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If Only…

September 12, 2018

If only my boss weren't so narcissistic. If only the church elders weren't so worldly. If only that teen weren't so rebellious. If only my relatives were more loving. If only our politicians didn't oppose Christian values. … If only God …( read more )

Impaired Vision

May 29, 2018

Over 25 years ago, I was told that I was going blind. Treatments and surgeries have slowed the onset of visual impairment over the years, yet the lack of sight is evidently growing, and it has become more apparent lately. Slowly, over the …( read more )

Round Two

April 4, 2018

I couldn't believe it. I had just recovered from being sick, and now, I was flat on my back again. I could have picked up this virus anywhere, as there is so much of the flu going around. Mentally retracing my steps, I remembered that I …( read more )

Can You Live With It?

January 29, 2018

My mind was passively ruminating over a besetting annoyance. Suddenly, my meandering thoughts were intercepted by a pointed question: Can you live with it? It occurred to me, *Well, yes, I can live with it. Why not? It's not stopping me …( read more )

At Wits' End

January 28, 2018

One of my most difficult challenges was raising a son with autism. Many times, I was at my wits' end. Until recently, I was unaware that the expression, "at wits' end" originated in the Bible. It literally means to "have wisdom swallowed …( read more )

When Life Is More Than I Can Handle

January 19, 2018

"God won't put more on you than you can handle." Many a well-meaning Christian has made this statement — or some form of it — to someone who's going through a tough time. To a woman who has miscarried. To a man who has watched his …( read more )

Prayer Changes Things … Or Does It?

November 1, 2017

I prayed numerous times daily, but nothing changed. Due to circumstances beyond my control, a life-changing situation had turned my world upside down. Because of the nature of the situation — and the prevailing belief within the …( read more )

God's Power In Our Weakness

March 22, 2017

As my body deteriorates and my weakness becomes more and more discouraging, I wonder what Paul means when he says: For me, weakness means failure and inability to cope with the day's activities, but now, as Christ's power rests on me, …( read more )

Post Tenebras, Lux

April 13, 2016

In 1972, while studying at Montpellier in the south of France, I played tourist one weekend and went exploring the countryside farther east. On that trip, I discovered the ruins of an old town, perched high on a rocky promontory. During …( read more )

Amazing Grace

January 13, 2016

I've been reading a lot about grace lately, and the more I read, the more I realize how amazing God's grace really is. G – God's R – Riches A – At C – Christ's E – Expense Grace, grace, God's grace, Grace that will cleanse and pardon …( read more )

God Uses Our Weakness

September 8, 2015

These last few weeks have shown me what tremendous human weakness amounts to. Being an elderly senior, and just getting over a critical illness, shows me what serious weakness can be like. I have never felt so weak and useless as I recover …( read more )

From Turmoil To Peace

July 31, 2015

As a close-knit workgroup, we set out for a weekend camping trip to forge down the South Fork of the American River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, southwest of Lake Tahoe near Sacramento, California, USA. The excitement …( 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 )

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 )

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 )

Wonderful Delayed Answer

October 21, 2013

A number of years ago, my wife's mother, in her eighties, was hospitalized for observation for a variety of concerns. While she was there, a retired pastor she was related to, but whom she detested, came to visit her. I heard her say under …( read more )

Silver Linings

July 15, 2013

As I looked out my window this morning, I noticed a large, dark cloud looming behind the big evergreen tree on the front lawn. As I continued to look at the cloud, it became evident that the whole cloud had a glowing outline — something …( read more )

Strength Under Control

March 11, 2012

The Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines the word "meek" as humble and submissive or piously gentle in nature. Meekness can mean different things to different people. I like to think of meekness as strength under control, because not everyone who is … (read more)

Sufficient Grace

August 16, 2011

Last fall, I failed to see a tool left on the ground by a workman. Why had I missed seeing that tool? Some time before, I had noticed straight lines becoming wavy. Before long, when I looked at a person, … (read more)

Champions

February 6, 2011

When Peyton Manning first won the Super Bowl in 2007 for the Indianapolis Colts, he proved all of his critics wrong. Over the years, Peyton had taken a pounding from sports commentators because they believed that he couldn't make a … (read more)

Hurry Up, God

October 28, 2010

This afternoon, hubby and I plan on watching the John Wayne movie we taped late last night. We don't do midnight anymore. VCRs and DVDs allow us to set our own schedule and view favourites at our leisure. Thanks to … (read more)

Big Is Not Always Better

August 28, 2010

"But I want the big doll!" declared my persistent 4-year-old granddaughter after I told her that she would wake up Mommy if she went to the bedroom to get it. Clearly, I wasn't getting through to Isabella, so I decided … (read more)

Weak But Powerful

January 3, 2010

How do I boast about my weaknesses like this verse says? Now that I am in my seventies, there is all too much physical weakness to drag me down; let me count the ways! But, no, I will keep the … (read more)

When God Says No

August 11, 2009

Sometimes God says "No." Over the years, I have pleaded to God for the healing of others, the mending of broken relationships, and the ability to overcome my problems immediately, only to discover that God isn't going to do what … (read more)

Picking Blackberries

June 16, 2008

Years ago, I used to go bramble picking with my brothers, usually during the fall. I think that brambles are called "blackberries" in North America. They look like dark-coloured raspberries, and they grow wild in Scotland. They have a bittersweet … (read more)

Thorns In The Flesh

February 28, 2007

Last year, friends of ours who grow roses went on a bus tour and left their car at our place. They arrived with a five-gallon bucket filled with the most gorgeous roses — about 150 of them. All of their … (read more)

Jesus, A True Friend

June 1, 2006

Sometimes God has to get our attention — and He got my attention back in 1989. Before that time, I was Christian, but I would have to say I was a nominal Christian. I reluctantly went to church with my … (read more)

Grace

April 30, 2006

A few years ago, I had a falling-out with some people whom I loved and who had supported me through the years. There were many misunderstandings. Until recently, I had not seen most of these people for a very long … (read more)

Three Little Dots

March 3, 2006

I don't remember much from my advanced high school math classes. Some would argue that they have been of little use in my real life. What they don't know, though, is how often I have used one of the symbols … (read more)

Grace That Overcomes Anger

October 5, 2005

I was driving down the Interstate and had an arterial venial malformation — a leak in my brain — and as a result, within fifteen seconds, I was totally unconscious. The end result was two brain surgeries and six years … (read more)

For Me, A Miracle!

May 27, 2005

Anyone who knows me is very much aware that I have no sense of direction. If I go into a department store, I must very carefully note the items for sale at the entrance, and mark all the ongoing twists … (read more)

God Uses Mistakes

March 1, 2005

I once worked for a few years as the secretary of my church. There are many good reasons why a church secretary should not be a member of the church she serves. The congregation works overtime proofing her work. No … (read more)

Weak And Strong

January 12, 2005

"Just a closer walk with Thee" is one of my favourite hymns. The first verse begins with the words "I am weak, but Thou art strong", taken directly from Paul's second letter to the Corinthian church. I learned the song … (read more)

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