AN ELDERLY MAN…

An elderly man needs prayer…

I was out having lunch today when an elderly man, with his arm in a sling, walked by to sit down at a nearby table. A girl who worked there was carrying his tray and asked him if he needed anything. He said no, and she left. When he went to sit down he lost his balance and did a pretty scary wobble before he caught himself from falling. It was pretty close.

I wanted to go over and ask again if I could get anything for him, and as I procrastinated someone else approached his table and asked if he could be of help. Again he kindly replied he didn’t need any help. The man offering to help looked down at the elderly man’s hand and asked what happened. It was then that I noticed that his hand was very swollen and discolored. The elderly man replied that he had gotten his hand caught in a chair!

The man who offered help returned to his own table and said to his companions “we can pray for him”.

The elderly man finished his sandwich and left.

I wish I could have asked him if he had seen a doctor about his hand. I got the feeling that he hadn’t. I hope I’m wrong.

Please pray for him.

GRATEFUL

Two days ago I was going about watering some plants. As I was walking around the room my left foot caught the edge of an ottomon. Before I knew it I was propelled to the floor in less than a second with my chest, knee and chin hitting the floor… hard! It happened so suddenly that I had no time to brace myself. My husband helped me up. I couldn’t get up on my own. Then it was time to survey the damage. Pain in my chest, wrist, chin and knee!

Now the interesting thing about the knee is that it was my “good” left knee that was hurt in the fall. I had recently started physical therapy for my right knee which has issues, and it was working so well. I was so encouraged. In fact I was about to do my at home exercises when I fell. It was amazing to me how quickly things can change. I mean it’s not that I didn’t know that because Scripture tells us so. But even so, the fall was a shock.

Proverbs 27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

I often thank the Lord that the day had not brought forth anything bad.

It was painful to walk, but I could walk. We prayed. The next morning I felt better, but I knew that I needed to see the doctor and I did. She sent me for an X-ray to see if there was a fracture. I really wasn’t worried because the pain was not as bad as the day before. But then the dreaded phone call came. You have a fracture in your knee and you need to see an Orthopedic surgeon tomorrow. 😩

More prayer. I was texting with my friend telling her about my fall. She replied “Leaning on the everlasting arms”. A phrase from the popular Christian hymn, the words “everlasting arms” found in Scripture. It so comforted me.

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

I continued to ask the Lord for mercy. I prayed that I would not need surgery and that the doctor would not say that I could not walk until the fracture healed. I prayed that the Lord would have pity on me, his child, and touch my knee. I prayed my mustard seed of faith, and I prayed and asked the Lord to please answer.

I went today, x-rays in hand, to my appointment with the Orthopedic Surgeon. Although my knee pain was minimal by then, all I could think of was that I had a fracture in my knee! I prayed and lifted my hands to the Lord in the exam room waiting for the doctor come in.

The doctor came in, looked at the x-rays up on the screen, and said I see the fracture and pointed to it. Then he examined my knee. He said the fracture wasn’t bad. So no surgery, no cast, no crutches, just the knee brace I was wearing was sufficient. He said take it easy and be careful and come back in a week for another x-ray.

Hallelujah! What a relief! Thank you Jesus! \o/

I am so grateful to the Lord for yet another answered prayer and another deliverance! Pure mercy. Thank you Jesus.

Praying now for complete healing because I still feel bruised in body.

Psalm 103

1{A Psalm of David.} Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

5Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

7He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

9He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

10He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

12As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

13Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

14For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

15As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

16For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

17But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

18To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

19The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

20Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

21Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

22Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

A CROWD OF ONE

I was watching a church service on YouTube last night and the preacher said that his young wife had been told that the pain she was experiencing had no medical remedy, and this would be her “new normal” in life. The doctor said that he would give her pain medication, but that was all he could do. The preacher called everyone he knew and asked them to begin praying for his wife, and then he had the elders of the church anoint her with oil. The pain didn’t go away immediately, but in a few weeks the pain suddenly left and never came back. What a great testimony! I’ve heard this preacher give similar testimonies of answered prayer. Trouble comes and he calls everyone he knows, the prayer warriors. Wonderful testimonies of answered payer followed.

In the past I have had the blessing of being part of a large prayer ministry. But what about the times when there’s no crowd of believers around to storm heaven when the storm arises in our lives? Sometimes I think, oh, if I could just get the prayer warriors going! But while it’s wonderful to have the many praying, sometimes all we have is the few, or even a crowd of one, and you know what, that’s enough to see the power of our Almighty God move on our behalf. Hallelujah!

1 Samuel 14:6 And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.

Pray saints…

LEAVE IT THERE

Leave It There

(1) If the world from you withhold of its silver and gold,
And you have to get along with meager fare,
Just remember, in his Word, how he feeds the little bird –
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

Refrain:
Leave it there, leave it there, 
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there;
If you trust and never doubt, he will surely bring you out.
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

(2) If your body suffers pain and your health you can’t regain,
And your soul is almost sinking in despair,
Jesus knows the pain you feel, he can save and he can heal – 
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. [Refrain]

(3) When your enemies assail and your heart begins to fail,
Don’t forget that God in heaven answers prayer;
He will make a way for you and will lead you safely through –
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. [Refrain]

(4) When your youthful days are gone and old age is stealing on.
And your body bends beneath the weight of care,
He will never leave you then, he’ll go with you to the end –
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. [Refrain]

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