Messages from the heart for daily living

Crock Pot Stew

Here’s my favourite stew recipe which is also in my latest book, The Food Lover’s Devotional. This recipe beats your favourite take-out on speed dial

 Crockpot Stew
1 ½ pounds stewing beef, rinsed and patted dry
Small jar of sweet pickled onions, drained
4 large carrots, peeled, cut in large chunks
4 medium potatoes, peeled, quartered
3-4 tablespoons salsa
1 can of cream of mushroom or celery soup

Layer the ingredients in crock-pot. Put the lid on, set the dial on low and simmer for four to six hours. It feeds four to six people but easily multiplies to feed a crowd.


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Hope to see YOU there!

At the salvation Army church, Barrie, Saturday, Oct 22 at 11 am… followed by the guest speaker (me)
The tickets are 12.00 and I have some if you wish to attend.
Also on the 23, I am the guest preacher for the church service (no charge but the collection plate!)
Message titles-Saturday-The Butternut Squash Conspiracy
Sunday- Happy Daze, Life after 40, or 50 or more!
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Indie Authors take note!

Little Britain, near Lindsay Ontario is hosting  an Indie Authors Festival on August 27, 28.

For more information, check out the link below.


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50% off

No I didn’t lose half my weight but you will save 50% at Smashwords when you use these coupon # to buy my books…don’t wait. This runs out  July 31. Here is the address.


Heartfelt-366 Devotionals for Common Sense living-$2.50- VU69A

The Big Red Chair-99 cents-SQ58U

Meeting Myself, Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind- $2.50-EJ93T

The Pregnant Pause of Grief-$2.50- KX95G

Gentle Humour With Jesus- $1.50- RF99T

God, Gluttony and You-$2.50- YT95T

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A New Spot for Kimberley!

At one of my addresses today!

Brenda Wood shares BEEP – the acronym for the four habits that lead to spiritual and physical health! http://www.everydaychristian.com/blogs/post/beep-beep/

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Youtube and Me!!

I’d appreciate your comments on this piece on youtube!! My email is brendawoodauthor@yahoo.ca  The link is below….



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

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The Book of Common Sense-D.L. Dennis

The Book of Common Sense by D.L. Dennis

Common sense is simple but many people don’t understand that. For instance, there is right and wrong, truth or lie. Readers of my blog know that I am all about common sense, so when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it.

D.L Dennis knows common sense and writes about it. It is a business book but not necessarily only for those in business. I would call it a life-living book. Dennis started with nothing and eventually, became president of an insurance company. While it sounds an easy transition, Dennis freely admits where he made mistakes and how he learned to do the right thing.

The book is full of one-liners like this. Don’t be your own worst enemy. Be truthful with yourself. You are able to choose the path you wish to take. Blaming others can be habit forming.

D.L. Dennis says “Some people who read this book might say smugly to themselves, I already knew all of these things.”   But isn’t there a big difference between having wisdom and doing actually using it? I mean I knew what to do to lose weight but for years I never implemented that wisdom. Sometimes I even forget it now. This book will remind me.

“I received this book free from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Brenda Wood, author & speaker

Meeting Myself, Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind   http://heartfeltdevotionals.com


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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!’

Read the rest of the article at:


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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

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