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The Navigator And The Holy Spirit

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Recently, I travelled to visit my in-laws. Due to COVID-19, I had never visited their new place. Before I started the five-and-a-half-hour trip, I put their new address into the navigator (GPS) on the dash of my van. The visit was lovely. … Read more

God Has Us Totally Surrounded

Monday, August 1, 2022

Recently, I was sitting in my van at Elliot Lake looking out over the water. Being retired allows one to take time to enjoy nature and learn the lessons that God wants to teach His children. At the water's edge, I had gingerly parked the … Read more

Whose Voice Do You Recognize

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Years ago, John and I raised sheep on our farm. During those years of farming, we learned many spiritual lessons. God's creatures can teach us much if we pay attention. Our sheep would come running from the back fields to the barn only if … Read more

What Platform Do You Stand On?

Sunday, April 10, 2022

On a recent television news broadcast, before the short Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, got up to speak, I saw that a platform or stool was put in behind the lectern. The riser enabled her to use … Read more

What Legacy Are You Leaving?

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

One of the dearest memories that I have from my teenage years is living in an old two-storey cement block house that had very little insulation. In the winter, we put plastic on the inside of the windows in the upstairs bedrooms to reduce … Read more

Acts Of Kindness

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

When my husband John was still here, we used to go on short-term mission trips. These trips were four to six weeks long. We were very aware that we could not accomplish a lot in that short time period, but our prayer was that the group … Read more

Roger And His Guitars

Sunday, November 14, 2021

In the church where I worship, we have a humble man living out his retirement years with his wife of 38 years. Roger sings special music on some Sundays. He composes songs that tell his story and witness for his Saviour. It is an … Read more

Our Walk And Talk Must Match

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Many years ago on the farm, we had chickens for eggs to sell to the neighbouring farms and African Guinea Fowl to grow for meat. This African bird has all brown meat. I was usually able to find a Guinea hen's nest, and I would wait … Read more

What God Sees

Saturday, August 28, 2021

During this time of COVID-19, we are all being reminded to wash our hands well. This pleading by those who are trying to keep the general population safe reminds me of an experiment we Registered Nurse students had to do when I was in … Read more

God's Grace And Protection

Monday, July 26, 2021

Many years ago, my younger sister was featured on the national news. Her story was quite horrific. She had purchased a Volkswagen bug not too long before. She and her friend were coming home from work on a county road when they were … Read more

Faithful

Monday, June 28, 2021

When John and I married, the dog on the farm was named Sharp. Sharp would do things to make farming easier for us, like fetching the cows and herding the pigs. He was a good watchdog and would sound the alarm when necessary. One day when … Read more

Perils Of Life

Friday, May 28, 2021

I have a screen saver on my computer that shows a lake with wildflowers and trees. This setting was the lake behind our house for fifteen years. It was wonderful to hear the loons calling every day through six summers. I used to watch the … Read more

Truth

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

When I was young, our family lived next door to brothers who had a gorgeous apple tree in their yard. The apples looked so good and juicy, and we all wished that we could have one. There were five sisters in my family at this time. A … Read more

Use The Right Tools

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

As a child in Sunday school, I learned this song: Only a boy named David, only a little sling, Only a boy named David, but he could pray and sing. Only a boy named David, only a rippling … Read more

Sheep And Lambs Need Protection

Friday, March 19, 2021

When John and I were farming, we had a flock of a hundred sheep. The sheep taught us so many lessons, much like the ones found in Scripture. March and April were the months when the new lambs were to be born, so I would spend hours at … Read more

The Bread Of Life

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

During all the years when John and I farmed, I made bread. When I first started making bread, I stuck to the recipe, but as time went on, my confidence grew in my own ability to know the amounts of the different ingredients needed to make … Read more

Foxes Have Holes

Friday, January 22, 2021

On Manitoulin Island, John and I had cattle and sheep on a farm for years. We were very aware of foxes searching for food. They are very cunning animals. They can smell a mouse beneath the snow and catch partridge that burrow under the … Read more

Shine Your Light

Friday, January 8, 2021

During the 1960s and 1970s while John and I farmed, we also had a heating business servicing all of Manitoulin Island. We were located in the centre of the island, so the distance was pretty well the same for service calls going east or … Read more

The Gift

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

I grew up in a family that had the funds for necessities, but nothing for extras. For our birthdays, we never received a gift; we had only a cake. Mother wrapped coins and placed them in between layers of the cake. Each of us always hoped … Read more

Foundation And Building Materials

Monday, November 9, 2020

At the side of our farm house, there were two majestic silver maple trees that were as high as the peak of the roof. Their shade covered the veranda through the hot days of summer. Each summer, we had many different songbirds that helped … Read more

Christmas In October

Sunday, October 25, 2020

I keep a box of mementoes in a drawer. Every so often, it is good to look at poems or wise sayings that teach the grace of God in our lives. But I carry one of those keepsakes in my Bible: a ticket for a gondola ride. In 1997, John and I … Read more

Remembered

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Do you ever ask yourself, "What will I be remembered for?" Through the years, John and I felt the call of God to go on short-term mission trips, and in 1987, we went to southern Ireland. I went thinking that I would be marking Bible … Read more

Hornets Teach Lessons

Thursday, September 24, 2020

One day when Mother and I were walking the fields on the farm, we came upon one section of the rail fence that was down. We knew that the cattle would get out, so it needed to be fixed. I said to Mother, "I can't fix the fence; I hear the … Read more

Love For Your Neighbour

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

On top of an old wooden box telephone hanging on the wall in Mother Rowe's veranda, a robin built her nest. She faithfully set on the eggs and hatched all four. When the babies were just two days old, tragedy struck. A cat got the mother … Read more

The Ant In The Window Blind

Thursday, August 27, 2020

When John and I were married in 1963, we moved into the little house on the farm known as Grandma's house. Grandma had moved into the big house with John's parents a number of years before. One morning, I was surprised to see a small pile … Read more

Pride And Arrogance Come To Ruin

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Each year on the farm, we would buy day-old chicks — 150 of them. Three large boxes with fifty female chicks in each would be delivered to the farm by a transport truck. The chicks rode in the cab to keep them from getting a chill. For … Read more

An Easy Yoke And A Light Burden

Sunday, July 26, 2020

When John and I married, I moved from the city to the farm. Being so close to God's handiwork in nature, I learned life's lessons by observation and experience. John's grandparents had homesteaded the farm on Manitoulin Island in northern … Read more

Do Good To All

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

In August 2017, my husband of 54+ years, my sister Kathy, and I were thoroughly enjoying a trip by recreational vehicle (RV) along the Alaska Highway in northern British Columbia, Canada. God's splendour was amazing with the scenery of … Read more

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

One thing that we learned on the farm where we raised sheep was that at shearing time in the spring, dirt and burrs were hard to get out of the wool, and they would decrease the value of the fleece at market. John and I were very careful … Read more

A Harvest Of Righteousness

Thursday, June 4, 2020

My husband John and I farmed for many years. Each summer, we grew a huge garden. We had a small greenhouse to start some vegetables early. I loved to be out in the garden to weed and watch things grow. Seeds were planted and patience was … Read more

Parasites

Thursday, February 16, 2017

There is nothing much more relaxing than watching a group of young lambs frolicking around in the sun on a warm spring day. Sheep are mentioned many times in Scripture, and they can provide us with many spiritual applications. When we … Read more

 



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