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Lessons From A Waiting Room

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Important lessons can be learned in waiting rooms. My wife and I were once frequent flyers at the local emergency room, my wife because she experienced unexpected fluid gain and abdominal pain. One visit led to a brief stay in the … Read more

Patience

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

We've all heard the saying, "Patience is a virtue". Well, I'm not a patient person. I once read these words on a plaque: "God, grant me patience, and I want it now!" Patience is something that we all need, especially in these days of … Read more

Be Strong

Saturday, August 1, 2020

It is impossible to travel anywhere in Nova Scotia, Canada, without confronting a sign reading "Nova Scotia Strong". Nova Scotia has had to learn to be strong in the first months of 2020. With the rest of the country, we had to respond to … Read more

Fear Not

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

I dropped the pan on the floor and was rewarded with a loud scream. When our son was an infant, I was concerned that his hearing had been affected by ear infections. Rather than take him to the pediatrician, I decided to perform a home … Read more

Setting Fear Aside

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Some years back, we were driving home to British Columbia from our daughter's place in Alberta. Having headed out much later than planned due to a family emergency, my husband decided to stray onto an unfamiliar route. This seemed like a … Read more

Wait On The Lord

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The day after Labour Day, my wife and I were returning from a lovely weekend away at our family cabin. Unfortunately, we were rear-ended in the rush-hour traffic, and the grey 2012 Toyota Matrix that I loved was written off as a total … Read more

Finding The Light

Sunday, September 30, 2018

We all go through some dark and fearful times in our lives. A serious illness or injury to ourselves or a loved one may create some anxious moments. Domestic strife or a conflict at work may distress us and cause us to despair. Trying to … Read more

My Afghan War Rug

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

An unusual piece of art hangs on my downstairs hall wall. It's an Afghan War Rug designed with army tanks, AK-47s, explosions, grenades, helicopters, and a map of Afghanistan. Understandably, most people prefer not to display such … Read more

The Turning Point

Sunday, June 24, 2018

As my little spring seedlings began to grow bigger and stronger, preparing for life outside, I began turning them on a regular basis. As they were situated in front of large windows and received full sun much of the day, having these … Read more

What Time Is It?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

I have a mantle clock. It's quite old. It needs winding about once a week. Because it chimes the hour, re-setting it is a pain if I forget to wind it and it stops, because I would have to allow all the chimes to cycle. So, when it stops, I … Read more

The Time Between

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Think back to the last time you experienced a thunderstorm. Think of the lightning, and then the thunder — sometimes, a low rumbling sound a long way off, and other times, a loud, terrifying CRACK when the storm is near. What did you … Read more

The Lost And Missing

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How could it be that I had read this verse yesterday — glossed over it, really — and today, the same verse spoke to me poignantly? Today, my prayers were those of the destitute: the tired, the downtrodden, and the humble. How could it … Read more

Our Strength Comes From God

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Looking back over the years, I note the number of times when I have felt ill, weak, and off balance. As I write, my health speaks to me of pain and frustration. I feel as if I just can't do it. I don't trust my own ability to get the job … Read more

Gazing On The Beauty

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

One morning, I decided simply to gaze at some blue jays just outside our window. I did that for a reason: I felt that I was becoming too complacent about blue jays. They're always around — plenty of them. I saw them mostly as raucous … Read more

The World Or Heaven?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

For many years, I went down the path of setting worldly goals and making New Year's resolutions, some of which were short-lived and left me feeling defeated when I inevitably failed. There were goals that I reached, but these achievements … Read more

Tremors

Thursday, January 23, 2014

It has become difficult for me to position my left hand over the keyboard. I keep on finding new words coming out that do not make any sense. It is like having a strange limb that does not know what it is doing. I am, of course, asking … Read more

Rituals

Friday, January 3, 2014

Exceeding abundantly? Above all that I ask? Beyond what I can even imagine? How can that be? These are questions I asked. Each year end, I used to take some time to reflect on the closing year, to take stock of accomplishments, review my … Read more

Connected And Directed

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Our family was blessed with a spectacular mountain holiday this summer in Banff, Alberta, Canada, a vacation that has long been on my bucket list to experience with my boys. Our mountain holiday involved the literal climb out of the … Read more

The Problem

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I had always wanted a horse, and our neighbour seemed to have just the right one for me. He was an old, retired pack horse, reliable, friendly, well-mannered, and very, very large. So large, in fact, that when I was in the saddle and he … Read more

Sit Still And Wait Upon The Lord

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Some seasons in life bring triumph, some bring trials, and some bring a little of both. As winter transitioned into spring this year, to my dismay, it nudged me further into my season of spiritual stillness, a season designed to … Read more

What A Journey!

Monday, May 21, 2012

I was told that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. However, as a young girl, I was not very domesticated, and the kitchen was an unexplored terrain that I did not desire to explore. That left … Read more

God And You And Me

Friday, April 13, 2012

Each of us will face the stark certainty in the last day, the last hour, the last second of our lives — that there is nothing else remaining — just us and God. A few of us may be destined … Read more

Beautiful

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I have a sweet friend who always makes negative, unkind comments about herself. I look at her, smile, and respond, "Don't say bad things about my friend!" How many times do you hear someone making negative, disparaging comments about the … Read more

Thy Rod And Thy Staff

Friday, July 23, 2010

Recently, my family experienced the loss of my husband's mother. During the final weeks of her illness, I was encouraged to see that she was comforted by her children and grandchildren who stood by her side until the time of … Read more

Please Be Sober!

Monday, November 23, 2009

My first job, when I was very young, was as an orthodontist assistant. The office was in the basement of a building owned by an alcoholic who lived upstairs. From downstairs, we could hear the verbal abuse and the arguments. … Read more

In My Father's Footsteps

Friday, July 27, 2007

I remember a song called Me and My Shadow. I was my father's shadow. Every Friday evening, we would go for groceries. Often we would have to walk because the car was not working yet again. We did the same … Read more

Beyond The Greens

Monday, May 14, 2007

Being an avid golfer, I do not miss many golf courses as we drive around the countryside. We were out and about a few months ago, and I noticed that this particular golf course had closed. To my dismay, it … Read more

The Sun And The Rain

Sunday, October 15, 2006

It was a rainy day and the air was rather fresh, when I thought about today's Scripture. I had been talking with several friends who were suffering, in particular, from cancer or from the loss of a loved one by … Read more

God's Botanical Christians

Monday, June 19, 2006

Fields of blooming sunflowers always make me smile. In the early light, their bright faces are lifted to face the sun in the eastern sky. As the day progresses, though still rooted in the same place, their cheerful faces chase … Read more

It's The Waiting That Is Hard

Sunday, December 11, 2005

There are many functions involved in Advent: preparing, watching, and praying, but it's the waiting that is hard. We know Advent is here again when every parking spot at the local mall is full, and every square on the calendar … Read more

The Pouch Of God

Saturday, November 6, 2004

My friend and I were to assist with the visit of a group of handicapped children to an animal farm. When I arrived at her house to pick her up, she introduced me to her daughter, who was going with … Read more

Faith In The Pilot

Tuesday, September 2, 2003

After the birth of our first child, I had a longing to share her with members of my family. However, my parents lived in the northwest, and the trip from the east coast wasn't financially possible at that time. The … Read more

Wait! Watch! Pray!

Monday, December 9, 2002

"Wait! Watch! Pray for the One…" the choir sings. It's an anthem for Advent, and we have been practicing hard to perfect it, along with many others, all new to me. My problem is, I miss the alto note for … Read more

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