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Bird Feeders

September 8, 2011

This year, watching the antics of the birds at the feeders in my yard has enthralled me. Birds swooped down to a branch, then hopped onto the feeder to peck away at succulent seeds. As the little birds darted to … (read more)

The Sacred Place Of Solitude

August 10, 2011

"I cherish the sacred place of solitude … an abyss opening up in the center of my soul." – Peter Feldmeier Have you ever found yourself utterly alone — perhaps through rejection or exclusion, or simply through exhaustion from doing … (read more)

Doing First Things First

July 23, 2011

At the time that today's Scripture was my latest major revelation, one day, during my devotional time, I was itching to adjust my work schedule into a more efficient order, when I came across this quotation in one of my … (read more)

What If …?

June 15, 2011

Of all the questions we ask in life, the "what if?" questions seem to be the most popular. What if this happens? What if that doesn't happen? What if so-and-so doesn't come through on his promise? What if she were … (read more)

Resist

June 13, 2011

In the quiet of the morning, while my husband and I were out walking the dog, we heard a crow call in distress several times. Off in the eastern sky, we could see two birds in flight, one giving chase … (read more)

Produce Much Fruit

May 5, 2011

Almost thirty years ago, I began a journey, seeking to understand and express the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It began with memorizing the list: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. At the time, I felt … (read more)

Jesus, Our Earthly And Heavenly Treasure

March 20, 2011

In 1980, our estranged family reunited after we became reconciled to Lord Jesus. Such mercy and grace! Praise His ever-saving name! I'd been lovingly warned, but inside and outside, the old farmhouse appeared exceedingly beyond its hundred-year age — every … (read more)

Church For Sale

October 4, 2010

One of the hardest things in my life has been seeing a "For Sale" sign on our church property, especially since I was a part of the organizational process. Our liturgical congregation was drowning in mortgage debt, and the few … (read more)

My Hiding Place

July 27, 2010

I enjoy a measure of aloneness. I greatly desire to return constantly to my private place where I am most comfortably free to be myself — to think things through, speak my thoughts aloud. Yes, I can come to my … (read more)

Four-Leaf Clovers And Faith

June 29, 2010

When Cub Scouts once met in my yard, a "busy-work scheme" was letting the boys search for four-leaf clovers. Early on, this would fascinate them, until one would decide this assignment was busy-work and refuse to be conned. Now and … (read more)

A Grandmother's Anxiety

April 27, 2010

"Congratulations, a baby boy!" The words were taken in by a beaming and proud grandma. On February 14, 2010, Carter Nicholas was born, our fourth grandchild. What an exciting time! He is such a sweet, newborn baby boy, and I … (read more)

Funky Rhubarb

April 24, 2010

"Something funny is growing in our rhubarb," daughter cried! Dad explained that the strange growth was normal. The rhubarb was going to seed. Just like me. Consequently, I'm feeling crummy. I just turned the magic age of 65. Ever since, … (read more)

Adding Life

July 30, 2009

One of the saddest experiences that I ever had took place in a psychiatric ward in Scotland. I was stationed there for six months as part of my seminary training. The ward was locked because it was full of deeply … (read more)

From The Ancient Ruins

July 5, 2009

During the summer of 1976 and soon after graduating high school, I had the opportunity to travel abroad. Being a young teenager at the time, I did not fully appreciate the significance of many historical places. Of all the interesting … (read more)

A Hail Storm Lesson

June 27, 2009

Last Wednesday, I went to a feed store to buy some seeds. By this time in the summer, most garden shops are out of seeds, so I was delighted to get some for a second planting to replenish my salad … (read more)

Kingdom Days

February 4, 2009

For many years now, I have started each day of my life by anointing my forehead with oil, and asking the Lord for "Your righteousness, peace, and joy to be flowing throughout my whole being, spirit, soul, and body, so … (read more)

When We Trust God

January 26, 2009

Some years ago, as a family, we, along with hundreds of others, faced the reality of my husband's job loss. Around us, couples experienced desperation, panic, fear, and worry at the realization of having to trade a strong, rich, working … (read more)

What, Me Worry?

January 2, 2009

Years ago, while I was in high school, I had several friends who really enjoyed Mad magazine. One of them regularly bought each issue, and we would get together and read it. The face of Alfred E. Neuman, freckled and … (read more)

Entering A New Year

December 31, 2008

I always enjoy the end of the year. I check over the previous year's list of goals — both the ones with a big tick of accomplishment and fulfillment, as well as those I may not have completed yet. These … (read more)

Baker's Van

December 28, 2008

Every day around 10:30 a.m., the bread man used to arrive in our street. He drove a large van that had a walk-in counter at the back. He tooted his horn twice, and everyone in our street knew that he … (read more)

Preparing For A Wonderful Relationship

December 9, 2008

Advent is a time for making preparations, to be ready for the coming of Jesus into your life and mine. We need to prepare for this "coming", for it may well happen in a new and perhaps even startling way. … (read more)

Blessing

November 21, 2008

As every father knows, a child is special, no matter what age. Sarah is no exception. She is special in her own way, and always will be to me. The wedding of a daughter is a bittersweet experience. There are … (read more)

A Lesson In God's Provision

September 4, 2008

When my husband was studying for his master's degree, we often counted our pennies. Once when we got home from the store, we found a box of groceries on our doorstep. After we had put everything away, my husband said, … (read more)

A Trust Lesson

August 31, 2008

Once, while my husband was studying for his master's degree, we were down to our last five dollars. We were out of staples like milk, bread, sugar, and eggs. I asked my studious husband if we could make a run … (read more)

A Faith Lesson

August 25, 2008

When my husband was a student back in 1976, we were as poor as church mice. We always had more month than we had money to cover expenses. But as a teacher, he considered that getting his master's degree was … (read more)

Communication

August 23, 2008

When we first got Internet access and began using e-mail efficiently, my dad was visiting. I told him about how I could e-mail my brother in Texas, and my note would be there immediately. Dad was amazed at the technology … (read more)

Banking On It

June 17, 2008

Do you remember when the automated teller machine (ATM) first came to your neighbourhood? What excitement! There were actually line-ups to try this new method of getting money without entering the bank. My dad and I went to town one … (read more)

First Things First

April 5, 2008

As far back as I can remember, I heard my parents saying, "Robbie, remember — first things first!" Every day, my parents arose first, washed, dressed, and prepared for the day, and then got my sisters and me up — … (read more)

Sunset

March 26, 2008

We recently had a holiday in Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. Each morning, we saw the sunrise at the front of the condominium. Each evening treated us to a different sunset across the Gulf of Mexico. Each afternoon, … (read more)

Our Aunt

January 16, 2008

After caring for our elderly aunt, aged 89, from a distance for a while, the doctor told my husband and me that our aunt was no longer capable of living on her own. She was suffering from Alzheimer's. We then … (read more)

Seeking God First

November 29, 2007

Recently, I went to a women's retreat. One of the exercises was to take a particular seven-verse Scripture passage and to meditate on those verses. The valuable lesson that I learned, and will never forget, was not about what the … (read more)

Ordering From The Pictures

November 17, 2007

Have you ever gone to a restaurant which features a menu with pictures of some of the food offered? Pictures of food seem to draw our eyes to them, and in some cases, they influence our decisions about what we … (read more)

Thank You, Montague

November 10, 2007

As always, I started walking when the sun first lightened the horizon. This daily routine provides time to meditate and to recite poetry. A favourite quotation from Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin In The Sun, came to mind: Child, when … (read more)

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