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Forgiveness

May 3, 2006

As I reminisce about our children when they were young, I remember the days of muddy little feet tracking into the house. They had been having fun — in the sprinkler on a hot day, in the mud puddles, or … (read more)

Grace

April 30, 2006

A few years ago, I had a falling-out with some people whom I loved and who had supported me through the years. There were many misunderstandings. Until recently, I had not seen most of these people for a very long … (read more)

Frowns

April 23, 2006

Years ago, I caught myself frowning a lot. I would look in the mirror and see the lines in my forehead. It was an eye-opener. I didn't want those creases to become permanent. I thought about how easy it would … (read more)

Comparisons

April 21, 2006

As a child, I was often compared to my siblings. Of course, I never measured up to the rest. It hurt. It caused me to withdraw, to condemn myself, to feel insecure, to feel worthless. I carried that with me … (read more)

Traditions

April 7, 2006

As Easter approaches, I look forward to preparing Easter dinner for my family. I will put a ham in the oven to cook. I will peel a whole pot of potatoes and make a yummy six-layer dessert. I will hide … (read more)

Piano Versus Synth

April 1, 2006

I have struggled with learning to play the synthesizer in our church band. It has been a huge stretching time for me. As time went on, I felt more comfortable playing it. Then the opportunity came to play the piano … (read more)

Heat

March 23, 2006

Recently, I went to the cupboard to find a muffin to eat. I had baked some a few days prior. Oh my, was it ever dry! I immediately stuck it in the microwave, and it came out nice and hot, … (read more)

Show Me

February 25, 2006

Recently, a little girl was visiting for the day. She wanted to learn how to knit. So I got out the wool and needles, and we started. She said, "Show me. Show me what to do next. Show me where … (read more)

Pain!

February 22, 2006

Pain! Emotional pain! Physical pain! Financial pain! Spiritual pain! We all go through some kind of pain in our lives! Quite a few years ago, I was in a lot of pain in many areas of my life. I was … (read more)

Grieving The Holy Spirit

February 15, 2006

Last summer a rock was thrown into the window at the gym where I work out. It was no little rock. It was huge. The whole big window was smashed into tiny splinters all over the carpet. The damage was … (read more)

A Good Example

February 12, 2006

The other day when we were in the mall, I saw a tiny little girl walking by herself. I was concerned, so looked around for a parent. Sure enough, there was her daddy a few feet in front of her, … (read more)

Our Needs

February 9, 2006

Years ago, when our children were younger, we were very hard up. My husband was pastoring a church as well as working night shift in order to keep us fed and clothed. We wore second-hand clothes; I made bread, cakes, … (read more)

Laughter

February 4, 2006

As my parents and their siblings have been passing away one at a time, I have been reminiscing about them and the fun times we had together as a family. We lived closest to my mom's side of the family, … (read more)

Discipline

January 29, 2006

We are a pet family. Those who are too will know what I am talking about. Most of our lives, we have had pets — inside or outside, depending on where we lived. All of our children have at least … (read more)

Trusting

January 21, 2006

One day as I was going for a walk, I had to stand at a busy intersection and wait for the traffic to clear and the light to turn. The intersection is at the highway leading through town, so there … (read more)

Self-Worth

January 8, 2006

In one computer game I play, the computer talks to me. The voice is actually quite irritating. The messages it gives me, though, are encouraging. It tells me, "Awesome", "Good move", "Level completed". I feel good about myself every time … (read more)

Baby Jesus

December 12, 2005

During the week, I have many little people coming and going — sometimes daily. What a blessing they are! I have a church ornament I put out only at Christmas time. The candle glowing in it shows the beautiful painted … (read more)

Christmas Gifts

December 6, 2005

I remember Christmas past very well. A few days before Christmas, we would decorate a real live Christmas tree that was about five or six feet tall. My brother was very particular about how the tinsel hung. We younger ones … (read more)

Is God Trustworthy?

November 29, 2005

At six months of age, my twin and I had to go live with two of our aunts (my twin at one place and I at another) for six months because Mom was hospitalized. Having two older children, Dad couldn't … (read more)

A Little Bit Of Heaven

November 23, 2005

I grew up in southern Alberta, Canada. On rare occasions on a cold winter night, we could see the aurora borealis, or more commonly known as the northern lights. After moving to northern Alberta, we were shocked to be able … (read more)

Lights In The Dark

November 18, 2005

Over the years, we have had thirteen different international students living with us. They always bring small traditional gifts for us when they come — and often when they leave, as well. One gift recently was a small replica of … (read more)

Desires Of Our Hearts

November 6, 2005

Years ago when I was a child, my aunt told me about finding a twig on the street. She took the twig home and sanded it, cut it, varnished it, and made a beautiful necklace from it. She applied this … (read more)

Seeing Jesus

October 30, 2005

Recently at the airport, I saw such a beautiful picture. A young lady was pacing back and forth, waiting for the arrival of the aircraft. When it was announced that the passengers would soon be entering the terminal, she stood … (read more)

Return To The Lord

October 25, 2005

Most little children love to be held and hugged. As a mother and grandmother, I have noticed over the years, though, that there comes a time (usually during the teen years) that we don't want to be hugged any more. … (read more)

Ant Hills

October 18, 2005

This year we had a big ant hill in our back alley. Those little ants fascinate me. As I watched them, it seemed to me that they were just running every which way, back and forth, with no purpose. I … (read more)

Calling

October 13, 2005

When our children were small, we never made a point of keeping communication open. Often when they would ask questions, we would hush them up for one reason or another. So by the time they were teenagers and we needed … (read more)

Arrival Day

September 25, 2005

Recently, I was expecting an international student to arrive here in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. Before she came, she e-mailed me, so I would know what day to be at the airport, what time to be there, and the number … (read more)

Lying Dormant

September 12, 2005

Before long, it will be time to think about planting fall bulbs, like tulips or crocuses or narcissuses. Every time I plant some, I think about them being in the cold, frozen ground all winter. And yet in order for … (read more)

Doing Good

September 9, 2005

Once after a busy day at work, I hurriedly drove to the gym for my daily exercise. I noticed there weren't many cars around and thought it must be due to the time of day. As I climbed out of … (read more)

Be Still

August 30, 2005

I have a remote control for my car. It has many purposes. It will start and turn off the motor. It will lock and unlock the doors. When it does this, the horn honks — once or twice — depending … (read more)

Answers

August 27, 2005

I have babysat some of my grandchildren on a regular basis for the past nine years. They are all so different and yet similar in some ways as well. Children will be children. They know Grandma pretty well after a … (read more)

Robin Eggs

August 23, 2005

One of my clients lives on an acreage a few miles out of town. They have beautiful trees and flowers all around their yard. Beside the deck stands a tall cedar tree, in which is found a perfectly round little … (read more)

Placebos

August 20, 2005

There have been times in my life when I have found that I just can't go to sleep quickly. When I finally do drift off, it is a restless sleep. I toss and turn all night. In the morning, I … (read more)

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