Monthly Archives: February 2015

Where was I? I was born totally blind. This freaked out my parents. I was prone to ear infections and tonsillitis. Even now when I get a cold I always have complications. I have always been unable to push myself as hard as I might want to; the stamina just isn’t there. But none of that has stopped me. I am a shy person. I couldn’t give speeches in class unless I read them or memorized them. My teachers insisted that I would need to learn to be up in front of people because I had a lot to say. Luckily for me, I have written since I was ten years old. I write better than I speak. That is why I am doing this blog rather than getting up in front of people. Jesus wants me to tell as many people as possible about Him; about what He has done for me; about what He can do for you, and what He has done for others. I want to glorify Jesus by helping you come to Him and be saved, or help you be receptive to His coming to you, as He did to me. I was not very obedient to the adults in charge of me. I questioned them incessantly and only obeyed them when *I* was convinced that it made sense. I had a different boyfriend every year in high school. I finally married and stayed with the one guy almost 18 years. But he had anger issues and we divorced. This was so hard on all three of us, our daughter especially was displaced. They blamed me for the divorce. I was a single parent for five years. I said I would never marry again. My minister at the time said “never say never.” I met a guy in church choir. We were married for ten years. He had major health issues and was often hospitalized. He was an intelligent, kind-hearted, quiet, calm person. I became a different person by those years with him. He passed on 7-1/2 years ago. I joined a widows’ group where we supported each other and also did fun things together. There is life after a loved one’s death. I am more patient than I used to be because so many things that many people treat as life-and-death are not so. I have held several jobs in my lifetime. One personnel manager gave me an ultimatim to leave or be fired. This had never happened to me before or since. I missed too many workdays, including veterinary appointments for my cats. She said cats were not worth my missing work. I disagreed and walked out. My cats are family! I tell you this because there is life after chronic illness. There is life after bucking the system. There is life after divorce. There is life after single parenthood. There is life after walking off a job. There is life after the death of a spouse or other loved one. However, if you are in a place where you cannot believe this, I send you prayers for help. I remind you to Ask Jesus, in His name, for whatever help you need.

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Who you are I apologize if I am just writing in a way that seems as if I am writing to thin air. I have no idea who is reading this blog so it is somewhat difficult for me to make it more personal. My intention is to help people who are lost; who might be looking for God, or who are led to this blog by God. I know that when people are in crisis, they may say “oh God!” but not mean it in a reverent or sincere way. You may be too upset and anxious to remember to ask Jesus for help. You might be getting all kinds of “answers” from your friends or family that may or may not be helpful. Although I am not an expert–I am learning as I go), I still want to help you. If I waited until I was an expert before I even tried to help you, I would never be able to help you. I can only come from where I was to where I am now and hope that something in there helps you. As I have said previously, this blog is really not about me; it is about you. Actually it is about Jesus and you and I are along for the ride.

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Then what? I’ve asked, believing I will be answered, but … After we have asked Jesus for whatever it is we’ve asked Him for, not only do we need to believe that He will answer, we need to be receptive to His answers. If we are not on the “right channel” when He answers, we may miss the very results or information we are expecting from Him. I remember the song recorded by Ray Stevens and others, from quite a number of years ago, “turn your radio on.” It goes as follows:Welcome and listen into a radio station Where the mighty hosts of heaven sing Turn your radio on – turn your radio Turn your radio on – turn your radio on If you wanna feel those good vibrations Coming from the joy that His love can bring Turn your radio on – turn your radio on Turn your radio on chorus: Turn your radio on – oh yes, turn your radio on And listen to the music in the air – and listen to the music in the air Turn your radio on – oh yes, turn your radio on And glory share – and glory, glory share Turn your lights down low – oh yes, turn your lights down low And listen to the master’s radio – and listen to the master’s radio Get in touch with God – get in touch with God Turn your radio on – turn your radio on don’t you know that everybody is a radio receiver All you gotta do is listen for the call Turn your radio on – turn your radio Turn your radio on – turn your radio on If you listen in you will be a believer Leanin’ on the truth that will never fall Get in touch with God – get in touch with God Turn your radio on (chorus) Our “radio” is not of much use to us if it is not turned on and tuned in to the right station. Consider, once again, the story in my previous post. That man believed God would help him, however, he either did not have his “radio” on, or he was not tuned into the right “channel” to receive God’s communication. Thus he totally missed God’s help, probably mumbling and grumbling because “God isn’t even helping me,” when actually He had helped numerous times. It is important, therefore, to ask, believing, in Jesus’ name, for whatever we want/need but not stop there. We also need to be receptive to His answers in our lives and in the lives of others for whom we’ve asked something of Jesus.

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Other deterrents from asking Some people do not ask Jesus for help because they do not believe that they will be answered. They only go through the motions, however, their unbelief keeps the answers from coming to them. Some feel too undeserving of Jesus’ help. They feel so unworthy as if Jesus only heals those who really do not need healing??? We may not deserve His healing, however, no one is too undeserving to receive His healing. Some people are simply afraid to ask Jesus for help, for fear He will reprimand them. They can point to examples in their lives when humans yelled at them for daring to ask for something. They assume Jesus will do the same. As far as I know, Jesus will not rebuke us for merely asking. He wants to help us. Some give up because their answer did not come in the way they expected. They wait and wait for a certain result, failing to realize when they have, indeed, received help. This reminds me of the following story: God Will Save Me A terrible storm came into a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the riverbanks would soon overflow and flood the nearby homes. They ordered everyone in the town to evacuate immediately. A faithful Christian man heard the warning and decided to stay, saying to himself, “I will trust God and if I am in danger, then God will send a divine miracle to save me.” The neighbors came by his house and said to him, “We’re leaving and there is room for you in our car, please come with us!” But the man declined. “I have faith that God will save me.” As the man stood on his porch watching the water rise up the steps, a man in a canoe paddled by and called to him, “Hurry and come into my canoe, the waters are rising quickly!” But the man again said, “No thanks, God will save me.” The floodwaters rose higher pouring water into his living room and the man had to retreat to the second floor. A police motorboat came by and saw him at the window. “We will come up and rescue you!” they shouted. But the man refused, waving them off saying, “Use your time to save someone else! I have faith that God will save me!” The flood waters rose higher and higher and the man had to climb up to his rooftop. A helicopter spotted him and dropped a rope ladder. A rescue officer came down the ladder and pleaded with the man, “Grab my hand and I will pull you up!” But the man STILL refused, folding his arms tightly to his body. “No thank you! God will save me!” Shortly after, the house broke up and the floodwaters swept the man away and he drowned. When in Heaven, the man stood before God and asked, “I put all of my faith in You. Why didn’t You come and save me?” And God said, “Son, I sent you a warning. I sent you a car. I sent you a canoe. I sent you a motorboat. I sent you a helicopter. What more were you looking for?” –author unknown

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The other crutch My last post did not contain the usual/normal idea about crutches. Most people want to be healed from a disability and ask Jesus to do so. Jesus is capable of healing our conditions/situations and when we ask, in His name, to be healed, believing, healing can and does occur in some cases. When I broke my ankle, I expected to be healed and one by one, I was able to say good-by to the wheelchair, then the walker, the commode, and the boot. Though it was helpful to have those items available for temporary use, I never intended to use them permanently. Jesus has not chosen to heal me from blindness but when He wants to, I am sure it will happen. It is possible that He is glorified more the way things are. John 9 [ A Man Born Blind Receives Sight ] Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. … In the Bible there are numerous examples of His healing:Matthew 4:23 [ Jesus Heals a Great Multitude ] And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. (NKJ) I knew of a woman who became blind later in life. The rehabilitation agency offered her counseling and training in using alternative techniques, such as learning braille, traveling using a long, white cane, etc, but she refused. She said she would be healed so she would not need such devices or training. She sat in her rocking chair watching tv for the rest of her life. She could have continued cooking for her family, reading audio books or braille, using a computer with synthetic speech, and traveling around by foot using a cane. She chose to be nearly helpless. Thank God, most people who need a crutch use one or they are healed, thus no longer needing the crutch. Just remember to ask, in Jesus’ name, for His will in your situation, for He will help no matter what happens in your life. I also know of a woman who has been healed,not once, but twice, from cancer, when Jesus healed her.

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