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The Food Lover’s Devotional (Recipes for Body & Soul)

The Food Lover’s Devotional (Recipes for Body & Soul)

The Food Lover’s Devotional (Recipes for Body & Soul) arrived in time for Christmas—a Christmas gift my mother loved.

I must confess, I read Brenda’s book before handing it over.

Cover illustration by Anne Brolley.

Brenda J. Wood whipped up another superb book, blending quirky, real-life stories with delicious recipes and bite-size devotionals you’ll love to chew on and savor.

Brenda says,

“Since I love to cook, love to eat, and love Jesus even more, it makes perfect sense to me to combine all three in a devotional! After all, the Bible says, ‘And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose, and in their homes, they broke bread [including the Lord’s Supper]. They partook of their food with gladness and simplicity and generous hearts’ ” (Acts 2:46).

If you’re seeking to feed your soul as well as your stomach, and I hope you will, then The Food Lover’s Devotional is the book for you.

The eBook is available at Amazon.com or Amazon.ca.

Want the professionally bound black coil book too?

Then contact Brenda at brendawoodauthor (at) yahoo (dot) ca, and she’ll happily slide your very own copy down the post office’s mail chute.

Also take a gander at Brenda J. Wood’s Heartfelt Devotionals’ website. She has experienced and written about abuse, bulimia, cancer, and the death of her spouse. Brenda’s faith and quirky sense of humor bring a new perspective to these heavy topics.

Until next time,

 

Tracy

P.S. Brenda J. Wood is a fabulous motivational speaker too. Be sure to visit Hope Stream Radio, and then listen in.

Are You Curious About the Combined POWER of Friends?

Are You Curious About the Combined POWER of Friends?

After seeing the success of my new eBook, Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope & Love, over the last two days, I’ll never wonder again.

Due to the amazing generosity and support from all of my friends, my launch into the authoring world was a HUGE success!

The free promotion is officially over. And here are the final stats as of last night:

On Amazon.ca

Capture - #1 Best Seller in both categories on Amazon.ca at 9 15 AM (1)

On Amazon.com

Capture - #1 Best Seller in both categories on Amazon.com at 9 15 AM (1)

And . . .

A total of over 750 downloads!

What?!

This has been an incredible learning experience. And I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity of spreading God’s message of faith, hope and love to so many readers.

Thank you, again, for all that you’ve done for me during this intense time.

It’s hard to put into words just how much I appreciate the love you’ve shown me.

After today, I’ll never wonder again about what the power of friends can do!

My hope is that Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope, & Love (Art & Soul Therapy for Kids-At-Heart) will continue to help those aged 9 to 99 walk by faith, soar on wings of hope, and blossom with sunshiny love when they meditate, memorize, and pray over 30 designs of inspiring whimsy.

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3D Mock-up created by Chris Graham (The Story Reading Ape with Heart)

Blessings and Happy Heart Coloring,

 
Tracy

THE COURAGE OF A COWARDLY LIONESS

THE COURAGE OF A COWARDLY LIONESS

Late last Monday evening, I listened to the new Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, deliver a moving victory speech.

After plopping into bed, a gale force thought swirled around in my brain.

God, I can’t do that! The last thing I want to do is write a letter to the Prime Minister.

I tossed and turned. Finally, I drifted into a restless sleep.  

The next morning, the same thought torpedoed my brain. The mere thought of contacting the Prime Minister (of all people) made me nauseous.

 

The Cowardly Lion--illustration by William Wallace Denslow in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

The Cowardly Lion–illustration by William Wallace Denslow in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

For days, I couldn’t focus on my art or my writing, and I couldn’t sleep either.

Okay, I’ll do it. I leaped into my suit of faith. You do know, Lord, I have no clue what I’m supposed to write.

And then, words began to flow.

 

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:

Congratulations on becoming Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister.

Moved by your powerful victory speech, I was compelled to write.

Like you, my maternal grandparents believed, “We can make anything happen if we put our minds to it.”

With a few suitcases and a toddler in tow, they left their homeland, Finland, and immigrated to Canada—a land that promised freedom and a bright future for their offspring. And because of their great sacrifice, I can proudly say, “I am a Canadian.”

I was also pleased to hear you say, “We know in our bones that Canada was built by people from all corners of the world who worship every faith, who belong to every culture, who speak every language. We believe in our hearts that this country’s unique diversity is a blessing.”

Indeed, our country’s unique diversity is a blessing as was evidenced when you spoke of the practicing Muslim mother you encountered on your campaign trail—the young mom who has the freedom to wear a hijab headscarf, the one who touched you when she said, “She’s voting for you because she wants to make sure that her little girl has the right to make her own choices in life and that her government will protect those rights.”

I also want my grandchildren’s choices and rights protected, but sadly, last year, my eight-year-old granddaughter’s basic human rights were usurped. When her teacher spotted a cross dangling from my granddaughter’s necklace she told her to tuck the cross under her blouse, and then she told her she must never wear it to school again as it may “offend” other faiths.

It saddens my heart knowing my granddaughter and other Christian children in the public school system have lost the right:

  • to bring a Bible to school,
  • to wear a cross,
  • to recite the Lord’s Prayer, and
  • to opt out of Sex-Ed classes, those that contradict timeless, biblical principles.

I humbly request that our new government revisit my dire concerns, as I too, believe it’s time for a change, REAL change that will guarantee religious freedom for “all” Canadians.

Respectfully,

Tracy Campbell

I mailed the letter with my card shown below.

A Whimsical Greeting Card - Tracy Campbell

A Whimsical Greeting Card by Tracy Campbell

Printed on the left inside of the card is the following quote:

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France

I have no clue what will happen next, I just believe that…

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

I urge you to write to your government. Be “Ewe-Neek” and take a stand for what’s right.

Blessings,

Tracy

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What Image Comes to Mind When You Think of a Pillow? – Creative Tuesdays

What Image Comes to Mind When You Think of a Pillow? – Creative Tuesdays

When I began thinking about what to draw, the image that popped into my brain was obviously a pillow.

Pillow of Faith

Pillow of Faith – Tracy Campbell

After gazing at my pillow, are you scratching your head and asking, “What do the words faith and sheep have to do with a pillow?”

Well, I am a sheep who has put my faith in the Good Shepherd. He protects me and He comforts me … especially when life is hard.

So tonight, after I lay my weary head on a pillow, I’ll thank the Good Shepherd for the protection and comfort He provides. And I’ll be thankful for my comfy, feathery pillow.

 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

John 10:11 Living Bible (TLB)

And here’s Faith. She’s all dolled up in a quilted, coat of faith and wearing a matching hat to boot.

A Ewe with Faith - Tracy Campbell

A Ewe with Faith – Tracy Campbell

Blessings and hugs,

Tracy

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Do You Want to Help Ease My Anxiety?

Do You Want to Help Ease My Anxiety?

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Thank you for your support.

Have a Blessed Easter.

 

I’m sad to report that on December 31, 2014 the Family and Faith Matters blog will be closing up shop. So I’ve attached my original post here.

HOW DO YOU COPE WITH ANXIETY?

by Tracy Campbell

Are you a single parent who’s overwhelmed? Are you stressed out because you’re on the brink of losing a job? Are you full of anxiety because you’re dealing with a debilitating illness?

Or are you like me, someone who questions her abilities? Someone who fears she’ll fail every time she tries something new?

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Like today, as I’m writing my first post for Family and Faith Matters. I’m honored that I’ve been given this opportunity, yet, my palms sweat, my stomach churns, and I can barely breathe. All I want to do is climb back into bed, pull the duvet over my head, and wait for the sandman to sprinkle pixie dust in my eyes.

It’s one thing to write content on my blog, but to write something that the wonderful ladies here at Family and Faith Matters will be glad to have on this site scares me. What if I disappoint them?

It’s not even just blog post writing. Any new venture makes me nervous, uneasy, or worse—when dread descends like a black cloud, it sends my brain into a convulsive fit. Yikes!

Can I really do this?

When the anxiety hits, I’ve found six ways that help me cope

  • Breathe deep. Deep breathing loosens me up. Ah, that’s much better. It also loosens up muscles in your neck and shoulders that can tense up when you’re anxious.
  • Get enough sleep. Power-napping for twenty minutes rejuvenates me. Okay, okay. Sometimes I nap for two hours.
  • Eat right. I try to eat more fruits, veggies, and lean meat. I definitely have to stay away from gluten and wheat, otherwise my joints ache. If I dare swallow a morsel, you should see my hands, knees, and ankles. I look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy Girl. Not a pretty sight.
  • Exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, which make us feel good and lift anxiety.
  • Reach out to friends or family. Hanging out with supportive people and sharing reminds me I’m not traveling alone on life’s bumpy road. Sometimes they even come up with great solutions to the problems causing my anxiety.
  • Think positive. Don’t allow negative thoughts to enter my brain. Easier said than done. But here’s what I do: I wait. Then I listen. I choose to listen to the small voice, urging me to flip open my trusty manual. I scan a few pages and then my gaze rests on these words:

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart, don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go.”
Prov. 3:5-6 (The Message)

Wait a minute! The fog in my brain is dissipating. The anxiety I just experienced was an opportunity for growth. An opportunity to spread my wings and soar. I can do this!

So I’m choosing to set realistic goals, dream large, and then imagine the best that God has in store for me.

How do you cope with anxiety?

Until next time, dare to dream large!

Tracy

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