Fall Fair Fun

It is fall festival season again and communities celebrate everything from pumpkins to cranberries to cows. They include rides, tractor pulls and displays of handmade goods, but mostly, a festival is a gathering place to meet the neighbors. No one is rushing there.

If yesterday’s devotional about slowing down was hard for you to swallow, you might try going to a fall fair to get a sense of a slower life in progress.

After that, if you still can’t stop running from place to place, at least slow down in the following areas.

Let every man be …. slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry. (James 1:19, AMP)

Prayer- Lord may we always be moving slow enough to hear your voice. In Christ. Amen.

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