Is God telling Us Something???


Four lunar eclipses will occur on God’s annual Holy Days during: Passover April 15, 2014 Feast of Tabernacles October 8, 2014, Passover April 4, 2015, Feast of Tabernacles September 28, 2015,

The two Solar eclipses connected with God’s Holy Days in 2014-2015 occur: Adar 29/Nisan 1(new year) March 20, 2015, Feast of Trumpets September 13, 2015

Is God telling us something?

When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28, NIV)

Peter warned, “Scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming?’ “ (2 Peter 3:3).

Lord, give us your wisdom so that we might discern your truth, please. Amen.

Currently in Force



Since this last blog entry is based on our current works in progress, I thought I’d better check out the actual meaning of current. Maybe none of my stuff qualifies!

A current project should be presently in force, accepted as legally valid and widely accepted. It should also be flowing in one direction, like a stream, even though there might be undercurrents.

Now that sounds like a writing project if I ever saw one. I’m up to my circumcised heart in devotionals right now. I write a daily devotional for and several thousand readers expect some spiritual insight from me on a regular basis. Since it is ongoing and so many accept it, I guess it is a current work in progress. I think it is legal- I never steal material and the number of readers hopefully means that it is widely accepted.

Several of my writing friends are collaborating on a romance mystery novel of sorts. We all agreed to keep on going and our heroine, dear Mrs. Hackly has lots of undercurrents running through her life so …still in.

Meanwhile, I’m editing a manuscript for the upcoming Word Alive publishing contest and editing the myriad thoughts of new scribbles that keep pounding through my head. All is alive and well in this neck of the woods. Sincerely, Brenda J Wood

Gussied Up

“Before she got all gussied up, she looked as plain as a turnip.” crowed the old woman. She didn’t have much of an opinion of our locally grown celebrity.

Her comments reminded me of Mark Twain’s famous line, “Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”

Who are we really? What do people hide behind their calm smiles, blooming bank accounts or poor me demeanors? Should we beware?

Joshua 7:3– But when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, Theyworked cunningly, and went pretending to be ambassadors and took [provisions and] old sacks on their donkeys and wineskins, old, torn, and mended, Andold and patched shoes on their feet and wearing old garments; and all their supply of food was dry and moldy.  And they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the men of Israel, We have come from a far country; so now, make a covenant with us (AMP).

Unfortunately, the Israelites depended on their own wisdom.

Joshua 9: 14– So the [Israelite] men partook of their food and did not consult the Lord (AMP). Then Joshua made peace with them, and made a deal to let them live (Joshua 9:15)… on a stranger’s word and a moldy lunch? What?

And three days later they found those visitors to be liars, but because they’d made a deal they were stuck with it (9:16-20).

It didn’t turn out so well for the liars either. They spent the rest of their days as slaves (9:21-27).

Are you in the midst of some kind of deal now? Whether it is for a babysitter or a building contract, beware. First, consult the One who knows all!

Prayer: Lord let it not be said that we your people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Amen. (From Hosea 4:6.)

Making a Difference-Gina Kelly Ellis

Many fellow grief sufferers offer me encouragement. Here is a note from my new friend, Gina, who reads my daily devotionals at

I am a mid-fifties Christian, grandmother, cotton-farmer in West Texas. I graduated from Texas Tech University. I’ve been a widow for nearly 12 years. It is still so fresh everyday to see how God carries me and my family through this. My weekly column  “Making a Difference” runs in several Texas newspapers. And making a difference is what I want my life to always be about.

I wrote this about a month after Mike died. I wavered so often between absolute terror and peace. In the end, peace usually won out.

The closeness I had to God after Mike was gone continues to be one of my most precious memories. I hope that it doesn’t take another tragedy for me to continue to follow God so easily.I thought perhaps God wanted me to share it with you. I know a bit about what you are going through. Know that you are in my prayers daily.

I hope others can be blessed by this. Thank you so much for what you do and for being my very first read nearly every morning!

Proverbs 3:5-6- Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (KJV)..

He shall direct my path…

Well, you know God this is not the path I wanted.

I would never have ever chosen this path, but this is where I am.

You have to know, God that while this is not the path I wanted

This is the path where you have placed me. It is the path where You are.

And I find that I want to be nowhere else but with You.


As we walk the path upon which You have placed us,

We look with eyes wide open and eyes wide with wonder

At what You have before us. And there is a calm.

To others, this path looks hard, and it is. It looks difficult to travel, and it is.

But to me God, it has become a joyous of journey of watching You work.

A journey full of faith and miracles.

As I watch my Father map it out, it becomes a journey full of bright hope

A journey full of amazement at the goodness of my God.

“Oh Father, Keep my eyes wide open. Keep my ears tuned to You.

Keep my feet moving securely For I want to miss no part of this journey that is ours.”

Gina Kelly Ellis

All I can add to this is….me too. Amen


“Drunkenness is far from me. Thou wilt grant in thy mercy that it never approach me. But gluttony sometimes steals upon thy servant.” — St. Augustine.

No Longer

An eating binge, a total fast;
Bad habits, Lord, that seem to last.
Too much today, tomorrow naught.
Oh, Lord the cookies that I’ve bought
For ‘lunches’ have all disappeared…..
And it is just as I had feared.
My gluttony destroyed the box.
I lied about them like a fox.
My gluttony Lord is destroying me.
Help me to fight former slavery.
You promised that in Christ, I’m free.
Oh, Lord, keep on reminding me…
That you have made me new and clean.
I’m now no longer what I’ve been.

(Based on Romans 6:11-14)

Prayer: Lord, help us remember and live like we are new…because we are, in Christ. Amen.

My devotionals from today’s


When I wrote “Meeting Myself, Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind,” I had to paw through tons of mind garbage that I would rather not have revisited. Some days I felt like Paul in a Roman prison, waist deep in a sewer. Truths I never wanted to see again surfaced into sight from a boiling pool of oil. Thankfully that oil changed from the type that made me cry ‘burn me into ashes, erase all these memories,’ into the healing balm of the Holy Spirit.

The book helped me clean out my personal junk storage and readers say it’s helping them with their own abuse/eating issues.

Yet I still wonder about the mind of the abuser. I ask myself if they care that they left a shattered person behind them. Surely if they did they would never abuse. Would they? It is said that abusers have themselves been abused. If they met that pain, endured that horror, surely they would not want to inflict it on another. Would they?

The Bible gives fair warning to all who abuse. Oh yes it does. Check out Matthew 18:6-7.

“But if you give them a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you’ll soon wish you hadn’t. You’d be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your neck. Doom to the world for giving these God-believing children a hard time! Hard times are inevitable, but you don’t have to make it worse—and it’s doomsday to you if you do (MSG)

A millstone is one of two massive circular stones used to grind grain in a mill. You can see one at any farming museum. Picture a person with their head through the center of that. God takes child abuse seriously.

Yet we, the abused, remain shattered. Or do we? Not if we receive the healing offered through the Christ.  Not if we let our minds be renewed and declare our bodies as God’s.

What has God called you to face that seems unendurable? Whatever it is, God’s Holy Spirit will get you through it.

Prayer: Lord, give us, the abused children of your world, your grace, healing and peace. Grant a sensible mind to those who abuse so that they might be willing to walk a new life that no longer includes an attack on the powerless. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

 Two Ears, One Mouth

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You might say I was a blank page waiting to happen. I sat down to write a devotional this morning, but I hadn’t one thought in mind. And I mean, not one! Generally, I have a thought, a phrase or a Bible verse in mind but today? Nothing!

This could cause a little panic in a gal like me.

Thankfully, I remembered that I could ask God for help. And I did.

“Lord, what shall I write today?” I queried.

And he dropped these three little words into my heart. “Not a word.”

“That’s not funny, Lord,” I sassed back.

Oh, oh.

I thought back over my week to the times my mouth would have been better quiet. I remembered the grocery clerk I’d snapped at. I thought of the friend who happened to be late and the answer I gave her. I recalled how the Lord had softly spoken about my lack of quiet time and my answer.

Oh, oh.

Luke 23:8-10-Herod was delighted when Jesus showed up. He had wanted for a long time to see him, he’d heard so much about him. He hoped to see him do something spectacular. He peppered him with questions. Jesus didn’t answer—not one word. But the high priests and religion scholars were right there, saying their piece, strident and shrill in their accusations (MSG)

Like Herod, we’re excited to see Jesus, but too often we want his visit on our terms. We want answers to our questions. We want miracles. When we don’t get our own way, we get snippy. Like those high priests, we’re right in there saying what we think in a not-so-nice way.

Oh, oh.

Prayer: Lord, help us listen more and talk less. Amen