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.

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

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Rise Above

Ever had one of those days when everything is your fault? No one wants to hear what happened but they all want to judge the result? Isn’t it fun? Ever want to tell them all what for?

But then you read your Bible verses for the day and they say something like this.

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, as a sheep before his shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7)

How did Jesus ever do it? Keep his mouth shut, I mean.

Well, He is God, and God can do anything He wants.

Unfortunately, you and I are not God. However, if we have asked Jesus into our lives,  we do have the Holy Spirit living in us. That means we have the power to do what God tells us to do.

James 1:26 says that if we consider ourselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on our tongue, we deceive ourselves and our religion is worthless.

Drat! Just when I’d decided to defend myself too!

Here is the truth of the matter. God is our defender. He is strong and He will take up the case against us. (Proverbs 23:11)

Note my huge sigh of relief here!

Now if I can just find that roll of masking tape…….

Brenda J. 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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Congratulations to Pastor Cliff Fletcher!

Pastor Cliff Fletcher received honourable mention as Pastor of the Year in the Crossings Book Club Contest
Yes he was nominated by yours truly…

Check your Crossings Book Magazine for more information!!

Brenda J. Wood

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About Me

About Me

Just a regular gal, a recovered bulimic with a sense of humour, and lofty ambitions about writing great stuff that encourages people to fall in love with God.

I often speak for women’s’ retreats, church functions and Stonecroft Ministries.

Contact information: brendawoodauthor@yahoo.ca

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Secrets

Don’t you just hate having to keep a secret for someone? Me too. I have a post scheduled for September 7 and I can’t tell you what it is.. Now will I be able to keep my mouth shut until then? Bets anyone?

The trouble with secrets is that we keep the ones we should be telling. You know the ones.  The ones that sound like this: I was abused as a child, my boyfriend hits me, I have an eating disorder, I take drugs,I am a senior and my children are cruel to me. I could go one but there really is no need.

Speaking out on secrets like that means that we have a chance to get well.

When I confessed to an eating disorder, over time I was able to recover. That brought out another layer….childhood abuse.. and I am well on my way to health. Choose life, dear friends. Sometimes that means telling secrets.

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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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Quoting Sheila Again!

Yes, I am quoting Sheila Wray Gregorie again! Her web site is great for those of us who are working at improving our speaking! And who doesn’t want to do just that?
The topic this am is
The Ten Qualities of a Gifted Woman’s Speaker

http://christianwomensspeaker.wordpress.com/2010/06/03/the-ten-qualities-of-a-gifted-womens-speaker/

If you’re wondering whether or not God has called you to speaking, here are the ten qualities that I think best define a gifted woman’s speaker. I should note that several of these I struggle with–finding time for prayer, for instance. But making this list encourages me to aim higher and rely on God more, so even if you’re not totally there yet, at least this gives you something to aim for!

http://christianwomensspeaker.wordpress.com/2010/06/03/the-ten-qualities-of-a-gifted-womens-speaker/

As always Sheila is blatantly honest.The requirement is that we focus on Christ and Him crucified. Isn’t it the pits to sit through a ladies meeting only to discover that the focus is on the newly learned craft of basket-weaving or leaf-staining?

Nothing irritates me more! One of my speaking mentors insists that ‘it is a sin to gather a room full of people and leave them without the Christ!’
Are we guilty of that very thing? Do people come to know Jesus when we speak? For that matter, when we aren’t in ‘speaker mode’ do we share Christ with others?
I never thought I was an evangelist. Then I started to speak for Stonecroft. And my heart melted for those who didn’t know Him.
Who can we tell today?????