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The Tree Of Life

August 18, 2017

I have a goji berry bush, the fruit of which is highly antioxidant, long used in Chinese medicine, and also used to make jam. The plant is now as tall as I am. I fertilize it, but I've yet to see any fruit. Those at the nursery suggested …( read more )

The Visitation

March 16, 2017

The symptoms of vascular dementia include memory loss, confusion, and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving, or language that are serious enough to interfere with daily life. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged because of …( 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 )

Living Water

July 14, 2016

I have noticed that more and more people are carrying a water bottle with them at all times, when they are walking or jogging, driving the car, in church, and at sports events. We are often reminded that water is good for us, even when …( read more )

Red Emeralds

June 21, 2016

My friend attended a gospel convention in the United States and stood in line afterwards to have a word with one of the speakers. As she waited, she noticed a young man approaching her. He was a stranger to her, but he was making eye …( read more )

Happy New Year

May 14, 2016

Early on Easter morning, I was out walking with our dog, a morning ritual that I have come to enjoy as much as she does. It was a beautiful morning, sunny and cold, and we were out very early, so we were able to watch the sun rise on our …( read more )

The Second Christmas

December 19, 2015

As the dogs and I watched the horizon, patiently waiting for the sun to rise sufficiently for us to go for our walk, I silently counted the days until December 21st, the shortest day of the year, signifying that on the morrow the darkness …( read more )

What's In Your Safe?

September 27, 2015

As a former coin collector, I have always had a fascination with gold, which is one of our most precious metals. There are several YouTube videos on the Internet that show the painstaking refinement process by which all the dross and …( read more )

Old Friends And Reunions

September 25, 2015

I am fairly busy as a musician, and every year, it seems that I am always booked on the weekend when our friend, Walter, has his bluegrass festival that we want to attend. This year, we let the band know well ahead that we were not going …( read more )

The New Jerusalem

August 20, 2015

During its long history, the city of Jerusalem has been destroyed at least twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times. The city is surrounded by a wall and divided into four quarters: Jewish, …( read more )

"Precious" Memories

July 30, 2015

In 2000, I wrote a devotional about our daughter's dog, Precious. When we had to have her put to sleep due to old age and a fall, it was a really difficult day for all of us. She had survived with skin cancer for over five years and had …( read more )

Ladybugs Are Free

June 16, 2015

After an extremely cold winter, I was happy to set free into the wild several ladybugs that had taken up residence in my home. A friend suggested that I get rid of them, but instead, I kept them in a plastic storage box and gave them food …( read more )

Let Me Go

June 11, 2014

The other week, my husband and I attended the funeral service of his dear departed sister, who was also a mother, a sister-in-law, an aunt, and a grandmother. Her life affected two generations, and each generation mourned her differently. …( read more )

Stark Reality

March 13, 2014

Let me tell about a dream I had last night. I saw a barren tree stripped of all its leaves, ready for winter — no green, red, or gold left behind, just stark and naked in the frosty air — so dead looking — just like we feel in lonely …( read more )

Heaven Is For Real

January 24, 2014

I have been reading a wonderful little book called Heaven is for Real. It is the story of a little boy, Colton, who, when extremely ill in hospital with a burst appendix, had experiences of being in heaven. His father, Todd Burpo, …( read more )

True Freedom

February 24, 2013

Have you ever wondered what true freedom really is? The dictionary defines it as the power to do what we want to do and to go where we want to go without being controlled; not being a slave or prisoner; not having or being affected by …( read more )

The End Of The World?

December 20, 2012

"The world is coming to an end on December 21, 2012." You have read about it in the newspaper. You have heard about it on television. There are thousands of interpretations and views on the Internet. Just google the phrase "2012 end of the …( read more )

Spring Is In The Air

April 15, 2012

I love spring! Where we live, we are surrounded by trees, and it is amazing to watch the leaves come out. Over the last few days, the trees have changed from bare to almost-filled with green leaves again. We are … (read more)

The Yellow Stain

February 15, 2012

In my refrigerator on the lower shelf, there was a large, yellow stain which I could not remove. The refrigerator was like this when we moved into our condo, and the warranty on it was outdated. The stain displeased me. … (read more)

Back To The Future

September 27, 2011

One day recently, I drank too much caffeine, so I ended up being wide awake in the wee small hours of the morning. You would think that I would know better by now, but I like my tea and my … (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)

Old and Familiar

June 8, 2011

When I bought a new sewing machine, I had to learn all about it. The spools went on differently; the bobbins went in differently; it had a cool needle threader that I had to learn to use, and a different … (read more)

What Is Heaven Like?

April 5, 2010

Several days ago, we were walking the beach at the evening hour. It was foggy, so everywhere we looked we saw but a shadow; nothing was clear. Then, as we walked along, a picture developed in the sky which I … (read more)

Tabernacle Of Testimony

September 29, 2009

Displayed in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is a full-size replica of the biblical tabernacle, designed from the details described in Exodus. I had the opportunity to visit this exhibit years ago when my Bible study group was studying the rich symbolism … (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)

Jesus Lives!

September 20, 2009

In this life, both before and after becoming a renewed Christian, I've lived through many trials, tribulations, persecutions, sinfulness, devastating losses of loved ones, financial struggles, spiritual insecurity (due to my lack of faith), fears, worries, pain, heartbreak, et cetera. … (read more)

As God Wills

August 18, 2009

Not too long ago, I was speaking with an elderly person. This individual was telling me the story of an old gentleman in excellent health, who committed suicide. He left a note telling his friends and family that he was … (read more)

Penciled In

November 9, 2008

My grandfather always carried a notebook and a wee pencil in his shirt pocket to make notes to himself. I recall how we used to make dates to spend time together; he would write my name in his little notebook … (read more)

What's In A Name?

May 1, 2008

On our way to the grocery store, we pass a hot tub store. One day, I noticed that the name of the store was no longer on the building. At first glance, I said to my husband that the store … (read more)

Trials

September 15, 2006

I have been going through a very difficult trial involving a dear family member. Just when I think I have turned everything over to God, something new happens in this situation, and, poof — I feel as if I haven't … (read more)

A Great, High Mountain

April 9, 2005

I have always loved the mountains. Precious memories still linger from the two years my family lived near the peak of a mountain many years ago. I have loved the various trips we have taken across our nation when we … (read more)

Hospitality

February 19, 2005

There is nothing like finding a welcoming, attractive place to stay at the end of a long day of travel. On our recent trip, we discovered such a place when we checked into our bed and breakfast for the night. … (read more)

A Trip Down Memory Lane

January 22, 2005

A couple of summers ago, my husband and I were taking my parents on an outing. I wanted to take them to the old farmhouse that had sheltered our family for one year back in the 'fifties, but I wasn't … (read more)

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