Archive for May, 2001

Diamond In The Rough

Thursday, May 31, 2001

Several years ago, Honeytree wrote a song entitled, "Diamond in the Rough". How true the words of this song are! Have you ever seen a diamond in the rough? They are not very pretty nor shiny — rather dull and … Read more

When Life Takes What Matters

Wednesday, May 30, 2001

I am intrigued by the story of Abraham and Sarah, recorded in the book of Genesis. They had waited a lifetime for a son, and then God asked of Abraham the ultimate: to offer a sacrifice to God — and … Read more

Learnt The Hard Way

Tuesday, May 29, 2001

Marathon racing takes the lead on my sporting list. Not only do I enjoy watching folks participating, but I myself enjoy participating physically. My former sporting forays were often marred by disappointments; I appeared at the bottom of the list … Read more


Monday, May 28, 2001

Our black Labrador retriever, Cherry, had one goal in mind: grabbing the roast from the oven! As I opened the stove door and began pulling out the rack in order to baste the sizzling meat, she made her move! Her … Read more

It's Not Always What We Say

Sunday, May 27, 2001

This past Mother's Day was a special day for our daughter-in-law Sue. She joined the church upon making profession of her faith. It is a day I am sure none of us will forget. I was impressed by the act, … Read more

Double-Minded, Me?

Saturday, May 26, 2001

The Lord has prompted me, in the past, not to be double-minded. At the time, I was a bit hurt, and said, "Surely not I?" As far as I was concerned, I was not — in any way — double-minded. … Read more

Thanksgiving In May

Friday, May 25, 2001

It's interesting how with patience, things grow and multiply; be those things crocus bulbs bursting, blooming in the spring, then in the course of the fall and winter, silently, softly, multiplying to bring forth more plants the following year; or … Read more

No Charge, It's Free

Thursday, May 24, 2001

Someone who was surfing the net wrote me, saying that they had come across the Daily website when a devotional I had written happened to be there, and they were inquiring about the site. I obliged, and encouraged them to … Read more

Message In A Bottle

Wednesday, May 23, 2001

I always wanted to write a message, put it in a bottle and send it down the river. My imagination sees the bottle bobbing with the current of the river into the Great Lakes water system, over Niagara Falls, across … Read more

Eternal Hide And Seek

Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Have you ever played a game of hide and seek? The game is well known: several people go and hide, and then one person sets off on a mission to find them, so that on the next turn the one … Read more

Never Fear, Jesus Is Here

Monday, May 21, 2001

When my children were little, they were frightened by the loud pyrotechnics of our summer thunderstorms. One night, a particularly violent one rolled through the area. It was broiling with dark, threatening thunderheads, rumbling with ominous warning and punctuating the … Read more


Sunday, May 20, 2001

He stood at the door of the church, eagerly awaiting arrivals for whom he could perform his task — handing out the bulletin. You could see the excitement in his wide eyes and the smile that lingered on his little … Read more

New Shed

Saturday, May 19, 2001

I have a small shed in my back yard that I have been wondering what I should do with. I would like an area to have a workshop, but I also need some storage. I was thinking about modifying the … Read more

God's-eye View

Friday, May 18, 2001

I stand at the top of the stairs that lead into the park. The stairs are perched on the top of a hill that overlooks a valley. At the base of the valley is the Saskatchewan River, a blue-grey rush … Read more

Me An' The Lord

Thursday, May 17, 2001

Every morning, on a grassy patch in the traffic circle at the busy entrance to the little city, he stands, waving, blowing kisses and calling, "God loves you and so do I! Have a good day now, darlin'. God loves … Read more

Amazing Grace

Wednesday, May 16, 2001

In yesterday's devotional, I wrote about going to England last spring to see my dad, ill with an inoperable brain tumour. I came back to Canada but returned to England in July as he became much worse. His sight went … Read more

A Free Telephone Bill

Tuesday, May 15, 2001

This time last year, I returned to England, as my dad was ill. It appeared that he had had a stroke. I made the decision to get the next flight available, to be by his side. The first assumption proved … Read more

Ask And It Shall Be Given Unto You

Monday, May 14, 2001

A month ago, I had successful pelvic surgery to remove two different types of ovarian cysts. Two and a half months prior to the surgery, my health had not been very good. The cysts had caused various health problems that … Read more

Breathe On Me With Your Breath Of Fire

Sunday, May 13, 2001

In 1998, our small rural church was forced to close. That was a difficult time for us spiritually, as we mourned the loss of our church and sought a new church family. Then in January 2000, we were welcomed into … Read more

Sometimes I Get Annoyed!

Saturday, May 12, 2001

The other day, I received a letter that sparked annoyance. Somewhere from within I was put in touch with this little boy that I carry with me from my earlier life. He is always there waiting. He hides around a … Read more

We Have God's Own Promise

Friday, May 11, 2001

Recently, I responded to a part-time job advertisement. We, the applicants, were so many, yet the employer sought for only a few employees. A short list was penned, indicating those successful applicants who were then required to appear for an … Read more

Tunnel Vision

Thursday, May 10, 2001

Most days, my walk takes me through two large culvert-type underground tunnels about a mile apart, with a paved path between them. A highway parallels the path on one side, the train tracks on the other. One tunnel connects to … Read more

Clearly Seen

Wednesday, May 9, 2001

It struck me as odd that a non-Christian friend of mine voiced objections when my husband and I prayed before our meal when we went out to dinner with her. Her argument was, "You make me feel like you are … Read more

Clock Chime – Tune Out, Tune In

Tuesday, May 8, 2001

In our home, we have a total of three clocks that chime. One is a grandfather clock, which has sat for two years, not working. The second is in the kitchen. It is a replica of an old schoolhouse clock. … Read more

Raspberry Planting

Monday, May 7, 2001

Our family has been spending a lot of time outdoors lately. There is always yard work to be done, especially in the spring. We have been pruning, planting and weeding for several days. We have planted seeds indoors to transplant … Read more

Worship Him

Sunday, May 6, 2001

The temperature is thirty-three degrees Celsius and there is ninety percent humidity in our city today. Yet the scripture passage that popped up for our bedtime devotional with our boys is one that people from the northern climes associate with … Read more

To Tithe Or Not To Tithe – Is That The Question?!

Saturday, May 5, 2001

For the past year, I made a choice to tithe, to give ten percent of my paycheque to the church. When I cash my cheque every week, ten percent of it goes into my offering envelope for that week, to … Read more

Drifting Away From God

Friday, May 4, 2001

I love going outside on a clear night and looking through my telescope at the beautiful planets, and out beyond into the endless creation that our wonderful Creator has designed. Knowing that the things we can view through telescopes and … Read more


Thursday, May 3, 2001

For the past year, we have been a two-car family. Last spring we purchased a "new-to-us" van, while the old car still had a little life left in it. My husband uses this car mostly for commuting the 50 kilometres … Read more

In The Shadow Of The Almighty

Wednesday, May 2, 2001

One day last month, I walked through town, in a melee of Easter shoppers. Amidst the hubbub on the pavement, there was a small toddler making his way towards me. I thought that this was a very brave boy — … Read more

Too Much Salt

Tuesday, May 1, 2001

The other day, I was eating breakfast at a local restaurant, when I decided to add salt to my eggs and hash browns. I love salt; it enhances the taste of the foods I love to eat. But on this … Read more


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