Maggots ( Under the Skin) Anyone?

What is getting under your skin? Is it festering, continuing to wound you? Do you keep picking at the open sore, wondering why it won’t heal? You may have Myiasis.

Like Jesus, many a speaker/writer compares believers to sheep but they don’t always tell all. I guess maggots aren’t a great selling point. You see, certain types of flies are attracted to wounds in sheep, cattle, deer and even humans. They lay their eggs there, then the larvae hatch, burrow into the skin and if not treated, travel through the body, damaging organs. Sadly, they are often part of being a sheep. Still, a controlled maggot can be a great thing.

It is estimated that hospitals across the USA order in about 5,000 laboratory grown maggots every week. They are used to fight infections resulting from bed sores, leg/foot ulcers, stab wounds and even gangrene. Maggots are great because they promote faster healing and won’t likely injure healthy tissue. Of course you have to stop picking at the wound while the critters do their job. Wounds won’t heal if the blood supply is blocked.

Doesn’t that sound like a sheep issue to you? It does to me. If the blood of Jesus isn’t circulating around and through our wounds, we will not heal.

So what does our Myiasis look like? Child abuse, financial woes, annoying relatives, children sick, personal loss, you name it, if we won’t let the healing blood of Christ pour through it, it will continue to swallow us up.

Psalm 57:2-3– I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs all things for me. He shall send from heaven and save me; He reproaches the one who would swallow me up. Selah God shall send forth His mercy and His truth (NKJV).

Prayer: Lord the maggot of __________still eats at me. I offer my wounds to you. Help me obey your truths so that I shall be healed. For Christ’s Sake. Amen.

So you thought you knew me???

REVIEW of Meeting Myself by Author Iris Ford


It’s not  often you pick up a book and can’t put it down.  The inner agony here is palpable. You  will feel it as you read. The pace rushes on and you say to yourself, “Oh, what  will she do?”  The author has got  you in her grasp, or maybe it is better to say – her bulimic despair has you up-tight,  especially if you also suffer from the up-chucking that is actually clenching  Brenda in its grip.  Can you get rid  of your despair that way, or any way?  If this is you, hiding in there, then this book will grab you!

Brenda  suffers agony and keeps it all to her ‘self’, upchucking down the pipes of the “white toilet”, trying to get rid of an unpleasant agony from childhood. “White” means pure, right? You read on and get the message: this is a struggle to be  pure.  Only God achieves that and He  does as the book hurries you on.  One senses the tug of war with God and one’s body.  What to eat, or better put: how much NOT  to eat, or even better, HIDE the food where no one else will find it until  later, later, later in unimaginable places.  The struggle goes on, and you read on  and on, sharing her despair and secret.

Finally, the  reader also shares Brenda’s approach to God where she thankfully finds healing  and peace.  But it is not over yet.  God moves slowly as Brenda takes you along her every struggle until God fills  her soul and body with forgiveness and peace. Yes, this is quite a book and if  you know anyone suffering from this affliction do share Brenda’s story.  Here is hope, forgiveness and a loving,  forgiving, healing Saviour. Jesus also knows what a painfully suffering body is  all about as His body took the brunt of all our sin, including  Brenda’s.

Brenda is  openly honest as she “Meets with herself, sharing these Snippets from a Binging  and Bulging Mind”, showing the reader what it feels like to suffer from a  bulimic disposition. Yet Brenda also brings children into the world and shares a  loving relationship with her husband.  How did she do it, you ask?  Well, read on and find out.  You will enjoy this book even if you aren’t bulimic. We all suffer from  some kind of pain, whether in the body or mind – usually in both.

Reviewed by  Iris M. Ford

A Niece’s Perspective on our Life Situations

My niece, Lauretta Holt,  in Arizona blogs regularly at The Plumbline  and today I want to share a few of her ‘wisdom lines.’

‘I don’t know what “hard place” you may find yourself in.  I don’t know how “barren” your life may feel at this moment.  The sheer face of this rock was quite cool to the touch.  This is often the case with the hard places in our lives – they are cold, hard, and just don’t appear to be very promising.  Yet…in determining to focus upward, we can realize our greatest potential for growth.  In time, the small crag in the hard place can become the greatest “footing” for our connection to the source of all life!
So, hold on!  Cling tight to the one who gives life!  The barrenness will not overcome you  – –  you shall overcome it, in the care of the Master of all hard places!  May God bring good things from this hard place!’

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Are You Laying Eggs?

“There is no need to be worried by facetious people who try to make the Christian hope of ‘Heaven’ ridiculous by saying they do not want to spend eternity playing harps.’ The answer to such people is that if they cannot understand books written for grown-ups, they should not talk about them.

All the scriptural imagery (harps, crowns, gold, etc) is of course, a merely symbolical attempt to express the inexpressible.

People who take these symbols literally might as well think that when Christ told us to be like doves, He meant that we were to lay eggs.”

(C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: The MacMillan Company, 1952),106

(Quoted by Dan Schaeffer, A Better Country (Grand Rapids, Michigan, Discovery House, 2008) 43-44

Gussied Up

“Before she got all gussied up, she looked as plain as a turnip.” crowed the old woman. She didn’t have much of an opinion of our locally grown celebrity.

Her comments reminded me of Mark Twain’s famous line, “Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”

Who are we really? What do people hide behind their calm smiles, blooming bank accounts or poor me demeanors? Should we beware?

Joshua 7:3– But when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, Theyworked cunningly, and went pretending to be ambassadors and took [provisions and] old sacks on their donkeys and wineskins, old, torn, and mended, Andold and patched shoes on their feet and wearing old garments; and all their supply of food was dry and moldy.  And they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the men of Israel, We have come from a far country; so now, make a covenant with us (AMP).

Unfortunately, the Israelites depended on their own wisdom.

Joshua 9: 14– So the [Israelite] men partook of their food and did not consult the Lord (AMP). Then Joshua made peace with them, and made a deal to let them live (Joshua 9:15)… on a stranger’s word and a moldy lunch? What?

And three days later they found those visitors to be liars, but because they’d made a deal they were stuck with it (9:16-20).

It didn’t turn out so well for the liars either. They spent the rest of their days as slaves (9:21-27).

Are you in the midst of some kind of deal now? Whether it is for a babysitter or a building contract, beware. First, consult the One who knows all!

Prayer: Lord let it not be said that we your people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Amen. (From Hosea 4:6.)

In case you didn’t know

about the author: Brenda Wood

“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.

Well Then?

“I am quite well, thank you m’lady,” Tucker replied. It was the only answer she had ever given to such a question, even when she had been ill or injured.

(quote from Dorcheter Terrace by Anne Perry. Published by Random House).

This is the statement from a woman in service, who recognised that she is well no matter what, simply because she has a wonderful master/mistress.

So as servants of the Living God, ought not that to be our response, since our Master is better than any human one?


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Make a Decision

Yes I am an impulsive person… I make decisions quickly. Of course I pray about it but if something seems right, I move ahead in it unless or until the Lord stops me. This frightens some and encourages others. I am blessed to find that someone like David Mainse (100 Huntley Street) agrees with this strategy.

Here is a snippet from his wonderful new blog,

“If I believe that something is good to do, I move ahead. But at the same time, I pray that if what I’m about to do is not God’s will, He’ll step in and stop events before they progress. Even on our wedding day on the way to the church I prayed this: “Lord, I believe that Norma-Jean is to be my wife and I’m going ahead with the marriage, and I love her very much. But if this is not Your perfect plan, please stop it right now.”

Remember. When we won’t make a decision, we have actually made the decision.