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Our Walk And Talk Must Match

September 30, 2021

Many years ago on the farm, we had chickens for eggs to sell to the neighbouring farms and African Guinea Fowl to grow for meat. This African bird has all brown meat. I was usually able to find a Guinea hen's nest, and I would wait …( read more )

Clean On The Inside

December 30, 2019

I have termites! Or rather, my house does. When I asked a neighbour to check something that needed repair, he gave me the bad news. Treatment is needed to rid my house of these pests. I live in a park model — a recreational vehicle that …( read more )

Hidden Imperfections

August 30, 2019

We have a wooden deck behind half of our house. It is a place where we can sit when the weather is good. It is about three feet (one metre) off the ground, with four steps at one end to take us down to the lawn, the vegetable garden, the …( read more )

How To Be Ordinary

April 12, 2018

The title for this devotional might seem strange. I believe, however, that we can occasionally use a reminder to be ordinary. That's not so easy, after all. The soul instinctively craves to rise above ordinariness, lest we merge into a …( read more )

Cleaning And Hiding

August 5, 2016

When I was a child living on a farm in southern Ontario, we had no electricity or running water. We also had two wood stoves. There were no chimney sweeps, so father cleaned the chimney, but our mother and we kids cleaned the stovepipes. …( read more )

The Stove Pipe

June 11, 2016

This spring, we were able to install a Toyo stove — a small oil furnace — in our home. This new addition meant that during the shoulder seasons, spring and fall, instead of trying to regulate the wood stove, as the temperatures vary so …( read more )

Things Are Not Always What They Seem

June 11, 2015

Many years ago, we bought a brand new car. Before we did this, I had owned three used cars, and we thought that it would be nice to have a new one. We looked around at different types, but we ended up buying a new model of the same car …( read more )

The Stray Dog

March 19, 2014

One Friday, a work colleague spoke to me regarding a stray dog which she had found on the grounds of her church the previous Sunday. I thought, Perhaps the dog was left by the owner who didn't want to care for it. The colleague was …( read more )

Covered By His Wings

September 14, 2013

In the spring and early summer, my homing pigeons sit on eggs and have young ones. I have had pigeons for many years now, and every year, I marvel again at the wonder of how they look after their young ones. Homing pigeons are amazing …( read more )

Our Approachable God

November 11, 2011

Jesus never hesitated to pronounce scathing indictments against those who were pushing people away from God — like the leaders who burdened consciences with endless "shoulds" and "ought-tos". In spite of Jesus' sharp words, Christianity has retained this very bent, … (read more)

The Secret Place (2)

May 18, 2009

"El Shaddai", the lovely song recorded by singer Amy Grant, inspired my study of the Hebrew names of God. In the course of my research, I gained new insight into the profound nature of "El Shaddai", which means "God Almighty". … (read more)

Using Our Gifts

September 15, 2008

When I was a bride, a friend and I both received copper-bottomed cookware as wedding presents. When I visited in her home, the bright copper bottoms hanging above her stove were the focal point of her kitchen. They were still … (read more)

The Power Of Touch

June 22, 2007

I watched the little toddler as he fell over a toy in his path, making a bruise on his leg. For a few moments, his cries touched everyone in the room. Through his tears, he spotted his mother and ran … (read more)

Keeping Score

January 25, 2006

When my children were growing up, the church we attended had a points system. There was a medal for three months' perfect attendance, another for six months' perfect attendance, and at the end of the year, a third medal and … (read more)

Interior Cleanliness

March 5, 2005

We have been doing some house renovations recently — both inside and outside. The outside is all done now, but the inside is just beginning. There is some drywall work done but a lot more to do. We are taking … (read more)

Step By Step

November 19, 2004

Shopping for a birthday gift for my eleven-year-old grandson started me thinking about my own childhood. Back then we made fun out of simple things. I remember that when my cousins came to visit, we often played school. As we … (read more)

Inside Out!

June 29, 2001

As I was cleaning windows last week, I realized anew that cleaning only one side would not complete the job. When I first began, I thought that only the outside really needed doing. Yet as I wiped away the film … (read more)

God: What Is Our Image?

April 29, 1997

Yesterday, we began talking about our image of God. We're all used to thinking of God as "Our Father, who art in heaven". We may not be quite so familiar with the images of God being like a mother, as … (read more)

Matters Of The Law

January 30, 1997

Jesus is teaching here that it's important to practice the latter which is "law — justice, mercy and faithfulness" without neglecting the former, which is tithing, or giving a tenth. Jesus Himself, in the New Testament, is telling us to … (read more)

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