Archive for January, 2009


January 31, 2009

During my devotional time one day, I came across a quotation which essentially said that God makes our neighbours. That thought intrigued me, because most of my life, I've assumed that my neighbours were there by chance and certainly not … (read more)

Mission: Impossible

January 30, 2009

I was delighted to discover that an obscure cable television channel is showing reruns of one of my favorite old shows, Mission: Impossible. From the unique theme song to the plan and the payoff, I was always on the edge … (read more)

God Will Send His Angels To Guard You

January 29, 2009

Do you believe in angels? Do they really exist? These questions ran through my mind for quite a few days. Every morning, when I start from my house, I say Psalm 91 along the way. When I come to verses … (read more)

Rose Of All Roses

January 28, 2009

We bought our first home eight years ago, and being in a new area, it has taken time to get the gardens in place. One of the last gardens to be done was the one that had been dug when … (read more)

Rebuilding Moral Fibre

January 27, 2009

Over the years, we have observed a downward moral trend, as Western society has become more and more secular, and traditional values and laws based on the Bible have been overturned. Some have even tried to argue that the Christian … (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)

We Will Not Fear

January 25, 2009

Living near one of the most majestic mountains of the Cascade range, I am constantly reminded of the might and presence of our Creator God. Rounding a corner as I drove to work one day, I was met by another … (read more)

I Remember

January 24, 2009

I worked in the school system when my children were growing up. I knew all their friends and classmates. Time has passed. That generation now has school-aged children. Frequently, I meet these middle-aged adults. They always remember me. I haven't … (read more)

Cardinal Blessings

January 23, 2009

As I write this, I am seated by a window, overlooking my garden; sadly, it is now too cool to sit outside. I am attempting to read my daily devotional and Bible. (This practice "grounds" me, before the demands of … (read more)

Lurking In A Fridge Near You

January 22, 2009

Opening the refrigerator, I was not expecting to be met with an overturned jar of beet root — yes, beet root — the kind packed in vinegar. The shelf was stained red, and the beet juice had dripped to the … (read more)

Humbleness Of God

January 21, 2009

I live in a dirt area. The rainfall is twenty inches a year at best. As I write, the last measurable rainfall was six months ago. The dirt we have is a good dirt, as a farmer views it. We … (read more)

The Ruler Of The House

January 20, 2009

My friend's chihuahua "Kirk" rules the household where he lives, though he's not aware of it. Neither is he aware of being a dog. His mistress has her entire schedule built around his wants and needs. Chihuahuas are the smallest … (read more)

The Legacy Of The Leaf

January 19, 2009

In years past, I've pretty well cleared up the leaves that are left on the ground after they have fallen and been blown around. Three years ago, I was away a great deal, getting in some good Nana time, as … (read more)

Hudson Miracle

January 18, 2009

This past Thursday, we saw a miracle unfold on the Hudson River in New York, USA. A US Airways flight heading to Charlotte, North Carolina, lost both its engines as it was taking off, and the veteran pilot had to … (read more)

God's Abiding Presence

January 17, 2009

Have you ever experienced an earworm? As a member of our church choir, I often come home from church with the words of the current anthem, or a hymn that was sung during the service, tumbling about in my head. … (read more)

Are We Seeing The Signs?

January 16, 2009

We have reached the time for our youngest son to begin the process of getting a driver's licence. As we sat together studying for his test, I had the role of checking his answers. I would read the question with … (read more)

Shaken Up

January 15, 2009

My long-anticipated Chronological Study Bible (Thomas Nelson) finally arrived this week. I don't know how they managed it, but this medium-sized, easy-to-read print Bible is chock full of cultural information, time capsules, and explanations of difficult subjects. No, I haven't … (read more)

Spiritual Junk Food

January 14, 2009

When my grandchildren visit, I stock up on junk food to make them happy during the short time of their visit. I can get by with this, knowing that their parents will allow me to indulge them, but they will … (read more)

The Procrastinator

January 13, 2009

A person I once knew lived in a very remote area with a driveway that was almost inaccessible in good weather and absolutely impossible to navigate during the winter months. One year as winter approached, the heating oil tank needed … (read more)

His Joy Is My Strength

January 12, 2009

Many of us Christians, at one time or another, have resorted to Bible roulette. We have flipped through the pages of the Bible, stopped randomly on a page, let our finger fall on a passage, and have read what God … (read more)

God's Special Child

January 11, 2009

For some parents, the worst fear is having a child who is handicapped. I have often asked the question, how does today's Scripture apply to raising a child with a severe disability? As a mother of a son with autism, … (read more)

Down The Yellow Line

January 10, 2009

The best decision would have been to stay home, but the young tend to think they're invincible. This was our thinking, when with friends, I found myself navigating our way to a late evening sports practice twenty minutes out of … (read more)

Tire Tracks In The Snow

January 9, 2009

For those of us in northern climes, a snowfall in winter is a common sight. Everyone has a different way of dealing with snow. One winter, I was very lazy, and never cleared away any of the snow that fell … (read more)

Footprints In The Snow

January 8, 2009

In my neighbourhood, I deliver a free community newspaper twice a week. I do it mainly for the exercise, but it's nice to get paid for exercising! Recently, this task has been a challenge, with more than a metre of … (read more)

Who Am I?

January 7, 2009

"Join the Word Guild," they said. So I did, and before my membership card had even arrived in the mail, I suddenly found myself shoved (no, it was more I was being encouraged to jump) into the 21st century. Because … (read more)

Humble – Me?

January 6, 2009

Years ago, a young woman came to work with me in an inner city mission. Unfortunately, she seemed to have next to no self-confidence, and constantly worried whether she was doing "it" right or not. Finally, I asked her about … (read more)

Dealing With Death

January 5, 2009

It was the first time that I saw someone actually die, and he was a stranger to me. I had just started as a part-time chaplain to a local hospital and received a call very early one Saturday morning. "Can … (read more)

What Comes After Hello?

January 4, 2009

My son and I recently met up with my uncle in a store. Once we said "Hello" to each other, my son and uncle began to chat. For the next ten minutes, the talk revolved around computers and the technical … (read more)

Perfect Or Okay?

January 3, 2009

Several months ago, my kids and my husband bought me the Wii fit board for my birthday. We already had the Wii Sport, which I had been enjoying. They all thought this might make exercising — which I don't really … (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)

The First Christians

January 1, 2009

Over the holidays, I watched a television program on the History Channel called "The First Christians". It was all about the origins of our faith and how Christ's devoted followers suffered for their beliefs. It was such an interesting program … (read more)


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