Archive for October, 2007

Trick Or Treat?

October 31, 2007

I only really remember one of my costumes: a long, grey, silk dress, flounced from the waist down, with short, puffy sleeves, swishy — all the things a six-year-old girl loves. My mom wanted to round out my princess outfit, … (read more)


October 30, 2007

As I was thinking about making a jack-o'-lantern, I realized that the poor pumpkin has to go through some pain in order to become a jack-o'-lantern. Yes, I know the pumpkin can't feel anything. Imagine with me, though, for a … (read more)

Being A Good Samaritan

October 29, 2007

In simple terms, the directions from my doctor, on a single sheet, said, "Do not eat any solid food today, and do not drink anything after midnight." That got my attention! Who does he think that he is? I am … (read more)

Never Boring

October 28, 2007

Have you ever thought of the same old Bible stories as boring, since you've read them so often? Amazingly, after years of reading, I noticed two things in a recent reading about Jesus stilling the storm. The Bible tells it … (read more)


October 27, 2007

I am terrible about judging competitions. I tend to root for the underdog, instead of dealing with things fairly. In the past, I've judged Hallowe'en costume contests, cutest pet awards, and cake-tasting competitions. A couple of years ago, I even … (read more)

Slip Sliding Away

October 26, 2007

While with our family and grandchildren one weekend, we decided to take the kids to an indoor playground which offered plenty of climbing, sliding, bridges, and a plastic ball area. The whole thing was set up to accommodate adults as … (read more)


October 25, 2007

Apocryphally, if a woman gets a cold, she calls it a cold. When a man gets a cold it must be — at the very least — the flu! I say nothing. Sometimes when I get a cold, I am … (read more)


October 24, 2007

When I first became a Christian over thirty years ago, all I thought that I had to do was believe in Jesus for the rest of my life. I was quite content to be saved, and for the first time … (read more)

Grace When Needed

October 23, 2007

I have coloured my hair myself for years. I would go to the store and pick a colour that I thought was closest to my natural hair colour. Then, I decided that I would go to a salon and have … (read more)

Lipstick And Angel Hands

October 22, 2007

Some time ago, my dear friend, Ruth, met me at the beach for the day. She lives in the United States, and we seldom have the opportunity to meet. She handed me a book, and in it were these words: … (read more)

What Is It?

October 21, 2007

As I was reading "The Jigsaw Book" by Linda Hannas, I thought of my jigsaw-loving husband, and decided to test him. "What is it?" I asked, and read the following paragraph to him. When Lord Spencer's son was four years … (read more)

Ways To Worship

October 20, 2007

I recently visited a worship website on the Internet, where there's a discussion going on about the proper use and place for praise music in Sunday worship services. This type of discussion has been going on for decades, and will … (read more)


October 19, 2007

In our town, in our province, in our country, summer is the time to repair the side roads, the streets, the highways. During wintertime, it cannot be done. So the construction is in full strength during the summer months. It … (read more)

Ask And Receive

October 18, 2007

After searching at the public library for a rare book I wanted to read, I asked a library worker if it was available. She replied, "We do not have it in this library, but we are members of the Pines … (read more)


October 17, 2007

They were just questions, the kind that pour out after much exasperation — questions like, "God, have I done nothing right or good?" — the kind of questions that lead to asking the ultimate, "God, am I just a waste … (read more)

Himalaya Blackberries

October 16, 2007

Himalaya blackberries are noxious weeds that thrive in untended hedgerows in the coastal area of British Columbia, Canada. Last year, I cut one woody cane out of the neighbour's hedge next to our church parking lot, knowing that if I … (read more)

Sky Pilot

October 15, 2007

I was officiating at a funeral of a man who clocked up more than 34,000 hours of flying time. He served in the United States Air Force and the Arizona Air National Guard for thirty-six years, became a commercial pilot … (read more)

Our Spiritual Eye

October 14, 2007

For many years, Jane and I had talked regularly on the telephone, conducting business. Her voice was controlled, business-like, brief, and to the point — a professional person doing her job. I visualized her as tall, thin, with high-collared blouses … (read more)

Mom, Have You Seen

October 13, 2007

If you have any technological items in your house, then I am sure that you, like me, also have many cords that go with them. Over the years, I have spent a lot of time looking for this cord and … (read more)


October 12, 2007

I've almost completed reading John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress for the fifth time. I love the way Bunyan mixes the stories of Christian, the pilgrim, with verses and promises from the Bible. Page after page, the book overflows with words of … (read more)

All His Benefits

October 11, 2007

I have become a scrapbooking enthusiast. I am carefully recording the memories that my grandchildren and I have enjoyed when they visited in my home. I am carefully aiming to communicate my love to them in future years when they … (read more)

We Must All Co-operate

October 10, 2007

On our way to the airport, it seemed pretty quiet, even though we had three young girls and their mother with us. At first, I thought it was because it was so early in the morning and everyone was tired. … (read more)

A Quiet Place To Paint

October 9, 2007

I was reading a novel in which the main characters were always saying, "Let's pray about it." That is a wise thing to do, I thought, but during one part in the book, it struck me as rather odd. The … (read more)

A Grateful Heart

October 8, 2007

God has blessed us in so many wonderful ways. How often do we take the time to thank Him? Surely not only once a year. Here are some reasons to thank God every day: – Loving relationships with family and … (read more)

Passing Space

October 7, 2007

For our summer holiday, my wife and I spent some time in the Waternish Peninsula, on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. The roads were single track, with passing spaces at regular intervals. Every passing space has a post aside the … (read more)

Fill My Cup, Lord

October 6, 2007

I asked the Lord to make Saturday a blessed day. I wanted a day in which I could be a blessing to someone along life's way and find joy in the process. My little "buggy" came to a halt at … (read more)

Is Our Living In Vain?

October 5, 2007

After I first gave my life to Christ, as I grew and matured in my relationship with Christ, I began to notice that I was seeing myself in a place of want, while others all around me seemed to prosper. … (read more)

Sparrow Hawk

October 4, 2007

Outside the large window of the croft where we stayed, the birds twittered and played on the short grass by the meadow. I searched to find the source of a chirping sound that emanated from underneath our car, parked out … (read more)


October 3, 2007

My mom often used to say to me, "Watch out! Pride comes before a fall, John!" Usually, she said it when I was being a typical teenager and wouldn't heed her advice. I'd be going to do something stupid, and, … (read more)

Free Gift

October 2, 2007

We have all seen the signs and read the flyers offering "free" gifts. Our son recently read a sign outside a bank, which said, "Open a bank account and receive a free iPod." This was of interest to him, as … (read more)

Carpet Pile

October 1, 2007

We have been away on holiday. The day following our return home, I vacuumed the floor. As I vacuumed, I was quite gratified to see the difference between the "before" and the "after" state — where the cleaner had done … (read more)


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