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Spiritual Glasses

June 8, 2019

I love to look at racks of sunglasses and reading glasses in store displays because there are so many styles and colours. But I've learned that there is a very special pair of glasses to interpret the Word of God that I can't buy. It is …( read more )

The Day The Sun Broke Through

May 30, 2019

Cooped up in the muggy, germy elementary school classroom for almost a week, we finally got an outside recess. Although the rain had stopped, dark and ominous clouds billowed in the sky. As we went outside, there was an eerie, crackly …( read more )

Lost And Found

May 17, 2019

God is always faithful in both the largest and the smallest things of my life. During my second pregnancy, my fingers swelled so much that I needed to remove my wedding rings before they cut into my finger. At the time, I placed them …( read more )

Blessings Poured Down

April 27, 2019

When we do the Lord's service from the heart, no matter how great or small a deed, it all counts. In the Old Testament, under the law, the Israelites had to tithe in a certain way and amount to receive God's blessings. Today, when we …( read more )

Mud Batter

April 11, 2019

My mother expected her children to stay clean at all times because conditions in a dusty and dirty lumber mill camp environment tried both her patience and her effort. She spent two days washing the week's laundry by hand and hanging it …( read more )

A Rose Blooms Again In Old Age

March 30, 2019

Suffering through many storms, accidents, and illnesses of life, my friend's twenty-year-old Joseph's Coat rose bush presented itself beaten down by life. It no longer bore the fruit of its purpose. With precision, my friend's husband …( read more )

Cloistered

March 15, 2019

I had just read the book, The Nun Story. As a teenager, I was so enamoured with the concept of being hidden away from the chaos of adolescence, a boyfriend, and trying to figure out my place in life, that I announced to my parents that …( read more )

And The Birdies Sing

February 28, 2019

My friend's husband, recently fitted with hearing aids, came through the storage house door, calling with urgency, "Honey, there are birds chirping in my ears. We best call the doctor." Taken aback, his wife said, "Let's go outside and …( read more )

Shoe Buttons

February 13, 2019

Inside her roughly built pioneer cabin were treasures. Carefully folded deep inside an old trunk, my great-grandmother's homemade blue Victorian wedding dress rested. Beside it sat her high button black leather shoes and her Bible. I …( read more )

Jesus Held My Hand

January 28, 2019

The following is my friend Joyce Augustson's story. I felt hopeless and alone in 1940s Arkansas, and I wasn't close to my mother. We weren't the poorest of poor, but many of the children I knew didn't have shoes and wore rags for …( read more )

Always Protected

January 14, 2019

Summertime presented great fun in the timberland. Sleeping outside was one of those activities. A day spent gathering twigs, branches, and boughs of broken fir and redwood trees produced our finished rounded, mounded shelter. Weary but …( read more )

Rainbows Of Colour And Flavour

December 22, 2018

Nostalgic 1940s twelve-pack gift books of Life Savers® and tins of hard Christmas candy in every colour of the rainbow were available at the corner pharmacy. There was candy wrapped in personalized Scripture, boldly printed for us to …( read more )

The Peacock Strut

November 25, 2018

Grandma's peacock displayed its fan of majestic colours in the sunshine. Light danced off the crystal-shaped feather fibres and shimmered with iridescent greens and blues. Head held high, strutting around the ranch, he appeared to be …( read more )

Brass Knuckles And Velvet

November 10, 2018

My grandfather served as a US Army foot soldier during World War I in France in 1917. During that time, he used a weapon called brass knuckles. He used them in hand-to-hand combat, to defend himself while in foxholes and trenches. When he …( read more )

Sweet Fragrance

October 25, 2018

Life in a mill camp taught me as a child that the earth is filled with many odours. They ranged from mildly pleasant to putridly awful. For example, the fresh sap of freshly cut lumber appealed to me, while the smell of dust and the stale …( read more )

Clay Babies

October 11, 2018

As a child, I loved to make mud pies. In fact, during the summer, I was up to my elbows making miniature bowls, dishes, and furniture. Then, I discovered that I could make clay babies. After spending my day creating, I would place the …( read more )

Shunned

October 1, 2018

Recently, I have been reminded once again of the wonderful healing power of Jesus. Thirty-three years ago, at the age of 42, I was shunned and excommunicated from my cherished childhood church because I had divorced and married again. The …( read more )

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