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Training With Miss Daisy

July 30, 2013

As I was doing some running along a lake path, I decided to do some off-leash training with my small dog, Miss Daisy. This is a path that often has a lot of runners, walkers, dogs, and even the occasional horse. There is a pretty wide …( read more )

Something New

July 4, 2013

As I was looking for some information about something the other day on the Internet, I kept landing on a site that was a couple of years old. I knew that there was a more current website, but the search engine couldn't seem to find it for …( read more )

Waiting And Watching

June 20, 2012

As I was waiting for my friend to arrive so that we could go on a bike ride, I found myself watching the clock, as if the phone would ring by my staring at the clock. I knew that my … (read more)

Eyes To See

June 1, 2012

One of the things that I enjoy doing is taking pictures of simple things in nature. Often it may be a flower or something in nature that is sometimes overlooked. With today's technology, this is something we can easily do … (read more)

Waters Of Our Lives

February 12, 2012

I often think of Peter in this situation and wonder whatever possessed him to want to get out of the boat and walk on the water towards Jesus. Peter is one of those guys that we marvel at for his … (read more)

The Good Shepherd (Pilot)

September 24, 2008

During a recent holiday throughout Alaska, we were travelling from Chicken to Eagle on the Taylor Highway. In order to do this, we needed to have a pilot vehicle to go ahead of us. The Taylor Highway is really a … (read more)

Fragrant Flowers

August 2, 2008

In my office at work, I am surrounded by many flowers, but most of them are silk. Although they always look very beautiful, they do not provide a fragrance. However, that does not stop many people from entering my office … (read more)

New Every Morning

June 20, 2008

There is a weight loss program which gives a point value for every kind of food that we dieters eat. We quickly discover the foods with low point values. On the computer, all we have to do is enter what … (read more)

Full Circle

June 10, 2008

At a recent worship service, the congregation witnessed the baptism of a young child, with his parents and grandparents. The mother of the child had grown up through the ranks of the Christian education programme within the church. Now with … (read more)

Journey To The Cross

March 18, 2008

I am sure that many of us have heard these words spoken at funerals. I just heard them again at a funeral. There are days when I feel that I have had to say good-bye to way too many friends. … (read more)

Where Has The Time Gone?

August 31, 2004

Why is it that our summer holidays always disappear so quickly? Every year as we map out what we want to do, it seems that we think we'll have lots of time to do what we want to, but before … (read more)

Living Outside The Box

July 18, 2004

At a recent conference that I attended, I was reminded about how easy it is to look for answers within our box of understanding. Often it is not until we look beyond the box that we discover the answer to … (read more)

When It Hurts

February 11, 2004

I'd like to introduce you to one of the girls who used to ride with me on my school bus. Whenever she would get the tiniest of scratches (or hurts), she would immediately cry out for a band-aid. On all … (read more)

Bus Ministry (3)

November 26, 2003

When I began driving the school bus, I did not realize the support that I would receive from the other bus drivers. The two-way radio gives the bus drivers a tool for instant communication with each other. Not only are … (read more)

Bus Ministry (2)

November 25, 2003

I don't know of anyone who doesn't like receiving gifts. I certainly do. For me, the best kinds of presents are the ones that I'm not expecting, and the ones that I'm not expected to pay back. Let me describe … (read more)

Bus Ministry (1)

November 24, 2003

When my contract with the church came to an end, and I couldn't see any other job opportunities within the church, I knew that I had to look outside the church for work. This was the first time that I … (read more)

Driving With An "L"

November 21, 2003

Living in British Columbia, Canada, we now have a graduated system for driver licensing. When someone wants to learn to drive a car, they must first pass their written test to get their "L", which is their learner's permit. Their … (read more)

But Why?

February 17, 2002

There are so many things in life that we just can't explain. Often these are the things that are completely beyond our control. Maybe someone we love was taken from us because of a thoughtless accident, or as a result … (read more)

Step By Step

January 22, 2002

This past summer, while we were on holidays, my children challenged me to climb up a forty-foot climbing wall. Wall climbing is not normally an activity that I would choose, but I did not want to disappoint my children, so … (read more)

Church Or Sports Team?

January 12, 2002

In a recent English class, where we were learning reading and writing skills, we were exploring the meaning behind different words. Our instructor listed a variety of words, and we were asked to choose one word and come up with … (read more)

Lest We Forget

November 11, 2001

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we stand in silence to remember. We wear the poppies to help us to remember and to help honour those who gave their lives for us, for our … (read more)

Give Thanks

October 9, 2001

When Paul wrote these words to the church in Philippi, he was in prison and in chains, and yet he writes this letter which is filled with thanksgiving and hope. How does he do it? Paul had a purpose in … (read more)

The Blessing Of The Eraser

September 10, 2001

When my daughter was in Grade Two, she taught us both a very valuable lesson. That was the year that she discovered what an eraser was meant for. My daughter is a perfectionist (I don't know where she gets that … (read more)

Journey With Love

December 19, 1999

During the Advent season, as we journey towards the manger, and as we light the fourth candle on our Advent wreath, let us journey with love. We're getting closer, aren't we? Christmas is not far away now. If you have … (read more)

Journey with Joy

December 12, 1999

During the Advent season, as we journey towards the manger and as we light the third candle on our Advent wreath, let us journey with joy. The third candle in the Advent wreath is often a different colour. On many … (read more)

Prepare for Christmas

December 7, 1999

The season of Advent has always been a favourite time for my family and me. I think we've always liked this time of year because it helps us to stop long enough to think about why we celebrate Christmas. If … (read more)

Journey with Peace

December 5, 1999

During the Advent season, as we journey towards the manger, and as we light the second candle on our Advent wreath, let us journey with peace. What are the things that give us a sense of peace in our lives? … (read more)

Journey with Hope

November 28, 1999

During the Advent season, as we journey towards the manger, and as we light the first candle on our Advent wreath, let us journey with hope. The writer of the letter to the Hebrews describes faith by saying that it … (read more)

What I Learned Quilting

September 25, 1999

This has been a year for me where I have started to accomplish things that I have wanted to do for a long time but never seemed to have the opportunity to do so before. It may be because my … (read more)

Another Humbling Experience

September 17, 1999

I suppose each of us has had days when it doesn't matter what we try to do: it always turns out wrong. I had one such day not too long ago. I was working on something and it just wasn't … (read more)

What I Learned Taking Canoe Lessons (2)

July 3, 1999

In the last few years, I have been involved with and co-ministering in a new church development. I think that because of the type of work that we have been involved in, I have been challenged a great deal concerning … (read more)

What I Learned Taking Canoe Lessons (1)

July 2, 1999

For the past four or five years, our family has been involved in the camp programme that our Presbytery offers on Vancouver Island. Each year I go, I have realized that I really need to become more knowledgeable about manoeuvring … (read more)

Breadmaking

June 8, 1999

Many of us may remember, as a child, watching a parent or a relative making bread. As a child, and even now, I think the smell of freshly-baked bread is one of the most wonderful aromas. Of course, breadmakers have … (read more)

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