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Getting To Know Him

Thursday, February 29, 2024

My dad became what we affectionately called "the coffee guru" of our family. Daddy loved his coffee. In fact, he enjoyed it so much that he wanted to find out what made coffee so good. He took the time to study and research online, … Read more

Old Faithful

Monday, November 13, 2023

Last week, my fiancé and I experienced the opportunity of a lifetime. We visited Yellowstone National Park. All around us were tangible indications of God's creation: grazing bison creating traffic snarls, blue pools of boiling-hot … Read more

Wedding Anniversary

Monday, September 4, 2023

As I write this on August 14, 2023, it is our thirtieth wedding anniversary. Caroline has posted on Facebook a picture of us on our wedding day. Oh, how young we looked then! It has made me reflect upon our journey together over time. So … Read more

God's Discipline

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

I remember my early days as a church worker. One of my greatest challenges was meeting up with the 7 a.m. resumption (start) time marked for church workers on Sundays. Before I became a church worker, 9 a.m. was my church resumption time … Read more

Hold The Catfish

Thursday, July 1, 2021

While on vacation 35 years ago, my husband and I arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. I was about to learn about the diversity of its people and its culture, especially its French beignet (ben-yay), likened to a doughnut pastry that is … Read more

The Encounter

Friday, August 14, 2020

It was such a lovely day, so I decided to take the dogs for a run. I loaded my three-year-old granddaughter into the stroller, gathered up the dogs, and away we went. As we were walking, Ade asked several times if we could go down to the … Read more

Caged Bird

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Fluttering back and forth on a little swing in the gilded birdcage, my cousin's canary sang in trills and tweets. The yellow bird and his song were limited to one location and he could swing on only one tiny apparatus. His bright song … Read more

Patient With Difficult People

Monday, September 16, 2019

I grew up in a dysfunctional family. My mother turned to arson when life dissatisfied her. If we could keep track of her discontent, sometimes it was possible to head her off, but it wasn't easy. We lived mostly in isolation in the bush … Read more

Finding A Church Without Any Problems

Thursday, May 10, 2018

"The church failed me!" I used to say. My two sons were abused by their choirmaster. The youngest died, and my eldest lives with the impact. I saw that church as a body of sinners, the kind of blame that much of the outside world gives to … Read more

Soursop In The Son

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Almost daily, the neighbour twins run over to my house to check the fruit seeds that we have planted in broken mugs in the kitchen window. We've had one success so far: the soursop seed grew to be a foot-and-a half tall before we … Read more

When We Don't Like The Paint Scheme

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Having been involved in a church committee debate over the colour of paint, I was struck (and maybe stung) by Nan St. Louis' recent devotional, " Where are you? " which mentioned the negative effect on others of Christians who disagree … Read more

Burning Hearts

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

After my salvation experience in 1978, I had an unquenchable desire to read, learn, and understand the Bible. It became my first love. If I heard good lessons from Bible expositors on the radio, I would request their offered cassette … Read more

Wrong Source/Wrong Information

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Some time ago, I was talking with some people about the Lord and our lives as Christians, along with experiences that we have had in life. They were using words like "God spoke to me", feeling that they had a word from God, and talking … Read more

What Is Truth?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

During His trial, Jesus was asked by Pilate, "What is truth?" (John 18:38 NKJV) It seems that in today's world, the subject of truth is a rather slippery one. Many prefer to live in a world of relativism where there are no absolutes. … Read more

China Cups

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I grew up in a home that had a china cabinet with a row of china cups behind the glass. They were brought out once a year to be dusted or washed, and maybe one other time to serve tea in. Recently, I was talking to a friend about going … Read more


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I love debating with other people. It's part of my training as a pastor. At seminary or university, candidates for ministry are taught apologetics through class presentations or theological debates. The arguments usually spill over into … Read more

Be Content

Sunday, September 1, 2013

As I write this, it has just been announced that a number of baseball players have been suspended for the use of illegal, enhancement-performing drugs. They continue to be the subject of different news sources. These players obviously had … Read more

Have You Heard? Have You Heard?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Over the years, whenever I would go to see the youthful and exciting presentation of Anne Of Green Gables at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, I would be intrigued with a special scene … Read more

The Point Of No Return

Friday, September 14, 2012

A recent bike ride took me into new territory, but not so new that I hadn't been over it before. I had driven in the car that way many times, but had never ridden my bike. As I rode along, … Read more

Good And Faithful Servant

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

For two years, many years ago, every Sunday afternoon, we would drive forty-five miles into south Boston to a Mission to be part of a wonderful Sunday School program with lots of Bible teaching, singing, and a light lunch. One … Read more

The Skate Park

Friday, March 2, 2012

I was waiting for my children to come out from some lessons at the Leisure Centre. From the comfort of my van, I watched the boys with bikes, scooters, and skate boards practicing their tricks at the skate park. A … Read more

Carving Hearts

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

When I was a "tween" (between childhood and adolescence), I was sweet on a boy in my class. Like many tween girls do, I found excuses to walk out of my way past his house. My hope was to catch … Read more

Spiritual Allergies

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I am allergic to shrimp, so I attempt to avoid them. However, it's not as easy as one might think. Nice restaurants camouflage them in soups, sauces, egg rolls, and other delicious recipes. Recently, I discovered, just before putting the … Read more


Monday, October 13, 2008

For the first nine years of my work in ministry, I pastored a beautiful area in the southwest of Scotland. The countryside was stunning, and as I travelled throughout the area in my car, I often saw the farmers working … Read more

The Word Of God Never Changes

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Recently on a Sunday afternoon, our grandchildren were here for a visit. The youngest of the three, now in her second year, is very active, and we all know when she is among us. I have glass-topped tables in the … Read more

In Difficult Times

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

The following quotation, from one whom I have grown to love, was received by e-mail some time ago: Christmas decorations and the tree that were so late in getting up are still in place, and although I am not in … Read more


Thursday, January 4, 2007

My friend, Nomie, told me about her children. They were sixteen months apart, Lori being the older. One day, Lori's little brother was annoying her. When she complained to her mother, Nomie advised her, "Just ignore him." Later, when she … Read more

God's Blueprint For Success

Monday, October 23, 2006

For many years after peace was declared following World War II, a massive army of men, women, and teenagers in Britain invaded school buildings on weeknights, between the hours of 7:00 and 9:00 p.m., to attend classes defined as Evening … Read more


Saturday, May 6, 2006

For years, I struggled with migraine headaches. I did discover a couple of the triggers, so I tried to avoid them to the best of my ability. Unfortunately, it wasn't always possible. Then I found a product that was said … Read more

Great Surveillant

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Once, privacy was very important. It still is, but there is very little left in our technological society today. I use the Internet, knowing that every word I write can be picked up and read by others — other than … Read more

Clean Vessels

Monday, April 24, 2006

Dishes have always been of special interest to me. I have "everyday dishes" and "good china", and for those really relaxed days, I have two-sectioned plates that are microwave safe. My good china is taken out of the china cabinet … Read more

God's Account Book

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The little rural church in which I grew up taught children that God hears every word spoken. Our teacher taught that every word we spoke was a reflection on our God, our church, and our family. This was in the … Read more

Fragrance Of Jesus

Monday, July 11, 2005

In our ladies' small group, we are learning to say a simple "Thank you" when someone compliments us. Most people try to minimize a compliment, so this is a learning process. We also give each group member a hug when … Read more

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