June 2010                             Compiled monthly by Phyllis King, Head Injury Survivor                            Volume 21, Number 6


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

 

Faithful and Able

“Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ . . .

“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.”                  2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV)

   

    There are many comforts that we find in God’s Holy Word.

    We know that He always keeps His promises.  We humans are weak and frail and may be willing to keep our promises but are unable to do so, or we may be able but unwilling.

    But GOD is not a human.  He is the all-powerful GOD.  GOD is always faithful as those of us who know Him and his grace can testify.  He will stablish us and keep us from evil.  It is He who saves and He who keeps.  We cannot keep ourselves any more than we could save ourselves.  We may have good intentions, but our strength is insufficient.  He has to do it; alone we would but fail.

    But He is able, and He is faithful—what a wonderful combination. Call upon His name, praise Him, trust Him.  He is there to help us, and He has never failed any-one.  He is able and faithful, for He is GOD.

Dear LORD, thank youthat you are able and faithful.
  In JESUS’ name, amen


Created in His Image
Part 2

by  Sandra Stone Lehmann
Phoenix, Arizona
Head Injury Survivor

The Psalmist, David, cried out:  “Search me, O God, and know my heart (thoughts) today.”  Paul exhorts us in 2 Corinthians 10:4,5 that “our weapons of warfare are not of the flesh, but are made divinely powerful . . . and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”  What does this mean?  Notice that the verb “are taking” is not “have taken” or going to take, but are taking.   The present tense is used, and it means we are in the process of doing this action all of the time.  There’s no “time out,” no circumstance for “just this one time,” or “I’ll make a decision later.”

This means exactly what it says:  We are to make our thoughts prisoners until we have run them by Christ, through the Holy Spirit, for approval or disapproval.  If the thought meets with approval, it needs to be sent to the memory for on-going or future use; but, if it meets with disapproval, it must be deleted, immediately.  Once this program, or software, has been used repetitively, the response system is automatic.

One of the cognitive deficits I had a lot of problems with, and still have it on occasion, is my primal brain responding before the social brain is activated.  Result:  Thinking and then saying stuff that should never be said.  Solution:  Call my IT-man, immediately.  I tried so hard to monitor myself, and I had people cue me when I just would not keep quiet.  I was so utterly frustrated, and depressed, because no matter how hard I tried, it just was not working. 

Then one day, while I was reading my Bible, a scripture just jumped out at me, as if I had never even read it, previously.  It is Galatians 5:25, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”  It became my promise, from God, that if I put my full confidence in Him, He will help me, and He has been ever faithful to me.  I give Him praise every day for His goodness, and I never take it for granted.  It takes practice, practice, practice, but the end result is worth it all! 

Yes, God created man in His likeness, but sin brought a design flaw, which can only be fixed by the application of the blood of Jesus Christ on us, personally.  There is no other way to be reconciled back to our original position without it; because, the manual (Bible) states in Acts 4:12…….”there is no other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved.”


Jehovah Raah (continued)

by  Martha Hutcheson
                              Augusta, Georgia                               
   Head Injury Survivor

 (1) Psalm 23:1 gives us another name of our Jehovah God, and that name is Jehovah-raah (“The Lord, my Shepherd”).  Let Jehovah, who is the Lord Jesus Christ, be your personal Shepherd.

(2) Our Jehovah-raah is not just the Shepherd of Israel as is stated in Psalm 80:1, but He is our Shepherd as well.

(3) Jehovah-raah of the Old Testament is the Christ of the New Testament as well as our personal Shepherd of today.

    a. He is The Good Shepherd to those who trust Him personally for the forgiveness of their sins and the salvation of their souls from eternal damnation (John 10:1–18).

    b. God’s Word says that our Jehovah-raah, is our Great Shepherd (Hebrews 13:20).

    c. The Lord is also our Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4).

Moment-by-moment give the control of your life to our Great Shepherd because He has promised to lead you and to provide for ALL your needs.  Christ is our loving Shepherd who desires to (a) be glorified in and through your life, (b) to bring good out of every situation in your life (Romans 8:28), and (c) to conform (or make) you into the image (or likeness) of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).

Is Jesus Christ your personal Shepherd?  He can be your Shepherd if you are willing to confess your sins to Him and ask Him to forgive you of your sins and to be your Lord and Savior.  Are you willing to turn the control of your life over to Christ?

This article first appeared on the website <www.edifys.net >.


Dear Phyllis,


    This Easter, we sang the hymn “One Day” by J. Wilbur Chapman.  I love the phrase at the end of verse 3.  It says, “Hope of the hopeless, my Savior is He!”   It has got me thinking about what else Jesus is to us, and I’m sure you can think of even more.  However, this is the list that I came up with besides being the Hope of the hopeless:

    He is the Help of the helpless, the Joy of the joyless, the Love of the loveless, the Life of the lifeless, the Way to those who have lost their way, the Truth of the truthless, (those who are living a lie), the Friend of the friendless, the Father of the fatherless, like a Mother to the motherless, a Brother to the brotherless, the Sister to the sisterless (through other Christian women), the Child to the childless, the Spouse to the spouseless, the Peace of the peaceless, the Light to the lightless, (those who sit in darkness), the Burden-Bearer to those who carry heavy burdens, the Righteousness to the unrighteous, the Savior to the unsaved, the Provider to the provisionless, the Bread of Life to the breadless, and Living Water to the waterless (those who hunger and thirst after righteousness), the Protector to the unprotected, Home to the homeless, Rest to the restless, Strength to those without strength, and Shepherd to the shepherdless.  “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”  (Psalm 23:1).

    Jesus is our all in all.  He’s the Great “I AM”:  Whatever we lack whatever we need Him to be.

Bonnie Hackett
South Berwick, Maine
Head Injury Survivor


Problems and MORE Problems!

We all get problems in our lives from time to time.  But something I’ve learned over my past 16 BRP (Bible reading Praying) years is that God uses all the problems in our lives to draw us closer to Him!  Every time I get sick, I pray for healing!  And God loves that!  Every time I have a wreck, I pray for the parties involved in the wreck.  And God loves that!  My car is sick and in the hospital right now. I’ll pray about this really good to see if the shop fixes my car or if I should buy a new one, though I don’t make as much money as I once did!   And I’m confident that God will make His Will for my life clear to me as He always has and always will!

Just like all of you, I hate problems in my life!  But I love what God does in me and through every problem that He allows into my life to bring me closer to Him every BRP day He brings me to, over, and through!  So for all of you reading this, DO WHATEVER IT IS THAT GOD’S BEEN LEADING YOU TO DO!  DON’T WAIT ANOTHER SECOND!  And praise our Lord Jesus in it and through it, and you’ll be glorifying His Holy Name every step you take.  “I can do everything through Him Who gives me strength!”  as Philippians 4:13 says so clearly!

Christopher Payne
Houston, Texas
Head Injury Survivor


(Choosing to) Live
“Invisibly and Eternally”

 
by  Doug Cooper
    Orlando, Florida
   
Head Injury Survivor

The first thirty years of my life were     EXTRAORDINARIALLY basic.  I was born into a wonderfully Christian family, and enjoyed a childhood of friends, Little League, and success in academics.  I use the term “EXTRAORDINARILLY basic” because NOW I realize how “incredibly BLESSED” I was.

On August 7, 1987 (at age thirty), my comfortable BORING (and BLESSED) life would change.  That day gave “the World” an excuse for the man that you see today.  I was run over by a drunk driver near Boca Raton, Florida.  I had to draw on God to recover from disaster, and now grow into what He had planned since “before the beginning of time.”  

Ephesians 1:11 says it like this, “In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His Will, in order that we . . . might be for the praise of His Glory.”

WHO KNEW?  Certainly not me!  So, when my WORLD was FALLING APART, my God was busy preparing me for “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

So when things AREN’T working out as you planned, STOP and PRAISE Him; He has so much MORE planned!

From the draft book Broken, but (somehow) More Valuable, by Doug Cooper and Walter Kovarik.


 

As we wait on the Lord, “I surrender all” takes on new depth.  I didn’t know I had so much more surrendering to do.  We know God’s comforting presence in a greater way than we ever have.  God reminds us every day that He loves us, that He is providing our every need, and that He is in control.

        Jill Vanderhoof
        Wife of Head Injury Survivor

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    Prayer Requests  

For Steve Sauder

Dear Ones,

 Steven was supposed to be admitted to the hospital for continuous 3+ days of EEG testing and for medication withdrawal.  However, he decided at the last minute (at the registration desk, much to the neurologist’s dismay) that God was telling him “no.”  Actually, Steven seemed to be right because there were several issues with family and also with renters during the week that I needed to be home for.  Plus, since then, we have been somewhat successful with our own experimenting with meds and with determining the “spells” he’s having. 

Thanks for praying!

Steven and Vicki Sauder
Sarasota, Florida

 

For Marty

Marty finally got to go in and get his teeth removed.
 
He had breathing treatments before the surgery. Then after the surgery, Marty had a collapsed lung. They also removed an older feeding tube, and the lung collapsed for that, too.  A port was placed so that if there are future issues, there is easy access.  The whole process took three weeks! It’s amazing to go in for something so simple and wind up in there so long.

Marty is now home, and family has started all the processes over again that get stopped each time he is in the hospital.

Thanks for all the support, and please continue, as I know that you will, in prayers for Marty.

Aunt Cookie (Marty’s main caregiver) is having radiation only for her cancer.  She has made the choice not to have chemo treatments.  Please say some prayers for her, too.

Reading, Pennsylvania
Sister of Head Injury Survivor


  From Phyllis

I  have received $200 toward the approximately $155 cost of printing and mailing. My special thanks to

    Barb, Ione, Marilete, and Aimee                         
   

All of the MTS family appreciates any contribution you make as our Lord leads and provides!

                                                                                                


Good News Sampler May 2010©

 

June – month of the hot moon
         By the light, of the silvery moon,
I want to spoon, 
To my honey I'll croon
 love's tune. 
Honey moon, keep a-shinin' in June.
Your silv'ry beams will bring love's dreams,
We'll be cuddlin' soon,
By the silvery moon.



Couldn’t resist this song for those of us who remember it sung by Doris Day. As Archie Bunker would say: “ah – those were the days!”

 


                     
Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

Jesus, Savior, pilot me, Over life’s tempestuous sea; Unknown waves before me roll, Hiding rocks and treach-‘rous shoal; Chart and compass came from Thee – Jesus, Savor, pilot me! –

 Edward Hopper wrote these words first as a poem while he was pastor of the Church of Sea and Land. An ailing composer wrote the music. It was sung in his church not knowing he had written the words and soon became a favorite of the church members. At his death among his papers was found the original manuscript for the poem he wrote.


 
 
FLAG DAY – JUNE 14   2010

 

Young robins, trailing their mothers as they search the grass for worms, cheep like spoiled brats and stand agape, while waiting to be fed. They don’t yet know they will have to forage for themselves in a few more weeks.  – Hal Borland


 

Francis of Assisi said: “don’t you know that everyone you meet during the day should see in you something of God’s love?”
Is that possible? Yes, but not by striving and trying, but rather by keeping the curtains of your heart open for the light of the Holy Spirit. -  C. ten Boom   – For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts…2 Corin. 4:6

Outside my Window - 

Rubythroat

Seen in sunlight, it is a blur of wings, an iridescent flash of bronzed green and a touch of ruby red.
Always a thrill to get a glimpse of the first hummer of the season. A buzzing sound like the bee before you realize once again the hummingbird is back for the summer.  – dm


 

Diana McMaster, PO BOX 102, Romney IN  47981-0102  goodnews@tctc.com


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