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The Sunny Ones

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Where we live, sunflowers grow abundantly. They grace gardens in town, bloom as farmers' crops, and even wave jauntily from the roadside ditches. My young granddaughters are fascinated with these flowers and how they faithfully follow the … Read more

The King Of Caulk

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

I don't mean to boast, but I just saw the king! Every fall, he shows up with his loaded gun blazing. Who is he? I lovingly call my husband the King of Caulk. He inspects every inch of this house for cracks, crevices, and holes that cold … Read more

Helping Others In Need

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

At our church in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, we have hostess groups that provide a service within our church family, serving lunches and other light refreshments following funerals, or for birthdays, anniversaries, and other … Read more

Discovering Hope

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

God has prepared for us things beyond our imagining. Our hope is for a renewed world and for fullness of life in the age to come. As Jesus taught us, we pray: "Thy kingdom come." – *`Living … Read more

Hope Unwrapped

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Today is the beginning of Advent, which is a preparation for our Christmas season. In many churches, candles will be lit to celebrate different themes: hope, love, joy, and peace. Today, my mind went to the hope that we have as Christians. … Read more

Post Holiday Blues

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

As a young "baby Christian" mother of two sons, I missed my parents terribly. They lived nearly 700 miles from my young family. I looked forward to Christmas so much in the years when they could make the drive and bring along my younger … Read more

Our Need For Hope

Sunday, November 15, 2020

What kind of sin steals a carefree childhood and spirals it into a world of alienation, shame, and secrecy? An evil that defies the very hope that Christ stands for, leaving hopelessness in its wake. Could it harm a child growing up in a … Read more

Be Right With Jesus

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

In the blink of an eye, what once held us spell-bound in movie theatres is now our reality. The world reels and drops to its knees as the invisible COVID-19 pandemic sends blow after blow. Adults have gathered their children, like mother … Read more

Hope Bubbles

Monday, February 24, 2020

Blowing soap bubbles and having them rise in iridescent splendour brings delight to young and old alike as we hope for the next bubble. Rainbow colours enchant the soul. "Happy" is the nearest word to describe how watching bubbles form … Read more

Grief Skills

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) buried his wife and two children in 1840. Grief paralyzed him. He gave up composing. The days were dark, and the nights were worse. Visits from his music agent did not help. As one of his visits was ending and … Read more

Green Hope

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

My husband retired just before Christmas. Days later, we celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary. The whole month of December was a time of celebration. What now? We are both in good health. God willing, we have at least another ten … Read more


Friday, October 28, 2016

Recently, I hosted a party for two friends whose birthdays fell in the same week. Although I had hoped for sunny weather so that we would be able to enjoy sitting out on the back patio, it rained that day, and we were kept indoors. What we … Read more

Water And The Word

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

At the time of writing, here in southern Ontario, Canada, we are experiencing a very hot and dry summer. The grass in our yard, as well as in the neighbourhood, is turning brown, and vegetable gardens are in dire need of water. In … Read more

Dedicated Caregivers

Friday, April 8, 2016

Some time ago here in southern Ontario, there was a television report about people in a nursing home being abused and/or mistreated by members of the staff. There were pictures of one elderly lady being tossed into her chair and of … Read more

Praying For The Persecuted

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Either today or next Sunday, many Christians around the globe will observe the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. This practice not only comforts those who are suffering, but it unites believers worldwide in taking a … Read more

Sacred Cows

Monday, June 15, 2015

The dictionary defines "sacred cow" as something which cannot be tampered with or criticized for fear of public outcry; a person, institution, or belief system which, for no reason other than the demands of established social etiquette or … Read more

How Deep Is The Silence Of The Soul

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Just after Christmas, a young teenager came to his grandparents and asked if he could stay with them for a little while, as things at his home weren't going well, and he had nowhere to go. No doubt there was a conversation with his … Read more

The Four Cups

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

On an outing, my husband always manages to end up at a Christian bookstore, not that he is looking for something particular, but in browsing around, he never leaves the store empty-handed. On this particular day, I was the one … Read more

Beyond The Clouds

Sunday, May 27, 2012

It was late afternoon as I gazed out the car window and watched the changing scenery. An enormous, thick, grey cloud deck loomed over the countryside. My eyes travelled across its bleak underbelly, searching for its end, but found none. … Read more

Finding Meaning In Christmas

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Some of my close friends found it difficult to celebrate Christmas this year. Last year, I, too, found myself dreading the season. Normally, I really enjoy seeing the coloured lights, attending the various carol concerts, and tasting the mouth-watering treats … Read more

Not Counterfeit

Thursday, December 15, 2011

We spent too much time teaching our kids to believe in Santa Claus. We'd take them to the mall for the yearly Santa picture, the one where they scream and Santa cringes. We told them to be good or they … Read more

Filled With Inexpressible Joy

Saturday, 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

God's Honour Code

Friday, June 10, 2011

"I love you as a son!" These words fell on the ears of a little girl as she lay on her bed in a Christian hospital near her village. Her father had just told her that he valued her as … Read more

Bumps In The Road

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My morning coffee is usually for me an unhurried time, to start my day. There are times, though, when time does not permit a dilly-dallying with my coffee. This particular morning, I was on my second cup when it was … Read more

A Cord Of Three Strands

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Inspired by today's Scripture, one local church in my area has developed a ministry entitled A Cord Of Three Strands, which involves small meeting groups consisting of a leader, the group, and most important of all, the Lord. The purpose … Read more

Accept One Another

Sunday, January 6, 2008

My beloved adopted mother had passed away three years earlier. My brother-in-law, the family genealogist, suggested that I search for my biological siblings. I hesitated, out of fear, wondering what they would be like and what kind of life they … Read more

My Rear-View Mirror

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Driving along the road, I glanced in the rear-view mirror just for a second, and when my eyes came back onto the road, I found myself drifting over into the next lane of traffic. With a quick manoeuvre, I was … Read more


Sunday, October 31, 2004

I once went to a Halloween party at a church where I attended Sunday School. My brother was supposed to come with me, but he was sick that night, so I asked a friend to come along. He was delighted … Read more

The Spirit Teaches

Monday, March 29, 2004

Today we hear more about mentors than about the leading of the Spirit through the written Word. We have all probably had our mentors who guided us as we grew. For many, it was a writer. Eugenia Price was my … Read more

Clean Fill Wanted!

Sunday, November 23, 2003

The hand-painted sign had been leaning against the tree for months: Clean Fill Wanted! Today, in the tree above it, children lined the branches, perched several to a limb, like so many giant-sized birds. As I looked at the sign … Read more


Wednesday, June 4, 2003

I met him in Mexico at the Ruins of Teotihuacan, just as we entered the archaeological restorations. He was selling statuettes of the sun god, made of obsidian stone, and tablecloths made from the agave plant. He followed me, all … Read more

Holding On

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

While we were out on a boat, crossing a part of the Gulf of Mexico, we experienced choppy, wind-blown waters. I noted that everywhere there were rails to reach out to, in order to maintain my balance, and remain steadfast … Read more

I Hope So

Friday, July 21, 2000

One thing my physical condition allows me to do is to predict the weather. In the wintertime, I can tell you even before my eyes are open if a weather front has come in and the barometer has dropped. In … Read more

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