God is Waiting

We were saddened to discover our summer visitors  left without saying good bye. Hummingbirds are polite, social beings. Every year they announce their arrival by fluttering in our face for a few seconds and they say good bye the same way.

This year,the  September chill kept us from the back porch. Any fluttering birdies fluttered alone.

How like our relationship with God. We wonder why we don’t feel so cherished and close to Him as we used to, only to discover that He has been waiting patiently for us to make ourselves available to His presence.

This might be a great day to sit down with your Bible.

The book of John is a great place to start.

God is waiting for you…

Brenda Wood

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How To Live Like A Princess When Your Life Is The Pits

HOW TO LIVE LIKE A PRINCESS WHEN YOUR LIFE IS THE PITS– Brenda Wood

The Bible says that even in laughter the heart may ache. That is true, but we can decide which side of the ache we will stand on.  Brenda Wood is a recovered bulimic that speaks with common sense, a sense of humour and a zest for life.  Her latest book is called “Heartfelt, 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living”.

This is the blurb used to describe my presentation at the Fall Festival Retreat

at Malvern FM Church on October 16…

Contact info is Flora at 1 416 283-9757

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Stew in This

No Work Crock Pot Stew

Layer ingredients in large crock pot in order listed

1 pound uncooked (and not browned!) beef stewing meat, patted dry

1-2 sliced onions

carrots (cut in 2 inch pieces or use bag of small carrots)

potatoes, peeled, cut in 2 inch pieces

mushrooms, celery  if desired

salsa, 2-3 tablespoons

cream of mushroom (or celery) soup (1 can or 2 if you really like gravy)

DO NOT add anything else. Cook on low heat for 5-6 hours and serve.

The leftovers freeze well. The joy is you can make it any size with any amounts. Just be sure the crock-pot is at least 3/4 full.

OPTIONS

Chicken pieces with cream of tomato soup

Pork pieces instead of beef

Enjoy! Brenda Wood

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More Smiley Kate Things

A Reminder That Laughter is the Best Medicine

http://www.caregiverstress.com/2010/07/a-reminder-that-laughter-is-the-best-medicine/


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Watch as this Home Instead client reminds us that laughter is the best medicine.

A friend of the couple who founded Home Instead Senior Care, Mary Maxwell was asked to give the invocation at the company’s 2009 Convention. Initially it seemed like a normal prayer, but it soon took a very funny turn. Her deadpan delivery and lines like …This is the first time I’ve ever been old… and it just sort of crept up on me … soon had the franchise owners rolling in the aisles. With the timing of a professional comedian, Mary shines a very funny light on the foibles of aging, to the delight of this audience of senior-care experts.

Download a copy of the poem, Blessed In Aging (PDF 275k), which Mary reads at the end of her prayer.

Let’s Do Lunch- Reviewed

Roger Troy Wilson ( Thomas Nelson) lost a lot of weight following this diet. True testimonials in the book allow that others have too.

The book is well written and easy to read. The recipes sound yummy. It will help some to lose weight because they need to believe that their bodies are different.

Bet here are the facts. We lose weight when we put less food in and more exercise out. If we take in  1500 calories and burn off 1500 calories we will stay at the same weight. That is simply scientific truth. Eliminating foods or eating them in certain combinations makes no difference to our weight loss.

Enjoy the book. It is a great read but the information is not new. It will not be your last diet. That is, unless you continue to eat low fat, eat less than your body needs and ‘force’ yourself to pick something beside dessert.

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Childhood Abuse Makes Us Sick

Who needed a study for this?  Apparently childhood physical abuse increases our chances of heart disease by 45 percent.

Good grief. We already know from personal experience that ‘it’  destroyed half our life, mutilated most of our relationships, caused eating disorders and left us in depression. We know it slowed down our careers and made us what we wanted never to be.

I never wanted to be so overcome with fear that I couldn’t face more than three people at a time without hyperventilating.

I didn’t want to shove in 50,000 to 80,000 calories at one sitting. I never wanted to spend the most active part of my day getting rid of that food.

Now we have to ‘swallow’ this as well? No wonder we struggle with being ourselves. We are not!  Even worse, the weasel(s) that did the unspeakable  to us went blithely on to do it to dozens of other children.

Aren’t you angry? Doesn’t it make you want to scream?

It does me. Thankfully, someone told me about Jesus, who died for me and rose from the dead for me. All I had to do was ask forgiveness and ask Him into my life.You can do the same.

Jesus helped me to rise out of the muck. If He hadn’t given me survival hope, I would be dead from my own hand.

Are you still stuck in those past deeds? It is not your fault. You are innocent!

It is never too late to tell someone. Speak up! Be brave and save another 100 or more children from the scum that happened to you.

Brenda J. Wood

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It’s About Time

Thanks to all of you who participated in the ‘raise my numbers’ parade! They went up over 300 percent.  Yea You! Thanks to all of you for giving up your precious time for me. If you feel like doing it again…!

Special thanks to Barrie and Australia! You know who you are! These brave souls joined to listen to this diatribe every day! Whew. Little do they know….

My cousins, Ben and Marjorie are all about time. If it wends the hour, Ben owns it. Cuckoo clocks, chiming bird,  cartoon or tractor clocks, Marilyn Monroe’s flirty skirt, Elvis flinging hips all used to chime or clang.

It became a full-time job to keep them all going and Ben settled for his favourites.  The silent ones still take up space, letting time slip by.

Are we waiting for someone to wind us up? Motivate us? Putting in a half-job at a half-life when we could be making time count? What a waste.

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Blogging Truth

Thanks to Sheila Wray Gregoire, my blog is up and running! And I am writing stuff like this…

I came out of a life of sexual abuse, bulimia, nervous breakdowns, depression and unforgiveness. I didn’t realize that God loved me and that He was more concerned with the inner me than He was with the outer me. The Bible says that the Lord does not see as mortals see. They look on the outward appearance but God, God, looks on the heart (1 Sam 16:7B).

There is an old saying. When you have reached the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. A nervous breakdown was the end of my rope. But somebody told me about Jesus. Jesus ,who knew about my fears and my failures. Jesus-who loved me unconditionally. Jesus, who loved me so much that He died on the cross just for me. And rose from the dead—just for me! All I had to do was turn from my old life, ask Him to forgive me, ask Him to come into my life. And I did that very thing. After I invited Jesus into my life, I was a changed woman.

I had tried to stop the bulimia for 16 years. I couldn’t do it. Jesus gave me the strength to give it up. I learned that my depression was anger turned inward. And God gave me the strength to forgive my abuser.