January 2011                             Compiled monthly by Phyllis King, Head Injury Survivor                            Volume 22, Number 1


   The following is from a book of devotions by Linda Lamb, of Brookville, Pennsylvania.

 

He Is My Strength

 

“From the west, people will fear the name of the LORD,
   and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory.
For he will come like a pent-up flood
   that the breath of the L
ORD drives along.       

Isaiah 59:19 (NIV)

 

 

No matter who we are, we are insufficient in own strength to fight the enemy of our souls, the devil and his demons. But praise God that greater is He who is in me than he that is in the world (1 John 4:14). What we cannot do in our own strength, our great GOD is more than able to do, for He is all-powerful. The enemy is kept in boundaries and can only do what GOD permits and allows for our best in he long run and in the eternal perspective and to the glory of our LORD.

 

God is in control. He works and allows things for our best and for His glory and eternal purposes. Sometimes we learn more in trials than we do in any other way, even though they are not what we would choose for ourselves. We also see how weak and insufficient we are in our own strength and how dependent we are on His strength. In our own weakness, we would fall. He is able to keep us.

 

Our GOD reigns, and we should thank Him often with all our hearts for this. He cares and watches out for us. He is all-powerful and great, and the enemy is limited. Praise God that He reigns and helps us. He is my strength.

 

Dear LORD, thank You

 for being our strength.

In JESUS’ name. Amen.


 

Part 2:  Dear Phyllis,

   Through problems, you get stronger. I am proof of this. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing for a championship football game or if you’re in the hospital fighting to live. You should “press toward the mark” (Philippians 3:14) and God will turn “your weakness into strength” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

    Construction on the high school football field for the 1008 season had started with new grass, new lights, and a new press box. As usually, I, as the athletic director and head football coach, was working on the field. I was tearing down the old press box. I pried several boards loose. They would fall to the ground, and I would climb down the sixteen-foot ladder and stack the old boards on a trailer. I would then climb back up the ladder.

 

   I had pried loose several of the last boards off the press box. They had fallen to the ground. I was prying loose the very last board of the old press box. I had not pried it enough to fall to the ground. Instead, it swung away from me. It then swung to me and hit me on the side of the head, knocking me off the ladder. The ladder, however, did not become my enemy. At the bottom of the ladder was a four-foot chain-link fence that went completely around the field. I hit the fence headfirst. The fence became my enemy. I received five fractures to my skull and eight bruises to my brain.

 

   Let me say that at this time, there was no doubt in my mind that my Lord had been with me from the start of my accident. The day after my accident, maintenance men were sent to stack the board that I had pried down to the ground. They picked up the boards and put them in their trailer. The grass had died under each board and turned brown. The dead grass under the boards had left imprints of crosses going out in several directions. Where the crosses intersected was the exact place that I handed when I fell. My head was bleeding at the base of one of the crosses.

 

Marty Schumaker

Wylie, Texas

Head Injury Survivor    (Continued in February)


Dear Phyllis,


What a comfort it is to know that no matter what our future holds, Jesus will be there with us! He will never leave us    nor forsake us. (See Hebrews 13:5b).
“Where can I go from your Spirit? From your presence where can I flee? If I go to the heavens, you are there; if I sink to the nether world, you are present there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall guide me, and your right hand hold me fast. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall hide me, and night shall be my light’—for you darkness is not dark, and night shines as the day [darkness and light are the same]”  (Psalm 139:7–12). ”Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side” (Psalm 23:4a). ”Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Trial, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword?  For I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus, our Lord” (Romans 8:35,38,39).

 God is always faithful, and He will not leave us. We are never alone, and never out from under His protection, guidance, and love if we belong to Him through faith in His Son and His great sacrifice for us.

May God continue to richly bless and use you for His honor and glory! 

Love in Christ,

 

Bonnie Hackett

South Berwick, Maine

Head Injury Survivor


 

 

February 23, 2001

 

How we praise the Lord for continued progress and improvement this week! Don seems to be improving more quickly - by inches and not just by quarter-inches!

 

We feel impatient to take these steps of improvement by giant steps instead of by inches!

 

I marvel every day at God’s power as I watch Don’s improvement. After all the weeks of waiting, it is miraculous what God has done and is doing! With these continual changes comes continual adjustment.

 

Jill Vanderhoof
Wife of Head Injury Survivor

 

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Outcomes versus


Expectations

 

by  Sandra Stone Lehmann

Phoenix, Arizona

Head Injury Survivor

 

In early November, when I penned the words of the article appearing in the December issue, “The Miracle of Christmas,” I had no idea how badly I was going to need to draw on that referenced “inner peace.” On November 19, something, extremely painful, occurred that jolted me back to the past, and the grieving I experienced due to the loss of “who I used to be.” It was the death of my husband, Dick.

 

On December 16, I observed my twenty-second anniversary of the car accident that left me with a traumatic brain injury, and this feels like familiar territory to me. I remember those early days and how the changes impacted my life, as well as the lives of those around me. To say there was a lot of pain involved would be an under-statement; but, I also remember how I dealt, and continue to deal, with all of it. I put my faith and trust in God—and walk through it one day at a time.

 

It dawned on me, last evening, that I had not written my promised “submission” for this month’s issue of MTS. As I pondered what I would write, I was thinking about how our expectations sometimes bring us disappointment when the outcome is different than what we had hoped for or thought it should be. Sometimes, we even feel as if God has let us down, or just didn’t show up when he should have. At times we feel that our faith has been inadequate, or we take on guilt for not doing enough to change an outcome. One thing I do know for certain is that God is always on the job—he never sleeps, he never slumbers, and he is always on time!

 

As it is just five days until Christmas, I am reminded of Mary and Joseph as they made their journey to Bethlehem. Now that had to be difficult for both of them. Mary was nine months pregnant with her first-born and sitting atop a donkey, and Joseph must have been concerned for her safety. Imagine their disappointment as they sensed that God had let them down in providing provision for them in the form of shelter from the elements. This definitely was not the outcome they had envisioned. There was no turning back, the birth of her baby was imminent; so, off to the stable they went.

 

 

All of this depicts the humility of Christ, but we cannot stop with this scene.

 

As Paul Harvey would have said, “Now, here is the rest of the story.” The three kings from the east were already on their way. They were bearing extravagant gifts for the newborn king, and when they arrived at the site, the family had moved into a house. They got much more than they were expecting! That is the way our God works. We are not trouble- or pain-free, in this life, but he did promise he would never leave us or forsake us. His name is Immanuel, meaning, God with us! So, if your outcomes have not met your expectations, just remember the best is yet to come, and he is coming, again, this time as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords! 


    Prayer Requests 

 

 

 

 

For Steve Sauder

 

This has been a tough week. Steven has really been doing badly—extremely high level of pain with his leg, urine infection. We’ve got him on Valium for the pain and muscle spasm. Coupled with the Cipro we started him on today for the infection, it is causing him to be totally incoherent, really out of it, not himself at all. Tonight he said he felt really sick—worse than he’s ever felt.

 

God has been speaking to me through Hosea 10:1–11. In the first part of verse 6, the Amplified version reads, “For they have made ready their heart. . . .” But surprisingly, it is talking about making ready their heart in a wrong way. It compares it to a baker letting the coals smolder in an oven while the dough rises and then firing it up hot in the morning. It says the Israelite’s anger “smolders all night; in the morning it blazes forth as a flaming fire.” 

 

Verses 1–6 say that the Israelites prepared their hearts with (1) lies, (2) thievery, (3) forgetting God, (4) getting sick and drunk with wine, (5) keeping bad company, and (6) letting anger smolder.

 

The results were (verses 2, 9, and 12):

 

·  They were surrounded and entangled by their own doings

·  They were weak and without strength

·  They got gray hair (from the stress)

·  They lost their “heart” and understanding

·  they fell under God’s chastisement 

 

So it’s our choice. Either we prepare our hearts for evil, or we prepare our hearts for good. 

 

We prepare our hearts for good by seeking after and inquiring of God and requiring His constant presence (verse 10). For example, we . . .

·  spend time in the Word and in prayer

·  take the time to listen to and walk with the Holy Spirit; become totally dependent on the Holy Spirit for constant guidance and direction—before we speak or act 

 

·  constantly dig out and dispose of anger before it takes a hold; practice forgiveness, grace, and mercy

·  ask God to expose and tear down strongholds in our life.

Ask ourselves two things:  

(1) How would I “prepare my heart” for failure in this stronghold? 

(2) How could I “prepare my heart” for victory in this stronghold? 

·  earnestly seek to love God more than anyone, anything, or ourselves

·  be warriors of praise, thanks, and peace  

 

Please pray that Steven and I will constantly prepare our hearts so that our responses, actions, and words will always be pleasing to our Lord. Thank you so much for your continuing prayers as Steven struggles with increasing disability, discomfort, and pain.

 

 

May God fill you with His grace, mercy, and peace.

 

 

Steven and Vicki Sauder

Sarasota, Florida

 

For Marty

 

PLEASE continue to pray. Our family is being pushed to the limit, and we are all exhausted. Our Aunt Cookie is out of commission from a fall on December 4 in which she suffered a broken shoulder and two torn ligaments. She needs miracle Healing. Marty needs her there to help out. Marty looks more and more like he is in pain. My mom does not ever get the proper sleep or rest. I am fearful that she will be next.

 

Please just pray . . . and ask for big-time miracles. Please, and Thank you. 

 

 

Reading, Pennsylvania
Sister of Head Injury Survivor

 


  From Phyllis

 

I have received  $270 toward the approximately $155 cost of printing and mailing. My special thanks to

Marilete; Ron, Judy, & Nola;  Charlie; and Kurt    


Good News Sampler Jan. 2011©

                              

 Here we go – into another year by the calendar – ready or not! Pack your bags. Stuff into them all the things you will be needing to make it a good year.

 

             

 

                             Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything. Ephesians 6: 19 and 20

 

                           

 

I awoke one morning this week to a smattering of snow on the ground and by the following morning was greeted with several inches covering everything. I will say there is nothing quite as pretty as the landscape after it has been dipped in white. The temperature has fallen and landed down around zero. The reports say this is the coldest Dec. so far since 1964. I can remember those days which lasted for what seemed like weeks at the time. -dm

 

                         

 

Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth.
           ~Martin Luther

 

                

 

For the Lakota Sioux (Eastern U.S.) the month of January was the period of  “The Hardship Moon.”

                      

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Onward Christian Soldiers, Marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus Going on before!  Christ, the royal Master Leads against the foe; Forward into battle, See His banners go! Onward, Christian soldiers, Marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus Going on before! –                           Sabine Baring-Gould

-Written as a “marching song” for English village

children in 1865 as they marched to a neighboring town for a Sunday School rally.

Get out the flannel sheets – winter is about to give us the cold shoulder!

The bitter cold of winter slices the air like a carving knife.

 

 

 “The birds are gone, The ground is white,
The winds are wild, They chill and bite;
The ground is thick with slush and sleet,
And I barely feel my feet.”

                    Winter Poems 

 

Good News 2011© - Diana McMaster
PO Box 102  Romney, IN  47981-0102
email: 
goodnews@tctc.com


 

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