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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 )

(Un)Answered Prayer

August 10, 2016

On June 15th, 2015, one of my two remaining sisters, three years my junior, was admitted to the hospital. At that time, she was suffering from an undisclosed intestinal problem. She was unable to eat properly, and she was dehydrated. The …( read more )

The Right Time

May 11, 2016

I find myself putting in the time sitting on my recliner knitting more dolls. Even though I see double at times, each doll forms out properly — it is all from old know-how and memory. I noticed that the clock on the wall was out of sync …( read more )

Longing For Home

January 5, 2016

Absence can make the heart grow fonder; it can also cause it to grow callous. Deployed soldiers know this well. Tours of duty seem forever. Years pass without seeing their loved ones. Letters and the occasional phone call are the best that …( read more )

The Hidden Components

June 29, 2014

Computers and I get along to a point. The trouble begins, however, when I don't know how or where to find something within a specific program. As most of my readers probably know, computers have lots of hidden features, but unless I know …( 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 )

Changes

December 19, 2013

For the first time in thirty-five years, we will not be celebrating Christmas in our cozy house on our four acres of lawn and forest with the creek at the back, the place which has been our home for all those many years. That house is …( read more )

In His Time

October 16, 2013

As I was walking along the trail with my dog, I was deep in thought. For a long time, I had been praying about speaking to a close friend of mine about the need to accept Jesus in her life. I knew that it would be tricky because she was …( 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)

My Father's World

June 11, 2012

I am — or rather, was — a walker. I guess I got into it when I started timber cruising (topographic and timber quantitative surveying) for various logging companies on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, during summers in my high … (read more)

Beautiful

October 23, 2011

I have a sweet friend who always makes negative, unkind comments about herself. I look at her, smile, and respond, "Don't say bad things about my friend!" How many times do you hear someone making negative, disparaging comments about the … (read more)

How Does He Do That?

September 2, 2011

I know that you are just as busy as I am. Do you ever not get to your prayer time or your time to be with the Lord daily? Although I know that if I start my day with my … (read more)

A Time For Every Purpose

November 29, 2010

Besides looking at old family photos, I sometimes enjoy listening to the voices recorded on an old fashioned reel-to-reel tape player. These familiar voices of my past brought back many childhood memories I had since forgotten. I heard a six-year-old … (read more)

A Time To Be Born

June 6, 2010

Because I'm intolerant of wasted time, in the past, I didn't handle well being let down in agreed arrangements or any other time-broken promises, especially those without any prior notice. It's the wasted waiting time that I objected to most. … (read more)

Seasons Of Growth

March 23, 2010

Living in New Brunswick, Canada, we are certainly well acquainted with the seasons. Every season brings with it its own unique beauty. While I may complain about the cold winter weather (more so since getting older) and scooping the snow, … (read more)

Time For Everything

November 13, 2009

Because God's Word is absolutely clear that there is a time and season for everything, I began, years ago, to feel guilty whenever I used the old clich

Left Behind

October 27, 2009

August had approached the midway point, and I had noted that the robins which bathed in the birdbath were gone. Yes, they had all taken flight and headed for a warmer climate; some who were very young were migrating for … (read more)

Mourning And Dancing

April 19, 2009

I think I must have conducted about 750 funerals over my twenty-three years in ministry. When I was a pastor in Scotland, I looked after two parishes, and on average, I officiated at about two funerals a week. I can … (read more)

The Silence Of The Lamb

April 8, 2009

Most of us likely know the expression, "Silence speaks louder than words." Years of experience have taught me that this proverb is true. Sometimes, I can give a better testimony simply by being silent, much to the disappointment of some … (read more)

Call Her Blessed

March 3, 2009

Years ago, when my siblings and I were sitting around the table at a meal time, the topic of conversation was Proverbs 31, from verse 10 on. The passage starts out talking about an excellent wife and how she is … (read more)

Dion (Part 3)

November 6, 2008

Dion is dead! He was so tiny, so young, so fragile. How did it happen so quickly? Why did it happen? I was saddened. Dion, my Venus Fly Trap, lived in my home for only a few short weeks. When … (read more)

Beautiful

August 28, 2008

Off and on over the years, I have thought about animals and how unique each one is. For the most part, animals are pleasant to observe. I love seeing the robins hopping around my yard and hearing them sing. Horses … (read more)

Did She Keep The Feather?

June 13, 2008

Four years ago, when our now almost-six-year-old granddaughter was "almost two", she and I found a feather together while out walking and exploring. Immediately, she wanted me to bring it home with us and put it on the aerial of … (read more)

Finding God In A Dirt Clod

March 27, 2008

About a month ago, for the first time this year, I saw an advertisement for the sale of garden seeds. It was a sign that soon it would be time for spring planting. Every gardener knows that the most important … (read more)

Winter All Year?

November 3, 2007

In northern Alberta, Canada, we had an unusually long winter this past year. From the first snowfall until it was all melted was six long months. In March, one of my little grandsons said wearily, "I think winter is going … (read more)

Rustling Leaves

September 13, 2007

When the children were young, I used to love going camping. They enjoyed it so much. The freedom to run and play was exhilarating — for them, as well as for us, the parents who were watching close by. Often, … (read more)

Shortness Of Life

July 9, 2007

My dad passed on about six years ago now. He had lived a good long life, bloomed where he was planted, and left a legacy for his children and grandchildren. There was sadness and grieving and pain, though; my dad … (read more)

Changes

May 17, 2007

Last summer, the weather was very rare for our part of Canada. We set record highs a few days in a row. The temperature was often over 30 degrees Celsius. One day, I saw on the weather network that it … (read more)

It's All In The Timing

October 17, 2006

We were on our way to Calgary, my parents and I. My father was driving my car, and I was sitting beside him, enjoying the very pleasant scenes of Alberta, when my mother, seated in the back, suddenly exclaimed in … (read more)

Seasons

May 25, 2006

I could not sleep. I sat looking out the window at the snow falling, noticing how snow crystals shine like diamonds as the street lights shine overhead. I started thinking about how there are seasons to everything and that winter … (read more)

Handmade By God

December 17, 2005

As a new Christian, I have always found today's Scripture to be an intriguing verse. Just a few Sundays ago, our pastor used this verse in his sermon. This week I was given an opportunity to see this verse put … (read more)

Dust

July 14, 2005

It was a dry, windy day when I tilled my small vegetable garden plot. Upon completion of the tilling, I discovered that I was covered in dust. Even my eyeglass lenses were dust-covered. Looking at the world through dust-covered glasses, … (read more)

Time

October 25, 2004

In the book of Ecclesiastes, the Preacher wrote about time — how there is a time for everything. I thought about how we often measure our lives by time. We beat time; we are pressed for time; we make up … (read more)

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