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.
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 (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
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
And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, that one of the ancient prophets has come back to life. (Luke 9:19, AMP)
But Jesus brought gossip around to truth.
And He said to them, but who do you [yourselves] say that I am? (Luke 9:20a, AMP)
And Peter replied, The Christ of God! (Luke 9, 18-20, AMP)
Peter knew the answer. Do you?
We talk a lot about Jesus. We listen to the ‘good old stories’ of how he moved in people’s lives. We drink in the testimonies of celebrities and make our own celebrities out of those who do wonderful things for him.
The disciples must have done the same thing because when Jesus asked them this question they knew the answer.…
Now it occurred that as Jesus was praying privately, the disciples were with Him, and He asked them, who do men say that I am? (Luke 9:18, AMP)
They really did know the gossip of the day.
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Tired of radio stations with no Christmas music or scripture readings from Luke and Isaiah? Try hopestreamradio.com. You won’t be disappointed! Merry Christmas to all! Brenda J Wood
Some specialty cakes are served with a small token of some kind to represent the Christ Child. Others are shaped to remind us of the baby in swaddling clothes.
That may have been the goal but what happens when your cake comes out of the oven looking more like Herod on a rampage? People so easily get the wrong idea!