 21, 2014

It has been quite a few years since I became aware of a much-needed change in my life. When I think back to how I behaved and treated some people, I am conscious of how much I have changed since I first accepted Jesus to be my Lord and the …( read more )

Frazzled

May 15, 2014

Have you ever had one of those days when everything you do seems to go wrong and you end up feeling frazzled with too many things on your plate? You feel like throwing everything up in the air and running away. I have. My day started by …( read more )

A Time To Respond

May 9, 2014

The other day, I was searching the Internet for lyrics to a song, and I came across a song entitled Do something, written by Matthew West, an American contemporary Christian musician and songwriter. In his song, Matthew questions God as …( read more )

Holy Communion

May 4, 2014

It was during our regular Sunday service, while taking part in the breaking of bread and sharing the cup of the new covenant, that I thought about the words community, commune, and communion. Each word begins with "commun" but ends …( read more )

Awaiting Our Eternal Spring

April 26, 2014

Spring is in the air! The snow is melting, squirrels are running to and fro, chasing each other up and down the trees in my front yard, and I saw a robin, a sure sign that spring is finally here. This winter season seemed to hang around …( read more )

The Water Horse

February 24, 2014

A few years ago, we had a family reunion. The place where we held our reunion was in a beautiful park that had a large, walk-in swimming hole with a concrete floor. It was a very hot day. We ate lots. We toured the park and even visited a …( read more )

Jesus Pillow

February 11, 2014

It was a beautiful sunny day. The sun's rays were piercing through the front window of my living room. Instead of the usual routine of grabbing my lunch and going into my computer room, I decided to sit in my favourite recliner, put my …( read more )

In The Blink Of An Eye

January 29, 2014

My daughter had been suffering for quite some time with discomfort and pain, and finally, she made an appointment with the doctor to have it checked out. The day arrived when I drove my daughter to the hospital for surgery. An exploratory …( read more )

Blizzard

January 9, 2014

As I write, Environment Canada has reported that a combination of dangerous snow squalls with extreme wind chills of -35C to -40C will produce frequent blizzard conditions for this afternoon and evening. The combination of a fresh, heavy …( read more )

Satan's Field Day

January 5, 2014

Many years ago, Edmund Burke, a British statesman, said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." One just has to watch the news on the television, read the newspaper, or listen to people's …( read more )

Flower Power

November 27, 2013

Our yearly vacation to Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, the largest fresh water island in the world, could not come soon enough. The island is so welcoming and beautiful. One day as I was walking along the rock formation by the water's …( read more )

Coloured Icicles

November 17, 2013

I have a beautiful view of Penetanguishene Bay from my front living room window. At night, I can see the tall Catholic Church building that stands like a citadel across the bay. The lit houses that surround it make it look like a giant, …( read more )

Heroes

November 11, 2013

The dictionary defines a hero as a person who is admired for courage or noble qualities. A hero is also someone who does something without thinking of themselves, without thinking of getting a reward. It is someone who is willing to put …( read more )

The Bumblebee

October 28, 2013

It is truly amazing how inspiration comes along in order to create a story or, in my case, a devotional. My friend, Ann, called me the other day to share with me the behaviour of a confused bumblebee. She told me that she was watching a …( read more )

Temptations And Choices

October 18, 2013

Soft music was playing in the background as I was writing in my journal. It had been a while since my last entry. Again, my writing had been put on the back burner, and I found myself wanting to get back into writing and meditation again. …( read more )

The Cards Of Life

October 10, 2013

One of my favourite pastimes is playing a game of cards called euchre. My husband and I try to play every week with two other ladies. There are times when we lose, and then there are times when we win. One night recently, I lost a few …( read more )

Rocks, Tree Stumps, And Crevices

October 2, 2013

It was a dreary, windy, and cloudy day as some of us went for a long walk to "Gerry's Point". Gerry was one of the friends with whom we had gone camping on Manitoulin Island and who had passed away. One day a few years before, as he went …( read more )

Complaint Versus Gratitude

September 21, 2013

Today was one of those rare days: the temperature was 33 degrees Celsius (91 degrees Fahrenheit) with the humidity reaching as high as 45 percent. This is a little strange, as we are slowly approaching the season of fall. *It's too hot to …( read more )

A Time Of Uncertainty

September 11, 2013

The day was bright, clear, and sunny. A soft breeze rustled the leaves of the large oak tree that stands strong and tall in my front yard. It was peaceful. Yet, approximately five hundred miles away, there was chaos. Twelve years have …( read more )

Business On The Throne

August 18, 2013

The latest project that I am working on right now is compiling all my journal entries and transferring them onto a disc, as a sort of memoir for my children. I found one journal entry that I wrote a few years ago that intrigued me: Today, …( read more )

Let Go And Move On

July 29, 2013

I remember saying those words to someone quite some time ago: "Let go and move on." In other words, let go of your past and start afresh. Sometimes, words are easier said than done, and sometimes, it is very hard to let go of the past. …( read more )

Silver Linings

July 15, 2013

As I looked out my window this morning, I noticed a large, dark cloud looming behind the big evergreen tree on the front lawn. As I continued to look at the cloud, it became evident that the whole cloud had a glowing outline — something …( read more )

Not Worthy?

June 28, 2013

Writing devotionals from real-life situations and how they pertain to biblical Scripture in order to inspire and help us to gain a deeper understanding of God's love for us has been a passion of mine for a few years now. It hasn't always …( read more )

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