Search Results for: "2 Corinthians 1:"

Lost

Thursday, September 22, 2022

When I was three years old, I experienced what it was to be lost. Although the details are compiled from old letters, the feelings of panic and not knowing how to get back to my parents are deeply embedded in my memory. In the early … Read more

The Ability

Friday, June 10, 2022

Three-year-old Lindy is a late talker. Lindy hears and understands, but the part of her brain that hears sounds and interprets them into speech does not function as it should. It will thus take her much longer to learn to speak than most … Read more

Where A Yes Can Take You

Saturday, March 20, 2021

A news service interviewed me after I returned from Africa, asking about life in ministry, to which I answered, "I've never been bored. I've found that when I say 'Yes' to things, doors open. The more I say 'Yes', the more doors open. … Read more

Pandemic Post

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Throughout this pandemic, I have been collecting British stamps. I am doing this for two reasons: firstly, I'm gathering them in several albums to give to my grandson in years to come. I hope that he appreciates the stamps as something … Read more

Life's Best Comforter

Friday, January 3, 2020

My wife and I are quickly moving towards being patriarch and matriarch of our family. Though I try not to think about it, I know that the time is approaching when my mother and my in-laws will die. I remember the sorrow that I felt when … Read more

Sharing God's Grace

Saturday, August 3, 2019

As I ponder this journey called "life", I wonder what on earth God has in store for me. What possible purpose does He have for me that I would still be here, while my Bob, who had a clear calling to share his faith through music, both … Read more

When The Sirens Go Off

Saturday, February 23, 2019

The first thing that those who visit me remark on is all the sirens! The "Get out of the way, quick!" shrieks of fire engines headed for my neighbourhood's under-repaired housing. The life-or-death screams of ambulances attending victims … Read more

I Almost Missed Out

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

I almost missed the happiness that God has had for me in life, when I decided to end it at the age of 17. Miserable, lonely, and friendless, I could not see this changing in the future. What good is my life? I questioned, not realizing … Read more

God's Comfort Continues

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Today, our firstborn would have been 60 years old. I wrote about that a few years ago in devotional called God's Comfort . In it, I explained in some detail the events of the day when our first child was born but did not live. Over the … Read more

An Encouraging, Comforting Sister

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

It seemed as though my well had run dry regarding devotional material, because I have only so many experiences to draw from. But I had an email today from a sister in Christ. After commenting on one of my devotionals, she wrote, "I pray … Read more

Warmth

Friday, June 12, 2015

As I walked in the centre of town on a cold day in springtime, I was momentarily warmed and caressed by a body of air as it moved with me down the street. It was issuing forth from a large department store entrance. The manner of its … Read more

No Way! Ya Way!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

My friend and I had quite a conversation the other day. I remember her saying, "There is absolutely no way that I am going to do this! No way!" To which, without thinking, I replied, "Ya way!" What I meant to say was "Yes way!" We both … Read more

High Wind – Higher Faith

Friday, April 20, 2012

A 100-kilometre-per-hour wind seemed like a lot more on my seventh-floor balcony when I struggled to get out to remedy a situation that had the two chairs on the balcony in the gusting wind. One was securely tied into the … Read more

Hurricanes

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

In the southern United States, we are in the time period known as Hurricane Season. At this time, we are more likely to have devastating weather. But even if some areas of the land, the coastline, and the Caribbean receive … Read more

Amens From Our Hearts

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

In three most important ceremonies in my life, I gave my solemn promises, vows, and agreements. I gave assent to, and made my marriage vows from my heart to the boy I loved, I made my renewed covenant vows to … Read more

A Mountaintop Experience

Saturday, April 17, 2010

As I read the devotional on December 26, 2009, by Rosemary Renninson, entitled " Messiah Born ", and as the mother of two girls myself, I envisioned Mary wrapping her baby in the swaddling cloths with her own hands. I … 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

A Father's Lasting Love

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

At the end of my dad's funeral service nine years ago, my mom gave me his personal Shona language hymn and prayer book. It is neatly bound in leather, and contains some bookmarks with his handwriting and underlining of his … Read more

Rose Of All Roses

Wednesday, 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

God's Special Child

Sunday, 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

Times Of Sorrow

Monday, March 10, 2008

On the 9th of December, 2007, my father-in-law died. My wife had just returned four days earlier from a visit to her parents in British Columbia, Canada, and though her dad was declining and having some difficulty, his death was … Read more

Promises, Promises

Saturday, September 22, 2007

My grandmother, Rachel Stuart, whom we all called "Grandma", was a great wee person. She looked like Dorothy's mother, Sophia, from the television show "The Golden Girls". She raised a large family of seven and had umpteen grandchildren and great-grandchildren. … Read more

Comfort Zone And Comfort Clothes

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I am sure we all have them or have had them at some time in our lives: "comfort clothes" — that shirt that one's spouse has tried to throw out or that pair of shoes that fits like no other. … Read more

Showers

Friday, May 4, 2007

For many years when I was a child, we never had running water. Or maybe we did: someone would have to run out to the well to pump it into a bucket and run it to the house. Mom much … Read more

Losses

Monday, July 3, 2006

About five years ago, I was struggling in my job with patients with Alzheimer's disease, and the shift work was getting harder the older I got. So I chose to quit my job. It was a loss. Close to the … Read more

Pain!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Pain! Emotional pain! Physical pain! Financial pain! Spiritual pain! We all go through some kind of pain in our lives! Quite a few years ago, I was in a lot of pain in many areas of my life. I was … Read more

God Provides Comfort

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Recently while I was in hospital for a surgery, though the stay was only three days, it was a stressful time for me. I am a person who likes to be able to see outside a lot, and the Lord … Read more

The Mountain Climber

Sunday, July 10, 2005

I have a friend who says she's a mountain climber, because she's always climbing out of deep valleys. Trouble seems to seek her out. There's always something painful going on in her life. Don't get the idea she's a pessimistic … Read more

God Promises Hope For His Children

Friday, February 11, 2005

Many people have asked me how I cope with the death of a loved one. Well, it is overwhelming — there is an emptiness and numbness that is impossible to describe. Every death is different, and we react differently to … Read more

Comfort Cushions

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

God has many beautiful ways of directing us to ease the pain of others. One very simple way He has directed me is in making "Comfort Cushions". It all came about when one of our hospice volunteers told me the … Read more

Helping Others, We Find Joy

Friday, March 19, 2004

It was a cold and rainy winter afternoon as I left work, and headed across the parking lot to my car. All I could think about was what a "bummer" of a day it had been, how bad I felt, … Read more

Do We Have A Minute To Spare?

Thursday, July 4, 2002

During my work period in India, I frequently visited the capital city, New Delhi, one of the busiest cities in the world. Traffic is atrocious and long delays are "par for the course". One thing I noticed very quickly was … Read more

We Want Guarantees

Friday, May 3, 2002

One thing that really gets me going is to buy something, get it home, and find out that it does not work. After spending money on something, I want it to work. I want to be able to pull it … Read more

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