June 2011                  Compiled monthly by Phyllis King, Head Injury Survivor                  Volume 22, Number 6


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

 

Healing for Sin-sick Souls

 

 

“These things I remember
       as I pour out my soul:
   how I used to go to the house of God
       under the protection of the Mighty One
   with shouts of joy and praise
       among the festive throng.”

 

Psalm 42:4 (NIV)

 

   When our bodies become sick, we suffer. We want to get well fast. Some people suffer with health problems for years, others find out suddenly that life is short at best. What about our souls?

 

 

 

 
   When souls are sick, do they seek to get well? Do they seek to come to CHRIST for healing? Do they seek for the sin-bearer to cleanse and heal their souls? There is only one who can, and that is our precious LORD JESUS CHRIST. He is able to forgive, cleanse, heal, and keep. He heals the sin-sick soul.

 

 

Praise Him for it. He is the sin-bearer

who heals the sin-sick soul.

 

Dear LORD, thanks for saving me.

In JESUS’ name. Amen.

 


 

 

 

 

 

   The best word to describe the recovery period is tedious. All physical, mental, and emotional strength needed to be regained. The steps of improvement often came by quarter-inches with periods of waiting between steps. Sometimes the recovery process seemed like as much of an affliction as the earlier months of illness. It was as if Don’s mind had to go through a maturing process, and this process could not be rushed. This was often very frustrating for each member of our family. Of course, we did not yet know to what extent he would recover or how long it would take.

 

  Dependence on God through His Word and prayer brought us all the way through the tedious eleven-month journey of recovery. Psalm 119:92 is our testimony, “Unless thy law had been my delight, I should then have perished in mine affliction.”

 

 

Jill Vanderhoof

Wife of Head Injury Survivor

 

To purchase this book, send $4.50 to

 

Don & Jill Vanderhoof

1 Cross Court,

Greenville, SC 29607

 


 

The Parable of the Cheese Ball

 

by  Doug Cooper

Orlando, Florida

 Head Injury Survivor

 

Sin is like a handful of cheddar cheese balls: pleasing to the eye and mouth, but leaving a dusting on everything that they touch. Eat enough of them, and they actually stain your hands and leave you with orange lips and tongue.

 

 

Such it is with sin; like Moses, choose to be “set apart,” rather than “enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time” (Hebrews 11:25).

 

The only way to clean yourself is to be washed with “soap and water” of confession and repentance.

 

 

This parable draws in 1 Corinthians 1:27’s truth that “God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise.”

 

I’m sure that “it would be included in the parables recorded in Matthew 12 (next to knowing a tree by its fruit),” if there had been cheese balls back then

 

 
OK, I admit that this a “little out there” (even for me), but I had fun!

 

How are your hands?                                                                                       


 


 

Dear Phyllis,

 

 

I’m considering another career change, sort of. I’ve been getting so many people telling me that I should be a motivational speaker! I just had a guy stop by my home here to do a little work. And as he was leaving, he told me that I should be a motivational speaker! I’ve been writing up a couple of outlines of things I can speak on. I just really need to get a few people to speak with about it and to try my outlines out on to see what they say or think! I’ve been thinking since the wreck I should do something like that to try to get young people like I was not to do worldly things like I was into but to seek God and do His Will for the rest of their lives!

 

I love God’s Word, I love what He keeps doing in my life. I love speaking in front of people! So I feel one day soon, I’m going to become a Motivational Speaker!

 

And God just brought The Star of Hope here in Houston to my mind. I could go in there and speak with those men and try to get them all to stop drugs, quit drinking and to do their best to seek God and do His Will and stop doing Satan’s will for them!

 

This is just a start of the writing of Payne! Of the Christ-filled Christopher!

 

Christopher G. Payne

Houston, Texas

Head Injury Survivor

 


 

Dear Phyllis,

 

 

Last month, two members of my Brain Injury Support Group held an Awareness Raising event in their mobile home park. Everybody took turns introducing themselves by name and identity as a survivor from car accident, fall, or stroke.

 

I will not forget the lady who introduced herself with “I’m a Christian!”

 

What an introduction!

 

Barb Castlow

Leesburg, Florida

Head Injury Survivor

 


 

Accessing God’s Promises

 

by Sandra Stone Lehmann

Phoenix, Arizona

Head Injury Survivor

 

A few weeks ago I attended a “live feed” conference entitled “Rediscovering God in America.” You may recognize a few of the speakers: Historian David Barton, Researcher George Barna, Pastors Jack Hibbs and Larry Stockstill, Speaker Newt Gingrich, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and Governor Mike Huckabee. The purpose of the conference was to motivate born-again believers to engage in preserving our country’s God-given freedoms. The general consensus was that America needs to return to God-fearing leadership and principles and give God the glory and honor that is due him. (I ascribe to that observation!)

 

Many thoughts have whirled around in my mind since that experience. I was deeply stirred as I pondered the reason many people migrated to America in the first place. They came because they were seeking freedom from religious persecution. Our country’s forefathers were deeply devoted to God and the study of American history proves this beyond any shadow  of doubt.

 

 Two of the speakers made reference to the depths of degradation to which we, as a nation, have fallen, and concluded: “It is Mt. Carmel all over again, the battle of the gods.” In case you do not know or remember this reference, it is talking about Elijah and his confrontation with the 450 prophets of Baal. Elijah called fire down from heaven, and God showed up! The sacrifice was consumed and the false prophets were all put to death.

 

The question then, and now, is this: “What is the truth?” Our culture demands political correctness, and truth has become whatever is relevant. What does our God demand? He demands integrity and absolutes. He set the standards for right and wrong, and there is no debate! I have a conclusion of my own, which I share from a heart of love and concern. There are far too many persons professing to be Christians who “know about God,” but they do not “know God, personally.” Allow me to qualify that statement by referencing 2 Peter, chapter 1.

  

Peter starts this exhortation with a blessing in verse two. “May grace (God’s favor) and peace (which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in [the full, personal, precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ our Lord” (Amp).

 

There are absolutely no greater promises than these two! Forgiveness from our sin is a direct result of God’s grace, which is unmerited; and when you analyze God’s peace, who would not want that promise? The New Living Translation states it this way: “May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of Gad and Jesus our Lord.”

 

You probably know many people on various levels, but when you know a person intimately, you are able to both understand and predict their behaviors. I maintain that professing Christians who know God this well are in the minority! It takes effort to build such a relationship—it must be nurtured! As an outgrowth of our faith, we seek to know Him better.

 

In verses five through eight, we are instructed to respond to God’s promises by supplementing our faith with a list of character traits. Residual cognitive deficits often give me difficulties with sequencing, and when I read this list I thought:  “This is overwhelming!” Then I re-read the chapter.

 

 

His Word states that He has given us the power to do as He asks. We are to add to our faith (building upon each step) the following:  a generous provision of moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, patient endurance, godliness, brotherly affection, and love for everyone. This is a developmental process, and as these attributes manifest themselves in our lives, we will find ourselves “Accessing God’s Promises.”

 


 

Steve Sauder Goes Home

 

 

God has answered your prayers for healing for Steven. Monday, May 9, 2011, around 1:45 in the morning, the Lord called Steven home. The moment that Steven had yearned for so many years had finally come.

 

  

He was in a coma Sunday from about noon on. Sunday morning, he was still responding somewhat, and we spent the morning reading the Word together. The last Scripture that we read together—one that I just “happened” to open up to—was Isaiah 35 (NIV). I cried all the way through reading it. Portions follow:

 

 

“Strengthen the feeble hands,

steady the knees that give way;

say to those with fearful hearts,

Be strong, do not fear,

your God will come....

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened

and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

Then will the lame leap like a deer,

and the mute tongues shout for joy.

And a highway will be there...

But only the redeemed will walk there,

and the ransomed of the Lord will return,

They will enter Zion with singing;

everlasting joy will crown their heads.

Gladness and joy will overtake them,

and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”


 

 

God blessed us with a wonderful memorial service here in Sarasota, Florida, on Saturday, May 21st. We will hold another memorial service in Illinois on July 9th at Eureka Bible Church, Eureka, because we have so many friends, family, and former patients and staff there. If any of you is nearby, we would love to have you come! 

  

For the past month, I have been posting on a blogspot for Steven at

 

www.ssauder.blogspot.com

 

I will continue to post periodically, and after the 2nd memorial service, I will post the slide show (which includes journal entries) from the service.

 

 

Thank you so very, very much for your years of prayer. I love you all very much. God willing, I will continue to contribute monthly to More Than Survivors.

 

In Him,

Vicki Sauder

Sarasota, FL

 

 

 

Steve and Vicki,  

Christmas 1992,        

the year before his injury.

 


 

 

    Prayer Requests 

 

For Marty

 

“Bear one another’s burdens

   and in this way

   you will fulfill  the law of Christ”

   Galatians 6:2

 

 

Marty is holding on…I guess he is waiting for someone to purchase his property so that I can possibly pay for physical therapy that is soooo desperately needed. Marty seems good emotionally at the moment. Atrophy is his enemy at the moment.

 

 

Please pray for sale of the property so that I can pay for outside services that no longer are paid for from insurance.

 

 Please pray that Marty can have someone come to the house and see the same potential as we do and decide to help us, help him!

 

Please pray also for the small number of us who are trying to tend to his needs whether it is physical, emotional, or tending to the situation. Marty also needs some spiritual people to come to the house. It seems that all the “spiritual” people have stopped coming around. Marty so dearly loves prayer and singing. I can pray but I cannot sing.

 

I continue to keep everyone in prayers, also.

 

God Bless you all in abundance!

 

Reading, Pennsylvania
Sister of Head Injury Survivor

 


 

I subscribe to God’s Daily Word. Each day I receive an e-mail devotion written by Steve Troxel, president or God’s Daily Word Ministries.

 

 

When I first heard that his sister had a brain tumor, I wrote to him about the MTS web site—morethansurvivors.org. He responded that he hoped that sometime she would be able to write something for us.

 

 

On May 2, he sent this report, which includes thoughts on praying for healing and a note from his sister.

 

 

If you have access to e-mail, I recommend that you subscribe to God’s Daily word at   gdwm.org.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been two and a half months since my last update on my sister. The last message, which gives a good overview, is located at the following web page:

 

http://www.gdwm.org/display_devo.asp?Counter=mess3049

 

The short version is that in November of last year, my sister, currently living in Australia, was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma brain cancer. The prognosis for such a cancer is extremely bad. I visited her just after Christmas and left expecting she would die within a month or two. I am pleased to report that my expectations were not met. Below is a note which she dictated; but first I need to share some thoughts about prayer and faith, or perhaps the lack in my faith.

 

 

 When I wrote my first message about my sister I received over 3000 email responses - and I read them all! I was greatly encouraged by most, and I was also rebuked by several. I was rebuked for writing as if I expected my sister to die, as if I did not believe that God could heal. I was also rebuked for not believing that God would absolutely heal my sister.

 

For the record, I do not believe that God promises to heal all illness in this lifetime, nor do I believe that healing is dependent on my faith. However, some of the rebukes did indeed hit home.

 

 

In my part of the world we definitely pray for healing. But I have to admit that most of the time we pray not fully expecting that God can heal, or that He really would. Maybe I should not say We and rather should just say Me. When I was praying for my sister, I prayed for things like comfort and peace, and for an easing of pain. I did not pray for healing.
 

After my Christmas visit, and after some more gentle rebukes in response to an update message, I finally prayed for my sister to be healed. I said “God I do not see any way that my sister can be healed, but I believe you are God and can do the impossible. I pray that you would heal my sister; and if You do, I will tell the world.”

 

 

James 5:16

 

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

 

My sister is not healed but the last brain scan indicated the tumors had stopped growing and several had actually shrunk in size. This itself is a miracle which has the doctors astounded. Today my sister is in better condition than when I left her in early January. I fully believe that God can heal her; whether He will or not I do not know. But she has been given a significant amount of extra time and I am so thankful.


 

The following note was dictated by my sister. In the note, Jaime is her husband, Nick and Ryan are two of her young children, and the move back to the USA from Australia is scheduled for the end of May.
 

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Well I’m walking a little better and talking a little better. I still get tired lots, Jaime says something like “I can’t believeshe’s going to sleep some more.” I try to have races

 

with my right hand eating cereal with Nick or Ryan to practice getting that side to do what my brain says, like when I walk down the stairs with someone I have trouble grabbing the railing with my right hand. I’ll stare at the railing but my hand doesn’t get there, my eyesight is still my frustrating thing. I have to stare at something for a while for it to come into focus. Old people at the church say at least you have something to blame it on, maybe true but I’m used to 20/20 vision. Also when my words don’t come out right, like calling people by other names is frustrating.

 

 

In general my spirits are high, it helps having the bed facing the window because I can see people coming and going and feel the sunshine, like this morning I could have laid there forever. I get a little scared about moving back to States, the flying part, how it might affect my health. We’re going to Queensland next week and I’m worried about the flight, but it will be good to go and face it as a test run. The doctor said I should be OK with TED socks (that’s Thrombo Embolic Deterrent, or compression, socks for us laymen).

 

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Thanks again for all of your prayers. I truly believe it has made a difference; your prayers have been “powerful and effective.” There is a good possibility that my sister and her family will stay with us the first week in June. I am in awe of God’s mercy. I will continue to pray for a good report the next time I send an update on my baby sister.

 

Have a Christ Centered Day!

 

Steve Troxel

God’s Daily Word Ministries

 


 

  From Phyllis

 

 

 
   I have received $150 toward the approximately $275 cost of printing and mailing. Special thanks to

 

   Marilete and Barb                                   

 

 

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