Double Whammy

Years ago, I learned to balk at a Christmas with more than one big meal. That’s because we spent our first Christmas day together, running from pillar to post, trying to make everyone happy. So Ron, infant Judith and I trailed a mile down the road to my parents for seven am breakfast, drove through a blizzard to Gran’s for lunch an hour away and finally scurried home to serve dinner at our house for all of Ron’s family…..WHEW!!!

And who was cause of all this commotion? Me. I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. I felt guilty for saying no to anyone, so instead I hurt my own feelings…. and my family’s.

Little by little over the years, with Ron’s encouragement,we cut down to only one or two events per holiday. Today though, I find myself going to the Keenagers catered lunch and the Writer’s Nest home cooked Christmas dinner. WHEW!!!

Why? Because I can. And because all of these dear people are my friends and I love being with them. And because I decided I wanted to, with no guilt involved. It bears remembering that guilt is not from God.

Yesterday the first copy of my first children’s book, The Big Red Chair (CD included) arrived at my door. I’ll be reading it at both events. It is a happy, funny, sad love story about life and death…..

I wrote it because our smaller grandchildren didn’t understand what happened to their Afi. I expect lots of other little ones feel the same. We often unknowingly and unfairly lock them out of our grief.

And yes it is for sale….

Ron is Back!

To our surprise Ron was released from hospital today when we had expected him to be in till at least Wednesday. His last chemotherapy worked too well and took his white and red cells down to almost non existent……

Today though he is back to his old self and we are grateful!! God is GOOD!!

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Do You Know Who You Are?

I didn’t for a long time. For years I tried to make everyone else happy. The trouble with that is that I wasn’t. Happy, I mean.

Others often picked where I would eat, how I would spend my time, and invest my energy. The more I read my Bible, the more I understood that God wanted me to be myself. Wow!

Now most people would call me unconventional at best and down right annoyingly different at worst. They didn’t change but I did.

I learned to set boundaries. If what you want isn’t good for me and my family, get over it!

Does that sound too fierce for a Christian to say? Biblically, it is correct. God has a plan for our lives and He expects us to be our true selves, not the selves  others want us to be.

If you aren’t sold on this, you should check out ‘Foolproofing Your Life’ by Jan Silvious. It’s a study of Proverbs. It deals with the fools in your life who try to use, manipulate, and order you around.(Check for it at Precept Ministries)

As Walt Disney said: The more you are like yourself, the more you will like yourself!

You go, guys and gals. Start on the road to being who you really are and watch what God will do with that honesty! Brenda J. Wood

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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

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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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