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Driveway Ministry

August 13, 2010

A recent trip into the United States found us travelling through many small towns. It didn't seem to matter whether we travelled through in the early morning, mid-afternoon, or evening; there was a common thread that I noticed. Many homes … (read more)

Setting Up

August 4, 2010

I am a people observer. By that, I mean that in crowds and situations with lots of people, I like to stand back and observe. We recently arrived early at our campsite for our stay; we were all set up … (read more)

Two By Two

July 25, 2010

On a recent camping trip, we found our site to be on the water's edge, a perfect place to watch the sunrise, to enjoy my coffee, and most importantly, to have my time with the Lord. As I sat at … (read more)

What Would Jesus Do?

July 18, 2010

Over the past few months, I have heard several people saying, "What would Jesus do?" in relationship to different situations in their lives. Well, today, I was given the opportunity to walk it out in my own life. The past … (read more)

Please Get Me A Torch

July 5, 2010

A recent power outage found me in a room with no windows. I called out to the person in the other room, "Please get me a torch." A quick reply came back, "You want a what?" Again, I asked for … (read more)

Intricate Details

June 17, 2010

Recent car problems found us searching the owner's manual and then the Internet for repair information. Once my husband felt that he had all the details he needed, he then tackled taking the dashboard of the car apart. Once the … (read more)

Gift Of The Gab

June 3, 2010

Having the ability to strike up a conversation with just about anyone at any place at any time must surely be a gift. When I came to the verses in the Bible that talk about the gifts of the Spirit, … (read more)

New And Improved?

May 28, 2010

As I opened the fridge one morning to get milk for my morning cup of tea, I noticed the following phrases on items in the fridge: Improved recipe New buttery taste New great taste Same look, new taste Improved taste … (read more)

Transformer

May 19, 2010

I recently was at an event where there were young children. One of the children wanted to show me his car. As he was showing it to me, he told me that it was a special car. I asked him … (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)

Ahh! Spring

March 20, 2010

I can sense that spring is in the air in the part of Canada where I live. The signs to me are melting snowbanks and the sun with bone-warming heat in it. Birds are beginning to return, and small patches … (read more)

The Straight And Narrow

March 12, 2010

A recent trip out of town this winter found us travelling a country road on a beautiful sunny day. The road itself was unpaved, muddy, and full of potholes. But what caught my eye on this day were the snowbanks … (read more)

The Simplicity Of A Snowflake

January 30, 2010

I am not a lover of winter, but there is something special about the first snow. For me, though, it takes a real effort to see this, as I grumble about lost ice-scrapers and snowbrushes. (It never ceases to amaze … (read more)

Culture Shock

November 12, 2009

I belong to a writers group, and each month, we meet for a time of prayer, fellowship, and encouragement for one another with our writing. We have a schedule for the year, and each month, we are asked to bring … (read more)

Goal Accomplished

September 8, 2009

"Go, son, go!"; "Stay with the man"; "Run, run, stay with the ball"; "Shoot the ball"; "Go for the net!" All are familiar phrases heard by and shouted by many parents on a soccer field, night after night. "Neither rain … (read more)

Empty Shell

August 30, 2009

We live across from an elementary school. Come the end of June, the playground goes quiet, the parking lot empty, and the flag comes down from the flagpole. The building then becomes an empty shell for the next two months. … (read more)

Look More Closely

August 24, 2009

Having a father who was a gardener and loved to be outside planting and working the soil has left a deep impression on my life. Recently, as I was cutting the lawn, a co-worker passed by and stopped to chat. … (read more)

Worship At Its Finest

June 11, 2009

The sky was the most elegant blue I have ever seen. Our church building is located just on the edge of our city, surrounded by trees and farmers' fields. As I looked down the road in the distance, I saw … (read more)

At A Distance

June 5, 2009

It was a beautiful spring Saturday morning — not a cloud in the sky. After a long and harsh winter, it was a welcome sight. After collecting a few dried-up leaves and some wayward recycling from the yard, I was … (read more)

Get The Net

May 30, 2009

On a recent fishing trip, we were able to try out our new fishing net. After baiting three lines, we cast them into the water. After a few minutes, I felt that knowing tug on the line — I knew … (read more)

Position Acquired

May 24, 2009

We recently added a GPS (global positioning system) to our boat, so that we can venture into more lakes safely. As we have adjusted to using the GPS to navigate our ways, it has now become a part of our … (read more)

On Display

April 26, 2009

The box is well weathered, but still intact, holding the book in place. I can remember as a child, on occasions when we moved, catching glimpses of this box, only for it to be put away again. It was never … (read more)

The Unveiling

April 22, 2009

A large parcel of land was surrounded by homes and busy streets. Then came the earthmovers. Small trees were removed; the land was stripped; footings were dug. Day by day and week by week, we watched the land being transformed. … (read more)

Triathlon Of Life

April 1, 2009

Recently, I watched a triathlon being run in our city. I was amazed at all the people it takes to put this event together, and the number of people who support each athlete. These folks supported the athletes as they … (read more)

First Time For Everything

March 19, 2009

I am sure that we have heard it before: "There is a first time for everything." Locking keys in the car fits into this category, as I found out today. I have been driving for thirty years, and locking my … (read more)

The Lamb And The Lion

March 1, 2009

Many people look forward to seeing what the weather is like in the first few days of March. The saying goes, "If March comes in like a lion" (by that, it means with wintry, blustery winds and snow), "then it … (read more)

Hot Or Cold

February 21, 2009

Our part of Canada has recently experienced very, very cold weather and severe wind chill. After a few days of experiencing and enduring this weather, we finally ventured out into the community to church and to the stores. It was … (read more)

Rose Of All Roses

January 28, 2009

We bought our first home eight years ago, and being in a new area, it has taken time to get the gardens in place. One of the last gardens to be done was the one that had been dug when … (read more)

Lurking In A Fridge Near You

January 22, 2009

Opening the refrigerator, I was not expecting to be met with an overturned jar of beet root — yes, beet root — the kind packed in vinegar. The shelf was stained red, and the beet juice had dripped to the … (read more)

Are We Seeing The Signs?

January 16, 2009

We have reached the time for our youngest son to begin the process of getting a driver's licence. As we sat together studying for his test, I had the role of checking his answers. I would read the question with … (read more)

Down The Yellow Line

January 10, 2009

The best decision would have been to stay home, but the young tend to think they're invincible. This was our thinking, when with friends, I found myself navigating our way to a late evening sports practice twenty minutes out of … (read more)

What Comes After Hello?

January 4, 2009

My son and I recently met up with my uncle in a store. Once we said "Hello" to each other, my son and uncle began to chat. For the next ten minutes, the talk revolved around computers and the technical … (read more)

Box Within A Box

December 23, 2008

What to do with the small gift that one has to wrap? Some of the best gifts come in small packages. As our boys grew up, they learned to make many crafts for others and to give them as gifts. … (read more)

 



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