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How To Live

March 9, 2021

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about " How To Die ", so I thought that I should also write about "How To Live". My first suggestion on how to live is to do everything that we can to communicate with others, even when we are told that we …( read more )

How To Die

February 25, 2021

With my wife going to heaven in 2016, following our younger son going in 2005, I am more than eager to join them. However, I must confess that frequently, I wonder how I am going to die. You may wonder that also, since it is something …( read more )


January 10, 2021

We know that God's creation provides the artist's most extensive colour palette from which to choose. The rainbow provides an eye feast on the array of primary, secondary, and colours in between. Recently, I visited the post of a featured …( read more )

Better By Far

October 17, 2020

Do you have a bucket list of things that you have never done but want to do before you die? This list could consist of places to see, goals to achieve, or adventures to be had. I have had a full and exciting life, and should God call me …( read more )

The Cloud Of Witnesses

May 20, 2020

My father passed away suddenly when I was fifteen, and well I remember the stunned disbelief of family and friends at the loss of a vibrant, gifted husband and dad. In my memory, the funeral was surreal and muted; the still, pale figure in …( read more )

What Is Your Address?

January 29, 2020

Because we are tempted to judge others by their possessions, it is easy to jump to a conclusion when we know their address. For example, when we hear the word "penthouse", it is easy to assume that the described location is opulent and …( read more )

Stumbling Block

October 11, 2019

Even though I regularly ask God not to allow me to be led into temptation, it never occurred to me that I might lead someone else there. In my senior year in Bible school, I was ignoring the 9 p.m. curfew imposed on dorm dwellers. …( read more )

A Rose Blooms Again In Old Age

March 30, 2019

Suffering through many storms, accidents, and illnesses of life, my friend's twenty-year-old Joseph's Coat rose bush presented itself beaten down by life. It no longer bore the fruit of its purpose. With precision, my friend's husband …( read more )

I Prayed For You

October 10, 2018

Every day, in numerous instances, be it personally, locally, or globally, there is an overwhelming need for prayer. An uncountable number of people pray for loved ones, for friends, for friends of friends, and for those not even known to …( read more )

The Appointed Work

February 16, 2018

The much-awaited snow had come. Along with it, however, came work. Paths had to be plowed in order to get in and out of the driveway. Other paths had to be prepared by hand to access the corral, the barn, and the house. In our household, …( read more )

Small Beginnings

February 13, 2018

"The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time." – Abraham Lincoln In the dining room of our assisted living facility, one of my tablemates told me that she had recently received instructions from her physician to …( read more )

Forward With God

January 23, 2017

I was overwhelmed by the responses to my New Year's Eve devotional, Which Way To Go . Readers were very loving and understanding as I outlined my future needs while facing a move to residential care. I really appreciated the love and …( read more )

Have A Healthy Thanksgiving

October 10, 2016

Have you noticed how often the apostle Paul opens his letters with expressions of thanksgiving for people, specifically the believers? – I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. *(1 Corinthians 1:4 NIV …( read more )

Bought With A Price

January 27, 2015

Recently, my husband and I purchased a new living room set. The following day, we noticed that my cat Nikkie had a piece of paper stuck underneath his body. So I carefully removed it, along with some of his fur. The label read, "Under …( read more )

Letters From Prison

July 18, 2014

Several local people who read the PresbyCan daily devotionals I write have commented on the fact that I seem to get a lot of ideas and inspiration from my Bible class at the Long Term Care Facility, and that is indeed the case. A number of …( read more )

My Part

June 2, 2014

I don't remember one word of the sermon on Philippians 1:26, but this phrase caught my attention: "May your joy in Christ overflow on account of me." Wait a minute! Our presence should be making others happy? Oh-oh! Then I found that it …( read more )

A Salvation Story

April 8, 2014

Recently, my new friend, the wife of a Messianic rabbi, shared her late husband's testimony and the life story of his parents, Ernest and Elizabeth Cassutto, chronicled in the book, The Last Jew of Rotterdam. Set in World War II …( read more )

A Work In Progress

May 24, 2013

Summer is arriving here, and soon, our roads will be cluttered with annoying construction projects — just when we want to go on holiday trips. It means slowdowns, dust, and delays. There's no escape! Yet we know that ongoing road work …( read more )

Master Gardener

August 2, 2012

Our backyard has been going through a major transformation. Early this spring, we tilled the lawn in preparation for new sod. Gardens were made smaller, and we had a large hole dug to hold a new pond. Each week saw … (read more)

First Mother's Day

May 9, 2010

I find that some Bible verses hold a mystery. It seems like they keep coming into my reading, and some take time for me to understand them. Today's Scripture is one such verse. Our past can follow us, and it … (read more)

Christian Contenders

January 6, 2010

Like many children, I was bullied at school by several people who loved to intimidate me on a daily basis. They would bump into me on the soccer field and trip me up deliberately, or they would gang up on … (read more)

The House

January 4, 2010

We live in a fine log house. The original part of the house is constructed from very large logs. It is solid, firm, and really quite amazing. Over the years, however, an addition was built onto the original structure. The … (read more)

By My Spirit

September 5, 2009

Recently, my family celebrated the graduation of my youngest son. Challenged as he is with a severe disability, it was indeed a proud moment when he walked on stage to receive his diploma and shake hands with school administrators and … (read more)

Beneficial Memories

August 31, 2009

My good friend, prayer partner, and a well-loved member of my church met her death many years ago when a driver under the influence of alcohol lost control and ran into her. Accepting her death was hard for all who … (read more)

To Completion

June 4, 2008

I love to do crafts. It is not uncommon for me to be working on multiple projects at the same time, including knitting on my needles and doing counted cross-stitch. The reason that I have a few projects on the … (read more)

Sailboat Fuel

May 15, 2008

What is "sailboat fuel"? The first time I heard that expression, I had to stop and think about it. Motor boats use gas, which is expensive. Gas in the motor gives the boat the power it needs to go zipping … (read more)

The Journey

April 8, 2008

I joined the church as a teenager, giving my heart and life to Christ and promising to walk in His ways. I didn't understand then that I'd just taken the first step on a life journey. I thought that once … (read more)

Desperate To Know God

February 15, 2008

A phone call from a friend lasted for hours. Once the light talk was over, we had a deeper quest to talk about our situations. Confessing our concern for family and friends filled our conversation. My friend spoke words I … (read more)


October 30, 2007

As I was thinking about making a jack-o'-lantern, I realized that the poor pumpkin has to go through some pain in order to become a jack-o'-lantern. Yes, I know the pumpkin can't feel anything. Imagine with me, though, for a … (read more)


September 3, 2007

My husband works with wood; he does all kinds of woodworking. He has renovated our home; he makes tables for others; he builds shelves or walls where needed at work. Furniture is the thing that he likes to build. He … (read more)

School Years

September 6, 2006

As another school year has started, I have been reminiscing about my school years and those of my children. How exciting it was to go back to school on the first day of September! As a child, I would always … (read more)


June 21, 2006

I have many peony plants in my flower beds. Each one has special meaning. Two I have in memory of my dad who passed away a few years ago. One is in memory of my mom who has been gone … (read more)

It's Rubbish!

April 8, 2006

One recent night, I couldn't sleep, and as I lay awake praying, this thought came to me: the kingdom of heaven is like a recycling depot, with three bins! Yes, Lord, I know You used ordinary incidents in Your parables, … (read more)

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