May 2011                  Compiled monthly by Phyllis King, Head Injury Survivor                  Volume 22, Number 5


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

 

We Shall Rejoice

 

 “In him our hearts rejoice,

        for we trust in his holy name.”       

Psalm 33:21 (NIV)

 

 

 
Is this a trying time for you? Isn’t it a comfort to know that we will rejoice because we have trusted in His Holy name? It may be a bit dark looking today, and we may not feel like rejoicing, or it may be a day we feel like rejoicing—we change often. A wise man once said that most Christians fall into one of three categories—those in life’s storms of some type, those coming out of storms, and those just going into one.

 

 

 

We must remember, though, that it will pass. We will not be forever in hard times. Our hearts shall rejoice in Him. He shall take us to our eternal home in Heaven where there is no sorrow, pain, or sickness. He keeps us, and He will guide us safely through by His grace. He is able to do exceedingly above all that we can ask or think. Because we trust in His Holy name, we know we shall rejoice. Praise our King, and honor Him. Give Him glory, for He reigns and is my LORD.

 

Dear LORD, we praise you.

In JESUS’ name. Amen.


 

 

 

One Sunday morning at the end of August 2001, a phrase from Psalm 86:16 caught my attention. The words “give thy strength unto thy servant” became my new prayer for Don. I wrote these words on a piece of paper and put the paper in front of my kitchen sink so I would be reminded of them often throughout the day.

 

Throughout the next two months, Don’s tremors continued to become less frequent and less intense until they faded completely away by the end of September. It was a happy day when Don got the word from the neurologist that he could discontinue taking the anti-convulsive medication all together! God continued to grant gradual increase of strength, stamina, and endurance.

 

Also during these months, we watched God provide opportunities that proved to be the exact therapy Don needed to challenge his abilities at exactly the right times. These opportunities were always a step of faith, believing God gives the strength to do what He leads us to do.

 

Jill Vanderhoof

Wife of Head Injury Survivor

 

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Part 6

 

Dear Phyllis,                                

After my brain injury from a ladder fall, one situation that gave me success in my recovery was with the ventilator that the paramedics put down my throat to my lungs.

 

   My family was told that the ventilator needed to be replaced by a trach tube, that the ventilator can cause an infection if left in too long. I wasn’t being done, and my family was getting upset. So I decided, with the Lord’s help, to take matters in my own hands. I coughed up the ventilator and started breathing on my own. There were twelve nurses around my bed, and they told my family that they had never seen anyone do that before. The next day, they performed a tracheotomy and inserted the tube in me.

 

   The Scriptures tell us in 1 Corinthians 15:57, “Thanks be to God, He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” He did for me. Even though the doctors didn’t give much chance to live, my Lord gave me victory. If you ask Him, God will give you victory or a second chance.

 

Marty Schumaker

Wylie, Texas

Head Injury Survivor                       

 

(The End)


Better Things for Us

 

by  Sandra Stone Lehmann

Phoenix, Arizona

Head Injury Survivor

 

Does it seem as if you have been struggling too long just waiting for a breakthrough from physical, emotional, or perhaps, spiritual pain? Are you just about ready to throw in the towel and say: “What’s the use of trying?” Well, if that is the case, you are in need of some TLC, known as tender, loving care. “Yeah, right,” you might be thinking, “and just where am I going to get that?” Now, let me ask you, where do you think I would direct you?

 

Great! You knew that I would tell you to take a little trip with me into God’s Word, didn’t you? From the very first, “In the beginning God, to the end, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen,” we find words of encouragement and promise.

 

Please take a moment to read from the book of Hebrews, the sixth chapter. The first eight verses deal with the consequences of turning away from our commitment to Christ, and we all need to be reminded of this from time to time. Many persons do make that choice when their focus shifts from Jesus to “other” things. It is so easy to let the negatives in life overwhelm us when we neglect to read the Word and keep our relationship fresh, through prayer and time spent in communication with our Heavenly Father.

 

The rest of the chapter addresses what is in store for us when we remain obedient and faithful. Reference is made to Abraham and how he received the promise. Now, that is a very interesting story, and one that is still having its effects on the world, today!

 

When you read the story of Abraham, back in the book of Genesis, it is revealed that Abraham became impatient, just as many of us do. God had promised him that he would be the Father of many nations, and that all seemed incredibly impossible in Abraham’s sight. However, God had a plan for him, just as he has one for you and me. Sarah, his wife, got in a hurry. She thought she was too old to ever bear a child, so she thought she would just give God some help by offering her handmaid to Abraham, so the promise could come true.

 As the story goes, her handmaid became pregnant and gave birth to a son, Ishmael. Then, Sarah became pregnant and gave birth to Isaac, and then she wondered, “What have I done?” Now we are all witnessing, today, the age-old fight between Ishmael and Isaac, as the Israelites stand against the Arab world.

 See, God does not need our intervention with His plan. He just needs our patience! Those verses go on to say that, if we exercise patience, we will also receive the promise. Has God promised you something that you feel has not been forthcoming? Timing is everything with God, and it is during the waiting period that God tests us and refines us for His use. Do not despise the day of small beginnings, either, but build upon each piece of progress. There is a song that starts: “Be still my soul, be still my soul, cease from your labor and your toil.” When we are quiet before the Lord, He will speak into our spirits, and He will reveal exactly what He wants us to know. Begin to see yourself as God sees you, and let the peace of God reign in your spirit, because he has Better Things for Us.

 


    Prayer Requests 

 

For Marty

 

“May the Love and Favor

Of the Lord Jesus Christ

Rest upon you”

1 Corinthians 16:23

 

Hello!

 

I pray that everyone was Blessed this past Easter and that the April showers that we had definitely bring May flowers. I have been praying lots for miracle Healing for all the HIS readers and family and friends.

 

Update on Marty is as follows: Marty’s legs need healing. His legs are so atrophied that only a miracle from God is going to help him. I cannot convince insurance to send anyone out again. If prayers could be said to sell the property that is just sitting, then maybe the money from that could be used to pay someone out of pocket. We keep trying but are afraid to, since we are not medical “professionals.”

 

I had a great time with Marty yesterday when we watched a Jeff Dunham [ventriloquist and stand-up comedian] video. Marty laughed and laughed. It was wonderful to see that smile and laugh. Marty is better at communicating yes and no. To think  . . . those doctors said he never would. They don’t know Marty, HA! And since Marty loves jokes so much, I am always open to receive clean, funny jokes to share with him to keep his spirits up!

 

 

Please keep prayers going for Marty Marchiani! I will keep prayers going for you, too!

 

All for the Glory of God and in Jesus’ name!

 

Reading, Pennsylvania
Sister of Head Injury Survivor

 

For Steve Sauder

 Several weeks ago, hospice started helping us with Steven’s care at home. He is currently still struggling very much with choking, and his breathing is rough, along with a low-grade fever that periodically spikes. He is very weak, and his muscles, from his throat on down through his intestines, are giving out. If things are not better with the choking by Monday, April 25, hospice

wants to admit him to the Hospice House.

 

Please continue to pray for wisdom for us and hospice personnel and for peace and a gentle home going for Steven. I know God’s timing will be perfect. Thank you so very much for all your prayers.

 

For many years, I have felt that Matthew 4:1-11 is a key Scripture in teaching us how to overcome specific temptations and/or sin areas in our life. At a point when Jesus was extremely weak physically (no food for forty days and nights), Satan came to Him with three temptations. The notable thing is that Jesus, even though He was God come down to earth, did not try to battle Satan Himself. Instead, for each temptation, Jesus simply spoke the Word, as related to that specific temptation. Each time, it stopped Satan in his tracks.

 

Turning that around into my own life . . .   Whatever I am struggling with, I have tried to find an appropriate verse to memorize and use as my shield against the temptation. For example:

 

 1.  Anger  -  Ephesians 4:31; James 1:20


 2.  Fear  -  Psalm 23:4; Proverbs 29:25


 3.  Impatience  -  Galatians 5:22;
Ephesians 4:2

 

Just lately, 1 John 3:4 made it all a little clearer yet. “Everyone who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness; for (that is what) sin is, lawlessness (the breaking, violation of God’s law by transgression or neglect—being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will)” (Amp).

 

Every single time I sin, it is serious business. I am breaking a direct command of God. It is like a child whose parents tell him not to stop on the way home from school, and he deliberately stops at a friend’s home for a while. The parents, who love him, said no; the child does the opposite.

 

How many times have I broken the command, “You shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength” or “You shall have no other Gods before Me” by putting physical comforts or desires or what people think or whatever else ahead of God? How often have a deliberately disobeyed the command to “love one another, as I have loved you”? And so forth.

 

Going back to Matthew 4:1-11, I am now going to ask myself, “What DIRECT COMMAND am a deliberately breaking?” He gave us commands because he loves us and knows what is best for us.  

 

Much love,

 

Vicki Sauder

Sarasota, Florida


 

Casting all your care . . .

 

John 7:38

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

NKJV

It was a beautiful day when my sister Laurie and I hiked into the Rock Mountain National Park, just outside of Boulder, Colorado, recently. Our trek took us along a winding stream still fed by melting snows from the higher mountains around us. The waterfalls along this route were exceptionally beautiful, enhancing this pristine setting. How could anyone deny the existence of our God when one looks at the mural of His creation?

 

As we stood on one of the footbridges crossing this picturesque creek, Laurie told me something very interesting. She mentioned that a Chinese woman once said: As you look downstream, cast all your negative thoughts into that water as it flows away from you. And as you look upstream and as the water rushes toward you, imagine all good things coming into your life. It was an amazing experience standing there and thinking of that release of negativity flowing away from you and then the empowering of that “living water” coming toward you.

 

May that “peace of God” be with you, too, forever.

“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:7 NKJV

 HalleluYah!!!

 Stewart Whittemore

Grants Pass, Oregon

Head Injury Survivor

 

 


  From Phyllis

I have received  $100 toward the approximately $255 cost of printing and mailing. My special thanks to

Marilete    

 

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Good News Sampler May 2011©

– And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4: 12     ESV

I think everyone around here is feeling good about the beginnings of another spring. I will admit that when I went out to look around the yard and saw the Carolina blue bells starting to bloom I was ecstatic* - dm
 * Happy or excited.

                       


"Winter is many months of the year
But now at last May time is here;
And birds sing from a leafy screen
In the trees and hedgerow freshly green;
And the wood-anemone is out in the shade,
With its blushing petals which too soon fade;
Once more the bracken is unfurling there,
And bluebells gently perfume the damp air."
Veronica Ann Twells
, Maytime

 

                            

  Life began in a garden. God made man and placed him in the Garden of Eden – everything needed was made by God for man to tend the garden – what could have been a paradise for man (and his partner, woman) became something they would never have. God gave them one rule to live by: 1And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”– Gen. 2:16-17 ESV. Eve listened to another voice and chose to disobey their Father God’s command. Sin entered into the world and has been a part of it ever since. The story doesn’t end there. It finishes with God giving his only begotten son to take away the sin of the world. {For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life} - John 3:16. ESV

 

  "Don't knock the weather: nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while."
Kim Hubbard

 For flowers that bloom about our feet, Father, we thank Thee; For tender grass so fresh and sweet, Father, we thank Thee.
For the song of bird and hum of bee, For all things fair we hear or see, Father in heaven, we thank Thee.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

                        

                For The Beauty of the Earth - 1864

Folliot Pierpoint born Oct. 7, 1835 in Bath, England wrote the words for this hymn. At age 29 he found himself walking in the countryside on a beautiful Spring day. He saw the ocean of green, the blue dome of heaven, and the winding Avon River cutting through the flowery landscape. Overwhelmed with God’s creative brilliance, he wrote this poem. He later taught, wrote hymns and published poetry, dying in 1917.
This hymn is one of only a few songs devoted purely to giving thanks.


 

For the beauty of the earth, For the glory of the skies,

For the love which from our birth Over and around us lies;

Lord of all, to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the wonder of each hour Of the day and of the night,

Hill and vale and tree and flower, Sun and moon and stars of light:

Lord of all, to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.

 

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



 

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