Archive for May, 2024

Against Attack

Friday, May 31, 2024

One morning at the YWAM (Youth with a Mission) base near Tijuana, Mexico, the staff and students were taught self-protection moves. That area has a reputation for being rough, and tighter security measures, like a nightly patrol, had been … Read more

My Reason

Thursday, May 30, 2024

After waking up yesterday morning and finding that I couldn't go back to sleep, I went to my bookshelf to find a book to read. I pulled one out and realized that I hadn't read it in a long time, so I flipped it open. It was written by … Read more

The Sure Foundation

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Growing up, I was fairly oblivious to the concerns that my parents were then experiencing: money, household, job security, school schedules, and so on. Global and political crises of our country seemed peripheral. My main concerns were … Read more

Party Liner

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Years ago, I was on a summer placement in the backwoods of Nova Scotia, Canada. Believe it or not, the phones were the old crank style and, more amazing, connected everyone in the community so that any and all could listen. No … Read more

Legion And The Man

Monday, May 27, 2024

In my early years, errors of judgement and traumas of life evoked strong emotional responses in me. Oppressive forces latched onto and hid behind the sin, guilt, and shame. These were external entities that were seeking to damage and … Read more

Models Of Christ

Sunday, May 26, 2024

All my male friends seemed to enjoy it, but somehow, I didn't share their enthusiasm. When I was a pre-teen, putting together model cars was the in thing. Most of my male friends did it and seemed to love it. I looked at the shelves … Read more

What Time Is It?

Saturday, May 25, 2024

There is an appointed time for everything! The word "time" appears 28 times in the book of Ecclesiastes and over 600 times in the Bible as a whole. I have always been fascinated by all kinds of old manual pendulum wall clocks, which … Read more

The Clumsy Puppy

Friday, May 24, 2024

Ruby is an Irish Setter. Setters are tall dogs with long legs. At five months of age, some days, Ruby's long legs cause her a great deal of trouble. She careens around corners, ending up on her side with four lanky legs flying out in … Read more

Little Things Matter

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Oh, what a difference one tiny little letter made! My high school classmate, Annette, had just sent me an email telling about her upcoming surgery for shin cancer. Shin cancer? I'd never heard of such a thing, but knowing that Annette … Read more

He Is the Real Deal

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Being American, I am aware that for the most part, mine is a coffee-drinking country. In a 2021 report from urbanbeancoffee.com, statistics of coffee consumption in the United … Read more

A Personal Struggle

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

She never told us why, but Psalm 42 was my mother's favourite psalm. For such a seemingly happy and faithful woman, I found that to be a strange choice. It was written by someone who was searching for a relationship with God, someone who … Read more

Using Our Gifts

Monday, May 20, 2024

When my husband retired at age 55, we moved to a mountain community in central California, USA. Soon, he began to lead Sunday services at the nearby home for disabled adults. Struggling to find ways to help them understand God's message, … Read more

A Turning Point

Sunday, May 19, 2024

A few years ago, our family was finishing up a meal at a restaurant. My husband and I were visiting our eldest son who had just started a new job at Adult and Teen Challenge, which rehabilitates those struggling with drug or alcohol … Read more

What's In A Name?

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Have you ever heard of the Tree of Heaven? What a beautiful name! The scientific name is Ailanthus altissima. Native to China, it is now found worldwide, often appearing as an invasive species. It is said to symbolize perseverance and … Read more

Channel Markers

Friday, May 17, 2024

During this past January, we spent time in Florida, USA, with our two sons. They had brought their boat down from Canada in November. We decided that the weather looked good enough to take the boat to the Atlantic side of Florida near … Read more

Philosophy Jesus Style

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Fundamentalist was the term that Dad used to describe himself. Mom's take on things, I was unsure about. Occasionally, I would pick up vibes that she disagreed with some of Dad's philosophy. I knew that he believed that faith was the … Read more

The Gift

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Every day, I pray for my family who live in the United States, as well as those in Scotland and around the world. I ask God to bless and protect them, to guide and support them, to love and cherish them. It's a ritual that I go through … Read more

The Hay Barn

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

When we moved last spring, one of our priorities was the construction of a hay barn on our new property: a place where feed for our livestock could be kept dry while also allowing fresh air to circulate. Hay that is not protected and does … Read more

Windows

Monday, May 13, 2024

For nearly eight years, the seal between the double glazing on two of our windows has been broken, and condensation has progressively clouded the internal side of the glass and our view into the garden. Also, the old style of window is a … Read more

Meeting People Where They Are

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Aging is inevitable because it is part of the life cycle that each of us has to face. Today's verse tells us that God knows the direction and the outcome of each person's life. Over the years, I have had the privilege of being able to … Read more

He's Always There

Saturday, May 11, 2024

My sister, Tracey, was six years older than I was, but we were always together. When we were younger, we were referred to as "Becky and Tracey" or "Tracey and Becky". Mom would make or buy us clothes that were similar for special days like … Read more

Endurance

Friday, May 10, 2024

Three weeks after my knee surgery (see Blessings From Pain) I returned to the doctor, ready to be rid of the rigid leg brace. Its three metal bars dug into my leg and I was sure that my skin … Read more

Does A Problem Exist?

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Recently, I experienced a problem with my computer and a tech person was helping me. After some searching, he discovered the problem. He looked at me and said, "You have PEBKAC." My first thought was that my computer had a virus, because … Read more

When You Know Morning Has Come

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Of late, I have become somewhat obsessed with the dawn, the morning clothed in ever-changing radiance, which I have captured scores of times with my camera — and still, I cannot do it justice. One of my favourite shots is of the first … Read more

Changes

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

The Lord willing, in July of this year, the days of my years will be fourscore years and ten. Early one morning recently, that made me think of the many things that have changed in my life, personally as well as in society. I have lost … Read more

Jesus To Me

Monday, May 6, 2024

"Fear God" was a command that I often heard in my dad's sermons. And I did. Some years after my father's death, I uncovered the only recorded sermon that I have of his. I had forgotten what a fireball that he was when he preached. Most … Read more

My Name

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Have you ever had questions that you wish you had asked your parents? As an only child, I have no siblings with whom to converse about various subjects. In a day when birth control was not what it is today, my parents had been married … Read more

The Depletion

Saturday, May 4, 2024

I have a dog run. This is a fenced area where the dogs can be outside to attend to their personal needs anytime they want. The area is thickly layered with gravel, making cleanup and disinfecting easy. The gravel, however, gets depleted; … Read more

Calling On God

Friday, May 3, 2024

I don't know how many times in my life that I've called on the name of the Lord, but I'm thankful for God's gracious response when I've needed reassurance, guidance, deliverance, and support. As a troubled teenager who lost his way … Read more

Clean In One Cycle

Thursday, May 2, 2024

The basket of laundry in the closet was overflowing with a mixture of bath towels, kitchen rags, Mom's clothes, and mine. I just sighed. Washing clothes isn't a favourite chore of mine, but it is one that must be done on a regular basis. … Read more

The Sacred Place Of Loneliness

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

One morning, while I was at my computer, my 15-year-old son interrupted my thoughts with these words: "Mom, do you know what the biggest problem in society is? It is loneliness!" He had no idea that, at that very moment, my fingers were … Read more

 



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