Leaving on a jet plane …

Guess what? I’m sitting in the Nairobi, Kenya airport right now!!! It has been 9 months since I have been approved to travel to Africa, and now I’m back to work fully. Friday morning I had my 6 month follow-up with the neurosurgeon, Dr. Tandon. He says that the MRI is Perfect!! EEG is Normal!! Dr. Tandon and the entire team was overjoyed that I was getting ready to travel. They found it so funny – and in line with my new personality – that the flight was leaving just hours after I left the office. ūüôā AND … they have freed me! I don’t have to visit the neurosurgeon’s office again!!!! I do have more followups with the neurologist, Dr. Hope, and with the neuropsychologist, Dr. Brier. But I Am Feeling Healed and Delivered!

Y’all … God is So Amazing!!! Amazing Healer! Amazing Way Maker! I have not sang in almost two years because I wasn’t able to remember lyrics, but I’ve been singing and worshipping even on the plane! I’ve been singing this song most …

Lord, I thank You for Your mercy; and I thank You for Your grace; for all You’ve done for me – I could never repay! But here’s all I am, please use me! I’ve been created for Your glory. And with my whole heart I’ll worship You all of my days. For You are Faithful! So Faithful! All my needs You never fail to provide! So underserving, You still adore me! So with my whole heart I’ll worship You all of my days!!

Pray with & for me. I’m out of of the USA from April 6th – May 11th. Back just in time for Mother’s Day!

  • Kenya (Malindi, Mombasa & Nairobi)
  • Malawi (Lilongwe)
  • South Africa (Kempton Park)

I’ll send pictures as I am able.

O, Lord, I know that I am blessed because I have learned to praise you with passion and strong reality. I walk in the light of Your presence, desiring to feel you with me each and every day. I rejoice in Your name, O God, every day and all of the day. I exalt in Your righteousness. Through Jesus, Your son, I will continually offer to You a true sacrifice of praise with my own lips, so that my thanks, yes my gratefulness, will lift You up in a way that everyone can see!

Gratefulness is Flowing from My Heart!!

I’m finishing week five and starting week six! Week six is the final actual surgery recovery!

For the very first time, I’m typing this on my own! Now I don’t know what will be mispelled and I’m sure my vocabulary will be … a little different.¬† But I have just more to praise God for!

Here are the great improvements …

I am typing this myself! Hallelujah!! 

I went to church on Sunday (Nov 11)! I was very, very blown away about God’s gift to me!¬† So very grateful to be with my church family! As happy as I was on Sunday, there were many people that I saw but the names were not in my mind and there were some that I saw and did not recognize. I’m told by the medical team that this is normal and will continue to improve.¬† It’ll be me and Joe’s amazing “Remembery” getting this finished.

Sunday evening I was able to go to a friend’s birthday celebration. Now I have to be honest, I went in the last hour when most were gone so that I wouldn’t have to interact with many besides her – LOL!¬† Sitting and talking to less people was necessary.¬† I couldn’t dance.¬† I am grateful to my son, Joseph, for ensuring that I got to go because she is a friend of his too.

I’m understanding the things that I read. I do sometimes have to read things twice, but I’m grateful!

I’ve made a salad (it was really my own slaw) and I’ve baked some banana bread. The banana bread wasn’t my recipe but I’m so happy I did it – and I’ll remember my recipe as I keep baking!

I got my laundry done. I was able to easily sort it, wash it, dry it and fold it. I did put it away as well.

Keep praying for me!

  • The part of the scar that’s nearer to my face still throbs. I’m told that this should end soon. They went into my brain cutting what looks like a large question mark – the top is on my face and the bottom is on the top front of my ear. I think you can see it on the picture, but my hair is growing back fast!
  • I’m not yet comfortable talking on the phone. Somehow it is very difficult for me to fully understand everything.
  • A huge difference is that I am crying quite heavily when I think of anything AND that I am quite directly honest with people even if it hurts them. I am hearing that this is not exactly like my previous personality.

A wonderful thing I am expecting is to cook with my mom for Thanksgiving. She has already told me that she’s 91 and won’t find it weird if I can’t remember something. LOL! She says my remembering and testing will be more like her. I love that lady who’s not quite old.

Y’all I do not have enough words to tell my amazing God how grateful I am!!¬† He has been amazingly awesome!

Father God, the awesome things that you have done are many!!! Your thoughts towards me are amazing and I know that many cannot¬† can even understand that it is You! I know that many can’t believe that You would do all that you have done for your child! Lord, I speak of all that you do for me every chance that I get but I’m too small to tell it all! If I had 10,000 tongues I’d praise you with every single one.¬† What you do is too much for me to say because I’m just not big enough. I’m grateful, my God, to know that my love for you has allowed you to deliver me. I’m grateful because I know that as I acknowledge you as my God and my Father, you will protect me. I will always and every day call upon you knowing that you will answer me, you will be with me and you will deliver me.¬† I love you, Lord, and I’m believing that You are absolutely everything I need! (Psalm 65:4: 95:14-15)

Encouraged … believing the healing is coming

When dealing with this kind of healing – a situation where my salvation in Christ and my strong dependence upon the Father and my strong listening to the Holy Spirit is real – there is just no way for me to be in fear.

My rules from the doctor in these first two weeks is quite real – I have to study regular language; I have to practice the names of my family; I have to rehearse and reintroduce the names of my friends, neighbors, and others that are in my regular community.

I‚Äôm enjoying hearing from people that love me deeply and who just want to be close and understand the journey! I haven’t been able to see everyone physically, but it has been amazing joy knowing that they’ve come by or called.

I’m enjoying the beauty of waking up each day desiring my Father; my Savior; and the Spirit that works in me in amazing ways!!!

It’s only week one Рbut I’ll be great! I know the survived Jan be used in amazing ways by the God who called me!

Keep praying!

Christ I have nothing but encouragement from being united with You, my Savior I have no doubt at all that Your love is comforting me. I have no doubt, that my Father is ensuring my connection with the Holy Spirit. Father God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit I have no doubt that depending upon you means that I will be like-minded with you, that I will be having the same love that you have placed in my heart and that I will be one in spirit and one in purpose for the sake of my belief in You!! (Philippians 2: 1‚Äď2)

Just Be Grateful!

If we If we would all wake up daily just grateful!

  • Grateful that we are alive
  • Grateful that we are living somewhere
  • Grateful that we are on some type of electronic device
  • Grateful for our family/friends
  • Grateful for jobs
  • Grateful for something to eat
  • Grateful for salvation
  • Grateful for mercy
  • Grateful for grace

You add to this list things you’re grateful for personally.

As for me I would add to that list so much more! I’m grateful for a joyful marriage, for a 91 year old mother that’s in great health and has a good mind, grateful for sons that know and love Jesus: for a home that lets me minister to others; for an incredible church family – more than I could list here, He has been so good to me!

If we spent our time thanking The Almighty for all of the things we are grateful for, maybe we’d have less time to participate in the foolishness of the flesh. You know what I mean? When I say foolishness of the flesh I mean – desiring someone that isn’t your spouse, hanging out with your friends in places that expose you to immorality as a normal thing, joining in conversations that belittle people, using our mouths to speak things that dishonor the God who blesses and keeps us – You Know What I Mean.

I encourage you to take time daily and throughout each day to keep in your mind how good God has been to you. I guarantee you that it will refocus you and turn your heart and mind toward things that bring Him honor!

Lord, please help your children live without even a hint of depravity, or any defilement or covetousness, because it is not befitting our commitment to You! Help us, Father, not to be vulgur; help our words not to be stupid.  Help us not to find laughter in things that are lowdown and dirty.  But instead let our minds, our hearts, our souls be in the habit of giving thanks to You!  You are so worthy! 

(Ephesians 5: 3‚Äď4)

Trust Him with ALL

proverbs-3-5-and-6On January 17, 2017 – ¬†I was involved in a serious car accident with my sweetheart. ¬†I was driving and went unconscious¬†while behind the wheel for several minutes. ¬†The car was going down the highway at about 70MPH. ¬†Lloyd had to maintain his composure while: 1) ¬†hoping that his unconscious wife was alive ; 2) having thoughts of what his life (and his¬†children’s lives) might be like if she was not alive; 3) realizing that he would have to save our lives; and 4) realizing that no matter what he did, only God could save us.

The King of Kings was with us that night for sure because Lloyd says the muscle in my right leg relaxed which let the car start to slow down while he grabbed the wheel. ¬†We crashed into a traffic sign instead of into oncoming traffic. ¬†Eric, an off duty Colorado police officer, was behind us and stopped to help Lloyd to navigate the madness – which was also wonderful because the calls to 911 kept saying “call failed”. ¬†God kept Lloyd and I here and I just cannot thank Him enough!

The reactions of our¬†friends/family were varied:”God has something planned for you!”; “It wasn’t time for you to go!”; “God extended His grace to you!”; “God granted His grace to us!”; “God looked out for us!”; “Thank God!”; “Get to the doctor!”; “REST!”; “Don’t ever travel again!”; Or in some cases – just tears or looks that needed no words.

My heart and Lloyd’s heart have been running through a gamut of emotions. ¬†We are grateful! ¬†We’ve been¬†concerned! We have had some¬†fear that has passed. ¬†But the most amazing thing is that we have felt great passion for our callings toward the gospel being spread across the earth. ¬†We have felt a burning urgency to carry out some of the things that God has placed in our hearts in recent days. ¬†We have found ourselves worshipping everywhere we go because that has been one of the most effective tools against the fear and concern. ¬†Gratefulness. Concern. Fear. Passion. Urgency. Worship! Yes – worship has been one of the most effective tools against the negative thoughts or feelings¬†– I can see what Paul and Silas felt at midnight! ¬†We lived to see another new mercy. This mercy – we truly can say we’ve never witnessed before! ¬†Nothing in us has us wanting to stop doing what God has called us to do. ¬†This latest experience has only made us both want to dive deeper into it and get it done with more passion; more excellence; and as soon as we can do it.

What about you? ¬†As you live your life for the King of Kings are you acting as if your eternal life will be lived right where you are?! ¬†I want to encourage you to live it like every moment just might be your last where you are. ¬†None of us know when our last moment is – ¬†I’m not saying that you might die; but I am saying that you might be moved!! ¬†You just don’t know! ¬†If the Lord tells you to share the gospel with someone – Open Your Mouth Today! ¬†If the Lord tells you to write a book – Put The Pen To The Page Today! ¬†If the Lord tells you to get under someone’s discipleship – Make The Move Today! If the Lord tells you to get a doctorate degree – Start The Program Today! ¬†If God makes a way for you to show some hospitality – do it Today! ¬†Don’t Procrastinate! ¬†Don’t Hesitate! ¬†Don’t try to fit God’s plan into your schedule.

If you’ve made the decision to call Him the Lord of your life – just go ahead and trust in Him completely and move your own understanding of things out of the way. ¬†Relinquish your own idea about what might be right about how to carry things out over to Him and believe that He really will work it out in the way that is best for you!

As for Lloyd and I, ¬†YES¬†– God¬†has asked us to do some pretty radical things in the last couple of years and we’ve done most with very little hesitation; but we’ve piddled around on some that aren’t so comfortable or easy. ¬†This latest experience has just told us to go on and Do It! ¬†He’s Ordering our Steps. ¬†He’s Making the Path Plain. ¬†He’s Got Us! ¬†In Fact — He Has Got It All!! ¬†Nothing that He’s asking of us is too hard for us because all of our strength is in Him and all of our purpose rests in Him and our life is hidden in His Son!

In fact, the only reason we even ARE is Him!

Proverbs 3:5,6  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.