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Forward With God

January 23, 2017

I was overwhelmed by the responses to my New Year's Eve devotional, Which Way To Go . Readers were very loving and understanding as I outlined my future needs while facing a move to residential care. I really appreciated the love and …( read more )

Have A Healthy Thanksgiving

October 10, 2016

Have you noticed how often the apostle Paul opens his letters with expressions of thanksgiving for people, specifically the believers? – I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. *(1 Corinthians 1:4 NIV …( read more )

Bought With A Price

January 27, 2015

Recently, my husband and I purchased a new living room set. The following day, we noticed that my cat Nikkie had a piece of paper stuck underneath his body. So I carefully removed it, along with some of his fur. The label read, "Under …( read more )

Letters From Prison

July 18, 2014

Several local people who read the PresbyCan daily devotionals I write have commented on the fact that I seem to get a lot of ideas and inspiration from my Bible class at the Long Term Care Facility, and that is indeed the case. A number of …( read more )

My Part

June 2, 2014

I don't remember one word of the sermon on Philippians 1:26, but this phrase caught my attention: "May your joy in Christ overflow on account of me." Wait a minute! Our presence should be making others happy? Oh-oh! Then I found that it …( read more )

A Salvation Story

April 8, 2014

Recently, my new friend, the wife of a Messianic rabbi, shared her late husband's testimony and the life story of his parents, Ernest and Elizabeth Cassutto, chronicled in the book, The Last Jew of Rotterdam. Set in World War II …( read more )

A Work In Progress

May 24, 2013

Summer is arriving here, and soon, our roads will be cluttered with annoying construction projects — just when we want to go on holiday trips. It means slowdowns, dust, and delays. There's no escape! Yet we know that ongoing road work …( read more )

Master Gardener

August 2, 2012

Our backyard has been going through a major transformation. Early this spring, we tilled the lawn in preparation for new sod. Gardens were made smaller, and we had a large hole dug to hold a new pond. Each week saw … (read more)

First Mother's Day

May 9, 2010

I find that some Bible verses hold a mystery. It seems like they keep coming into my reading, and some take time for me to understand them. Today's Scripture is one such verse. Our past can follow us, and it … (read more)

Christian Contenders

January 6, 2010

Like many children, I was bullied at school by several people who loved to intimidate me on a daily basis. They would bump into me on the soccer field and trip me up deliberately, or they would gang up on … (read more)

The House

January 4, 2010

We live in a fine log house. The original part of the house is constructed from very large logs. It is solid, firm, and really quite amazing. Over the years, however, an addition was built onto the original structure. The … (read more)

By My Spirit

September 5, 2009

Recently, my family celebrated the graduation of my youngest son. Challenged as he is with a severe disability, it was indeed a proud moment when he walked on stage to receive his diploma and shake hands with school administrators and … (read more)

Beneficial Memories

August 31, 2009

My good friend, prayer partner, and a well-loved member of my church met her death many years ago when a driver under the influence of alcohol lost control and ran into her. Accepting her death was hard for all who … (read more)

To Completion

June 4, 2008

I love to do crafts. It is not uncommon for me to be working on multiple projects at the same time, including knitting on my needles and doing counted cross-stitch. The reason that I have a few projects on the … (read more)

Sailboat Fuel

May 15, 2008

What is "sailboat fuel"? The first time I heard that expression, I had to stop and think about it. Motor boats use gas, which is expensive. Gas in the motor gives the boat the power it needs to go zipping … (read more)

The Journey

April 8, 2008

I joined the church as a teenager, giving my heart and life to Christ and promising to walk in His ways. I didn't understand then that I'd just taken the first step on a life journey. I thought that once … (read more)

Desperate To Know God

February 15, 2008

A phone call from a friend lasted for hours. Once the light talk was over, we had a deeper quest to talk about our situations. Confessing our concern for family and friends filled our conversation. My friend spoke words I … (read more)

Jack-O'-Lantern

October 30, 2007

As I was thinking about making a jack-o'-lantern, I realized that the poor pumpkin has to go through some pain in order to become a jack-o'-lantern. Yes, I know the pumpkin can't feel anything. Imagine with me, though, for a … (read more)

Sanded

September 3, 2007

My husband works with wood; he does all kinds of woodworking. He has renovated our home; he makes tables for others; he builds shelves or walls where needed at work. Furniture is the thing that he likes to build. He … (read more)

School Years

September 6, 2006

As another school year has started, I have been reminiscing about my school years and those of my children. How exciting it was to go back to school on the first day of September! As a child, I would always … (read more)

Blooming

June 21, 2006

I have many peony plants in my flower beds. Each one has special meaning. Two I have in memory of my dad who passed away a few years ago. One is in memory of my mom who has been gone … (read more)

It's Rubbish!

April 8, 2006

One recent night, I couldn't sleep, and as I lay awake praying, this thought came to me: the kingdom of heaven is like a recycling depot, with three bins! Yes, Lord, I know You used ordinary incidents in Your parables, … (read more)

The Mousetrap

July 13, 2005

One of my worst faults is "assuming". How easy it is, when one thinks one has all the facts. What I need is discernment, which God can give. There was a wonderful hardware store in the place where I lived … (read more)

Wearing Out

August 15, 2004

Recently, while waiting to check out my purchases at the grocery store, I overheard the man in front of me complaining about the pains and difficulties of getting old. When it came my turn, the cashier said that she liked … (read more)

Instant Tomatoes

June 16, 2004

When we wintered in the state of Florida, we usually arrived just as the second crop of tomatoes was being staked. The plants had reached about a foot-and-a-half in height. Later, I used to go into the fields when the … (read more)

The Couple In Black

January 11, 2004

At my mother-in-law's funeral, several of the guests were puzzled about her connection to the stringy, long-haired couple dressed in black, wearing matching leather jackets and metal jewellery. "That couple over there — are they in the wrong funeral parlour?" … (read more)

Still Under Construction

January 4, 2004

Our renovations that began full-time last April are still continuing. When I look at our photo album — we've been keeping a good record of every phase of the project — I'm amazed at how far we've come, especially considering … (read more)

The School Bus

April 21, 2003

He doesn't have temper tantrums. Screaming and yelling are unknown to him. He is a very mild-mannered little boy. Yet there, in the middle of the mall, he threw himself to the floor, flailed his arms and legs, and screamed, … (read more)

Flapping Your Wings

October 20, 2002

I took a break, went outside, and observed, up in the sky, a hawk caught in the updraft of the wind, soaring with no effort. Behind it was a little bird, flapping its wings for all it was worth. Undoubtedly, … (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 Lapidary

June 1, 2001

Lapidary: One who cuts, polishes and engraves precious stones. Just think what we have awaiting us when we see Jesus and our heavenly home for the first time. We can hardly imagine the joy that will be ours then. I … (read more)

Under Construction

June 30, 2000

We're renovating our summer cottage. It's been interesting and exciting to watch the plans unfold, one step at a time. As I watched the work progress, I couldn't help thinking how much our lives are under construction. God created us. … (read more)

A Robin Or A Rat?

May 29, 2000

About mid-way along our morning walk, my dog and I came upon a beautiful big red-breasted robin on the road. It was dead — probably pounced upon by some neighbourhood cat. My pockets always possess plenty of bags for that … (read more)

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