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John 3:16 Over February 14

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

There's something about February 14th that makes many hearts thrill and flutter. In the Philippines, Valentine's Day is a grand, festive day, and various businesses sell roses, stuffed toys, and chocolates — the famous items that are … Read more

Three Old Men

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

The older I get, the more that I want to learn about Jesus and read about God. As a pastor for almost forty years, I thought that I knew a lot, but now, I realize that there's infinitely more to learn about Christ and more to experience … Read more

God Is Light

Monday, June 24, 2024

Back in the days when my daddy was still alive, he ordered from Amazon an 18-pack of super-bright LED flashlights featuring a compact design, constructed of high impact ABS casing in an assortment of colours. Each flashlight had a … Read more

The Wind

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

In my last devotional, It Only Takes A Spark on April 18, 2024, I told how a farmer lost his barn in a fire due to a spark from his tractor. This time, I want to tell how John was involved in the … Read more

For God So Loved The World

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Having had a career in biology, I know that scientific discoveries provide compelling reasons to worship God. For example, the structure of DNA defies chance assembly. Yet until one of the world's most renowned scientists, Stephen Hawking, … 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

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

It Only Takes A Spark

Thursday, April 18, 2024

John was working with the hired man, Murray, making ductwork in the shop, and I was working in the garden. The shop phone rang and John answered it. He came running to the garden to let me know that the neighbour's barn was on fire. He had … Read more

Breathing

Saturday, March 23, 2024

When my daughter Sarah was born, x-rays revealed that she was missing a lung and needed the assistance of life support to breathe. The doctors gave her ninety percent oxygen to keep her alive in an incubator. After surgery to move her … Read more

The Heavy Load

Saturday, March 9, 2024

As a young camp counsellor at Gracefield Christian camp, near Ottawa, Canada, I really enjoyed canoeing. I practised my J-stroke, carefully loaded the flat-bottomed aluminum canoes, and even learned how to right a tipped canoe in deep … Read more

A Life Of Service To God

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

I recently attended a funeral for a friend who was a huge support to me in the recreational vehicle (RV) resort chapel ministry that I lead each summer. Bob supported me when there was … Read more

Small Pieces

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

I find working on a jigsaw puzzle to be fascinating, addictive, and annoying, all at the same time. My mother loved doing them while she still had vision, spending hours figuring out the edges, then the main images. It's even harder when … Read more

The Portrait Of Love

Monday, February 5, 2024

As an artist, I have been asked to paint portraits, sometimes of one who has passed as a remembrance for the family. I studied with an exceptional art teacher, who trained in the ateliers and museums of … Read more

Let God Be God

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

I am not a doctor or a nurse. I am an English major with a minor in journalism, and I received my master's degree in counselling and psychology. I went the education route and ended up working as a newspaper reporter for more than two … Read more

The Heart

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

While visiting the veterinarian recently, the receptionist asked me if I would like to see the cat house. I am not really a cat person, but my daughter is, and I knew that she would be interested in what they had to show me. The cat … Read more

It's All In How You See It

Saturday, January 20, 2024

It was early one morning when the four kittens — two black and two calico — made their presence known to us. I was peeking outside the window that overlooks our side yard when I saw them. They were following a larger grey cat out from … Read more

Whose Family Do You Belong To?

Friday, January 19, 2024

I was thumbing through some black-and-white photos, taken 60 or more years ago, by my mum and dad: photos of themselves, their friends, and the small town where they grew up. Smiling faces looked back at me from skiing and skating parties … Read more

The Model Kit

Friday, January 5, 2024

When we were children, my older brother excelled at assembling and painting model kits, mostly of military aircraft and vehicles. The small boxes, with vivid photos on top, contained small grey plastic pieces, glue, paint, and instructions … Read more

The Packaging Doesn't Tell The Story

Saturday, December 16, 2023

A few months ago, my dad passed away. Reflecting on past Christmas seasons, we remembered some of the things that Daddy did during family gatherings, like the time he pushed my cousin's face into the whipped cream on a pie. One of my … Read more

The Burrs

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

We had just finished trimming the goats' hooves and removing burrs from their coats when I noticed that my horse Frank had a large burr in his tail. As I took the shears to cut it free, I realized that it wasn't just one burr; his whole … Read more

The Parable Of The Vineyard

Thursday, December 7, 2023

While we were looking at this parable of Jesus at a Bible study, I was asked the question, "Do you think Santa Claus is God?" I said, "No, I do not." The person then asked me if I had anything of Santa in my home. I gave a negative … Read more

Home Base

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

When I was a child, one of my favourite games was hide and seek. My cousins, my sister, and I would play it at our house, or at my grandma's house when we were all visiting there together. Friends and I would play it on the playground at … Read more

Man Is Caretaker Of God's Creation

Sunday, November 5, 2023

A number of years ago, John and I decided to take a summer vacation in western Canada. We chose to go in a recreational vehicle (RV) so that we could take my younger sister with us. John and I rented the RV and made arrangements to pick up … Read more

Growing In Faith

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Recently, I had an interesting "I wonder why…?" conversation with myself. I wondered why God initiated the aging process in nearly every system in His creation. Why didn't He just create everything starting at its prime, mature stage — … Read more

Open And Ready To Receive

Friday, October 6, 2023

Ms. Elliott-Binns was my religious knowledge teacher in high school. I remember her not because she gave me good grades in her class, but because of her exuberance while she taught religious studies to her sometimes disinterested students … Read more

The Bench

Saturday, September 16, 2023

One evening, as we were all going inside for the night, one of the baby goats let out a loud wail. My daughter went to investigate. Mulan, one of our young kids, was trapped on a bench in the barn. Mulan's left hoof and ankle had slipped … Read more

Bad News, Good News

Monday, September 11, 2023

During the past summer, there's been a lot of bad news here in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. On July 9, a suspicious death at an Owen Sound rooming house, first thought to be a fentanyl overdose, is now being treated as a homicide. On … Read more

Jesus, Our Living Hope

Thursday, August 10, 2023

When I was a young child, I started to ask for a pony for my birthday. We lived in a town where there was a good-sized empty acreage across the road from our house. I thought that a pony could live there and that I could ride it every day. … Read more

Decisions Matter

Saturday, July 1, 2023

My husband John grew up on a farm that was on a lake, but he never learned to swim. He stayed very close to the shore if he were anywhere near water. In time, our son Donald was born. We decided to give him swimming lessons when he was old … Read more

The Gift

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Both my son and my daughter left our home in California, USA, soon after high school graduation to join the navy. Eventually, my daughter settled in Ohio and my son in Virginia. Their life in California had a completely different … Read more

Anticipation

Monday, December 5, 2022

I moved to Nederland last year, and due to COVID-19, I did not celebrate any Christmas or New Year's Day festivals. This year, I found myself so excited about anticipating the coming of Sinterklaas, a legendary figure based on Saint … Read more

Swimming Upstream

Saturday, November 19, 2022

One beautiful fall day, as I peered over the railing of a small bridge, an interesting sight met my eyes — bright red fish with green heads: spawning salmon. By an inborn instinct, they were all heading the same way — upstream. If you … Read more

Safekeeping

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Behind a counter inside my local bank stands a huge vault. Behind the open door is another large door with steel bars and a large lock, and inside are walls covered with hundreds of tiny doors, each with a lock that has two spots for … Read more

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