He Gave Us His All

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Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted.

Carlo Dolci, “Christ as the Man of Sorrows”

But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

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Be Merciful and Deliver Me, O Lord

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“In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.

I hate those who cling to worthless idols; I trust in the Lord. I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place. Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak. Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors; I am a dread to my friends–those who see me on the street flee from me. I am forgotten by them as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery. For I hear the slander of many; there is terror on every side; they conspire against me and plot to take my life. Continue reading

Following God’s Commands: We Reap What We Sow

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He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.

~ Exodus 15:26

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Pandemic Pleasures: 6 Simple Things That Bring Joy To My Life During Covid

Do you know what I DON’T need today?

To read any more bad news.

Do you know what I DO need today?

To think about all the good things in life, dwell on some positivity, and encourage others to look on the bright side.

The past year has been rough. No doubt about it. But over the course of these 13 months, I’ve managed to find a few sources of ongoing joy. Today, I’d like to share them with you!

So let’s talk about a few of my tried and true pandemic pleasures. These are listed in no particular order, and to be honest, some of them pre-date Covid: I’ve been enjoying them for years! But given the current circumstances, I’ve just found even more comfort in these things than usual. Continue reading

So You Call Yourself a “Christian”?

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There’s a building in Alberta, Canada called the GraceLife church. Right now, Covid-19 cases are surging across my entire country, and the governments are trying their best to contain the situation while still allowing the people as much freedom as possible. Currently here in Ontario, we’re under Lockdown measures, with a further Stay-At-Home order taking effect tomorrow.

This is not a fun post. But apparently it is a necessary one.

GraceLife church has continuously defied mandated Covid measures, measures put in place not through the guidelines of the government, but through HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS.

So with cases in the country raging, on April 7, Alberta Health Services along with the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), went in and closed down the GraceLife church. They have “physically closed” it to prevent access to the church until the church begins complying with public health rules.

“The church has been at the centre of a prolonged battle over COVID-19 enforcement. Since December it has repeatedly defied public orders, with hundreds of people attending services. The services continued despite a closure order issued by Alberta Health Services in January.” ~ Source

Now let me make this clear: Canada has allowed in-person service for months now. So the church WAS allowed to have in-person gatherings — but they were supposed to be wearing masks, limiting capacity, etc.

And they refused.

I saw this trending on Twitter, and honestly I was appalled at the number of people who were supporting the church and in an uproar about it being shut down. And of course we get good old Franklin Graham in there with his worthless two cents:

Guys… *exhales* I have had ENOUGH of this garbage.

When I chose the username “WendyLovesJesus” over a decade ago, I did so for a reason.

It wasn’t just to make the literal statement that I love Jesus.

It wasn’t just to be a constant presence and reminder that our Lord exists.

No, it was a means of witnessing BY EXAMPLE. ANYTHING I say online is automatically associated with my Lord all because of that username. If I misbehave? People will associate my behaviour with my Lord. If I say the wrong thing? To a lot of people, especially the ones who hate God? I give them an excuse to bash Him further.

My username WendyLovesJesus helps keep me accountable. Because whether I like it or not, whatever I say is a reflection on how other people SEE JESUS. I’m not perfect, not by a long shot. But I do put a great deal of effort into thinking about what I say before I say it. Because I don’t want to embarrass my God. It’s that simple. Here’s a little piece of information that a lot of “Christians” seem unaware of:

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The Passion of the Christ

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Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

~ John 13:34-36

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I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me, and I lay down my life for the sheep. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have the authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.

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#ShowMeYourShelfie: 2020 Book Haul

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I love books.

Paper books.

Big, beautiful paper books that are not only filled with artwork, but also with information.

Some women complain that they want a bigger kitchen.

I complain that I want a bigger library.

In addition to an actual library in my home, there are mini-libraries in practically every other room of the house. I told you, the library is much too small. My kitchen is huge, but I’d happily transfer some of that extra space up into my precious Book Haven if I could.

I don’t typically consider myself a snoopy person, but when it comes to seeing what books people have on their bookcases (or how few books are actually in a bookcase because there’s so much junk — yes, if that’s you, I’m judging you hella-hard right now), I become the offspring of Nancy Drew and Jessica Fletcher — who also happens to have Ms. Marple for a babysitter… like that. *snaps fingers*

Apparently my floor needs dusting…

Books can tell a lot about a person. Not just your likes and interests, but they can also provide a bit of insight into your character, and the type of person you are.

In 2020, I added 11 new books to my library. It’s an eclectic mix of subjects to be sure, but they all share one thing in common: They’re all quintessentially “Wendy”. Continue reading

“Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue” PSA (1990): Guess What? Drugs Are Still Bad!

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On Saturday morning, April 21, 1990, something pretty special hit the airwaves. A cartoon cross-over of epic proportions. Joining forces were: Bugs Bunny, Garfield, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Muppet Babies Kermit, Gonzo and Miss Piggy, the Smurfs, Alf, Michelangelo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Huey, Dewey and Louie of Ducktales, and Ghostbusters Slimer.

What were these beloved cartoon characters coming together to do?

Warn children about the dangers of doing drugs.

Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue aired commercial-free on all four major networks (Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS), as well as on many independent local stations and other cable networks. Continue reading