Search Results for: "Nehemiah 8:"

My Strength Comes From The Joy Of The Lord

July 24, 2019

Going through ups and downs in my convalescence from burnout and depression has been a stressful time for me. When my circumstances start to change and I experience growing pains, it can affect my ability to see the situation for what it …( read more )

Joy To Ourselves

March 2, 2018

I have a problem with joy. It's supposed to be a fruit of the Holy Spirit, and since I have believed in Jesus Christ, I have the Holy Spirit within me. So, I should feel His joy, right? You guessed it: I don't. Or do I? Maybe I'm …( read more )

The Word Lifted Up

November 22, 2015

As an enthusiast of art and architectural history, I have enjoyed over the years visiting many early American churches. The buildings were made of either stone or fine wood. My fascination with old houses of worship grew stronger after I …( read more )

The Written Word

June 21, 2015

I have kept a diary since 1962. It started out as a record of the daily progress of my pipeline construction in northern British Columbia, Canada, including the movement of people and equipment, records of meetings with owners and …( read more )

A Wave And A Smile

January 19, 2012

When I was a little girl, we headed to the Smokey Mountains in October to enjoy the beauty of the trees in their fall dresses. I quickly discovered how much fun it was to wave at the people who sat … (read more)

Filled With Inexpressible Joy

October 29, 2011

Why is there so little joy in many Christians when Scripture portrays joy as a vital ingredient for life? Jesus was eager that His followers be filled with joy. Paul was too. He said: For Paul, joy was vital because … (read more)


November 12, 2010

Years ago, when I was a child, my mother had an old typewriter with little round keys. We had to throw the carriage over manually. As years went on, I owned an electric typewriter. It was so much faster, and … (read more)

His Joy Is My Strength

January 12, 2009

Many of us Christians, at one time or another, have resorted to Bible roulette. We have flipped through the pages of the Bible, stopped randomly on a page, let our finger fall on a passage, and have read what God … (read more)


September 23, 2007

Along my way to work one recent day, I rejoiced in God as my Saviour. I was happy. Maybe it was because I love my wife and family? Maybe it was because I have a long-awaited holiday around the corner … (read more)

Inspirations In The Key Of "J"

July 5, 2007

I have been writing devotionals for a few years now. It all started rather innocently. I was subscribed to the Presbyterian Church in Canada's Daily devotional which I read every day. At the end of each devotional, there is a … (read more)

Rekindled Joy

November 18, 2006

Have we lost our joy? Or is it hiding deep within? We have all had our joyful times and our share of down times. What must we do to find joy once again? What joy it brings when my little … (read more)

Mountain Biking

September 3, 2006

This summer, on one weekend, we went camping in the mountains. The further we went into the wilderness, the more I wondered if we had made a good choice to camp there. The road was rough, the way was desolate, … (read more)

Joy In The Morning

August 15, 2005

For years, we have had robins in our neighbourhood. We love to hear them sing first thing in the morning. In northern Alberta, that starts about 4:00 a.m. when dawn is breaking. They are so happy a new day has … (read more)


July 18, 2003

I was up late last night, because I wanted to fix and clean a camera lens. Today, I am totally exhausted. My eyes are tired, and I have not had enough sleep. To add insult to injury, I did not … (read more)

Amen! Amen!

August 19, 2001

How should we be led to worship God? In today's passage from the book of Nehemiah, we are told of the thirsting of the people for the word of God. In our churches today, do we have that same thirsting … (read more)

Who Needs More Proof?

February 12, 1998

The other night, I had been crying for several minutes, totally depressed and sad about my friend, Susan, moving away, back to Ontario, 2600 miles away. Then I decided to pick up a devotional book which this same friend had … (read more)

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