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. 🙂 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!
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’m 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 – but I’ll be great! I know the survived Jan be used in amazing ways by the God who called me!
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: 1–2)
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: 3–4)
Christ has offered the greatest sacrifice that could ever be offered … His life! And what does God require of us? Acknowledgement of the gift through prayer, praise, and adoration to God alone. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?
Truth is that our hearts often turn in worship toward many other things – much like our Old Testament brothers. Material things, the world’s success, etc.
If you want to give the sacrifice of praise, you can’t wait until you get to church – you have to do it every day from your heart! Give God praise in the name of Jesus as you work in your office; as you wash your car; as you care for the children; as you drive … all day!!
He deserves it!
I haven’t stolen anything; I haven’t killed anybody; I haven’t slept with anyone I’m not married to …. but I can surely confess that I have had thoughts about people that were not in line with the will of God on this day; I can surely confess that I’ve wanted something in my life that I do not have; I can surely confess that I’ve doubted even for a moment something that I know God can do. And you know what?!?! All of that is sin!! But you know what?!?! When I admonish my wrong and go before my Father seeking His face — He will forgive me and heal me of my sin and make me write before Him. OH! Hallelujah! Bless His Holy Name! Don’t miss your shout cue, y’all!
God’s people are not exempt from falling into sin. In fact, it is overtly stated throughout scripture that there is none – not one – who does not sin. However, as God’s people – His dearly beloved – we can rest assured that when we sincerely repent from our sin; crying out to Him to forgive us and change us and and committing to change and turn from it – He will not only forgive and cleanse us – but He will surely bless us!
Even in the midst of your failures, don’t miss the promise of Our Father!! It is His promise that He will grant the pleas of His people if they embody/demonstrate/prove a true heart for Him!
What must we do? Humble ourselves. Pray. Seek His face. Turn from our sin. This promise was spoken to God’s people Israel, but I believe that as God’s people today this truth still applies. When you sin (and you WILL sin) – submit to God’s authority; cry out to Him for forgiveness; listen for His direction for you; and commit to never go back to doing that thing and I believe that even when we sin grievously and find ourselves in the hand of our enemy – He will turn that thing around!
Our sin will surely bring with it unpleasant consequences but it is His good pleasure to bind up our wounds – even those He inflicts upon us. Our pride will bring us to destruction – but if we humble ourselves under His mighty hand – He will exalt us in due time. He knew we would falter – and He has always made a way for us to set things right with Him. Forgiveness and blessing! Who wouldn’t serve a God like that?!
If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:13, 14