Why Bother?

 

Do you wonder why God even bothers about you? Why has he made all these astounding promises to us? These verses give us the answer. Oh and don’t forget gals, he used here is all man/womankind so we are included! YAY!

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life, I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (Psalm 91:14-16, NIV)

Did you get that? Because we love him and acknowledge his name, he rescues, protects delivers and honors us.

And all we have to do is call on his name. Do you know the name he speaks of? Are you aware of the name above all names? Without it, God’s protection plan is not available to us.

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-12, NIV)

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/

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.

Hope to see YOU there!

At the salvation Army church, Barrie, Saturday, Oct 22 at 11 am… followed by the guest speaker (me)
The tickets are 12.00 and I have some if you wish to attend.
Also on the 23, I am the guest preacher for the church service (no charge but the collection plate!)
Message titles-Saturday-The Butternut Squash Conspiracy
Sunday- Happy Daze, Life after 40, or 50 or more!

What Language Do You Speak?

Hebrews 1:1-2-God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world (NASB). Christ, Creator, God, Heir, High Priest, Jesus, King, Lion of Judah, Mediator, Risen Lord, Shepherd, Son of God, Ruler, Holy One of Israel, Life Source, Saver from Sins.

No matter the name, it is all the language of ‘Son’ and when we search for him, we will find him. LIONOFJUDAHCHRISTCREATORHEIRGODHIGHPRIESTJESUSKINGRISENLORDSHEPHERDSONOFGODLIONOFJUDAHJESUSMEDIATORRISENLORDSONOFGODKINGJESUSCHRISTHOLYONEOFISRAELRULERSHEPHERDLAMBOFGODRULERLIFESOURCESAVERFROMSINSREDEEMERKINGGOD

Prayer: Oh God, help us understand this wonderful new language of ‘Son’ and then please fill our lives with his presence. Amen.

about the author: Brenda Wood http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com “I believe Jesus is the answer to every question.”

Brenda Wood is a motivational speaker, writer and author of Heartfelt, 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living. She is also a recovered bulimic who has gained and lost several 1000 pounds over the years! She understands the pain of overweight and the agony of life with an eating disorder. Brenda is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humor and quirky comments.

Liebster Award Continues!!

 Jan Cox http://underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com/honoured me with the Liebster Award and I am passing it on!

The Criteria: The Liebster Blog Award showcases bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers. This is all done in the spirit of pay-it-forward.

The Rules: You must mention and link to the person who awarded you the Liebster and mention other blogs with fewer than 200 followers you think worthy of the Liebster.

I’ve found four great ones for you to enjoy!  I know all of these gals and they live what they write! Please do them the honour of taking a peek and leaving a comment.

Congratulations to the following:

1-  Carley Cooper at Worship Melodies… the address is www.worshipmelodies.blogspot.com
Worship Melodies is about me “singing” God’s praises… without having to put others through the listening to listen to my voice.  LOL
Our Father longs to have an intimate relationship with each one of us. It is music to His ears when we worship Him by ‘singing His praises’. I pray that my Worship Melodies bring you blessings.

2- Patricia Day at  http://pattersmatters.wordpress.com  Patenjoys enjoy writing short stories,  messages of
encouragement and web-published devotionals.  Favourite past-times are  gardening, reading, walking and listening to good music.  Also read her devotionals at
http://pepeprays.wordpress.com and   www.devotionalchristian.com  -and PCC Daily Devotionals. Pat has also  committed to the National Writing Conest for November – 50,000 words!  Neat challenge for anyone who enjoys writing more than talking!!!  :)
3-Tracy Campbell’s artwork has been published in calendars, on wrapping paper and gift cards. She has also written ‘How-To-Paint’ articles for numerous U.S. magazines. Tracy is penning her first Young Adult and an Easy Reader novel in her 1841 farmhouse where she resides with her supportive husband—Dan, and her two faithful companions—Patches and Indigo. To learn more about Tracy visit her
Wacky World of Writing blog at www.tracycampbellwriter.wordpress.com.
4-Julie Bowles started writing devotionals four years ago. They are published on the PCC Web Daily and in the staff pages of the Christian Horizons web site.  Julie is in the process of weaving her devotionals and testimony in to a book.  To learn more about Julie and her love of sheep visit her at http://www.devotedtothelamb.com

Choosing the right Paint

For a scant three hundred dollars, I got exactly the right paint for the walls. Yes, I am redecorating. Expensive you might say? Not for the whole house. After all, paint is paint. But I digress.

Truthfully, the only paint I needed to match, I didn’t even get to choose. The dentist mixed a few potions together to blend the new parts of my chipped front teeth with the old originals.

While the local hardware store might have been faster, it wouldn’t have been so thorough and any way they only sell by the quart and the gallon. I just needed a smidge…..I haven’t seen myself in the dark yet. Perhaps I will be like the “Home Alone” criminal whose front toot sparkles a gem-like twinkle.

Just goes to show you that a fall is more than a seson of the year.

More Time

“Death is a big relief to them.”  This comment shocked me at first but as I pondered it, I sensed its truth. Of course Ron didn’t want to leave us but his heart was turning toward heaven long before he went there.

Little by little the foods Ron really loved became less imoprtant to him.  He, the hamburger king (who would eat it three times a day if possible, ) lost his taste for Wendy’s and even homemade meatloaf. I kept buying treats to tempt his appetite but one nibble and the rest would sit abandoned.

He chided me for running around and cleaning, doing dishes and so on. “Just sit down and be quiet with me.” he’d say. “You can do that stuff later.” So I did.

Eventually he didn’t even want his beloved country music playing in the background.

The closer he got to God, the less he craved earth’s pleasures. . He wasn’t able to do the things he used to do so he enjoyed the things he could, like prayer.

Less time for earth’s pleasures gave him more time for fellowship with God, and the more time he spent with God, the more he  looked forward to being with Him.

What if we started craving fellowship with God long before He called us home? More time with God? That would mean less time to binge eat or drink or dope up, less time in the mall buying stuff we don’t need, less time in unforgivness. Less time__________________? And more time with God, getting ready for the time  we will be with Him in a brand new way.

Choose Life

And I’ve been having a pity party for the last two. That’s why you haven’t seen me here.

“Get out of the house. ” I heard this from three separate people in three different countries. I choose not to listen. It felt good to cry…so I did. And then I added a widget to my blog that tells my topics. The larger the letters the more times it’s been mentioned. Check for yourself…it is Common Sense… And I thought I’d better get some.

Then someone reminded me that even in laughter the heart may ache —-but you can decide which side of the ache to stand on. (Oh,who said that? Let me think! It was me!) I found the scribbled words I added at the last minute to my message at Ron’s going home to Jesus Celebration.

And I decided to stand on the side of joy for Ron’s sake. Because I don’t have to feel happy to put a smile on my face. Because God is faithful and true no matter what. Because God will tell me day by day what to do. Because my needs are being provided for in a myriad of ways. Because I choose to choose life…..

Oh and did I tell you? Just after I posted the note I found from Ron about “being ready to tell the world of my God and my love for you”…I got a call for a speaking engagement. God is working his plan in his way…. and I am going along for the ride.

Brenda J Wood

http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com