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Lessons From Quilting (3): The Right Tool

September 28, 2018

"Let's go to that quilt show that I saw in the paper," I tell my best friend, also a quilter. And off we go to another display of creations by dedicated quilters. Most shows also have vendors — salespeople with a variety of tools, small …( read more )

Cleaning Windows

June 23, 2018

I look forward to spring, not only because of the work in my garden, but also for the many household chores involved. In a sudden surge of energy, spring cleaning includes washing blankets and polishing floors, reorganizing closets and …( read more )

Just Google It

April 8, 2018

Lately, I've been googling everything. If I need a recipe, I can google it. If I want to know how many calories or carbs are in a certain food, I can google it. If I want to find out where a restaurant is located in a city when I'm …( read more )

Gracious Company

February 8, 2018

The other day, I accompanied my husband to an early morning appointment with his eye surgeon. As he presented himself at the counter, I looked around for a good place to sit. My eyes were drawn to a row of six or seven empty chairs. …( read more )

Sweeter Than Honey

December 30, 2017

Did you, like me, write your first letters on a slate with chalk? In Jesus' day, it is said that, as a reward, teachers in Hebrew synagogue schools would put honey on the slates of children doing well. They were then allowed to lick the …( read more )

Great Expectations

December 25, 2017

In an Advent liturgy presented in our church, one word leaped off the page at me: "Expectations". That word rattled around in my brain for the rest of the service. What was so special about that word? As I reflected, I realized that I …( read more )

Shine A Light

November 28, 2017

Isn't it interesting that the Bible begins and ends with the light? God is goodness and light. Darkness is equated with sin and evil. As a new immigrant in Canada, I walked home alone one evening in the dark. I was confident because I …( read more )

Be Open To God

July 18, 2017

Recently, I had the opportunity to worship in one of the churches that my mother and I used to visit together. It was an early morning service, and the small church — no more than a chapel, really — was nearly empty when I arrived. I …( read more )

The Woodpecker

June 29, 2017

The woodpeckers are back. I hear their insistent rat-a-tat-tat from morning until evening. At home or in the bush while I am walking, they are hard at it, looking for the fulfillment of nourishment as they drill into trees in search of …( read more )

To Judge Or Not To Judge

May 29, 2017

"Judge carefully" … "Do not judge" … "Judge for yourself" … "Stop judging" – the Bible Well, is it okay to judge or not? The above texts aren't helpful, are they? It's no wonder: They're extracted from their contexts! Furthermore, …( read more )

How Have I Spent My Day?

March 24, 2017

I try to begin my days with a cup of coffee and my time with God. I begin with a few online meditations and continue into whichever specific book of the Bible that I have been studying. I know that my days unfold much better when I start …( read more )

Discerning God's Voice

February 8, 2017

One text message can change the course of a life. She really didn't want to come to church that Sunday night. After all, they were just showing the movie, God's Not Dead. But her husband wanted to come, so she obliged. Near the end of …( read more )

The Restorer

January 19, 2017

With the coming of winter in the north, the cold, dry air quickly takes its toll on a person's skin. One must learn to be prepared and diligent to prevent problems. So each winter, I begin to use moisturizer, especially on my hands and …( read more )

Blessed By Obedience

January 7, 2017

As a child and teen, I fought my parents' rules tooth and nail, only realizing later how much obeying them had profited me. Forty-seven years later, I can still see the rules hanging in a frame on my bedroom wall. I can't remember them …( read more )

Giving Thanks In All Circumstances

January 6, 2017

I am a person living with a mental illness. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder many years ago, when I was in my thirties. Given the nature of the illness, I have naturally had ups and downs. Each and every day, I need to make sure …( read more )

A Path Through The Water

October 1, 2016

I was visiting my brother and his wife in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, USA. Los Angeles, California, where I live, has been in the grip of drought for five years, so you can imagine my measureless delight in the seemingly endless lakes, …( read more )

Focusing On The Journey

September 28, 2016

Many people get tied up with big questions like "What is the meaning of life?" or "What is my life's purpose?" These questions are difficult enough that many people give up trying to answer! But there's an easier, and I think more …( read more )

Revelation In Every Jot And Tittle

August 13, 2016

When reading the psalms in the middle of the Bible, have you noticed that the word Selah is positioned in various places? Speculations abound as to what this undefined word means. It mostly populates the Book of Psalms, where this …( read more )

On A Leash

August 1, 2016

One was large and the other small, but they both needed to learn a lesson. I once owned an Eskimo Spitz. My family owned a much larger dog that I inherited when they moved away. I lived in the country. There were no leash laws to abide …( read more )

Turn Over Those Stones

July 24, 2016

Stones and words have one peculiar feature in common, which I realized after hearing a mom share this story: My four children and I were on an expedition to pick wild berries. I happened to turn over a stone and let the children see what …( read more )

Redeeming Suffering

July 18, 2016

He was a godly man, but suffering caused him to question God's purposes. Ted was driving down the road one day, doing what he did best: visiting members of his church. Though he didn't feel quite right that morning, he decided to work …( read more )

Who's Influencing Whom?

July 9, 2016

After a few weeks of hanging around with him, I began to wonder who was influencing whom. My father had just returned to the denomination of his upbringing and had been called as interim pastor at the church that he had attended as a …( read more )

Discerning Life's Direction

June 29, 2016

Direction determines destination. MapQuest is one of my favourite driving directions applications. Siri is nice, but she tends to misunderstand my southern accent. With MapQuest, I simply plug in my desired destination, and it takes me …( read more )

Sing A Song

May 8, 2016

For as long as I can remember, she has sung. I'm not sure when my mother actually began singing gospel songs. I suppose that it was as a young girl when she gathered with her family on Saturday nights around the old converted player …( read more )

Faithful To The End

April 9, 2016

She was a vibrant young teenager, but she had a premonition that she'd never live to see 20 years of age. Rachel Scott was popular at her high school, even though her witness for Christ wasn't always well received. Two students who hated …( read more )

Burning Hearts

March 29, 2016

After my salvation experience in 1978, I had an unquenchable desire to read, learn, and understand the Bible. It became my first love. If I heard good lessons from Bible expositors on the radio, I would request their offered cassette …( read more )

Mad At Sin

March 8, 2016

Listening to the evening news is enough to make me mad: a police officer who intentionally shoots and kills a man; a man who shoots his parents and then goes to a local business to kill his ex-girlfriend too; the woman who doesn't want …( read more )

Using Your Sixth Sense

February 24, 2016

Five senses are great, but it's wonderful when the sixth works as well. I enjoy all of my senses. Recently, my eye doctor told me that I was a candidate for glaucoma. Fortunately, the cornea specialist said that it wasn't as bad as it …( read more )

When Hope Is Crushed

February 15, 2016

We sat in a small group and talked about appointments and disappointments. When I have an appointment, someone has agreed to meet me at a certain time, or I've agreed to meet them. Disappointment is the difference between my expectations …( read more )

Light For My Path

February 4, 2016

Camping in the mountains without one is a disaster. When my brother, daughter, and I backpacked in the mountains, our goal was for our packs to be as light as possible. Among the things that I chose to leave out, a flashlight wasn't one …( read more )

How Long, Lord?

January 26, 2016

Rachel knew God's promises, but she wondered when they'd come true. She was a young woman with health problems the size of an older person's. Degenerative arthritis plagued her joints and back. Several female operations had left her unable …( read more )

The Ongoing Feast

December 28, 2015

The roast turkey that we enjoyed so much on Christmas day just keeps going and going. Saturday was hot turkey sandwiches, Sunday was turkey salad, and today will find me standing at the counter picking its meaty bones. Picking the bones …( read more )

God's Corrections

August 16, 2015

I was experiencing grief before my husband's death. Despite all the activity and busyness going on with his palliative care the many months before he passed, as the time went by, I was aware of a deep, ongoing sadness in my being. I …( read more )

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