What is Your Script?

Jeremiah 29:11-For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future NIV).

Entertainment is rare at the doctor’s office but the other day, a young mom and her four-year-old twins kept us all in smiles.

Likely hoping for a little peace and quiet, Mom picked a children’s book off the shelf, arranged the little ones on either side and began to read. The girls did not like Mom’s book one bit. It was one of those learn your alphabet things. They had no interest in the A-B-C’s. Instead,  they’d each picked out happy, cartoony type stuff.

They begged and whined for mom to discard her plan and read their particular picture book. Mom paid no attention. She calmly proceeded with her reading. Eventually though, both girls set their books aside and began to
listen as Mom’s calm voice read them what they needed to know.

We are like that. God has a plan for us. He has things to teach us and we don’t care to learn them. However, if we are wise, we allow God to steadfastly point the way and we come along side and begin to read what God
is reading.

My Darling Husband and I are reading plans right now that we do not care for at all. Ron is in the last stages of cancer. Thankfully, with family and nursing help and good friends and neighbours I am able to care for
him here at home.

How can his death prosper us? How can these plans prosper us? What future is there in this?

We don’t know the answers to all the questions yet, but this we do know. God loves us. He plans the best for us…if we will but trust him and willing follow his path.

Brenda J Wood

http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com

Fresh- Brewed Life

I’ve just finished reading  ‘fresh-brewed life’ by Nicole Johnson. After all coffee was a staple in Bible times. ( hint-you find it in the book of He-brews!)

I guess I was in the right place for this book because it sure spoke to me, like a fresh cup of coffee (here in Canada we just call it Tim’s in honour of our favourite coffee chain).

I liked the book because it is slow-paced, and methodically works through issues that we gals find challenging, disturbing and even frightening.

Nicole doesn’t mind sharing true stories about her failures and successes. Honesty is part of the charm of this book. She encourages journalling and gives ideas on how to get started.Who can argue with thoughts like this.

‘Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self.’ (Cyril Connolly)

Get this book and enjoy it as a private study or use the supplied questions and share in a group. Well worth the read.

Brenda J Wood

http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com

Thunder Dog

This is a great read about Roselle, the dog who led his blind owner to safety from the towers on 9/11. It’s interesting that the book is named for the animal’s weakness. You see Roselle is afraid of thunder storms and that day began with one.

This could be a terrifying book but the authors wisely intersperse the trauma of the long walk down those stairs with Michael Hingson’s history and experience as a blind person. I wonder why this story isn’t a movie yet. It is riveting,
frightening and memorable all at the same time.

The book concludes with a timeline of that awful day, the courtesy rules for blindness, resources for the blind and a glossary of terms about blindness. Necessary because even into day’s world, some clueless people still discriminate against the blind. Is it that we all like to feel more important than the other guy? Go figure.

Brenda J Wood

Living in Nazareth?

Mark 6:1-3-Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him (NIV).

Jesus couldn’t do any miracles in his hometown because the people didn’t believe. They saw him as just one of the local boys and because of their incorrect belief system they stumbled and fell.

Jesus was amazed at their lack of faith (Mark 6:6-NIV)

I’ve often amazed Christ with my lack of faith. Perhaps you have too, because the only thing more awful than the things that happen to us is what we do with them.

Sure, we go to church, and quote Bible verse, but most of us live in Nazareth, at least part of the time. We don’t believe God 100 percent, especially when times are tough.  We pick and choose the parts of God’s word that we like. We whine when trouble hits.

Judges 4:21- But Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple into the ground, and he died.

Now what do you think Jael had done every day of her adult life? She hammered in tent pegs. She learned how to serve her Father God by doing what she needed to do, with what she had on hand, every day.

She faced the life God gave her and conquered the enemy.

 Chekov said that any idiot can face a crisis—it’s the day to day living that wears you out.

Our path might not be the one we want but it is the one God gave us. He has us where we are for a purpose.

100% living is a learned way of life.