MY HEALING TESTIMONY (2014)

I want to share a healing I received earlier this month.  God is is so very faithful!

Psalm 3:4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.

It was a Friday afternoon and I was drying dishes in the kitchen when I suddenly experienced unusual stomach pain.  I was thinking it was a side effect from the medicine I was taking.

I was having other issues too, which may or may not have been related to the stomach pain, so I called the doctor’s office and they told me to come in.  Exam results were normal, so the doctor told me to eat a “good” meal before taking the med.  He said maybe I had a weak stomach because med I was taking  was mild and most tolerated it well.  (Side effects in pamphlet do mention potential stomach issues.)  The pain subsided by the time I got home and I was able to eat a light supper.

A little later in the evening I began to experience pain again, only this time it was different and much worse. I would describe the pain as coming in spasms.  I never had this before, ever!  This went on for a while.  I don’t remember exactly how long, maybe a couple of hours.  I go upstairs thinking maybe if I lie down the pain will subside.  It didn’t.  I’m thinking this is going to be a long long night.  So I start praying, asking (begging) the Lord to take the pain away.  After a very short time, the pain stopped suddenly and completely.   I had no discomfort at all, not even a mild stomach ache.  In fact, my stomach felt great!  I went right to sleep, and I had a perfect night’s sleep. 

I felt it was ok to continue taking the med, and completed taking the medication without incident.  This happened earlier in the month.  I’m still amazed!

Psalm 118:28-29 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.  O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, … Oh, for grace to trust Him more!”

I SHALL NOT WANT …

Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

MacLaren:

The king who had been the shepherd-boy, and had been taken from the quiet sheep-cotes to rule over Israel, sings this little psalm of Him who is the true Shepherd and King of men. We do not know at what period of David’s life it was written, but it sounds as if it were the work of his later years.

There is a fulness of experience about it, and a tone of subdued, quiet confidence which speaks of a heart mellowed by years, and of a faith made sober by many a trial. A young man would not write so calmly, and a life which was just opening would not afford material for such a record of God’s guardianship in all changing circumstances.

If, then, we think of the psalm as the work of David’s later years, is it not very beautiful to see the old king looking back with such vivid and loving remembrance to his childhood’s occupation, and bringing up again to memory in his palace the green valleys, the gentle streams, the dark glens where he had led his flocks in the old days; very beautiful to see him traversing all the stormy years of warfare and rebellion, of crime and sorrow, which lay between, and finding in all God’s guardian presence and gracious guidance?

The faith which looks back and says, ‘It is all very good,’ is not less than that which looks forward and says, ‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.’

Barnes:

David, in advanced years, would naturally remember the occupations of his early life; and the remembrance of the care of God over him would naturally recall the care which he had, in earlier years, extended over his flocks.

The idea which the language suggests is that of tender care; protection; particular attention to the young and the feeble (compare Isaiah 40:11); and providing for their wants. All these things are found eminently in God in reference to his people.

I shall not want – This is the main idea in the psalm, and this idea is derived from the fact that God is a shepherd. The meaning is, that, as a shepherd, he would make all needful provision for his flock, and evince all proper care for it. The words shall not want, as applied to the psalmist, would embrace everything that could be a proper object of desire,

whether temporal or spiritual;

whether pertaining to the body or the soul;

whether having reference to time or to eternity.

There is no reason for supposing that David limited this to his temporal necessities, or to the present life, but the idea manifestly is that God would provide all that was needful for him always. Compare Psalm 34:9, “There is no want to them that fear him.” This idea enters essentially into the conception of God as the shepherd of his people, that all their real wants shall be supplied.

 

REDEEMED!

Today, March 12, 2014, is the seventh anniversary of my Mom’s entrance into heaven. I want to tell you about all that transpired before that final victorious day …

MY MOM’S TESTIMONY

REDEEMED, HOW I LOVE TO PROCLAIM IT!

Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy,
His child and forever I am.

Refrain

Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed,
His child and forever I am.

Redeemed, and so happy in Jesus,
No language my rapture can tell;
I know that the light of His presence
With me doth continually dwell.

Refrain

I think of my blessèd Redeemer,
I think of Him all the day long:
I sing, for I cannot be silent;
His love is the theme of my song.

Refrain

I know there’s a crown that is waiting,
In yonder bright mansion for me,
And soon, with the spirits made perfect,
At home with the Lord I shall be.

Refrain

http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/r/e/redeemed.htm

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE …

I witnessed to my mom for many many years before she came to the Lord.  It was an amazing thing for me to see her witness to my father.  One day she just blurted it out and told my father he needed the Holy Spirit if he wanted to be in heaven with her and me and my husband.  I nearly fell off my chair when I heard her say that.  She was so excited that day.  A baby Christian in her old age, but nevertheless a Christian.

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You can read about her road to the Lord at the link … MY MOM

Just keep on praying and witnessing … only the Lord can do the saving 🙂

TESTIMONIES OF ANSWERED PRAYER

The Lord has answered my prayers and brought me through many trials. As I thought about His mercies this morning I thanked the Lord for all He has done for me. I want to share some of those answers to prayer here …

Psalm 34:2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

Answered prayer …

1.  My father had an autoimmune disease that caused him to have an outbreak of blisters all over his body. He was in a nursing home at the time. The staff was ready to put him in hospice because they said he wasn’t responding to medication and they said he was in pain. But although the blisters looked really bad my father told me and others that he was not in pain. I felt that talk of hospice was inappropriate. I prayed and asked the Lord to stop the blisters from spreading, especially to his his face. It would have been so difficult to bear that. The Lord answered, the blisters did not spread. Instead, the blisters healed. The Lord healed him and all talk of hospice was dismissed. The nursing staff spoke for some time afterward of my father’s recovery telling me that his skin had become smooth like baby skin and that God answers prayer!

2.  The Lord healed my mother when the doctor said she wouldn’t survive her emergency surgery and that her case was one of the worst he had ever seen. She went on to live another 15 or so years and during those years she became a child of God.

3.  We wanted to purchase little booklets of the Gospel of John for evangelism but didn’t have the resources. Not long after praying we were given 300 boxes of Gospels of John. Each box contained 300 booklets. We had to rent a small truck to bring them home.

4.  Years ago, when we wanted to sell our home, we had some plumbing issues that we thought would be a hindrance to the sale. The Lord sent a plumber who bought the house and who absolutely loved the house (and still does). He was not in the least concerned about the plumbing issues because he was a plumber, that was his profession.

5.  Another time when a realtor came in to evaluate our home he said it looked good except for the dark brown rug. He thought the rug might be a hindrance to selling the house even though it was a brand new carpet. I told the realtor that the Lord can send a buyer who loves brown rugs :-). Well don’t you know that when we met the buyer she specifically mentioned how much she loved the brown rug!

6.  Another time, when our whole church prayed, a law was actually changed that we benefited from. We were told that would not happen, but it did happen!

7.  I also want to testify that in 2012 the Lord healed me from a month long illness. I went to several doctors, was tested, but remained undiagnosed.  I prayed that the Lord would heal me, as He healed Peter’s mother-in-law, and that the illness would leave me as “it left her”.  The Lord did heal me and I am better now than before I became ill. (I also prayed that I would not be subjected to unnecessary testing and medication. The Lord answered both those prayers and it is amazing to look back and see what He has done and how He did it.)

Luke 4:38-39 And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.

To God be the glory!