Archive for October, 2006

Joy Seekers

October 31, 2006

Years ago, I went to a conference in Los Angeles, California. One of the keynote speakers was known nationally as being a pastor to pastors in crisis. He spent over twenty years leading churches, so he experienced first-hand the trials … (read more)

In His Presence

October 30, 2006

One morning recently, I drove by the ambulance service and the fire department on my way into town. Later, at eleven o'clock, I came back down the same street. Both buildings were gone. Behind where they had stood was a … (read more)

So Far

October 29, 2006

An anonymous prayer circulating on the Internet goes something like this: "Dear Lord, so far today, I'm doing all right. I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy or nasty, selfish or self-indulgent. I have not whined, complained, cursed, … (read more)

Wired For Sound

October 28, 2006

I dropped my son off at church so that he could do the PowerPoint for the Sunday services. The worship team was already there, getting ready for the morning services. As they were doing the sound checks and microphone checks, … (read more)

Wish List

October 27, 2006

Each of us has a personal wish list. Whether the list is filled with things that bug us, or just things we wish we had or didn't have, I believe each of us has such a list. Wishing is much … (read more)


October 26, 2006

When the Monarch butterfly landed on my knee, I let myself pretend that it was the one that I had met the year before. It was charming to think that it had made the very long journey from Mexico, just … (read more)

Cleaning The Inside

October 25, 2006

As I was cleaning out a pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern, I realized how much we are like these pumpkins. I had looked over the whole bin of pumpkins, and chose the one that I wanted — the one that … (read more)

The Face Of God

October 24, 2006

"Eerie" is how I'd describe my reaction to seeing Stonehenge. Walking around its perimeter in the rain last June was surreal. So many questions came to mind. How did the ancients move these huge stones? How did they raise them … (read more)

God's Blueprint For Success

October 23, 2006

For many years after peace was declared following World War II, a massive army of men, women, and teenagers in Britain invaded school buildings on weeknights, between the hours of 7:00 and 9:00 p.m., to attend classes defined as Evening … (read more)

Move Those Feet

October 22, 2006

Our son skidded by the group of relatives gathered over coffee at the family reunion. His older cousin, in hot pursuit, traced his footsteps through the crowd. We scattered for the second time, in every direction. Mothers admonished. Fathers threatened. … (read more)

Word Power

October 21, 2006

"Miss Fannie always thought I was special," said Jane, as we reminisced about our childhood experiences. "It didn't matter whether others thought so or not. That she thought I was special made a big difference in my life." Jane also … (read more)

Gentle Dove

October 20, 2006

I remember clearly that I was standing in the bathroom, of all places, and to my thinking, it appeared that my whole world had come crashing down about me. The most valued relationship in my past life and in the … (read more)

Called By Name

October 19, 2006

Sorting through the messages in my inbox, I discovered an e-mail regarding the fifty-year reunion of my high school graduating class. Attached was a list of my former classmates who had registered to attend. I struggled as I read those … (read more)

Covering A Multitude Of Sins

October 18, 2006

The day came when we decided to replace a window in our home. We had someone come in and give us a price on an aluminium-clad window and framing. (No more painting!) The deal was struck, and we were told … (read more)

It's All In The Timing

October 17, 2006

We were on our way to Calgary, my parents and I. My father was driving my car, and I was sitting beside him, enjoying the very pleasant scenes of Alberta, when my mother, seated in the back, suddenly exclaimed in … (read more)

We Will Be Blessed!

October 16, 2006

Several weeks ago, my friend, Wendy, a divorced mom with three kids, told me that her microwave had died. She was really sad about this turn of events and wondered how she could possibly afford another one. A week or … (read more)

The Sun And The Rain

October 15, 2006

It was a rainy day and the air was rather fresh, when I thought about today's Scripture. I had been talking with several friends who were suffering, in particular, from cancer or from the loss of a loved one by … (read more)

Security Blanket

October 14, 2006

For forty-one years of our married life, my husband had worked for a company which had provided us with a good income, good insurance, and, we thought, a good retirement plan. It was a tremendous shock to us the day … (read more)

Grow Where You're Planted

October 13, 2006

As I did not inherit a green thumb from my parents or have any particular interest in gardening, it did not occur to me that there was a "growing season" for flowers and plants. We were living in Goose Bay, … (read more)

Faithful Servant

October 12, 2006

In the 1970s, I had a wonderful relationship with George — my 1969 Dodge Dart, a two-door hardtop with a slant six engine. George always started easily and never stalled, yet he wasn't the perfect car. He wasn't dressed with … (read more)

GHS, The Cleansing Agent For All

October 11, 2006

Often, I have heard of products for cleaning. It seems that there is nothing that can't be cleaned, so long as one has the right product. Some of these products are known by initials, like CLR, TSP, or WD40. This … (read more)


October 10, 2006

As a small present for Caroline, my wife, I bought some green bamboo stalks. They sit huddled together in a large ceramic pot. It seems they have previously been trained around a pole to have a spiral stalk. One of … (read more)

Thanksgiving Dinner

October 9, 2006

Isn't it just like God to have a plan beyond what we can ever dream is possible? Last Thanksgiving, when most people were with their families, my husband and I decided to go out to lunch after church. Unbeknownst to … (read more)

Pickles In Perspective

October 8, 2006

It was Thanksgiving, and our family was travelling to my parents' home, where we were to celebrate with the rest of my family. The trunk was filled with pies and a salad — my contribution to the dinner. About halfway … (read more)


October 7, 2006

I am told that when my older sister started school, she would sit down and teach me the alphabet, how to print, and how to sound the letters. She also taught me the notes on the piano when she started … (read more)

Our Story

October 6, 2006

The loud pop startled me. I thought a stone had bounced off my windshield. But no. Instead, my rear window had splintered into a million pieces. Thankfully, none of the bits had fallen out of place and hurt someone. The … (read more)

Where Strength Is Found

October 5, 2006

I called a medical clinic recently, hoping to refill a prescription for headache medication. The line to the physician's office was busy. I was asked to hold, and was left to listen to loud music while I waited. It was … (read more)

Joyful Confirmation

October 4, 2006

Several years ago, I was reminded ever so clearly how God passionately wants us to hear His voice. We had a chapter of a large Christian women's organization in our town. Every month, this organization would have a dinner meeting, … (read more)

Surviving The Storms Of Life

October 3, 2006

One recent weekend, a cold front stalled over our portion of east Tennessee, causing rain to fall in amounts not seen in several years. My part of Knoxville received somewhere between five and six inches of rain; other parts to … (read more)


October 2, 2006

Caroline and I have been having tough times recently with things going on in and around our lives. I suspect our problems have a supernatural origin, because of our determination to be vessels of the kingdom. Caroline's birthday was one … (read more)

Fear The Lord, For He Is God

October 1, 2006

One morning recently, I put on the radio to see if the world was still on its axis — though I knew it had to be, as I was still in place. I listened to a commentary about a Christian … (read more)


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