Galileo by Mitch Stokes

Galileo by Mitch Stokes

Just to put him in some perspective, Galileo was born in 1564, the same year as Shakespeare and the year that Michelangelo and John Calvin died.

His great mathematical mind forced the church to look at scripture differently. His interests included science, engineering and military technology.  He developed the first 20 power spy glass, theories on the sun, moon, comets and position of the tides.

I was pleased to learn so much about the man but disappointed that the book was a difficult read. It would have made a wonderful true-to-life novel.

Those who self-publish should take great heart in his story because what ever difficulties we’ve had pale in comparison to Galileo’s.

Brenda J Wood

The Jesus Rose

Mark 16:9– When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. (NIV)

A carpenter by trade, Earl read the signed note with great interest, because he recognized the names. “This little rose was given to me on our first-month anniversary. I hung it inside this wall with the hope that all who live in this apartment will be as happy as we have been.”

This dear little note protected an oh-so-dried-up red rose. To his delight, the two people mentioned still lived in the community. Better yet, they were still married. Hugs and tears of joy followed when he hand-delivered the flower!

Another person might have ignored the rose, or called it junk and tossed it. However, Earl recognized it for what it was: love.

Jesus rose from the dead. Some deny it. Some refute it. Others leave the resurrection hanging where they found it — no decision for them.

But others see that Jesus Rose and understand the message. And they pass it on.

Have you seen the Jesus Rose for yourself?

John 3:16– For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

Prayer: Lord, thanks for giving us Your Son, the Jesus Rose, the emblem of Your love. Make Him real to us again today. Amen.

Good Friday


According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia,

Good Friday (from the now obsolete senses pious, holy of the word “good”), also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians and it commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Based on the details of the Gospels, the Crucifixion of Jesus was most probably on a Friday (John 19:42).The estimated year of Good Friday is AD 33, by two different groups, and originally as AD 34 by Isaac Newton. 

Another accounting places the date as Friday, 3 April AD 33.

Dispute the year??? Maybe.

Dispute that it happened??

Nobody disputes it any more. Why do you???

Brenda J Wood

100 Stories for Queensland

When Queensland, Australia was devastated by floods, the call went out for writers to contribute to a fund raising book to be called 100 Stories for Queensland.

I was SO honored when they picked one of mine. There is a blurb about it on the following website.

If you look carefully, you can see my name on the cover, near the bottom and about center front.

100% of the proceeds go to the flood victims.

I’ll have the details on how to get a copy very soon…

What an easy way to show you care…

Brenda J Wood

Hugged a Baby Lately?

I just spent the most delightful morning with the gals at our local MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group.

These young women and their children represent the future of our world. They will be the leaders, the changers in the years to come.

The group supports moms who need a day out, a break from diapers and dishes.

They always need volunteers to pamper their little ones for the couple of hours of meeting time.

Have you hugged a baby lately? There is one near you, in your MOPS group, with your name on him/her!

Try it. You will like it!

Dr Oz says that one of the most soothing of all smells is baby powder. Why not get a little sniff of sweetness at your local MOPS!! Brenda J Wood