Healing Words


Having been ill for a couple of weeks, I have received many words of prayer, encouragement, upliftment, inspiration, and just plain love.

Among the many that came my way are these: “I was so surprised and sorry to hear how ill you are. You know we are all praying for you to be completely well. I never realized how much I would miss not seeing or hearing from you.”

Healing words from a caring friend on my road to recovery…God’s love in action. “‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40 Happy Sunday.

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There Is Always Hope


Suddenly there seems to be much sad news coming my way. Families of friends are becoming ill, some to the point of no return. In the news people are being randomly killed for no known reason. As one lady I know begins treatment for advancing cancer, she commented, “This too shall pass.”

Which brings me to today’s message…there is always hope.

 

It Happened in an Instant


It is a total tragedy when a simple mistake can lead to an unfinished life. I heard this very sad story on my travels.

Chapter Thirty-Eight  –  It Happened in an Instant

I heard this tragic story while on one of my visits with Lynn and her family in the Channel Islands.

Sebastian’s mother was forty-three years old when she died in a freak accident.

While squeezing over to give way to cyclists on a green lane in the parish of Trinity, Jersey, the side mirror of her silver Citroen scraped a granite wall and fell off.

A green lane is barely wide enough for one vehicle, and the speed limit is fifteen miles per hour.

Dora Cole, a pretty, petite brunette, stopped the Citroen and got out to collect her mirror which lay underneath the car, behind the left front tire. She had stopped on a grade, and failed to engage the hand brake. As Dora reached under the car it began to roll, pinning her underneath, and within seconds her life was ended…..

….let me know how fleeting is my life. (Psalm 39:4)

Tomorrow  –  I’m Still Here  –  A Lesson in Surrendering

A Lesson in Perseverance


We can’t get through life without problems. They come in many forms: illnesses, relationships, financial, to name just a few of the most common ones. My life ran pretty smoothly for the most  part, but when the problems loomed, I can see now how they served to give me inner strength.

Trials and Tribulations  –  A Lesson in Perseverance

Some of the traumatic events of my life stand out more than others, and I won’t write about them chronologically, or include them all.

One, in particular, happened after the birth of my fifth child, Kelly, in 1967. It was a relatively easy birth considering it had been seven years since I had last pushed a baby into this world. We were home from hospital an hour when I felt an uncontrollable itch on my back. Nothing would soothe it. Within a few days my entire body was covered in angry looking welts, which gradually turned into blisters. Doctors were baffled, and even biopsied a blister, to no avail. They treated me with a drug used for leprosy, and later, Cortisone shots left me with a moon face, and no relief…..

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance    (James 1:2,3)

Tomorrow  –  About Job and Me  –  A Lesson in Relating