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Deception

August 6, 2017

The first thing that I do every morning is to look out my large bay window to check on the weather. Today, the sky is blue, and the sun is shining brightly. It promises to be a pleasant day, so I head out to walk my dog. It is then that …( read more )

Something To Think About

April 3, 2017

At two degrees north of the Arctic Circle, in Inuvik, Canada, the sun sets for the last time below the horizon in early December. After nearly 30 days of darkness, the return of the sun is celebrated around January 6th at the annual Inuvik …( read more )

See How They Run

March 12, 2017

I am back with the continuing saga of the black squirrels. Although I thought that they hibernated for the winter, I guess nobody told them about that, because I see them every day busily running back and forth, and up and down the tree …( read more )

No Hiding Place

February 12, 2017

As I walked along with my dog, Sparky, during the January thaw, I couldn't help but notice how dirty the street was. Apparently, a lot of people do not bother to pick up after their dogs, and that angers me. There is absolutely no excuse …( read more )

The Missing Piece

December 14, 2016

They stream out of the store, carts crammed with piles of groceries, assorted Christmas items, wreaths, toys, candy canes, chocolates, huge frozen turkeys, and the occasional clinging child. A few people notice me standing beside the …( read more )

Late Bloomers

October 21, 2016

This year, I tenderly raised my four tomato plants in anticipation of a large crop of juicy, red tomatoes to share with my neighbours. Each day, I watered them faithfully, and as the season progressed, I checked their vines for ripe …( read more )

Moving On

October 5, 2016

Three of my neighbours moved away this week into seniors' residences. It seemed rather sudden, but it likely won't affect me since I never knew them very well. However, when I got a call yesterday from a very dear friend telling me that …( read more )

Raising A Baby, At My Age

September 5, 2016

I have been retired for some time, but I never find life boring because I know that God isn't finished with me yet. I often wonder what He has in store for me in these latter years, but He never leaves me wondering for very long. Last …( read more )

Doggerel

September 1, 2016

{Walking Sparky, I am hot. But then, today, who is not? At ninety degrees, God sends a breeze. I knew He would, 'cause He's so good. He answers me before I call, And sends His breeze for one and all.} What I have just written is called …( read more )

Victory

August 22, 2016

After completing my coffee time with the Lord the other morning, I was enjoying the ever-changing panorama that my bay window greets me with every day. Suddenly, my attention was grabbed by the sight of a huge, black crow gliding down to …( read more )

All This Fussing

June 24, 2016

Recently, I wrote a devotional about how concerned I had been about a little black squirrel sitting alone all day on a bare branch in the drizzling rain. I couldn't get it out of my mind, and I kept wondering why its mate had deserted …( read more )

He Loves Me Too

June 10, 2016

Each day, for about four weeks, while enjoying my first cup of morning coffee, I have been watching the constant antics of two black squirrels. It didn't matter when I happened to glance out the window, rain or shine, they were tearing up …( read more )

Divine Invitations

November 16, 2015

I have always loved parties. As a child, nothing excited me more than a little piece of paper that said, Come to my birthday party. Nothing much has changed in that respect — I still love get-togethers. I have had more than my share of …( read more )

He Knows My Name

November 5, 2015

I find it rather embarrassing these days that when I go to greet someone whom I have known for ages, suddenly her name is gone from my mind. It is especially annoying when I am in the middle of an introduction and I draw a blank. I know …( read more )

The Little Burr

October 17, 2015

Despite delays in waiting for medical procedures, my legs have recovered sufficiently that I feel strong enough to walk down The Trail again. As I write, it is the first day of fall, and absolutely gorgeous! The sights! The sounds! The …( read more )

God's Appointment

September 29, 2015

Never in my life have I had an immediate example of the truth of this Scripture — at least not until today. Recently, I was given a birthday gift called "The 30-Day Praise Challenge" by Becky Harling. I committed to this challenge and …( read more )

Little Things Mean A Lot

August 22, 2015

I nearly stepped on the little thing before I saw it: A tiny butterfly, the size of the end of my thumb with markings similar to the monarch butterfly, sat on the pink clover. Because I don't want to trip on the rough ground of The Trail …( read more )

A Flight Of Fancy

August 11, 2015

Looking out the front window, I notice that the sky is a lovely shade of blue with many white, fluffy clouds adding to its beauty. However, as I step out the front door in anticipation of a refreshing walk with my dog, Sparky, I am …( read more )

What Are So Few Bibles?

August 2, 2015

Yesterday, God answered a question that I had asked in a moment of discouragement over 42 years ago — and I was blessed beyond words! A friend and I had taken Bibles with us into Russia, even though it involved considerable danger, …( read more )

God's Choir

June 20, 2015

On one recent morning, heading out to my weekly exercise program took every ounce of willpower I possessed. It was a chilly, grey, drizzly day, and my aching bones were screaming at me to go back to bed. As I was climbing into my car, I …( read more )

What Do You See?

June 2, 2015

As I step once again onto the beautiful trail to which God has directed me for my daily walks, my feet are cushioned by a glorious carpet of brilliant gold and vivid green. Droplets of dew, still clinging to the golden flowers, cause them …( read more )

The Difference

May 30, 2015

Devastation! — the only word to describe the horrendous scenes of destruction caused by vicious tornadoes and torrential rain which built up into furious flooding, washing out dams, sweeping away countless homes, and resulting in loss …( read more )

Can These Bones Live?

May 23, 2015

My dog, Sparky, and I went down The Trail for the first time this spring. It was a mild, sunny day, so different from the frigid weather that we had been having for the previous several months. He pranced and danced along happily, as I …( read more )

It's Called Balance

April 28, 2015

Lately, my mind has been taken up with food, as I continue to pursue my weight-loss goals. I have found during this quest that the television ads are not my friends. I cannot venture a guess as to what percentage of them are focused on …( read more )

His Eyes

April 18, 2015

His eyes never leave me. He follows my every movement. Wherever I go, he quickly moves out ahead of me and keeps checking to see if I am following after him. All of this takes place because he loves me. He is my dog, Sparky. One day, I …( read more )

An Easter Gift

April 8, 2015

Last Friday, an article was published in the Toronto Star , subtitled, "An Easter Gift". It read in part, "On Thursday, the roughly 6-month-old lamb was spared from his fate at a nearby meat-packing plant, thanks to an unusual agreement …( read more )

Sip And Savour

March 23, 2015

All of my life, it seems to me that I have been in a hurry for some reason or other. For example, I have always been the first person at the table to finish my meal. I never thought much about it until recently, when God opened my eyes to …( read more )

War Of The Two Worlds

March 11, 2015

As I was perusing an article in my monthly health magazine, I was astonished to read that 500 to 1000 species of bacteria inhabit our intestines, and that equates to roughly 100 trillion micro-organisms, all prepared to defend our bodies …( read more )

So What?

February 23, 2015

It was -20 degrees, with a wind chill factor of -30. I definitely did not want to go out into that deepfreeze. So what? a little voice in my head seemed to ask. Your dog has to go out. Would you rather not have this dog? That thought …( read more )

Reflections

January 14, 2015

The sky looked like the inside of a brilliant, blue bowl turned upside down. There wasn't a single wisp of a cloud to mar its perfection. As I walked along The Trail that morning, I happened to look down, and I was thrilled to see …( read more )

Ask And Receive

December 2, 2014

I awoke to find a world of white. It was beautiful, but also a threat because mountains of the stuff had piled up against my doors, and I was literally a prisoner in my own home. I managed to push the back door open just wide enough to …( read more )

The Winds Of Change

November 25, 2014

Sparky and I have not been to The Trail for a couple of weeks, so as we enter through the narrow opening in the tall grasses, I am astounded at the changes that meet my eyes. We are instantly engulfed in a maelstrom of whirling leaves, …( read more )

The Trail Is Alive

November 15, 2014

This morning, The Trail is alive with sights and sounds to delight the senses. Goldenrod and purple asters line either side, intermingling with patches of Queen Anne's lace, swaying in the gentle breeze. Monarch butterflies circle and …( read more )

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