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Christmas Is…

December 4, 2012

Christmas is here; at least, a shopper's Christmas is here. Christmas trees, wreaths, ornaments, and toys are proudly displayed in store windows and shelves — beautiful, shiny objects to attract and entice the consumer. Well-thought-out …( read more )

The Still Small Voice

November 16, 2012

I was just about to turn off my computer when the phone rang. I looked at the clock. It was 11:00 p.m. It is truly amazing how many anxious thoughts ran through my mind. I could feel my stomach churning. Reluctantly, I answered the phone. …( read more )

Re-Connected

October 16, 2012

In yesterday's devotional, I wrote about being disconnected from the Internet and waiting for a new power cord for my modem to be shipped to me. "I am finally back online, since last Thursday!" This was the beginning sentence in … (read more)

A Lost Connection

October 15, 2012

The other day, I turned on my computer as usual, and routinely tried to connect to the Internet to check my e-mail. The following message greeted me on the monitor: Server not found. Check the address for typing errors. If … (read more)

A New Creation

September 24, 2012

Approximately two years ago, our church building was sold to a funeral company. Due to declining membership, the few members who were left found it difficult to keep up with the bills. We had no other option but to sell, … (read more)

Dry And Parched

August 30, 2012

It had been a few weeks since we'd had rain. Looking out my living room window, I saw that the green grass had turned to a brownish colour. Walking on the grass, we heard the crunching sound made when the … (read more)

Running Against The Wind

August 17, 2012

With all the hot weather that we have had, we were grateful when we finally received the much-needed rain. With the rain came a gentle, cool breeze that brought relief and comfort to our household. The other day, as I … (read more)

A New Creation

July 31, 2012

Approximately two years ago, our church building was sold to a funeral company. Due to declining membership, the few members who were left in our congregation found it difficult to keep up with the bills. We had no other option … (read more)

Celebration Of A Life

July 14, 2012

"In Loving Memory of …" was printed on the inside of the pamphlets, along with pictures of the deceased, as well as the month, day, and year that they were born and the month, day, and year that they passed … (read more)

Not A Number

June 28, 2012

On April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg, killing 1,517 passengers and crew members. It was a horrific tragedy, as many lost their lives. It was said that some tombstones had a number inscribed instead of a … (read more)

Slave To Spoken Words

June 14, 2012

"I am the master of my unspoken words, and a slave to those that should have remained unspoken." This unknown writer must have felt exactly the same way as I did: guilty. Have you ever said something that you were … (read more)

The Flash Of Light

May 25, 2012

I was lying on my bed, listening for the familiar sounds that come before someone falls asleep. I could hear my parents talking, and I was wishing that they would go to sleep already. My room, located off the kitchen … (read more)

My Cup Overflows… With Stuff

May 10, 2012

I am the type of person who can't say "No." If somebody is sick or something else comes up and the person can't fulfill their volunteer position at our church, it is my name that comes to mind. If a … (read more)

Angry Words

April 26, 2012

I could feel the anger rising within me. I was trying very hard to keep my mouth closed, to stop spewing out those angry, constrained words that were slowly rising from the pit of my stomach, trying desperately to escape … (read more)

A Desert Journey

March 24, 2012

Not too long ago, our church building was sold to a funeral company. Our church membership was slowly being reduced for various reasons, and the building was becoming a burden to the few members who were left. We had no … (read more)

As Good As It Gets

March 7, 2012

I recently enjoyed a movie entitled "As Good As It Gets". The movie is about an abrasive, obsessive-compulsive author (played by Jack Nicholson) who gets a new lease on life when he falls for a waitress (played by Helen Hunt). … (read more)

Snow Squalls

February 10, 2012

It was a bright, sunny day as I drove into town. As the day progressed, the brightness slowly started to fade, and clouds started rolling in. The sun vanished and was replaced by heavy snowfall and developing winds. All of … (read more)

The Roller-Coaster Ride

January 4, 2012

With the brand new beginning of another year underway, I wonder what 2012 will bring. I can't believe how quickly the years have passed; the older I get, the faster the time seems to fly by. Last year, my life … (read more)

A Sci-Fi Tale

September 20, 2011

I love science fiction. I enjoy reading someone's sometimes-unbelievable concept of a futuristic society. I remember watching episodes of "Star Trek" and "Lost in Space" in the late 1960s and 1970s. Captain James T. Kirk, the commander of the Starship … (read more)

Words Of Comfort

August 3, 2011

Not too long ago, I wrote about my husband having a mini-stroke during surgery on his carotid artery. I was overwhelmed at the e-mail responses I received. To see such tremendous support from writers and readers alike brought a thankful … (read more)

Mind Games

July 6, 2011

Near the beginning of June, my husband had surgery on his carotid artery. It was at that time that he suffered a mini-stroke. I knew that there was something wrong because it was a long time before he came out … (read more)

Crown Of Thorns

June 25, 2011

In my living room sits a plant that is called "The Crown of Thorns", also known as "The Christ Plant". It is a member of the Poinsettia family. It is said that the crown of thorns worn by Christ at … (read more)

The Celestial Butterfly

June 6, 2011

We live a few kilometres outside a small town. There are no street lights or tall buildings to obstruct our view of the night sky. On a beautiful clear night, millions of stars lit up the sky, and my eye … (read more)

A Labour Of Love

May 3, 2011

A few years ago, my friend, Mary, hand-crocheted a beautiful afghan for me. It must have taken her many hours to crochet this blanket because not only did she crochet a pattern, but also she weaved long strands of wool … (read more)

A Tough Decision

March 21, 2011

Not too long ago, my uncle passed away. He had been suffering from Parkinson's disease and dementia for a few years, but it was the last week of his life on this earth that was very hard for his family. … (read more)

The Break

February 4, 2011

It was a Wednesday evening, and I had just returned home from my friend's house. It was almost eleven o'clock, so I decided to turn the television on to watch the evening news. My mother, who lives downstairs, had just … (read more)

Games Galore

November 18, 2010

It happened again! I couldn't believe that I could be enticed again. But there it was — staring me in the face — and tempting me to play the latest edition of a new "Hidden Object" game on the Internet. … (read more)

The Power Outage

November 3, 2010

It happened so quickly and unexpectedly. In a split second, there was darkness. Our source of power, which we take for granted, was taken from us. Apparently, lightning struck a transformer not too far away from us which caused this … (read more)

The Unwanted Visitor

October 18, 2010

It started out with a tickle in my throat. I immediately mixed some salt and warm water and began gargling. But by the following morning, I had a headache, a sore throat, plugged ears, and a runny nose, and in … (read more)

Church For Sale

October 4, 2010

One of the hardest things in my life has been seeing a "For Sale" sign on our church property, especially since I was a part of the organizational process. Our liturgical congregation was drowning in mortgage debt, and the few … (read more)

Filtered Water

September 20, 2010

Our main source of water is from a ninety-five-foot drilled well. When the water enters through a pipe into our house, it first goes through a filter. This process eliminates impurities that would otherwise enter our tap water and, of … (read more)

Trials

September 5, 2010

One of the hardest things in life for an expectant mother is to find out that the baby that she has been carrying for almost eight months is stillborn. In a moment's time, the world of the expectant father and … (read more)

Repetition

August 14, 2010

The other morning, when I was just about to brush my teeth, I noticed that the toothpaste seemed a bit runny. I picked up the toothpaste tube and found out that it contained RUB-A535 ® instead. What a shock … (read more)

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