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Faith in a Faithful God

Hello Reader, it’s so good to see you again. I have missed you.

It has been a very different year for me, and I wish I could say that I understand it all, but that would not be true. I live by faith that I will grow more and more in understanding every day.

The Lord is GOOD!

I was working on my next book; the third in the, “His Voice in My Heart” series, when the Lord called a rest. He simply said, “Why don’t you think more toward spring, rather than Christmas?” “Ok, sure.” So, I thought He wanted me to take it at a slower pace and with that in mind, I kept dabbling at it. He has a way of making His point, when we just don’t seem to get it; and His ‘way’ of choice was to pull the anointing–much like turning out the light. I could either sit there in the dark or take the hint. Either way, I will not be writing without Him–not by ability, or by choice!

Understand, this is just not my work!

This “rest” has taken me through some growing pains, but it was when I embraced it all, and said to the Lord, “Seasons change and this will too; don’t let me miss what I am to learn in this!” That was the moment that things began to turn.

Abide!

So as I emerge with an inkling that I will soon be writing that book again, the Lord has given me a testimony to share . . .

Back when I was writing, I was getting a nudge in my heart that I would be needing a new computer. As it seemed to be working fine, except for the keyboard getting a little glitchy and battery showing it’s age; I sort of shelved the nudge for later. Soon after, He stopped my writing. My computer became just a source to connect to work and check on accounts; so all the more I wasn’t looking into replacing it.

One day, I wasn’t even sitting at my computer, but a cup of coffee was; and as I fussed with stuff nearby, somehow I managed to slap that cup of coffee all over the keyboard of my laptop. Rushing it to the laptop hospital, that night, it came to me again about getting a new computer; though the other one was working except for the keyboard. So, I started looking online and the next day, locally, asked to see an open box computer that said “fair condition.” The outside of the box declared scratches and dents, missing cords, pen and paperwork. However, I was in a hurry and didn’t read the statement sticker on the box. I asked to see the computer itself and when the salesman unboxed it, neither of us could find a scratch on it. Being in a hurry, I asked him if it had the cord, and He replied, “Yes.” Not checking to confirm, but trusting what he said, I bought it–big mistake! I got home later and found that it not only didn’t have the pen and paperwork, but no cords; nothing but the computer itself. I took the whole box apart and found that it was just as the sticker stated.

How could I be so irresponsible?

I looked up all the parts that I was missing and found that it would cost close to $250 to replace them. I decided to just take it all back and order a new one the next day. It was disappointing, because I thought I was getting a good deal.

The next morning I was about to go there, first thing, when the Lord spoke to me to look in the box. I obeyed, but reminded the Lord that I had taken everything out of that box, even the little false bottom box that holds the computer up higher in the box, but there was nothing. He must have smiled at that, because when I pulled out that little black box from the bottom, this time it was heavy! There, in that box, were the cord, the pen and the instructions. Everything that the sticker on the box declared missing–all were new, still in wrapping.

I rejoiced!

I was especially glad, because they called to say they couldn’t get the keyboard for my computer and told me to come and get my laptop while they searched for one. They sent me home with a loaner USB keyboard, that I used to transfer all my stuff to a USB storage and then to the new computer. I used the old laptop for two weeks, even loaded Photoshop on it and used it, which is a big file. In two weeks time they called to say they got the keyboard and I took the laptop in for them to replace the keyboard. After a weeks vacation, I called to ask about my computer only to hear that they couldn’t even boot it up. I was shocked. It had been working just fine! He said he would continue to work on it, but said someone must have spilled something on it. I told him “Yeah, I told you that when I took it in.” So I had my new computer and wasn’t in a hurry, but hoped they could fix it as the Photo Shop is now incompatible with the new technology in my computer.

In the meantime, I was enjoying my new computer so much, and was careful not to eat near it. One day however, I just set a bowl of cereal down by it, to move my computer out of the way, and somehow history repeated itself and I slapped that bowl of cereal all over my new computer! Oh no, not again! I called immediately, an hour before they closed, and begged him to open the computer and dry it out right away. The keyboard wasn’t working, the video wouldn’t play and other things were scrambling fast. He agreed and I rushed it to the laptop hospital to share a room right next to my other computer. How could this be happening??

I wanted to stay to hear the verdict, but they wouldn’t let me hang around. I went home with my heart heavy and mind whirling; so very mad at myself for not learning the lesson the first time! Pulling into my driveway, I got out to get the mail. Right then, the Lord spoke, strong, right from my chest. “Your computer is going to be all right.” He said it twice. I expect He wanted to confirm it because I was so upset. It was so clearly His Voice.

Clinging to those words, I waited.

It came to me, that weekend, about what had happened with my other computer. In revelation, I knew that they didn’t open and clean it when I first took it in. In fact, it came to me, that they didn’t open it at all until they went to replace the keyboard. I decided right then to give it to the Lord. As hard as it is to lose a working computer, I felt that I needed to let it go and be thankful for the new one, that He said would be ok.

When the guy called to tell me the computer was working, but the old one still was not, I point-blank, but without emotion, stated that he didn’t open it to dry it out. He said he did and cleaned it too. To which I replied, “Yes, but you didn’t do that when I first took it in, did you?” He admitted that he hadn’t and we both knew that was why it had stopped working. It had ruined the motherboard.

When I went in for my computer, I took him my books and thanked him for saving my computer; explaining that I couldn’t write the next book without it. I got the computer home and found the face recognition wasn’t working. Taking it back in, two guys looked it over. The webcam and camera no longer worked. The whole screen would have to be replaced or get an accessory webcam. I don’t use cam, except for face recognition, and so I took it home; sad that it was no longer perfect, but grateful that it worked! It was a small price to pay. That night though, I prayed and asked the Lord to fix it for me. He can do anything. I repented for not learning my lesson and asked if He would make it perfect again so it wouldn’t remind me every time I used it of how foolish I had been.

The next morning, my laptop worked perfectly–facial recognition and all!

I expect that if I had come down hard on the computer guy for his mistake, that God wouldn’t have fixed my mistake. The best part of this whole story is that when I was pulling into the computer hospital to get my laptop back, I got a call from an ex-prisoner, that the Lord had led me to at a coffee shop; a whole ‘nuther story in itself! He has been reading my books and he called to say he is halfway through the first “His Voice in My Heart” and plans to read it all over again before he moves on to the next. He was so excited and, my friends, this is what it is all about!

I write for him.

I write for HIM!

A Christmas Miracle

Hello everyone,

I want to tell you about Jesus the Healer. Those who have followed this blog might be thinking right now, what have you got to say? Your husband died, what can you tell me about healing? Yes I was there with you on that one–my faith was greatly shaken when my husband died just a year and a half ago of Glioblastoma–not my faith in God, but to pray for healing. I had believed with all my heart that my husband would live and not die, and when he died it rocked my world.

My husband’s death didn’t change God, it changed me!

I will not go into all that I have been through in the last two years, I have yet to understand it all. It is far too vast and complicated to relate or relive again, but I will tell you that I can fervently say, JESUS is the HEALER!

A white-faced and shaken co-worker related to me one day a couple of weeks ago that she was scheduled to go to University of Michigan Hospital to start the process for a liver transplant. The MRI showed that without a new liver her life would be ending soon. She has a husband and three little kids and should have a long life ahead of her. I told her God can heal her and related healing stories that I had experienced; especially one of a co-worker that had hounded me to pray for her that God would heal her of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Recalling that incident, I admit that I didn’t have the faith to just jump right in and pray for her, as she was not a believer. I know God often heals unbelievers, though it is a gift and not the Covenant right as that of the children of God. Therefore, I was concerned that it might not happen and send her further away from God. Instead I urged her that she pray and behind the scenes I sought God and waited.

One early morning He woke me up with scriptures, one after another that I wrote down, and He spoke to my heart…

“Today is the day to pray for Carol, I’m going to heal her.”

Now I had ‘heard’ from God and had the faith to pray. She held the door for me that morning, the first person I saw. I asked her if she still wanted prayer and said, “God’s going to heal you today!” She lit up with excitement and said, yes! We enlisted another co-worker, a Christian, that she was especially close to, to join us in prayer and set the time to be at our break. In the privacy of the bathroom we tried to lay hands on her, but the Fire of God came down so HOT that we couldn’t touch her and with tears streaming down all three of our faces, she was instantly healed! As Carol sailed out of the bathroom, with a huge smile on her face, she looked back at me and announced, “You didn’t know this but today is my birthday!”

No I didn’t know it was her birthday, but God knew

Carol told me the next day that she had gone home and rode her horse for the first time in two years. Praise Jesus for His healing power! I felt it was lack of faith that I didn’t pray for her right away, but maybe God didn’t give me that faith because He wanted her to have a special birthday surprise. His timing is perfect if we wait on Him, and this extra special day especially spoke to this unbeliever that God knows and cares about her personally–He knows her birthday! Later we went together to pray for another of our co-workers that was sick, and that day I had the privilege to witness Carol ask the Lord to come into her heart Glory to God!

So I told this current co-worker that story and talked to her of faith. She said she is a believer and believed that God will heal her. I didn’t lay hands on her, as often we Christians do. Though I kept searching my heart to see if He wanted me to, I didn’t receive that lead. We were in agreement and we believed. I have been immersing myself in the Word of God and countless teachings, prayer and counseling; working on my heart, my soul and building my spirit man. I wasn’t kidding when I said my world was rocked and I knew that the only way I would survive was to dig deeper into the Word and the Ways of God–dig until I found out what is amiss in me. An unending job–there is always more and to build on what is right–the Truth of the Word!

One day at home, as I was praying for my co-worker, again the Lord spoke to my heart, so clear it was nearly audible. “I have heard your prayer and I am going to heal her.”

As the tears streamed down my face I rejoiced and thanked Him for His unending Faithfulness!

Over the period of about two weeks the Lord asked me to relate to her a couple more stories of personal accounts I had experienced of His Healing Power, to build her faith, keep her strengthened. She is amazing and grabbed ahold with a child-like faith that was matter of fact–a done deal. I am sure this made God smile. It wasn’t begging or pleading or straining, just belief that what He says He will do–HE WILL.

“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:19-20

UNWAVERING TRUST

One time I did speak to her about fear. I could see something in her eyes. She admitted that she had some. Well, who wouldn’t? But I explained that fear was the opposite of faith and it is double-minded. To be in faith, fear must go!

“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Again with that wonderful child-like trust she cast fear down, firmed up her faith and believed. At about a week and a half she said she was feeling better. I said “that’s cuz you’re healed.” she nodded in firm agreement. U of M had called but she was sleeping and they left a message. She tried to call them for a week but could only leave messages that they didn’t return. I told her that is because she is healed. She whole-heartedly agreed and at the end of two weeks, or thereabouts, went in for a second MRI.

Two MRI’S side by side and a puzzled doctor, whom has no explanation, but said, “What are you doing here? There’s nothing wrong with you!” Her new MRI showed the same liver, but brand new, completely healed. He came to set the captives free!

Praise Jesus–The Healer!

“O Lord my God I cried to thee for help, and thou hast healed me.” Psalms 30:2

Glory to God!!

It wasn’t my faith that brought forth her healing, it was hers! I poured myself out for my husband to be healed; I believed with all my heart, but the person that has the need must connect their faith with the Healing Power of God. Jesus is always willing to be your Healer. Healing power is always flowing out to you, if you simply believe. But things like doubt and fear and double-mindedness or words that speak unbelief, quench that power. The means to drive that out is to know the Word of God. Get it in your heart until you know that you know that you know!

If you are a born again believer it is your covenant right to walk in health. Your covenant says that you are already the healed and sickness, disease the trespasser. Line up your heart, mind and especially your mouth with the Word of God. You need not beg God to heal but as you ask Him, simultaneously demand, using your God-given authority, that sickness leave; speak of your body healed. Many do not believe until they see the symptoms gone; oh if we would only believe before we see, then it would be! Find out what your covenant with God is and Live in the fullness of all it contains!

Many say that God gives them sickness to teach them something. Blasphemy!

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” I Peter 2:24

Jesus is the Healer.

He is always good! Don’t believe that lie, but be built up in what His Word really says to LIVE HEALED.

“If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give heed to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I put upon the Egyptians; for I am the Lord, your healer.” Exodus 15:26

May we all attain the wonderful child-like faith that my co-worker friend displayed. May we all receive the gift of Healing that she received.

May we BELIEVE!

Thank you Lord Jesus! Thank you for Healing my friend! May this Christmas Miracle remind us all that Jesus and His Love is the reason for the season.

May you experience the unending Love of God and His Miracle Working Power in your life today!

Merry Christmas!

“And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.'” Mark 16:15-18