November 2010                           Compiled monthly by Phyllis King, Head Injury Survivor                          Volume 21, Number 11


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

 

The Solid Rock

 

 “See, I lay a stone in Zion,
      a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
      will never be put to shame. Now to you

who believe, this stone is precious.        

From 1 Peter 2:4–9 (NIV)

 

Did you ever try to move a big rock in your own power—perhaps out of your garden or yard? It was much bigger than you. In your own strength you could not move it. Rocks can be very solid and hard to budge.

 

 

 

This can be very good for a dependable foundation, such as for a home. The cornerstone is the most important part of our homes and must be correct. It is the foundation of the entire home.

 

As Christians, we know that CHRIST is our cornerstone. He is the most important Rock we build on for our lives. We can depend on Him to be stable and secure. Even in times of storm, He is our safe Rock. He is precious and unchanging.

 

Christ is our solid Rock—find stability in Him.

Dear LORD, You are our Rock.

Thank you.

In JESUS’ name. Amen.


Give Thanks

 

  by  Sandra Stone Lehmann

Phoenix, Arizona

Head Injury Survivor

 

“Give thanks with a grateful heart. Give thanks to the Holy One. Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His son.” These are the opening phrases of a beautiful Praise and Worship chorus entitled, “Give Thanks.” As I sit here, today, I am thinking that we all have much for which to be thankful.

 

Just take a look at the beauty God has created for us to enjoy. He has taken his paintbrush and splashed our landscapes with vivid colors, and have you enjoyed a rainbow in the sky? I am awed at the splendor of a sunrise and a sunset, and I thank God for my ability to see. I love the freshness of the air after a rain and the fragrance of a rose, so I give thanks for my sense of smell. The melodic chords of music fill my soul with rejoicing, and I am thankful for my hearing. When I enjoy a favorite morsel of food, I am reminded to be thankful for my sense of taste. Not to be forgotten is the joy derived from touching someone I love. Some of us have encountered much pain, sorrow, and grief, but just the beauty seen in someone’s smile can bring comfort and joy to our hearts. These are all benefits given to us by our God, the creator of the universe.

 

I have a great appreciation for the Bible, God’s inerrant Holy Word, for it is the guiding force in my life. Why am I thankful for it and hold it is such high esteem? The answer is found in the Gospel of John, Chapter twenty, verses thirty and thirty one:  “The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.” Without God’s Word, I would not know how to have a personal relationship with him, or the knowledge needed to share it with you.

 

 

With all of the above in mind, I just want to say:  Father, I thank you for a land that is still free, where I may worship you in Spirit and in truth; a loving family; a tremendous network of prayer partners; an awesome church family; wonderful friends; for meeting my personal need for salvation through the sacrifice of your only son, Jesus; and for the inspiration of your written Word. In the words of Andrae Crouch, composer:  “How can I say thanks for the things you have done for me? Things so underserved, yet you gave to prove your love for me. The voices of a million angels could not express my gratitude. All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe it all to thee. To God Be The Glory!”


Happy 20th Anniversary, Phyllis,

 

I think I started receiving MTS when you started, at least it was around then, and have been reading ever since. For twenty years now you have been a blessing to me and to so many. And I am so appreciative for your ministry to brain injury survivors and their families. 

 

If you remember, I was a high school band director when I had to retire after my accident in 1987. Then after 7 or 8 years I started going in and teaching an hour or so at a time a couple of days a week, but even after all these years, I wear out easily and have to stop. Well, this year and most of last year, I have been going almost every day and teaching (assisting) five classes a day. And instead of high school it is middle school now. 

 

Last year one of my students from the 1980s, asked me to help her daughter who was a seventh grader learning to play Baritone, so I said I would be happy to. Then after several weeks the other kids started asking me to help them too, so I did. I just fell in love with the kids and their enthusiasm for learning music. The band director is a very enthusiastic young man who reminds me a lot of myself when I first started teaching (32 years ago), and we have become very good friends. He is an outstanding musician and has the entire band program (150 students) all by himself, so I offered to come as much as I could, but told him it would totally depend on whether or not God gave the strength to do it. Well, it was clear that this was something God wanted me to do because He did.

 

Liberty Park Middle School is a new school (only three years old) and is one of the two feeder schools for the high school where I taught for 10 years before my retirement and where I have been helping all along, so I am still connected to my old school. Last year was their first year to have an 8th grade, making them eligible to go to Alabama concert band competition, so I started going every day, listening to individuals and sectionals, helping the director fine tune their fundamentals and performance skills. Being a new school, directors from all over the state were interested in how they would perform. They were a huge success and received the highest ratings possible from the judges.

 

So they adopted me, and now I am just one of the family. But it is hard work. As much as I love those kids, they are still kids and they love to test their boundaries. Someone asked me the other day if I was getting paid for all this work, and I said, “Are you kidding me? I would never work this hard for money . . . and it’s a good thing, because I’m not.” No really, if I were being paid, it would just be “a job,” but this way it is something God called me to do and it is what I love.

 

Joe Terry

Birmingham, Alabama

Head Injury Survivor


Victory in Temptation

Part 4

by  Martha Hutcheson

Augusta, Georgia

Head Injury Survivor

 

 In Acts 16, the prisoners had to be amazed at Paul and Silas as they testified and sang about the goodness and faithfulness of their God, even while they were suffering from the severe beatings that they experienced as well as their being imprisoned and bound in stocks. The prisoners’ amazement at Paul and Silas’s testimony most likely changed to shock as the God of Paul and Silas sent the earthquake to free ALL the prisoners. These prisoners saw the power of the One, True God about whom Paul and Silas had been praising and singing.

 

We don’t know how many prisoners were saved, but it is strongly possible, that all or most of the prisoners gave their hearts to the Lord Jesus. If Paul and Silas, through the power of God, the Holy Spirit, were able to rejoice in their temptations and trials, then they were able to rejoice because they had been chosen to suffer for their Savior and for the sake of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 

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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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      Prayer Requests 

For Steve Sauder

 

Steven and I would like to share the following story with you.

 

Many years ago, when Steven was still a young physician, he bought a disability policy and a term life insurance policy, both from the same insurance company. The disability policy has faithfully paid us $900.00 monthly for 17 years now. Also, each of those same 17 years, the premium for the life insurance policy has been waived (because of the disability), but we have continued to receive a yearly life insurance dividend.

 

Both policies state that all disability benefits stop at age 65, which for Steven is March 2011.

 

I had heard that there was a very slim possibility that the insurance company might continue the benefits past age 65 because of the extent of his disabilities, but when I called a couple years ago and talked to the wife of the president of the insurance company, she emphatically said, “Absolutely not. The policy states to age 65. Period.”

 

I’ve been stressing out trying to figure out how to make up that income. Recently when I filled out what would be the last yearly disability insurance form, the Lord prompted me to add a letter stating the extent of Steven’s disabilities and the future prognosis. I asked if they would consider extending the monthly benefit for just one year. I really did not expect any kind of positive answer at all, but . . .

 

“God . . . is able to do superabundantly, far over and above all that we dare ask or think, infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams . . . “ (Eph. 3:20, Amplified Bible).

 

A few weeks ago, I got a letter stating, “Because of the extent of Steven’s

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 disabilities, we have decided to extend all benefits for Steven’s lifetime, including both the monthly disability payment and the waiver of premium for the life insurance (and the dividend payments).”

 

This is really, really awesome in a day when many insurance companies are basically known for raising premiums and for trying to get out of paying benefits rightfully owed. Instead, the leaders of this company have taken a step showing that caring and kindness are more important to them in this instance than profit. As the next verse in Ephesians says, “to God be the glory”!! Halleluiah!! We are so very thankful.

 

Praising Him,

Steven and Vicki Sauder

Sarasota, Florida

 

For Marty

 

“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress,

   and my deliverer,

My God is my Rock,

   in whom I take refuge.”        

Psalm 18:2

 

Marty seems to be holding on. He is going through a tough time with coughing. Marty seems to want the tracheotomy tube out and pulls on it at times. The doctors just keep saying, “No.” We are asking for prayers that if it is the Lord’s will for Marty to have the tube taken out, that there would be a doctor who would see this and help us see it through.

 

PLEASE . . . pray for the family. My mother, John, and Aunt are on a 24/7 schedule tending to our dear Marty. I am asking for prayers, as some days it is really hard. Managing schedules and tending to anything else around Marty and then to be home continually sometimes is hard. I know that there are people who understand. It is just that we would all like to see a glimmer of hope for Marty? Know what I mean??

 

Please pray for endurance and strength.

 

Thank you, and have a wonderfully Blessed Thanksgiving. We are Thankful to have all of you in the circle of family and light!

 


 

 

Reading, Pennsylvania
Sister of Head Injury Survivor


 

  From Phyllis

I have received  $120 toward the approximately $155 cost of printing and mailing. My special thanks to

Marilete and Mary Jo      


Good News Sampler Nov. 2010 ©

 

      

 

…and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1

 

The writer to the Hebrews counsels us that to “run with perseverance” is to live your life with the knowledge that this is not a test of your speed but of your endurance. Your spiritual stamina is going to be challenged. Satan tries to lead you off the track marked out for you by God’s Word. Voices from society try to seduce you to take a pleasant detour. Voices from within your own mind scream at you to quit, to give up, or to take up the race at a later time. These are all voices of the enemy and they desire nothing less than to see you fail. Do not listen to them. Listen instead to the voice of your heavenly Father, who loves you and has given you the victory thru Christ Jesus our Lord. He is cheering you on to certain victory. “Don’t stop; keep running with perseverance the race I have marked out for you! You are on the right track!”

 

Dear Father, please keep encouraging me thru your Word, so that I many continue to run my race with perseverance. Amen.

 

Funny Medicine: The patient has been depressed

ever since she began seeing me in 1983.

&

When the patient fainted, her eyes rolled around

the room.

 

I have learned over a period of time to be almost unconsciously grateful – as a child is – for a sunny day, blue water, flowers in a vase, a tree turning red.

I have learned to be glad at dawn and when the sky

is dark. – Faith Baldwin

 

Do not live among the husks of corn – while underneath, untasted, lie the kernels still.- unk

      
                                                                                                          

"The wind that makes music in November corn is in a

hurry. The stalks hum,

the loose husks whisk skyward in half-playing swirls,

and the wind hurries on....

A tree tries to argue, bare limbs waving, but there is no

detaining the wind."

- Aldo Leopold.

 

            

 

"Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable, the hurrying

rustle of crisp leaves blown

along the street or road by a gusty wind, and the gabble

of a flock of migrating geese.

Both are warnings of chill days ahead, fireside and

topcoat weather."

- Hal Borland

 

Arthur Guiterman

So once in every year we throng

Upon a day apart,

To praise the Lord with feast and song

In thankfulness of heart

 

 


 


 

Diana McMaster PO BOX 102 Romney, IN 47981-0102

goodnews@tctc.com

 

 


 

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