God Uses Paralysis

It was one year ago that a young man whom I’ve known since his childhood was diagnosed with a debilitating disease, causing full-body paralysis.  One day he had trouble walking. The next day he could not move his legs at all!  Next there was paralysis in his arms. His speech and breathing were affected.

He still has a tracheotomy and a ventilator to assist his breathing, also a feeding tube. He’s hospitalized in another city, but yesterday I drove the distance to visit him. Despite the ventilator and the trach, he is now beginning to talk and the paralysis in his extremities is lessening! He is markedly improved!

He was happy to see me.  I remember the talks we had about the Lord when he was a teenager. He was open then, but not enough to make a commitment. Yesterday was different. He had questions and wanted prayer. I told him that a crisis does not leave us where it finds us.  Some people may distance themselves from God and become bitter and full of self-pity. Others choose to draw closer to God and gain strength and peace. Charles was choosing the latter.

He asked me how best to handle his fear and anxiety. I read to him from Philippians 4 and explained the importance of giving thanks even in our difficulties. This shows God that we trust Him. Trusting God is what the Christian life is all about. When we pray with thanksgiving, then God provides us with a supernatural kind of peace that protects our minds and our hearts. It’s important to protect our minds so we don’t become fearful, fretful, nervous and have sleepless nights.  Likewise, God’s special peace also protects our hearts so we don’t begin to love that which is not good for us.

Charles hung on every word. He wanted to have the assurance of salvation and I helped him pray. He said he’s had no local visitors and no clergy has ever visited him. Before I left, I called a friend who lives in the same city.  He offered to visit him and would also arrange with his church to have their visitation pastor see Charles regularly.

One of the last things Charles asked of me before I left, “Kathleen, when I return home can I come to your Bible study?”

  •  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.     Philippians 4:6-7
  •  In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.     Luke 15:10
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We Came to Discuss an Abortion

It was another Sunday afternoon when a young couple approached our Bible table at the beach. They were looking over our free Bibles and books when the young woman noticed the tiny metal baby feet pinned to our tablecloth.

“What’s this?”

I explained, “These little feet are the exact size and shape of a baby’s feet in the mother’s womb, 10 weeks after conception. This is also a common age for a baby to be aborted—at just 2 ½ months.

She immediately backed away,  put her hands to her face and broke into tears! Her boyfriend went to console her.  Then he returned and explained privately, “My girlfriend is 10 weeks pregnant.  We came to the beach to discuss an abortion.”

There were two men working at our table. They took the young man aside and talked with him for over a half-hour.  Meanwhile,  two of us women talked with his girlfriend.  We learned they’d been feeling pressured to have an abortion, but neither was comfortable with it.

That afternoon they both decided to give their lives to Christ—right on the beach promenade! We prayed with them and they agreed to start coming to a home group Bible study with one of the couples at our table.  The older couple became mentors to the young couple, who are now married with a new baby.

“Thank You Lord for putting us in the right place at the right time for that precious young family.”

  • For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.     Psalm 139:13-14
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Teens & Jesus at the County Fair

Last week I was a volunteer storyteller in the Little Red Schoolhouse at the county fair.   My job was to tell children the story of Jesus.  What fun!

The LRS was positioned near the horse show, the pig races and the barnyard animals.  We met teenagers from 4-H Clubs and Future Farmers of America that were showing their goats or getting ready to auction their cows or lambs.  In between cleaning their pens and feeding them, they had time to visit us.

Consequently, instead of little children, most who heard the story on my shift were teenagers.  I was amazed at how many did not know the true message of salvation. Several did not know that Jesus had risen from the dead!  I told them we have a holiday every year when we celebrate His resurrection. “Can you name that holiday?”  Only one teenager guessed Easter.

Fortunately, all the groups that came to listen to the story were receptive!  They listened with interest. They asked questions. They learned that everyone who is willing to turn away from their sins and follow Jesus will have their sins forgiven. Moreover, they will also receive the Holy Spirit and all the fruit of the Spirit. They only need to exercise the fruit they will now receive. Now they will have the power to resist the temptation to sin.  “Do we need more patience?  Do we need more self-control?  Do we need more love?”  To each question they responded,  “Yes!

The teenagers prayed. They said they wanted to follow Jesus! Many chose to join the Truth Seekers’ Mailbox Club and receive free Bible studies in the mail so they could continue to learn and grow in their faith.

I was impressed that when it came time to leave, each group displayed an attitude of gratitude and respect.  Perhaps it comes with training in the raising and caring for animals.

  • God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.    Romans 5:8  
  • Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.    Acts 4:12   
  • The Truth Chasers Club® is an exciting Bible correspondence club designed to disciple children and adults. For more information:  http://www.cefonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=483&Itemid=100260/ 
  • What are your thoughts?  Are you surprised there are teens who don’t know the meaning of Easter?    
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A Precious Friend is Gone

Anne-Marie was diagnosed with a terminal illness only months ago!  She was one of my most precious friends. Now she’s gone.

We met years ago in the waiting room of an infertility specialist, as neither of us had been able to conceive. We discovered we had much in common: both registered nurses with husbands in doctorate programs at the university.  We became fast friends, enjoyed working together at the same hospital and spending many off-days together.

During her first pregnancy she was ordered to be on bed rest.  I would often prepare lunch, including a fancy jello salad—popular in those days.  She taught me her favorite: cottage cheese on toast, topped with mayonnaise, S&P.  We’d eat together and laugh a lot.

When our husbands completed their studies we moved to cities an hour apart.  I soon attended my first Bible study and within three weeks I had surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. He came into my life and changed me inside and out. I became a different person experiencing a peace, love and joy I’d never before known.

I drove to Anne-Marie’s  to share the good news with her.  What joy when she too wanted to give her life to Jesus!  Within a few days her husband Paul also surrendered his life to Christ.  Paul then shared Christ with a chemistry professor he taught with at the university and he too became born again!  Every time we were together Paul would say, “Oh, Kathleen, how we thank you for introducing us to Jesus!”

God answered our prayers for children.  We had two, while Anne-Marie and Paul were blessed with seven!  Altogether our nine children are following Jesus with their lives, and raising up godly children themselves!

How faithful is our God.  How I praise Him,  knowing that Anne-Marie is now safe in the arms of Jesus.

  • Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.     Deuteronomy 7:9

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The Most Exciting Day of Your Life

When her first grandchild was born she was ecstatic! She exclaimed to her son-in-law, “Isn’t it wonderful? Isn’t this the most exciting day of your life?!”

His reply: “No, I can’t say that it is.”                                                                                                 “Oh?”                                                                                                                                             Then with a smile, “My wedding day was—but this is a close second.”

She stayed with the young family that first week to help out. The baby was six days old when she walked into the living room at 7 AM.  She would never forget the precious vision: Her eyes welled with tears as she observed her son-in-law sitting on the sofa holding his newborn on his lap.  He held his Bible as he read softly to his son.  The baby’s eyes were focused on his father as he listened quietly.

Newborn & Dad

That newborn is now a teenager.  He, along with his younger siblings, continues to grow feeding on God’s Word as his parents teach it and live it.

How that grandmother praises God for His love and faithfulness to her family.

  • All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace.            Isaiah 54:13
  • Are you a grandparent?  Can you identify? 


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Please Pray for My Dying Daughter

She was only 45.  Although she was breathing on her own, she was in a coma and her body was shutting down.  Next to her bedside sat her grieving mother.

I can’t even imagine what it must have been like for her, but she opened up and shared her heart with me.  She said her daughter did not attend church, but had been a good person. She asked if I would pray for her.

I told her that even though her daughter is not responding,  she may still hear everything we say.  I bent over the bed and introduced myself.

“Hello M.  My name is Kathleen and I want you to know that God loves you. I don’t know what’s in your past.  We’ve all done some wrong things in our lives. We have all sinned. That is why Jesus came, to die for our sins, so that we could be saved and someday enter heaven. The Bible tells us that if we are willing to turn away from our sin, then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

“I know you cannot speak.  But God understands your thoughts. You can call on the name of Jesus right now in your thoughts. He hears you.  He wants to save you.

“I’m going to pray for you now.  ‘Lord God, please touch M.  Open her mind to understand how much You love her. You want to forgive her.  Give her the ability to focus on Jesus right now, and call on His name in her thoughts. Thank You, Lord, for saving M. and making her ready for heaven.  I pray in Jesus’ precious name, Amen.’”

Her mother let go of her daughter’s hand and wiped her own eyes.  She said she was now ready to let her daughter go.

  • This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.    1 John 4:10
  • Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.    Romans 10:13

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Devotions with Grandkids

We were sharing a hotel room with two of our young grandsons. I decided to have devotions before our bedtime prayer.

I took out the Gideon Bible from the bedside table and began reading from the book of John.  I’d stop every 2-3 verses to answer questions or explain its meaning and then continue. We ended with prayer and a hug. Soon they were asleep.

The second night as they were putting on their pajamas the 7-year-old said, “Grandma, will you read to us again from the book of John?”

What music to my ears!

  • Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.      Proverbs 22:6
  •  Teach them [God’s Words] to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 11:19

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He’s Living in Sin!

A friend asked me to write a letter to her 24-year-old son who was cohabiting with his girlfriend.  “Tell him he’s living in sin—he won’t listen to me!”

Coincidentally, I wanted to write him anyway!  Ron and I had recently talked and he’d expressed his disappointment in organized religion.  He was restless, frustrated and searching for meaning to life.

I wrote, “Ron, you’ve been on my mind ever since we talked.  Is it because I believe that you and your girlfriend are living in sin? No.  In fact, your lifestyle is no different from many your age.  I believe we are all sinners.

“I’m concerned that you are unhappy and frustrated with life.  Jesus said, ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’  You don’t seem to recognize your need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

“I’m not talking about church here. I believe that someday you will turn to Jesus Christ. You will receive His forgiveness and will want to surrender your life to Him.  You will then receive the Holy Spirit who will come to live within.  God will begin to speak to your heart and show you how He wants you to live. He’ll also give you the power and the desire to do His will.  That is when you will begin to experience the wonderful peace and contentment that you are seeking…”

What a surprise when six weeks later we received an invitation to their wedding!  A few weeks later we received a note from his bride: “I don’t want you to think that we decided to marry because of your letter.  But I can’t say it was not the reason either. Thank you.”

Ron and his wife became followers of Jesus.  They are raising their four children in the Lord.  They teach Sunday school and are leaders in their church.

  • I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.      John 10:10
  • For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.     Ephesians 5:5

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I’ll Come to Bible Study TWICE

I still remember T’s response when I invited her to Bible study.  She became quiet, then took a deep breath and said, “I’ll come twice.”

She did come twice.  I said nothing, but I prayed.  The third week she was there again!  She continued for several months. One day I broached the subject,  “I’m glad you’ve continued coming to Bible study.  What are your thoughts about the Bible now?”

She said, “I believe it’s true,  but I don’t think I could ever become a Christian.”
“Why is that?”
“I could never live the life.”
“I understand because I was there once.  What I discovered is that when I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ He sent the Holy Spirit to live in me. He gave me His power to live above my circumstances and to obey God. I could never have done it on my own.  It wasn’t so much that I had to live a different life. God actually came and changed me—inside and out!”

A few weeks later T called to say she had given her life to Jesus Christ.  “I did it two weeks ago, but I didn’t say anything because I wanted to be sure it was real.  It IS real! God has changed me. I have joy and a peace like never before.”

A week later:  “I feel as if I’ve just been born and I’m seeing life with newborn eyes.  I think I’ll send out birth announcements to the gals in our Bible study!”

T  painted flowers on the front of each card. Inside it read, “This is to announce the birth of a new child of God, T___ D___,  sister to Jesus. Born Again on February 22.  Praise God and thank you for your prayers!”  She handed out the announcements at Bible study. We were all teary-eyed.

A birth announcement calls for a shower!   Two weeks later I hosted a New Birth Shower for T.   The sign on our front door read, “Come in and celebrate the addition of a new name in the Lamb’s Book of Life!”

We enjoyed a brunch which included a casserole of eggs, sausage and mushrooms.  Of course a shower must have gifts!  T received a new Bible, some inspirational books and CDs.  Then she shared her story of how Christ had changed her life.   It was a precious day we’ll always remember!

  • You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’   John 3:7
  • The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white.  I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.    Revelation 3:5
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Astrology is Bunk!

I have a friend who was seriously following astrology. Indeed, astrology had become her religion!

Unfortunately, she would repeatedly tell me her problems.  I finally said, “Look, I have problems too! But I take my problems to God. Why don’t you come with me to church! God has better answers than your astrological charts! Astrology is bunk!”

Honestly, I couldn’t believe the harshness of my words. Yet perhaps that was what she needed. The very next Sunday she came to church and soon became a follower of Jesus Christ.  Astrology is no longer part of her life.

One day she said, “Jesus Christ rescued me and now God’s Word leads me.”

  •  Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. These are not coals for warmth; this is not a fire to sit by. That is all they are to you—these you have dealt with and labored with since childhood. All of them go on in their error; there is not one that can save you. Isaiah 47:13-14
  •  Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. Daniel 2:27-2
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