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When We Don't Know The Way

May 20, 2006

My role when we are travelling in a new city is to jiggle joyfully up and down on bumpy streets and to try to read squiggly lines on a paper map, while my husband whirls around the corners and avoids … (read more)

Global Positioning System

May 16, 2006

Over the years, I've developed a problem, not a serious problem, but an annoying one. My one consolation is that I have learned I'm not alone. My quandary must be catching, for some of my friends suffer from the same … (read more)

My Morning Walk

April 22, 2006

For a moment, I would like to tell of some "treats" I have discovered in unusual places. When I go for an early morning walk, I can't help but notice the ever-changing sky. I listen to the solo chickadee being … (read more)

Celebrated Guidelines

April 12, 2006

Recently, I was looking through magazine submission guidelines, when I came across an invitation for authors to submit their work for an elite client. Supposedly, the magazine offered its readers the "ultimate guide to the good life". The editors were … (read more)

Rejection

March 21, 2006

I was preparing for a writing workshop I was giving at the Christian college in our town, and I needed an illustration to help the students and faculty with the reality of rejection. Too often the sting of rejection brings … (read more)

Fear Not, For God Takes The Night Watch

March 6, 2006

At the beginning of the New Year, several members of our church's congregation pledged to read the Bible through in one year. Shortly after the program began, my friend shared the news that her sixteen-year-old daughter had to have major … (read more)

A Snow Angel

March 2, 2006

I have always enjoyed the magic of winter scenes, snow-covered fields, frost-decorated branches, sparkling icicles, and the sound of my footsteps as they break through a crust of snow. However, some winter mornings when I roll out of bed and … (read more)

God's Call

February 24, 2006

Several years ago in the midst of a bitterly cold Quebec winter, I was sitting in the middle of a church service when I felt a strong urge to study music. At the time, a very dedicated pastor would announce … (read more)

The Outer Shell

February 21, 2006

Recently I overheard a conversation in a women's clothing store. "I'm not pretty," the young woman said to her friend. "Yes you are! Look at how many people you help every day!" "I don't mean that; I mean my looks," … (read more)

Failure Turned Inside Out

February 3, 2006

Two years ago I made a small resolution at the New Year, one that I knew was attainable if I kept my focus and remembered to ask God daily for His help. This year, I renewed that small resolution because … (read more)

The Night Watch

January 30, 2006

As February approached, I looked over my journal notes from the previous year, and I was reminded of the night God spoke to me through the silence and beauty of a picture-perfect winter scene. My husband and I, bundled up … (read more)

The Can Opener

January 19, 2006

Last month, some members of our community took time from their daily routine to help people whose lives had been shattered by the hurricane, Katrina. They gathered a truckload of blankets, non-perishable food items, medical supplies, and two commercial tents, … (read more)

Say It Again

January 10, 2006

When I wanted to be sure my children heard something, I often found myself saying the same phrases over and over. Sometimes I repeated instructions such as "Watch both ways when you cross the street," but sometimes my words were … (read more)

The Lumpy Mattress

December 28, 2005

"It's too lumpy! Even the dog can't get a good sleep on it anymore." Buying a new mattress for the guest room had been put off long enough, and with this declaration, we decided it was time to purchase a … (read more)

God's Provision

December 26, 2005

When I think of Christmas, I can't help but remember the times in my life when God provided for our family. There was the time when my father broke his leg. The gifts were small that year, and, living on … (read more)

The Beauty Of The Christmas Lights

December 10, 2005

There are some things a mother never forgets: her baby's first steps, first words, and, in my case, my daughter's first sentence. When she was a baby, we had moved in early December, and arranging our furniture came before putting … (read more)

Christmas Preparations

December 5, 2005

"Five Friday Shopping Days 'Til Christmas" the sales flyer read, reminding me of the expectations our society has put on this one day each year. The first of these notices started appearing in my mailbox the week before Thanksgiving. While … (read more)

Prayerful Gifts Of Love

December 2, 2005

This year as I planned my Christmas gift for my daughter and her children, I was reminded of the conversation I had with a lady several years ago. "Anna" knew her long battle with cancer was nearly over, and as … (read more)

Treats Where We Least Expect Them

November 25, 2005

As I began putting away the things in my suitcase after a recent trip, I found myself looking at an attractive red and white brochure. It reminded me of the day I found an unexpected treat. During our holidays, two … (read more)

The Great Cause For A Gathering

November 19, 2005

Last winter, I received an attractive postcard in the mail with a picture of pipers on the front, an antique model car, and crowds of people. The words inscribed across the front were, "Cause for a gathering", and when I … (read more)

The Bear Collection

November 12, 2005

When my youngest daughter left home a few years ago, she packed her large assortment of stuffed toys to take with her. But as she left her room, she hesitated in the doorway and said, "Mom, the room looks too … (read more)

Doing Our Part

November 4, 2005

I was only twelve when I met my first "street" child. This tousle-haired child already knew what it was like to wake up in the middle of the night to the sounds of a drunken argument in the next room. … (read more)

Prayers

August 31, 2005

"Why? Why do I have to?" I remember asking this question when I was a child. Back then, my mother would smile at me patiently and wait by the side of my bed, reminding me that it was time to … (read more)

The Night Sky

July 7, 2005

I turned to see where my house guest was. Had she stumbled in the dark? "Gloria," I called, "Are you okay?" "I'm fine," she replied. "I just can't move." My first thoughts were that she'd probably tripped on our sidewalk … (read more)

All Nature Sings

June 28, 2005

I have fond memories of summer mornings. When we lived in our home by the lake, I was often awakened by the ghastly squawk of a duck swimming to his breakfast site. It was quite evident by the tone that … (read more)

Walking With Purpose

June 22, 2005

Often as I'm working at my computer, a movement outside my window takes my attention away from my work. Usually I'm interrupted by the sight of a cyclist enjoying a trip through the countryside, but often it is the walker … (read more)

How Deep The Father's Love For Us

May 10, 2005

My husband and I didn't go south for our retirement trip; instead, we headed west. While travelling through the Rocky Mountains, we stopped to see the Columbia Ice Field and took a trip on the snow coach to the mouth … (read more)

May Day

May 1, 2005

A few years ago when I was in Sweden, I was fascinated by the beautifully decorated poles that were the centre of each village square. Brightly-coloured ribbons streamed down from the crossbars which were holding up a wreath of spring … (read more)

Heading For Disaster

April 26, 2005

Before my husband retired, he had occasion to attend several meetings at the company's head office in Europe. After the children were grown, I often travelled with him, taking a few days to do some sightseeing either before or after … (read more)

Family Devotions

April 20, 2005

"Aw! Do I have to? I'm playing a game right now." Unfortunately, when I was a child, all too often this was my response to my parents' call reminding me that it was time for family devotions. These gathering times … (read more)

When God Used Pebbles To Direct Our Path

April 6, 2005

It's been over a year since our daughter had surgery in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, for a serious form of cancer. More surgeries, biopsies, and treatments have followed, but when the anniversary date rolled around, I bowed my head in thanksgiving … (read more)

The Message Of The Ancient Cross

March 26, 2005

Over the years, I've travelled many miles to see some of the great landmarks of history. I've climbed monuments and gone in elevators that whisked me up to the top of man-made towers where I stood fascinated by the view. … (read more)

Remembering When We Met Christ

March 24, 2005

Recently, I ran across a picture that triggered a memory of a special pre-Easter service I attended while living in Cape Breton. It was a beautiful re-enactment of the Last Supper. At the time, our congregation was too small to … (read more)

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