So You Don’t Eat Certain Things?

I didn’t start out as a bulimic. I just thought that if I could control my eating, I would be a better person, more holy even. I cut out one food after another. Constant denial ended up in giant binges and then finally, full-blown bulimia. Eating according to my standards became my morality. In my deceived way of thinking, ‘eating pure’ made me closer to God, while anything else made me sinful

Like bulimia, Orthorexia Nervosa begins with the idea of health, but over time, hardly any foods fit the eater’s high standards and major eating disorders may result. Today, society accepts this constant refusal of all things good as noble eating. We are all deceived.

Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience,for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.….So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10: 25, 26, 31, NIV)

Prayer- Lord, forgive us for refusing your bountiful goodness. May we eat with both grace and thankfulness. For Christ who died that we might enjoy both. Amen

Lose Anything?

“I hope it’s your quit!” Danny Cahill, winner of The Biggest Loser, says that when he lost his quit, he began to get things done.

“The man who tries to do something and fails is infinitely better than the man who tries to do nothing and succeeds”–D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones  

“When we decide in our hearts what we really want…our hand will not reach for what our heart does not long for.”–Welsh proverb

Author Cecil Murphey declares that saying no to others is saying yes to ourselves.

After all, when wer each the end of our rope, we will find the hem of His garment.

John 6:29 -Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

Prayer- Father God, help us look forward into success by leaving our quit behind us. Amen.

Grief Extended

The second anniversary of Ron’s passing  (August 22) and I woke the day after, with these thoughts.

“Now it is year three. How will I ever get through another year?”

But I know that I will, because God gives me grace and my friends and family give me patience and listening ears…

Brenda J Wood

Lost Anything?

He’s lost,” I say, discouraged. “Jeremiah’s lost”

“Don’t ever think that,” my mother says. “He’s not lost. He’s just gone to stay with someone with a bigger tub.”

“Are you sure?” I ask, brightening a little.

(The Shoe Box Bible, by Alan Bradley, McClelland & Stewart Ltd, Toronto, Canada, page 79)

I miss my husband so much, but with God’s help, I’ve released him to the larger tub of Heaven because there he’s found the freedom of fulltime living with Christ.

Who have you lost? Are you still yearning for them? Will you release them to a larger tub?

‘For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.  (Luke 15: 24a, NIV)

The shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good ‘Thank you, Jesus.’

Prayer- Lord, forgive us for hanging on to what we cannot have. Yours in Christ for larger tubs everywhere….Amen.

On The Home Front

History tells us that the Chinese and the Irish and other nationalities were treated like second-class citizens when they first arrived in North America. Remember the fear when a Catholic (John F. Kennedy) became president of the United States?

The more things change the more they stay the same. Did it ever occur to you that perhaps God is bringing us a mission field? I can’t go to India or Pakistan, Syria, Russia or Asia, but I can tell my neighbor about Jesus. It’s our fields that are white with harvest now, not some strange foreign land where we would have to learn new customs and eat unknown foods. No. Our fields are here and now. If we will look past our fear, we will see that for ourselves.

Chasing Francis

Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron was definitely not my first choice for a
read, but on the web site I review for, it was the only ‘real’ book offered.
That is to say–it is a real paper book, not an e book.

Anyway to my
delight- I love the book. I am a fan of St Francis but some of the other data
written about St Francis is rather hard to digest. By creating the story (and
the history) around a pastor who has lost his faith, the author is able to bring
St Francis to life.

Fortunately, that pastor has a convenient uncle in
Italy and that uncle is a Franciscan priest. I don’t know about you, but I do
not have such a convenience. Never mind, you will soon feel like part of the
family as you too, travel the paths of St Francis through out Italy
You will
come away with a fresh glimpse of faith, a renewal of your own and an
appreciation of those saints who have gone before us.
Thomas Nelson
publishing at supplied me with this book in exchange for an
unbiased review.
Brenda J Wood,