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My review of a great little book… MEETING MYSELF: Snippets of a Binging and Bulging Mind by Brenda J. Wood

At first glance the cover of this book tells you it is about someone who has an eating disorder. Which is true. But what it doesn’t tell you is how intimately Brenda reveals her struggle with her own self loathing and how she slowly is able to find her way back to loving herself and healing through her faith. Her sense of humour and clever use of metaphor gently carries the reader through her painful and inspiring journey. I received many gifts from this book that either enlightened me or reinforced what I already believed.

Gift Number One: Eating disorders of all kinds come from a place of self-loathing. Mostly, self-loathing comes from a history of physical or emotional abuse. Brenda journals “I always believed I would be a better person if only I were thin.” Cognitively we know that thin people are not better people nor are overweight people unlovable. But in the self-loathing mind, creating a flawed exterior provides a false sense of security. Without that mask, they have to look at and deal with the “why” which is the pain that got them there. There is much less agony in the moment to just keep binging.

Gift Number Two: In her struggle with her faith in god she writes, “He must not love me. That is why I am unable to love him back.” I am beginning to believe that true faith (of any kind) will only be achieved if you feel you are loveable. Even a glimmer of the beautiful light of love or worthiness can be the impetus for change. Brenda sees that glimmer through God and the shift begins to take hold.

Gift Number Three: Even after conquering the bulimic beast, the suffering still continued. Brenda writes: “God started to point out that total freedom involves forgiveness.” This is something I firmly believe and try to live by. Forgiveness is a selfish act. Without it you will never be able to shed your past and live fully in the moment. Gift Number Four: She realized that “He (God) was seeking righteous fruit, not a religious nut.” I am fortunate to know Brenda. I admire her in many ways. One of which is her quiet and steady faith. I was raised in the midst of a family that included some confused, judgmental and disingenuous church goers. I think that they confused the “doing” of being a Christian with the “being” of a Christian. Brenda’s wisdom and humour is a true gift to any reader. I encourage you to join her on her journey of courage and enlightenment. You won’t regret it.

Meeting Myself is available on AMAZON & GREAT CANADIAN AUTHOR. Bookstores, schools, churches and ministries may purchase copies directly through Word Alive Inc., by calling customer services at 1-800-665-1468 or through the website: WORLDALIVE.CA More from Brenda J. Wood: Heartfelt Devotionals

Valentines for Annabells

As you might expect, Valentine’s Day is not everyone’s favorite holiday. This, my first year without Ron loomed ahead as insurmountable.

Then Diane suggested we spend the evening together. Barb offered to cook us a ‘simple’ dinner at her home. So we ‘aloners’ gathered together for spectacular food, endearing memories, hysterical laughter and deepening friendships.

We even gave ourselves a name, The Annabells. This stems from Anna who worshipped in the temple after her husband passed and from our intention to live our lives with joy.

And I want to thank others who cared enough to send Valentine hugs, cards and kind wishes my way.

Yes, Valentine’s Day was different this year; but friends and loved ones made it good just the same…

Liz Curtis Higgs

Posted this on her face book page…Worth memorizing and keeping close to your heart..
      Lord, give me the strength to lift my head,
the courage to lift my heart,
the joy to lift my spirits,
and the confidence to lift my eyes
and see you rising and shining in me.”
 – from Rise and Shine
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Grafefully Eating Well

Are you cooking for yourself? Are you eating well? A friend asked me these qustions this week.

Cooking for myself? Not hardly because it is not necessary right at this moment.

Eating well? Now that is a whole different affair. How could I not be eating well? Darling ladies  stocked my freezer with bits and pieces in the last few weeks and I find myself with the ability to choose from a near restaurant-like menu. Shall I eat Lasagna, Potato Soup or a Chicken this day? Or should I investigate spaghetti, pork chops and more? Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

I pridefully tried to refuse these gifts when they were offered. Someone else needs it more, I declared.All of that might be true, but especially on a day when I am a little teary, those meals thoroughly feed my body, mind, soul and spirit. I remember each giver with thanks and great appreciation for their kindnesses to me……  and vow to be grateful…just because I can.

Philippians 1:3-I thank my God in all my remembrance of you (AMP)

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The Problem is….

Michael Korda hits us where it hurts with this statement….

In order to succeed, we must first believe we can. Michael Korda

We don’t lose weight because in our hearts we believe it impossible. We don’t try new ventures because we believe we will fail. We don’t get our prayers answered because in our hearts we don’t believe that God is who He says He is and that He can do what He says He will do……

We don’t ……………..

What is it that  you want to do? Do you really believe that it is possible? Why/Why not?

Pooh’s Advice

“When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.” — Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

Does anyone know where to buy this book? It sounds like a treasure!!!

Vote for Belinda!!

Belinda’s Blog -Whatever He says…is one of the best…not preachy, not cloyingly sweet..

I hope you will vote for her in the blog contest explained below…Hugs and thanks!!!

Dear Friends and Readers,

Thank you so much for your support in round 1 of the Canadian Blog Awards. Whatever He Says came first in the Religion Philosophy Category for the first round with 39 votes.
You can vote for round 2 by clicking here and I encourage you to consider voting too, for Shannon’s blog in the Best Blog Post category, for her post, Peace be with You.
Also, friend and faithful reader here, Dave Hingsburger’s blog,Rolling Around in My Head, is in the running in the Best Personal Blog and Best Overall.
Every vote counts! Thank you in advance for taking time to vote, if you think us worthy!

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.

Holiday Cheer


Ephesians 6:22I  have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we
are and that he may console and cheer and encourage and strengthen your  hearts
(AMP).

Different in some ways, familiar in others, funerals have one thing in common. Most of us don’t know what to say to the bereaved.  Pastor Cliff  Fletcher offers good advice on ways to comfort.

“When in doubt, remember a hug, a firm handshake and ‘I’m sorry’ goes a  long way. Pray before speaking. This is not the time for advice or sermons. Instead, give memories. Mention times shared. Comfort doesn’t end at the funeral. Holidays and birthdays are coming up. Be available.
Send a card. Make a phone call.”

When the next sad occasion happens, let’s make an effort to comfort the bereaved. Why not ask God to watch our mouths and help us do or say the  right thing? There are many opportunities at the Christmas season. Many  people find it to be the most difficult time of the year.

PrayerDear God, remind us to pray before speaking and then let consolation and cheer be our goal. Thanks. In Jesus’ name. Amen.