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Fitness Tracking

March 9, 2016

I wasn't always a physically active person and my body-image issues don't let me remember a time when I was completely happy with the way I looked. Yet, on a summer's day in 2009, I stepped on my scale to convince a disheartened friend …( read more )

Facing Danger Today

February 28, 2016

Since there is so much violence around, we may have worried feelings about terrifying things happening today. I could be apprehended and treated violently or taken to a dangerous spot where anything could happen. Here in my hometown, I …( read more )

The Choice Is Ours

January 8, 2016

These days, a lot is said and written about the irrelevancy of our Christian faith. Some months ago, there was a report in our local paper about a minister of the gospel who had preached for many years and submitted faith-based articles …( read more )

The Mosaic

October 21, 2014

I have taken up a new hobby: stained glass mosaics. Mosaics are pictures or patterns made up from small bits of stone or glass. The nice thing about this hobby is that it requires only leftover pieces of glass, which makes it quite …( read more )

Robe Of Righteousness

July 29, 2014

Many years ago, when I attended the 428 Gospel Club on Wednesday nights in Glasgow, Scotland, several regular participants used to sing their own personal testimony songs. Iain, who ended up being the best man at my wedding, would sing …( read more )

Bride In White – That's Right

February 14, 2014

The last time I looked for a wedding dress was in 1970. I was 19, the dress was pink, and the wedding was at city hall. I was a typical sixties-thinking, cute gal, and a white dress didn't have much meaning for me then. But this wedding …( read more )

Christmas Cards For The Brokenhearted?

December 12, 2013

I love Christmas. I haven't loved every Christmas in my life, however. The first Christmas four months after my daughter died in a car accident was a bad one. The Christmas before that, after my husband left, that same daughter wept as …( read more )

The Pit Of Despair

June 5, 2013

Have you ever been in the pit of despair, having lost your way in the fog of self-pity and remorse? The other day, I listened to a friend recall how she felt when lost in the fog of despair and anger. It centered on her son's wedding. I …( read more )

Dressing A Ferret

June 8, 2012

My youngest daughter, Sophia, is her own person. Being not yet two, she is quite prepared to stand her own ground and show her disapproval; she is, then, not a quiet child. It encourages me that she clearly carries my … (read more)

The Prize

November 4, 2011

How exciting! We normally never win anything, yet our name had been drawn. We beamed as we were handed a beautifully-wrapped prize. Others quickly gathered round pressing us to discover its contents. Ooohhhs and aaahhhs soon accompanied the article we … (read more)

From Wrath To Praise

July 21, 2011

One of the mysteries of life that continually baffles believers is why God allows His enemies to persecute and torment His people. Recently, I read a thought-provoking devotional about Joanna, one of the women who supported Jesus and His disciples … (read more)

Fireweed

August 19, 2010

At this time of the year, the fireweed plant, here in the far north, is nothing short of a glory of splendour upon the hills and fields. Its clear magenta colour floods the landscape with rippling beauty. Fireweed is classified … (read more)

Spiritual Life

May 23, 2010

How constantly happy I am to be saved to this abundant life, to eternal life, and by God's grace to live as God's child in this new covenant dispensation. In this new covenant of God's grace, loving Father God saved … (read more)

Beauty For Ashes

September 23, 2009

This past June, I was fortunate to join a group of other Americans as we travelled to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to help with the home building and the healing that this province so desperately needs. We worked with the local … (read more)

Prison Wall

June 7, 2009

I didn't know it at the time, but my name and telephone number were etched onto a wall inside a cell of the local police station. At some point, I must have helped someone in the Scottish town I was … (read more)

The Echoes Of My Mind

September 18, 2008

When I discovered that the word "stronghold" came from the Greek word "echo", some interesting thoughts came to mind. For instance, an old country song about lost love goes on about "the echoes of my mind". The dictionary defines our … (read more)

Torn Nylons

May 18, 2008

One morning I was in a hurry. I was scurrying to get out the door to be at church early. The last thing on my list was to get myself ready. As I pulled a pair of nylons from the … (read more)

Refiner's Fire

January 27, 2008

We had a very large fire in our community last week. The commercial building held eight to ten different and varied businesses, and all were a total loss. Nothing survived this fire. There were two non-profit organizations, three government offices, … (read more)

A Sower Reaps More Than He Can Sow

April 25, 2006

As followers of Jesus, we know that He has the ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. An errand was needed to collect a few donuts and cookies for an early morning meeting. What was to be a regular … (read more)

The New Garment

December 15, 2004

"I'd never go in there," my friend said as we passed the charity shop. "My mother taught me never to wear something that was on someone else's back." Until that moment, I hadn't thought much about second-hand clothes for a … (read more)

Christians Need New Clothes

November 3, 2004

I'll have to admit that I've spent lots of energy, time, and money throughout my life on clothing. I love clothing and accessories. In my earlier years, I was taught that clothes make the man (or woman), that people judge … (read more)

Where Are You Looking?

December 8, 2003

As Christmas approaches, I am reminded of a habit my collie, Belle, exhibits whenever we are out walking, and another person or vehicle approaches us from behind. Instead of continuing to look forward while she is walking, she tries to … (read more)

Get Cracking!

January 26, 2003

A sledgehammer? I'm holding a sledgehammer and tearing down a wall! This isn't what I thought when I heard the words "inner city mission", but here I am with crowbar, hammer, and helmet. Evergreen Mission to street kids is expanding, … (read more)

Art From Trash

January 24, 2003

I have a friend, Nan, who enters the annual Art from Trash contest here on Maui each year. Nan takes things that other people throw away and sees the beauty in them. She carefully pieces together faded photographs, bits of … (read more)

Beauty For Ashes

July 27, 1999

I went through a period of my life where I wasn't sure exactly where I fit in. My parents were divorced when I was a little girl. No one could fully explain the who, why or when to me. All … (read more)

What's In Your Toolbox?

July 18, 1998

My younger brother had a tool franchise for six years and often when I'd visit him, we'd go out into the van after supper and put away stock together. He'd call out the number, I'd tick it off and put … (read more)

Bank Deposits

July 15, 1998

For several years the bank behind our house was slowly slipping into the gully below. It wasn't really noticeable at first, but then it seemed to slip away at about an inch a year. No one wanted to take responsibility, … (read more)

Social Justice And People Of Faith (1)

February 10, 1998

Recently someone commented to me that they wondered why Christians couldn't be involved in building a sense of community and solidarity, to be participating in social justice events. I was, frankly, surprised. And yet, as I thought about their question, … (read more)

Specializing In God

January 18, 1997

Don Posterski said in a lecture series I attended that in our churches we need to specialize in God. This is what he has to say: "We go to grocery stores for food, to banks in order to deal with … (read more)

A Thrilling Voice?

December 16, 1996

Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding, "Christ is nigh!" it seems to say. The words of that hymn could be about John the Baptist, or about Isaiah, as we read his words in Advent light. What do the words mean … (read more)

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