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It's Not Enough

October 29, 2017

This was the scriptural theme for a new Bible study, the verse to memorize. Later in the same day, as I opened the mail, a pamphlet from an evangelistic association proclaimed the same verse. Coincidence? This is how God gets our …( read more )

Role Models

July 26, 2017

The dictionary defines a role model as a person looked up to by others as an example to be imitated. There are role models everywhere. Some portray an example of good and some of evil. We look to movie stars, entertainers, famous people, …( read more )

Going Fishing

August 15, 2016

On several recent trips to the grocery store, I noticed how various shoppers have perfected the art of selecting fresh fruits and vegetables. For example: – A thump for a sweet watermelon – A squeeze for a firm, ripe tomato – A sniff for …( read more )

Setting Goals

April 21, 2016

We've all heard the old "saw" that there is incredible power in setting goals. Paul, the quintessential missionary and apostle, shared a few goals that he had most of his converted life. Can you think where his insightful goal statement …( read more )

The Resurrection And The Life

March 27, 2016

Recently, my family went to see the movie "Risen", a film which uniquely depicts the resurrection through the point of view of an unbeliever. As in a detective story, Clavius, a high-ranking Roman official, is put in charge of solving the …( read more )

Spring Ahead, Fall Back

March 12, 2016

This weekend, many of us spring ahead in time one hour as we adjust our clocks to Daylight Saving Time. And as we do so, everything will seem a bit out of sync for a day or two. My dogs will give me an extra hour of sleep for a few days …( read more )

Pressing On Toward the Goal

January 1, 2016

Another year has drawn to an end, and we anticipate a new year ahead of us — a brand new year — a time of new beginnings, new opportunities, a time to start over again. Whether or not we make any new year's resolutions, we can still …( read more )

The Driver's License

August 31, 2015

I had to get a new driver's license with a new photo this year. After the new license arrived in the mail, as I was destroying the old one, with each new cut of the old card I kept thinking about the old being replaced by the new. As I …( read more )

Pan Am Games

July 21, 2015

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is presently hosting the Pan Am/Parapan games. Many of the activities are taking place in Toronto, but some are also taking place in the surrounding cities. I have been noticing signs along the highways for the …( read more )

The Pitfall

March 14, 2015

For the first five years of life in our present home, we lived with walls throughout most of the house that sported pink and yellow insulation covered in vapour barrier. At first, this took a bit of getting used to, but over the years, it …( read more )

A Tribute To Caleb

October 22, 2014

Recently, my husband and I received news from a friend that her twenty-year-old grandson, Caleb Ryan Ballentine, had passed away. Caleb was born with a disease known as Duchene's Muscular Dystrophy, yet he lived much longer than the …( read more )

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

October 5, 2014

I was out on my back deck enjoying the cool air that followed the heavy rain that had just fallen. It was such a welcome break from the humidity that we had been experiencing. As I stood there, I noticed a tiny spider crawling into the …( 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 )

The Thirtieth Olympiad

August 26, 2012

Earlier this month, I was immersed in watching the games of the Summer Olympics on television from London, England. The athletes marched into the stadium nation by nation during the opening ceremony. All looked proud and hopeful that they would … (read more)

Snow Squalls

February 10, 2012

It was a bright, sunny day as I drove into town. As the day progressed, the brightness slowly started to fade, and clouds started rolling in. The sun vanished and was replaced by heavy snowfall and developing winds. All of … (read more)

Tears

July 17, 2011

Frankie Valli is known for a song back in the 1960s entitled, "Big Girls Don't Cry" — remember? Can you hear him whining "cry-yii-yii"? If you're too young, you might not know this one. You can find it on … (read more)

God's Marvellous Love And Grace

May 11, 2011

After a few weeks of repeatedly throwing kitchen peelings, food scraps, waste, and various animal manures on the top of the other rotting vegetation on my compost heap, it is frequently necessary to open up the heap to merge the … (read more)

The Costly Exchange

April 7, 2011

Lent is the season for exchanging old habits with new ones. That could also include habits of thinking. For example, the meaning of being "Christian" may have become so hazy in our minds that it needs to be replaced. Scripturally, … (read more)

Bitter Or Better?

March 11, 2011

Today is a brand new day — a clean slate — a road not travelled before. Where will we allow it to take us? Will we be bound to past mistakes, hurts, sorrows, and brokenness? Will we allow these to … (read more)

Ash Wednesday

March 9, 2011

This is Ash Wednesday, a day for sackcloth and ashes. Philippians speaks to me loud and clear — everything in my life feels like ashes — I look on my life as garbage. Sin is the cause of our unsuitable … (read more)

Say To This Mountain

February 28, 2011

Most of us can recall a time when we passed by a school that we attended earlier in life or a house that used to be our home, but is no longer. I have come to think of some of … (read more)

Willie

January 21, 2011

I once had a horse named Willie, though not for very long! In fact, Willie lived at our place for only a few days. Why? Because he kept breaking out of the corral and running home. Home, unfortunately, was only … (read more)

Old Year Reflections, New Year Revelations

December 31, 2010

At this time of our beginning Australian summer, most of our early mornings are mild, bright, and as yet relievingly flyless. Our many lakes, dams, pools, and ocean inlet waters are glass-still, attractively revealing mirror-like reflections of the sky and … (read more)

Action Is Needed

October 10, 2010

I have been thinking on today's Scripture verse for some time. I read, searched the Scriptures, and thought long and hard about how faith can sustain us at every stage of life. I drew closer to God, learned more of … (read more)

Sometimes It Is The Destination

August 30, 2010

With increasing technology allowing us instantaneous information and the ability to be connected at all times, more and more, we are urged to live in the moment, in the Now. The message to us is that It is the journey, … (read more)

Repetition

August 14, 2010

The other morning, when I was just about to brush my teeth, I noticed that the toothpaste seemed a bit runny. I picked up the toothpaste tube and found out that it contained RUB-A535 ® instead. What a shock … (read more)

Driveway Ministry

August 13, 2010

A recent trip into the United States found us travelling through many small towns. It didn't seem to matter whether we travelled through in the early morning, mid-afternoon, or evening; there was a common thread that I noticed. Many homes … (read more)

Keep Your Focus

February 22, 2010

As you ramble on through life, brother, Whatever be your goal, Keep your eye upon the donut, And not upon the hole. Many years ago, these words hung above the counter in our local caf

Goal Accomplished

September 8, 2009

"Go, son, go!"; "Stay with the man"; "Run, run, stay with the ball"; "Shoot the ball"; "Go for the net!" All are familiar phrases heard by and shouted by many parents on a soccer field, night after night. "Neither rain … (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)

The Flying Scotsman – Eric Liddell

June 22, 2009

If you've ever seen the movie, Chariots of Fire, you'll know that it's about Great Britain's highly successful 1924 Olympic sprinting team. The movie focuses on two runners, Harold Abrahams from England and Eric Liddell from Scotland. Both won gold … (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)

Keep Looking Ahead

March 25, 2008

When I was a teenager, I went to visit my aunt and uncle at their cottage. They had a motor boat. The other family members were sitting on the deck enjoying the warm, sunny weather. My uncle invited me to … (read more)

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