Monday, August 23, 2021

The Misty Flats - Revisited

Recently I created and posted this graphic with a quote by John Oxenham that I discovered as a young man while reading Isobel Kuhn's incredible autobiography, By Searching. I've never forgotten this quote and when I saw my friend Mark Price's photo, I asked for his permission to use it as the background for Oxenham's words. Thank you, Mark!

Friday, April 02, 2021

JESUS...Victor...NOT Victim

If anyone could feel like a "victim" it would be Joni Eareckson Tada. An athletic teenager, Tada broke her neck in a diving accident when she was 17. Her spinal cord was severed, and she became paralyzed from the shoulders down. She has limited arm motion, but can't use her hands or her legs.

Her writing and speaking engagements have brought hope and encouragement to untold numbers of people.

On this Easter weekend we thank God, the Father, that His beloved Son, Jesus, conquered sin, death, and the grave when He rose triumphantly and lives forever as our Advocate and High Priest.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

God Will NEVER Fail You

Wise words from a man who trusted God completely, George Muller. Even though we fail the Lord...He will NEVER fail us.  He is worthy of our trust!

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Square Quotes

I've been visiting and enjoying Tim Challies' blog for many years and I've often used the quotes he includes at the bottom of his posts. The quotes and the graphics are excellent.

On Tim's blog he posted the following, today:

"Several years ago Jules Koblun and I began to create graphics together. I would find an inspirational quote and she would use her graphic design skills to set it atop an image. Over the years we’ve created nearly 1500 of these quote graphics, covering a wide range of topics. I expect you’ve seen them embedded in the daily A La Carte posts and shared through social media.

Over the years I’ve had many requests for the definitive collection, so have finally assembled all these graphics at a new site, There you can find quote graphics by categories, keywords, or search. Once you’ve found them you can browse them, download them, or order prints on paper, canvas, or even metal. I’ve ordered several of these myself and can attest that the production quality is top-notch. If you’re after a quote on just about any topic relevant to Christians, I expect you’ll find something there! (Note: any costs are for printing only; I do not earn any profit from these graphics.)"

David's note: Check out these amazing quotes at this site:

Thursday, August 20, 2020


 “I have often longed to save those whom I love from the strain and stress of suffering, but I never could; and today I have read these words in Coneybeare’s translation of Romans 5: 3-5.

 ‘We know that by suffering is wrought steadfastness, and steadfastness is the proof of soundness, and proof gives rise to hope; and our hope cannot shame us in the day of trial; because the love of God is shed forth in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, Who has been given to us.’

Suffering, steadfastness, soundness, hope, love – what great words these are and how arresting is the order in which they are set.  We may not change the order.  Eternal Love set them in that order and Eternal Love will justify that order if only we go on in peace and are never offended in Him.”

Taken from Edges of His Ways by Amy Carmichael - copyright 1985 Dohnavur Fellowship

August 19th devotional

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Timeless Quote

This is one of my all-time favourite quotes by a man who met a martyr's death in the jungles of Ecuador.  Such profound truth!

Friday, July 24, 2020

On a Path I Never Would've Chosen

PLEASE click here for an excellent article by Madelyn Canada.  It will encourage you.  I guarantee that!

Monday, June 01, 2020

Whispering or Shouting

David W. Fisher
June 1st, 2020

Monday, May 25, 2020

God Moves in a Mysterious Way - Powerful Lyrics

Over the years I've heard literally hundreds of people quote the first line of William Cowper's ageless hymn. We really need to "hear him out" and see what else he had to say. Cowper (1731-1800) was a Christian hymn writer and poet who battled severe depression, attempted suicide numerous times and spent time in insane asylums as they used to be called. John Newton, the converted slave ship captain, (Amazing Grace) befriended Cowper and walked with him through his darkest days/years.

These lyrics are powerful. I've read them repeatedly over the years. I'm reminded that God has a plan and even though we often can't understand why He does what He does in our lives...He is working things out for our good and His glory.


God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm

Deep in unsearchable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works HIs sovereign will

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take
The clouds you so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense
But trust Him for His grace
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face

His purposes will ripen fast
Unfolding every hour
The bud may have a bitter taste
But sweet will be the flower

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain
God is His own interpreter
And He will make it plain

Monday, May 18, 2020

Quiet Reflections at the Keyboard

The following lyrics came to me recently after playing the keyboard in the basement for about half an hour.  It had been a stressful day. I turned off the keyboard, turned out the light and this is what came to me:

The music had stopped
And the lights had gone out
Yet I lingered long after the song:
In the stillness I heard
God's encouraging word
"I've been with you all the day long."

The sweet voice of the Master had calmed me
My day had been fraught with despair:
As I sat there in deep contemplation
I knew that the Lord had been there.

May 6th, 2020

David W. Fisher

Sunday, May 03, 2020

I've Andy Rooney

Written by Andy Rooney, a man who had the gift of saying so much with so few words. Rooney has passed away but used to be on CBS's 60 Minutes TV show.

Take two minutes to read these sayings and be sure to read all the way to the bottom:

I've learned....
That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I've learned....
That when you're in love, it shows.

I've learned ....
That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day

I've learned....
That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I've learned....
That being kind is more important than being right.

I've learned....
That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I've learned....
That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in any other way.

I've learned....
That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I've learned....
That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I've learned....
That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I've learned....
That life is like a roll of toilet paper.The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I've learned....
That money doesn't buy class.

I've learned....
That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I've learned...
That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I've learned....
That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I've learned....
That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I've learned....
That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I've learned....
That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I've learned....
That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I've learned....
That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I've learned....
That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

I've learned....
That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

I've learned....
That when you harbour bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I've learned....
That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.

I've learned....
That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I've learned....
That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I've learned....
That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, you're hooked for life.

I've learned...
That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

I've learned....
That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

To all of you....
Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence.

It's National Friendship Week.  Show your friends how much you care.

Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND, even if it means sending it back to the person who sent it to you.  If it comes back to you, then you'll know you have a circle of friends.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Life's Stormy Sea

Life's stormy seas can threaten to take us under but the Master of the seas, Jesus Christ our Lord, rescues us and calls us His own.  Hallelujah...what a Saviour!

Written by David Fisher on February 26th, 2020
 as a winter storm approached.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Life Is Not Fair

Another powerful quote posted by Toby Mac - #SPEAKLIFE

This is SO true!  God is faithful, always has been, 
always will be!  We can count on this truth!

Sometimes Peace Requires us to be Quiet

Toby Mac has posted some very profound truths/memes since the tragic passing of his the prime of his life.

I must is difficult to remain quiet...even when (you know) you're right.

I'm working on it!

Monday, December 23, 2019

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Thinking of mom as I was shaving this morning, these words came to mind. The tune is the same as the classic..."I'll Be Home For Christmas."
"I'll be "home" for Christmas
God has called me there;
No more suffering, grief or pain
I'm in my Saviour's care.
Christmas Eve will find me
Singing 'round God's throne,
I'll be home for Christmas
But I won't be alone!"
We miss you, mom!!!
NOTE: My mother went home to be with the Lord she loved and served on Thursday, December 19th, 2019.  She would have been 95 on January 7th, 2020.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Lord God is a Sun and Shield

We serve a mighty God!  Praise Him each day for His goodness and mercy.  It endures forever!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

What's Around the Bend?

Whatever is around the next bend in the road is no surprise to our sovereign, all-knowing God.  Trust Him.  He knows what's ahead!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

These are the lyrics to one of my favorite, old hymns.  Power words!  I love to sing this hymn, play it on the piano and hear it played by a majestic pipe organ!  What a mighty God we serve!

1. Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.
2. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
3. To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small,
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish, but naught changeth Thee.
4 Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All praise we would render, O help us to see
'Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee!

Friday, October 25, 2019

God's Majestic Glory

No words required.  God's Word says it all! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

God's Incredible Handiwork

Photo of Acadia Park in Maine courtesy of my good friend Amanda Raub.  Scripture verse courtesy of God, the Creator and Sustainer of all things!

Monday, October 07, 2019

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Feeling overwhelmed as I was today?  This scripture verse was exactly what I needed.  This eternal truth was what encouraged me to RUN to the Rock and find refuge in His everlasting arms.

The Lord invites you to do the same.  His arms are open wide. He's calling you to come...and He will give you rest for you soul.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

God Still Provides

One evening I was enjoying a meal with my sons Matthew and Nathan in a restaurant not far from home when something caught my attention. From my vantage point I looked out across a farmer’s field, covered in snow with a few old stalks of corn breaking through the crusty, icy ground. Even though I was supposed to be engaged in meaningful conversation with the boys, my mind was racing and a variety of thoughts were fighting for my attention. The beauty of that pastoral setting was negated by deep concerns.

A flock of blackbirds landed on the field trying to find some nourishment. Frustrated, they flew off to look elsewhere. My mind went to Matthew’s gospel where the former tax collector writes of the care of the Creator for His creatures, birds and mankind, feathered and fearful. He penned these words two thousand years ago. They still have a profound impact today.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns; and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:25-27)

Taken from the Pilgrim Scribblings archives...written in December 2004.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

The Misty Flats

Today I went mining in the archives of this Pilgrim Scribblings blog and found this post from 15 years ago about a missionary, a book and a poem.  

Perhaps the book that most shaped my life as a young man was "By Searching" by Isobel Kuhn. She sensed the call of God to take the gospel to the Lisu people in China. The first chapter is entitled "On To The Misty Flats" and begins with a poem by John Oxenham. I've recalled this poem many times over the years and thought of it again this morning. Here it is for your perusal:

The Misty Flats

To every man there openeth
A way, and ways, and a way.
And the high soul climbs the high way,
And the low soul gropes the low,
And in between on the misty flats
The rest drift to and fro.
But to every man there openeth
A high way and a low -
And every man decideth the way his soul shall go.

- John Oxenham

High Road, Low Road or the Misty Flats?

What road will you choose to travel today? May your pilgrimage be filled with divine surprises as the God of Heaven reveals Himself to you today!

"The sovereign God is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights." - Habakkuk 3:19 (NIV)

Celebrating God's Faithfulness in this Harvest Season

Trials Increase Our Faith

As difficult as they may be at the time, our trials and struggles tend towards the increase of our faith and we trust God to use them for His glory and our ultimate good!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Exciting News - New Location of Muller Museum

Those of you who know me well will recall that George Muller's legacy of trusting God to provide miraculously for his needs has had a huge impact on my life and ministry for many years.

For many years I have maintained a web site/blog about George Muller.  You can check it out here.

For some exciting news about George Muller, the orphanages he founded and the new location of the Muller offices and museum, please click here.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

A. W. Tozer's Profound and Heart-Searching Quote

This is one of the most profound and heart-searching quotes I have read and I have read and collected quotes for many, many years.  This one has always challenged me.

Tragedy or Triumph...When We Don't Understand

What a tragic follow-up story to my earlier post entitled "The Answers to the Riddles".

Wife, Son and Mother-In-Law of Tampa Bay Rays Minor League Pitcher Blake Bivens Killed in Triple Homicide by Pitcher's Brother-In-Law

Emily and Blake Bivens and their son Cullen
I won't go into detail but you can read the story on the link below and the incredible article that Emily Bivens, the wife of this Tampa Bay Rays prospect Blake Bivens, who was murdered on Tuesday, August 27th published earlier that same day.

It's hard to understand but "as for God...His was is perfect." - Psalm 18-20

Please check out this link for details regarding this horrific tragedy.

Baseball Chapel, the organization responsible for providing chapel services and Bible studies for professional baseball teams, wrote the following in their prayer bulletin:

"The hearts of the Baseball Chapel family go out to Blake and his family. Blake and Emily are believers in Jesus Christ. Emily has written several devotions for Baseball Chapel's player wives devotion, a daily publication that is put out to encourage and strengthen player wives in their daily struggles. Coincidentally, the devotion below was released the day of her death."

Now take a look at this link to read what Emily Bivens, who was killed, had written earlier about praising God in the wilderness.

We often don't understand God's ways but they are always for our ultimate good and His eternal glory.

Please pray for the Bivens family.  THANK YOU!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Answers to the Riddles

The book which has impacted my life most dramatically in recent years is a compact volume by Robert J. Morgan entitled The Red Seals Rules.  It is replete with scripture and quotes by godly men and women that help readers when facing difficult times.  I just finished reading it again this afternoon.

Morgan quotes the North Carolina author and preacher from the last century, Vance Havner, who wrote:

"When before the throne we stand in Him complete, all the riddles that puzzle us here will fall into place and we shall know in fulfillment what we now believe in faith - that all things work together for good in His eternal purpose.  No longer will we cry 'My God, why?'  Instead, 'alas' will become 'Alleluia', all question marks will be straightened into exclamation points, sorrows will change to singing, and pain will be lost in praise."

Until then the poignant words of the Englist poet and hymnwriter from the 1700's, William Cowper, will encourage me, and hopefully you, to keep trusting in a sovereign God.  Cowper penned these words...

"Judge not the Lord by feeble sense but trust Him for His grace; Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.

Blind unbelief is sure to err and scan His work in vain:
God is His own interpreter, and He will make it plain."

Wednesday, August 21, 2019


"As for God...His way is perfect." - Psalm 18:30

Sunday, July 28, 2019

A Personal Journey...the Battle and the Victory

Recently I had the pleasure and privilege of sharing my journey with an amazing young man, Brandon Coburn.  Brandon (Coburn Creations) spent several hours with me to capture my work with athletes, my struggles with depression and my relationship with Jesus Christ.  It was a joy working with him.

We're tried to reduce close to 45 years of ministry into a 9-10 minute You Tube video presentation.

Thank you, Brandon, for working with me and for your vision to present my battle and my victory with all the glory going Jesus Christ.

Please click here and spend a few minutes with me.

For more information on Coburn Creationsclick here.

Thursday, July 04, 2019


We wish our many American friends a very HAPPY 4th of JULY!  Even though we are Canadians we appreciate our many American friends so much.  We thank God for the freedom He has allowed us all to enjoy! - David & Carol.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Difficulties and God's Peace

 The Lord gives us His perfect peace in the midst of our difficulties until the storm passes by...and then continues to be there for us.  He promised He'd never leave us.  NEVER!          

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Precious People on my Pilgrim Pathway

As a pilgrim who's been on the road for over seven decades, stumbling along and scribbling about my pilgrimage, I've encountered a lot.  Road blocks, detours, potholes, speed bumps and more than my share of rich blessings.  One of the greatest gifts has been the friendships forged along the journey.

As I sit here scribbling away...I'm so grateful for the special people that the Lord allowed me to meet along the way.  Random individuals who God used to bless my heart.  There are so many of you!

I'm also grateful for the many friends who I've never met...authors, Bible characters, singers, musicians, athletes and others who have impacted my life in various ways.

The greatest encounter was when, as a 6-year-old boy, I invited Jesus Christ into my life.  He has been my constant guide and companion as I've navigated this long and winding road.

I have much to be thankful Father, my family and my friends.

The road has been long but I'm looking forward to seeing the best Friend anyone could ever have...when I get to the end of my journey.

Safe travels, my friends!  Hope to see you there!

From Worry to Cheer - A Kind Word

Since I was a young boy I've always enjoyed writing letters, notes and cards.  I had several pen pals as a teenager.

Back in the mid 70's the Lord led me to launch a letter-writing ministry of encouragement to athletes called Epistle Sports Ministries.  Although my target audience was professional and amateur athletes, I also wrote many letters to people in all walks of life.

I've been the beneficiary of hundreds of cards and letters.  I still have boxes with those letters in them.  They meant so much to me and I often to back and read them over again.  As the graphic with this post states, "A Kind Word Always Brings Cheer."

Just today I sent a card to two friends who needed some cheer.

Let's do our part in keeping the lost art of written correspondence alive.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

No Scene in Sacred History

"See from His head, His hands, His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?"

- Isaac Watts

The sight of the beloved Son of God crucified on a rugged Roman cross does not evoke "happiness" in itself but...the knowledge that Christ's sacrifice on our behalf to remove our sins brings great joy and peace. He gave His life to give us eternal life.

God Recruits from the Pit...not the Pedestal

I'm so glad that God seeks out those to serve Him from the pit...not the pedestal.  The history of the Christian church bears this out!  

HOPE...Our Precious Possession

When We Wonder Why

When Vance Havner, the renowned pastor, evangelist and author from North Carolina lost his wife to disease, he was disconsolate. But out of the experience he later wrote:
"When before the throne we stand in Him complete, all the riddles that puzzle us here will fall into place and we shall know in fulfillment what we now believe in faith - that all things work together for good in His eternal purpose. No longer will we cry 'My God, why?' Instead, 'alas' will become 'Alleluia', all question marks will become straightened into exclamation points, sorrow will change into singing, and pain will be lost in praise."
Taken from one of my favourite books, The Red Sea Rules, by one of my favourite authors...Robert J. Morgan.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Will Explain Later

I've always been encouraged by this quote from Vance Havner (pictured). The explanation for much of what happens in our lives will come later.
I've also received much encouragement from the last verse of a hymn written by William Cowper...who was no stranger to depression and discouragement. Cowper wrote the lyrics to the song "God Moves in a Mysterious Way". Many people have quoted the first line without knowing the rest of the hymn. Here are the lyrics for the last verse:

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain!                                             

Yes...God will "explain" and "make it plain". Maybe not today, tomorrow or next year but in a future day...we will get the explanation and we will understand that..."as for God...His way is perfect."

The Beginning of Faith