Archive for October, 2009

Scarecrow In A Melon Patch

Saturday, October 31, 2009

As a young girl, before receiving Christ as my personal Saviour, I visited several fortune tellers, experimented with Ouija boards, and dabbled in witchcraft. I even attended one séance conducted by a team of experienced mediums. … Read more

Dealing With Anxiety

Friday, October 30, 2009

When I first became a Christian, I found it tough to try to live up to Christ's standards. I wanted to remain the same, and Christ to be different. I wanted Him to accept who I was, instead of me … Read more

What's In A Name?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Colleen lives on the side of a mountain. When her children were both home, they begged for a pet. She reminded them that there was no one home all day. One spring, a kitten appeared at the door. She fed … Read more

Do You Love Me?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sometimes, when I playfully ask hubby if he loves me, he reams off his "proof list". It generally includes things like cutting the lawn, folding laundry, and loving me just the way I am! The English language includes only one … Read more

Left Behind

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

August had approached the midway point, and I had noted that the robins which bathed in the birdbath were gone. Yes, they had all taken flight and headed for a warmer climate; some who were very young were migrating for … Read more

Greater And Grander

Monday, October 26, 2009

As some of you know, I write several blogs on the Internet. I do this to widen the message that I feel that God has laid on my heart. Sometimes, I get e-mails from Christians around the globe who write … Read more

The Robber

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ginger and Joey were brothers, and much like human brothers, these two cats had their spats. Ginger is a quiet, unassuming creature, placid and amiable. Joey, on the other hand, was quite the opposite: loud and boisterous, a regular rabble-rouser, … Read more

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My husband's death in 2002 was not expected. We had no prior warning at all. Therefore, as a family, total, devastating shock was our first shared emotion. After this, we did have the comfort of the mutual belief and knowledge … Read more

In The Middle Of The Night

Friday, October 23, 2009

During the summer, Zoë, now 15 months old, woke me up for an hour, during the early hours. Like all of us, she wanted some attention and loving from her dad. She wanted to remind me that I had not given her enough attention during … Read more

God's Timeline

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Every now and then, I have to remind myself that Christ can return at any minute. I often take it for granted that the world will continue indefinitely and that the seasons will come and go, just as they usually … Read more

Where Am I Going?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Last year, my son and I flew to a wedding in the United States. We are both living in the northern part of different provinces in Canada. We met in the airport in Calgary, Alberta, and proceeded from there. Upon … Read more

Cat In A Cage

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The minivan was packed to the limit for the two-thousand-kilometre trip to our new home. Tent, sleeping bags, portable fencing, duffle bags, deck box full of food and necessities, my daughter, myself, ten dogs, and two cats made up the … Read more

One Hundred Percent

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sometimes, life's most valuable lessons begin with failure. Recently, I embarked on one of these lessons by allowing thoughtless words to fly unchecked. Too late to retrieve them, I found myself in an acute state of unrest and basic dysfunction. … Read more

An Inconvenient Gospel

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Years ago, when I ministered to the Scottish fishing village of Dunure, some people stopped coming to church. Eventually, they were asked by a couple of elders about why they had become non-attenders. They replied, "He's too evangelical for me." … Read more

Jesus Our Covenant

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Years ago, in the early days of my walk with Jesus, I attended my first retreat weekend with a group of women. The main theme was about each believer's choice to have, or not to have, a closer relationship with … Read more


Friday, October 16, 2009

A number of years ago, my sister and her friends invited me to come along and play some golf. We purchased a basket of golf balls to share. We each took turns. When my turn came, I took one of … Read more

The Note

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow-creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for … Read more

Seeing Everything

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I love using Google Earth on my computer. It amazes me that satellite cameras can focus on my neighbourhood, allowing me to see my house from outer space. I also use Google Earth to look at the places in Scotland … Read more

I Know It's There

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I enjoy word puzzle searches. Word puzzles are made up of a grid composed of letters which form words. There is a list of words with each puzzle. The trick is that the words can go in any direction on … Read more

The Food Cupboard

Monday, October 12, 2009

Over the years, our church in downtown Brampton, Ontario, Canada, has run what we call a Food Cupboard, praying that the cupboard will never be bare. It hasn't been. Though the numbers of people have increased due to economic depression, … Read more

Five Kernels Of Corn

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Even though Canada and the United States celebrate Thanksgiving on different dates, many of the traditions surrounding the celebrations in both countries relate back to the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in 1620. After three months at sea, … Read more

A Reason To Give Thanks

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Yesterday, about noon, we had the first snowfall of the year. I was out running an errand over the lunch hour, when, as the weather reports warned us, the snowflakes started to fall. Anyone I met during the course of … Read more

Sending Rain

Friday, October 9, 2009

It's been a wonderful summer for growing plants in Tennessee this year. We've had plenty of rain and no droughts. It's a welcome change from what we usually experience, and the whole place around Knoxville looks greener than I've ever … Read more

In The Darkness

Thursday, October 8, 2009

These men were blind; they walked in darkness, and yet, they were able to follow Jesus. Initially, Jesus did not even speak to them. Regardless, they still continued to follow Him. How did they know the way? Did they follow … Read more

Sheep And Wolves

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

In my years of being involved in missions in my local church, there have been many interesting encounters with people whom the church attempted to help. There have been many times we've been face to face with "wolves" who have … Read more

How Precious?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Earlier in life, my thoughts were taken up with others, especially in caring for my husband and children, as well as the many other family, household, and church needs and duties I wanted to fulfill. For the most part, I … Read more

Blame Game

Monday, October 5, 2009

I call it the "blame game". Someone does something diabolically wicked and it's reported in the newspaper. The evidence is there, and enough witnesses come forward to make the conviction stand. Then we read about parents, relatives, and friends who, … Read more

It Was Then It Hit Me

Sunday, October 4, 2009

We had a little visitor overnight and for the following day. I hadn't given much thought beforehand about my computer and the things that surround it: bookshelves, a printer, a huge stockpile of works that didn't make the cut, and … Read more

A Good Chew

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Living in a remote area, we have many hunters. This means that we also have lots of bones. After skinning and butchering moose or deer, caribou or elk, hunters often leave the bones behind. Local dogs find these bones and … Read more

Remembering Or Forgetting

Friday, October 2, 2009

There are times in my life when I cannot remember what I went to get from downstairs, or where I put something, or even what I wanted to tell someone. I just plain forget. I don't choose to do so … Read more

The Recital

Thursday, October 1, 2009

My son had received much recognition for pitching a "no hit, no run" Little League baseball game the previous week, so for him, pitching was far more important than piano. Consequently, we were the last to arrive at the chapel … Read more


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