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What are The Icks?

What are The Icks ?

by Brenda Wood


Thanks to free bible images.org – Words are Brenda Wood’s

I laughed out loud when I saw the cartoon.  The Israelites were in the centre of a major miracle, crossing the Red Sea on dry ground as banks of water towered over their heads. One person looked down and cried, “Ick! A fish!”  

It made me think of the lovely party I had attended the day before. Unfortunately I was seated beside an “Ick”. The food was too spicy,  her children never visited, and so on…..and so on…….and so on….!

It only takes one doesn’t it? One negative crank whose negative comments spoil a party. One undisciplined child who will have what it wants or else. One seeker of all that is negative quickly poisons the attitude of a crowd.

Only a few months after the Red Sea crossing Moses found himself leading an entire crowd of “Icks”, each and every one polluted with the spirit of complaining.

The whole company of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron there in the wilderness. (Exodus 16:2, The Message).

Any “Icks” where we live? God forbid that any of them would be us! By the way, the tried and true method of tuning Icks into Likes is prayer.

May God help us catch His vision instead of looking for herring and catfish along our path.


Any “Icks” where we live? God forbid that any of them would be us! (tweet this)

May God help us catch His vision instead of looking for herring and catfish along our path. (tweet this)

Brenda J. Wood

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda, of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
Read more at:
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Do I Matter to God?

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Do I Matter to God?

by Janis Cox


Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows (Luke 12:7, NIV).

Do I intentionally involve God in all aspects of my life?

I believe the answer is yes. I believe God is interested in every aspect of my life. If He cares about the hairs on my head then He cares about how I am feeling; He is interested in how I think; He wants to be a part of every detail of my day.

David had confidence that he mattered to God (Philip Yancey).

In my children’s story, Tadeo Turtle, Tadeo didn’t know he was special in God’s eyes. He saw others who could do things he could not. He wanted to be like them. At the end of the story Tadeo realizes that he did matter to God – the Creator. And he decides his life is secure in that fact.

Are you sure you matter to God?

Look back in your life and see God in action. What little miracles do you see?

Look for:

      • The God-incidences (some people call these coincidences).
      • The God-encounters
      • The times you said, “How did that happen?”

The Christmas holidays are over for another year. But we can be assured that God loves us so much. Christmas is a time to reflect on that love. And yes we do matter to God.


Father we thank You so much for loving us, for caring about every little facet of our lives. Thank You for Jesus. Thank You for the Holy Spirit. Continue to show us the way as we watch for Your encounters with us. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.


Are you sure you matter to God?

Do I intentionally involve God in all aspects of my life?

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Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.


What is Love?


“We love each other because he loved us first” (1 John 4:19, NIV).

I am taking 5 minutes to write a post – linking to Friday Favourite Things of Finding Joy.

Love – when I think of love I think of acceptance – caring – sharing – respecting.

Love – when I think of love I think of my family – how much we do care for one another.

Love – when I think of love I think of helping – anyone and everyone.

Love – when I think of love I think of our Father – who loves us so much that He went to great lengths to show us how much He cares.

How great is that? This Christmas as I have thought about hope, peace, joy and love, I have seen more in all the interactions around me. I am learning to slow down; to stop controlling; to breathe in each moment; to be filled with His Spirit.

Many blessings for the year to come,



friday favorite things | finding joy

GRASP – Five-Minute Fridays


To Grasp or Let Go

One thing I learned in Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts – don’t hold onto things too tightly. Instead lay your hands open to accept God’s love. If we cling to something we can get tense, tightened shoulders, aching muscles, and pain.

I used to cling to control – over my family. I wanted to protect them – so I tried to keep control of everything that went on. I thought I could make sure nothing bad happened to them. – WRONG. My fear and control led to a very frustrated, angry person. Instead of enjoying each moment I got caught up in trying to lead and police everyone.

By letting go of my grasp – I opened myself to the guidance of a loving Father. I opened myself to the Holy Spirit. I grew in patience, in love, in gentleness. I even grew to like the new me.

I know I can never grasp the understanding of God – He is too big, too awesome and too powerful to be understood. But I can be reverent before Him, bless His name and want to live closer and closer to Him.

“The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom” (Isaiah 40:28, NIV).

Instead of grasp – I am learning to let go. Open palms. Accepting and loving each minute I am given.

Linking to Lisa-Jo’s Five-Minute Friday