Archive for May, 2021

Through The Fog

May 16, 2021

The other day when I took the dogs for their early morning walk, the fog was thick. I could barely see across the street, and I was even worried that oncoming traffic might not see me or my four-footed friends. But by the time we were on …( read more )

Keep Calm And Carry On

May 15, 2021

I was visiting a member of my congregation when she said, "Let's have coffee." A few minutes later, we were savouring coffee with cheese and crackers. I looked at the cup and asked her where the mug had come from and what it meant. The …( read more )

Mountain-Moving Faith

May 14, 2021

Perhaps you've occasionally been rebuked with these words: "You just need to have more faith!" Years ago, I received that rebuke. I knew that it was meant to boost my faith effort. But instead, I felt guilty for not believing hard enough; …( read more )

Do Remember — Don't Forget!

May 13, 2021

One of our daughters lives in the state of Michigan, USA, some 800 km from where we live. For many years, we went there twice a year, in the spring and in the autumn. Going there and coming back, we always went about halfway, stayed …( read more )

Introvert Or Extrovert

May 12, 2021

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? I'm not sure about myself. When I read the definition set out in the following paragraph, I first think that I must be an introvert. But when I read on, I conclude that I am an extrovert. Typically, …( read more )

The Big Push

May 11, 2021

My little granddaughter sometimes has a problem coordinating what she is thinking about doing with what her limbs are actually doing. Right now, the struggle appears when I am trying to help her get her boots or her jacket on. She will put …( read more )

He Knows My Name

May 10, 2021

For the first two weeks of my life, I was not called Alice, my present name. My parents were trying out the name Helen. They must not have been sure about it, because there was no definite mention of a name in the early letters to my …( read more )

On Being The Perfect Mother

May 9, 2021

When I was young, I had determined to be the perfect mother, but that was before encountering the unfamiliar subway system in Toronto, Canada, with my two children, aged three and four. It was Monday. The day before, I'd heard a study of …( read more )

Room #402

May 8, 2021

Tom Hallman, Jr. is a storyteller. More specifically, he is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Oregonian, our state's largest newspaper. He specializes in warm-hearted, thoughtful, human-interest stories. As a long-time subscriber …( read more )

God Speaks!

May 7, 2021

As I made a cup of tea to start the process of waking up, this song jumped into my brain: Nothing's too incy-wincy for His care Nothing's too big, big, big for His power Nothing's too teeny-weeny for His care. – Doug Horley I wrote …( read more )

Never Fades

May 6, 2021

One day, I spoke at length with an elderly man, who told me of his long career in the Canadian civil service. It had been years since his retirement, yet his memory was sharp as he recounted the departments in which he had served, the …( read more )

Truth

May 5, 2021

When I was young, our family lived next door to brothers who had a gorgeous apple tree in their yard. The apples looked so good and juicy, and we all wished that we could have one. There were five sisters in my family at this time. A …( read more )

Just In Time

May 4, 2021

The guest pastor read his chosen Scripture. The words sounded eerily familiar. It was like I'd read it an hour previously. And then it hit me — they were included in that day's readings in my daily Bible reading plan. I know for certain …( read more )

Friendships' Benefits

May 3, 2021

Both were named Mike, both were good friends, and both had vastly different influences on me. I met the first Mike when I was 15. My dad had been called as pastor of the church where Mike and his family attended. I was in the rebellious …( read more )

A Time To Bloom

May 2, 2021

When as a teenaged girl I became a representative for Christ, I was lightly teased by non-Christian schoolmates. They thought that I was strange. I didn't fit in with the kids who didn't have or didn't want Jesus as their Saviour. When I …( read more )

Our Citizenship

May 1, 2021

My husband and I moved from Canada to the Azores in September 2020. We had lived in the same house since our wedding day on October 4, 1996. I couldn't take everything, of course, so I gave much away to a downtown ministry, to neighbours, …( read more )

 



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