July 30, 2020

Extra Ordinary - Guest Post by Brenda J. Wood

Our goal this month is to write about a time God gave us extraordinary directions. I see the words like this.; Extra Ordinary. God directs us moment by moment in a million ordinary things, but we don’t bother with them because they seem so teeny-tiny.  If we paid close attention, we would notice the multiple possibilities that God sets ahead of all of us.
Instead we missed them or even worse, we flat out disobeyed them. We waited for that big moment when thunder rolled and angels fluttered overhead, dropping scrolls of wisdom at our feet. Until then we refused to even flutter an eyelash in his direction.
King David who wrote: Blessed be the Lord, my Rock and my keen and firm Strength, who teaches my hands to war and my fingers to fight. (Psalm 144;1, AMP)
Now he might have been worried about his next big battle with Saul. But from my point of view, he’s talking about my fingers with pen or keyboard at hand. And so, I write; the big epic block buster of the year? Nope, at least not yet!
Over the years, I’ve written multiple smaller pieces, several books and blogs. They aren’t necessarily earth shattering, but they stay true to one goal and one goal only. My one goal is to share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Was that a stargazer moment of extraordinary? I can’t say that it was, really. I can honestly say that every time an opportunity presented itself, I moved forward.
Did they all work out? No. However, I learned to say yes in spite of fear. Because of that, I’ve written, produced and hosted numerous television and radio shows, acted, guest blogged, taught, preached and presented at conferences.
Did I know how to do all that? No, not at first. But I did and still do believe that if God opens a door, it’s my job to walk through it, or at least step in the right direction.
Perhaps you think your fingers aren't doing anything worthwhile. You yearn for children to grow up or you struggle with a job you thoroughly dislike.  You crave time for that big epic you intend to write.
Take heart. God knows what our fingers are up to. He's teaching them how to do their job the best way possible. He trains us up to do our best for His glory. When we live with that in mind, every one of our fighting fingers will win the war. Our job is to walk through the doors he sets before us.
Call that ordinary if you like, but the truth is that the ordinary is quite extraordinary when Christ is in charge.
Brenda J Wood 
Author, speaker and Hopestreamradio.com contributor, Brenda J Wood has been an author and motivational speaker for more years than she cares to admit. She is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. She calls herself the ‘ABC girl’ because she’s survived and written about the ‘ABC’s of abuse, bulimia, cancer, death, entertainment, food, gluttony and humour. Since she’s written books on each of these topics, she hopes the ‘E’ word of her next book stands for something like Energy or Entertainment, but definitely not Exams or Epsom salts!

A few of her favourite things include grandchildren, guest speaking, writing, sewing, a warm fire, a good book, and pounding the pavement on early morning walks. Brenda has authored many books but is very excited about the upcoming - My Affair with Cancer, a fund raiser for the Georgian Bay Cancer Centre in Penetanguishene. Her other books include:
The Food Lover’s Devotional, food for both body and soul
Gentle Humour with Jesus, devotions for the light-hearted
The Pregnant Pause of Grief, the first trimester of widowhood
Meeting Myself, snippets from a binging and bulging mind.
Heartfelt Devotionals, 366 devotions for common sense living.
God, Gluttony & You
Brenda’s Children’s books include:
The Big Red Chair –a book for grieving children
Mother Peebles Problem Pebbles
The Plate Family Dishes Up


  1. Such great truth here. Be aware and watch what God is doing - big and little. He will show us the path.

  2. So encouraging! I'm glad God knows best.

  3. "God knows what are fingers are up to." Such comfort in that statement! He eases all frustration when we'd rather have our fingers up to something else! But He knows. Yes He does.

  4. So true, Brenda.We're guided by tiny course corrections most of the time. God does sometimes boot us in the butt but mainly we are guided by gentle nudges.

    May God bless the work of our hands.

  5. “My one goal is to share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Amen!
    I appreciated your post - One step at a time, obeying Jesus.
    Pam M.

  6. Thanks, Brenda, for a touching guest post. Yes, how true that "if God opens a door, it’s my job to walk through it, or at least step in the right direction." And yes, "My one goal is to share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”


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