The Trouble With Christians

The trouble with Christians is that we attack our own. We willingly believe any gossip floating around about our fellow believers.

For instance, did anyone research the lie about Rick Warren and Islam before whispering, gossiping, facebooking and tweeting the story around the world? Nope.

Or the dangers of Eugene Peterson’s Message Bible and the ‘frightening’ list of Christian leaders who dare use it instead of the KJV? Nope.

What about the rumors we pass on about our local Pastors and other Christian leaders? Nope.

Instead, we persevere in destroying the ministry of others. Shame on us.

If anyone says, I love God, and hates (detests, abominates) his brother [in Christ], he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, Whom he has not seen.

Prayer- Lord, may neither our mouths nor our computer terminals spread gossip and lies. Amen.

Writers Nest Sweeps Blog Awards!

You might not be aware of the Canadian Blog awards, but Whatever He Says by Belinda Burston,  won Best Religion and Philosophy Blog,

Devoted to the Lamb-  by Julie Bowles took second,

and Susan Starrett tied for 3rd place with God and the Black River


Why do I care? I care because these gals are part of my writing family at The Writers’ Nest. We share manuscripts at our meetings but more than that, we laugh, cry, visit and encourage one another. Congratulations one and all!!

Get Over Yourself-advice for the newbie writer

Brace yourself. There is no room for offense if you are a writer. Of course your relatives love your book; they have to. They are your Mom, sister, cousin. Unfortunately, your relatives are not your editors.

Your editor insists on changes, rips paragraphs to shreds and then discards the whole thing. Take heart. Even best-sellers like Stephen King and James Patterson suffer through this. In fact, people are still re-writing God’s manuscript, even though it hit print several hundred years ago.

Readers will hate your story, dissect your words and complain about your style. They’ll assume your heroine is based on their charming self (let them) but they also fret because surely you stole that bad guy scenario from their past happenstance. No matter.

Carve more writing space into your calendar. Put your heart and soul into each scribble. Expect fear but don’t let it stall you. Submit your work to contests, blogs and magazines, anyone that will take it.

If writing is really your passion, nothing can hold you back. Continue to believe in your message and your calling. Say it aloud. I AM A WRITER, and mean it. Believe in yourself, no matter what others say, because the only thing that can hold you back…is you.

Brenda J Wood

More advice for a newbie writer!

A Blanket Affair

My neighbor, Linda, began a conversation with the entertaining couple in her mom’s hospital room. The gal’s boyfriend, age 99, explained that they hadn’t married because they couldn’t find the right bridesmaid!

However, the sick woman often complained of the cold and the thought came to Linda to buy her a cosy fleece blanket. She decided it was her God errand for the day.

When Linda told me about the blanket, I thought, “I can do that.” After all, the blanket lady had the same name as one of my favorite aunts. Without saying a word to Linda, I made a blanket and daringly embroidered ‘INGA’ on the corner.

Meanwhile Linda searched the stores, only to discover that January in Canada meant more bathing suits and lounge wear than blankets. Had she misread God’s plan?

She came home to my phone message, asking her to pick up Inga’s gift at my house.

When Linda gave Inga her blanket, she gasped and cried out…“Oh, that there are still such people in the world!”

And Linda had the opportunity to speak Jesus to Inga.

If either of us had ignored God’s subtle hints, Inga might have missed Jesus.

As Linda says, “That’s how it is with people who work for God. We care for strangers through Christ in us. (And I might add….even when the errands seem unnecessary, wonky or even weird!)

Prayer- Lord, may we always be sensitive to your will and pass along Jesus in what ever form you wish us to share. Amen

Chosen Friends, Stuck Families.

We are in touch with some family members but let others slide by the wayside. We might be related on paper, but we are not best buds for sure.

Are there relatives you entertain just because Mom asked or Dad likes to visit with them? That makes this verse a bit hard to take doesn’t it?

Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another.  (Romans 12:10, AMP)

As usual, God’s word gets to the core of the problem.

You Can Invest In An Author…


“Adam’s Animals” is a children’s activity book that features over 40 animals mentioned in the Bible and little-known facts about each. It’s ideal for 6 to 9 year olds, for home or school use and classroom sharing in grades 1-3 to supplement the Life Sciences Curriculum on Animal Life. It is the second book in the Science and Faith Matters series. The first book, “Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation”, is a colourful introduction to trees, leaves and their corresponding Bible stories.

Kickstarter is a way to bring a creative project to life with the direct support of friends, colleagues and family.  Kimberley Payne’s book project, “Adam’s Animals”, is one of the endeavours found on Kickstarter.

As the book creator, Kimberley Payne has set a funding goal of $3500, with a deadline of February 28th, 2014. If you like her book idea, you can pledge any amount of money to make it happen.

As the book backer, you choose from a number of rewards based on the amount of financial support you pledge. For example, backers who pledge a minimum of $5, will receive a choice of one of two of her e-books:

1) Fit for Faith – 7 weeks to improved spiritual and physical health,

OR 2) Women of Strength – a devotional to improve spiritual and physical health.

Backers who pledge a minium of $15 will receive an autographed copy of ‘Adam’s Animals.’

Backers who pledge a minimum of $175 will be listed on the “Dedication” page at the back of the book PLUS will receive an autographed copy of “Adam’s Animals”.

Backing “Adam’s Animals” is more than just giving money. Writers need encouragement and you would be supporting her dream of creating a valuable resource for children and parents.


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