Nancy Zieman Sewing Icon Passed

If you are not a sewer you might miss the importance of an inspirational life well-lived. Nancy Zieman passed into the arms of Jesus this week. For 30 or more years, I watched her sewing show on PBS all the while improving my sewing skills.

When I had my parotid tumor (Facial gland cancer) I wrote to her to say that we were likely the only two in the same boat. Both TV hosts and both with some facial difficulty;( Nancy had Bells Palsy as a child.)

She called me to tell me from Wisconsin to encourage me and talk about where to get treatment. We had a great discussion.

I said “Nancy are you a Christian?”

I sure am, Maam!”She replied.

Nancy lived her life with dignity and honor and I am proud to have known her even a little bit.

www.nancyzieman.com/blog/sewing-2/honoring-nancy-zieman/

Me Too

Why don’t women tell? Because no one listens; because you get blamed; because almost all of us have been there; because people in power think they have the right; because when you tell people they don’t want to face their own truth.

My book, Meeting Myself, Snippets from a binging and bulging mind addresses what happened to me and the aftermath effects in my life. The latest news on this topic affects me all over again. This heinous crime harasses for a moment of time and then lingers for ever.

celebrate life

I was delighted to get the call with my friend’s chipper voice on the other end of the line. She didn’t even say hello. She just cried out,  “It’s time for cheesecake!” And my answer was quick and to the point. “Time and place please!”

It started years ago over lunch. We’d shared a nice sandwich and we weren’t truly hungry, but as women often do, we discussed the possibility of dessert. Then she began to tell me the story of her breast cancer scare.

“That does it,” I exclaimed. “It’s time for cheesecake!”  I rushed to the counter and brought back two large pieces. (People should never share a slice of cheesecake; but enjoy a full slice each!) Her story ended well, but still, every now and again, we eat cheesecake together.

What do you do to celebrate life?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10, NIV)

I am convinced that Jesus loves cheesecake.

Prayer- Thanks, God, for special treats that celebrate your goodness.  Amen

Bug Free by Prayer and Common Sense

I just spoke at a campground that was invested by mosquitoes. The organizer wanted us outside. I braced myself for lots of squishing as I delivered my message. However, we all prayed the place bug-free and the leader helped God out by thoughtfully lighting several bug deterrent candles and placing them on each table. What a difference it made to both us and to the bugs. Not one of them lost their lives during my message.

Overcoming Adversity

Overcoming Adversity (by Dr Carl Garrigus, ThD, PhD)

Overcoming Adversity, Life Lessons from the Book of James (by Dr Carl Garrigus, ThD, PhD) is correctly titled indeed for Dr. Garrigus shares how his own life impossibilities were made more bearable by what he learned in the Book of James. Truth in action you might say.

As he says, life’s circumstances do develop your faith. Each chapter of this small book is followed by several questions so that you can examine your own life in the midst of your own circumstances.

Did you know that without God helping us, our faith growth is next to impossible? James 1:5 says that if we lack wisdom we should ask God. Now that makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

Dr. Garrigus goes on to point out that anger won’t get us anywhere and to watch what we say.

In the summary, he points out that when we turn to God, and seek his will, difficult times provide opportunities to develop our faith.

Dr. Garrigus uses interesting life samples to illustrate his points. Every now and again, the book does seem a little bit preachy but over all I enjoyed it and I would recommend it. It is a good, although short overview of the Book of James.

The publisher provided me a free book in return for an honest review.

 

Brenda J Wood, author and motivational speaker
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First Air

Today and every Monday for a while you can hear chapters of my book The Pregnant Pause of Grief. It’s been almost 6 years since my Dear Ronald went to be with Jesus. I started to read the book again myself, just to see how far I have come since that first horrible grief. And then Hopestreamradio.com added it to their Monday roster. Tune in, won’t you? I pray it helps you as it helped me. Brenda J Wood