This Is My Offering

“This is my offering, dear Lord.  This is my offering to You, God.
And I will give You my life, for it’s all I have to give,
Because You gave Your life for me.”
– Offering by Third Day

Several weeks ago this chorus was running through my head and off my tongue.  I was considering whether I should write a post about it … what is our offering?  I mean, He did give His life for us: what do we give Him in return?

As I was pondering this, my sister called and asked me to do something that, unbeknownst to her, actually frustrated me.  I was about to tell her that what she had asked frustrated me, when someone else started talking to her and in my heart, I felt like the Father whispered, “this is your offering!”

In Matthew chapter five, we read about “going the extra mile”.  I feel like people often mention that, but how often do we actually do it?  How often do we do a little and then walk away thinking we have done enough and leaving everything else (whatever it may be) for someone else?  How often do we selfishly sit back because something is difficult, frustrating or hard to do?

Let me take it a step farther.  How often do we withhold from truly loving someone(s) because that person(s) is so irritating?  How often do we withhold mercy and grace because that person(s) keeps doing the same thing that upsets us over and over again?  How often do we not forgive others because they have really hurt us?

As Believers, we are not given the choice to love or not to love our fellow man.

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” – John 14:15

“Yeshua said unto him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” – Matthew 22:37-39

Do we dare withhold mercy and grace … when He has not withheld it from us?

“… Freely you have received, freely give.”  Matthew 10:8b

Forgiveness … it is so easy to say “I forgive you,” but to truly forgive from our hearts can often be more difficult than what we think.  When we forgive others, YHWH is glorified … and Satan hates that!  Satan does not want us to forgive because when we don’t forgive, roots of bitterness start to grow and they grow harder and stronger everyday.  Even though forgiving is hard at times … we must do it!  There is freedom in forgiveness!

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” – Matthew 6:14-15

So my question for you today is, what is our offering?  Since it was recently Hanukkah, I have been reading through the Maccabees and while many things stood out to me, there was something that specifically caught my attention in the first book, chapter 14.  Many nations had risen up against the Jewish people in an attempt to destroy them, and after these attempts had failed, the Jewish people said, “How can we express our thanks to Simon and his sons?  He, his brothers, and his father’s whole family have been towers of strength for our nation. They have fought off our enemies and set the nation free” – 1 Maccabees 14:25b-26.

And in verse 29, “Often when wars broke out in the country, Simon son of Mattathias, a priest of the Jehoiarib family, and his brothers risked their lives in protecting our nation, our Temple, and our Law against our enemies. They have brought great glory to our nation.”

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13

My grandmother was a little girl during World War II.  She was in Poland with her family.  A few times she has told us the story of when the Nazis were bombing their area.  Her family went out into the fields and laid down since they could not stay in their house.  She was only three years old and her older sister was supposed to be taking care of her, but somehow they got separated.  My grandmother, like any other person, was terrified by the planes that were flying so low that you could see the pilots.  She was wearing a red dress and stood up to scream.

There were also Russian soldiers in the field with them and one of them told her to lay down, but she did not understand Russian!  Then and there, a true hero arose, one who loved another more than himself.  The Russian soldier covered my grandmother with his body to save her life.  My grandmother does not know if the soldier was killed or not, but she and the rest of us are indebted to this man and are so thankful for his love sacrifice.  This was true love … this was his offering.

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We all have different gifts and callings as members of the Body of Messiah, which means we all have different kinds of offerings.  Your offering may look completely different than my offering, but that does not mean that either one is less of an offering!   For some, the offering may be that of a soldier who fights (and dies) in wars for his countrymen … for others, it may be doing a chore for a sibling.  Both are offerings!  In Matthew 25 there is the parable of the master who gives his servants the talents.  In the same way, YHWH gives us each something … what we do with it is what really counts.

We were all given the priceless gift of eternal life when we accepted Yeshua, so why don’t we ask ourselves today what our offering is?  How can we bless others and bring glory to Him?  As this new year unfolds before us, why don’t we seek to go the extra mile … to do the unexpected and step out of our comfort zone when we might want to run and hide?  Let this be our offering!

Pray … About A Lawn Mower???

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Have you ever wondered if the Father REALLY answers prayers?  I mean, in our little everyday life.  Does it really matter if we pray for our future?  Isn’t it already planned out?

We recently moved to a 115 year old  farmhouse with 4-5 times more land then we were previously renting.  It is going to be great … but there is a lot more to keep up with and my brother decided to buy a zero-turn lawnmower for the yards.

He purchased one, only to find out (after an extremely short time) that it was not described accurately.  It had mechanical issues and did not work properly on our hilly terrain.  He tried to contact the guy who sold it to him but the man was not interested in taking back this “wonderful” mower he had just sold the evening before.  The situation was hopeless.  My brother tried to reason with the guy but he would not budge.

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As I stood outside repainting the quarter-round trim (an odd brown shade that provided an amazingly interesting contrast to the pink and green walls of our girl’s bedroom), I felt the urge to pray.

The prayer was not just for the man to be convicted and have a change of heart and to start walking honestly, but also for my brother and that he could accept whatever the Father had for him (even if that meant losing a chunk of the money he had been carefully saving for trucking school … and still be mower-less).

Tommy decided to send one more text, explaining our difficult situation and asking the man to please help him out.  He was even willing to take a $100 loss, if the man would JUST TAKE THE MOWER BACK.

More prayer … a long silence … for him, a battle between hope and despair, frustration and anger … and finally, the man responded.  His whole tone and words were changed and that evening, the mower was returned and Tommy had everything back, minus the time and some gas!!!

The Father moves in mighty ways!  I am praising Him for the change He brought about, and thankful that He does lead us through difficult times to mold us into better tools for His service.

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Sometimes His plans are different from our wishes and it is crucial that we never doubt Him … at the same time though, don’t shrink away from His presence.  Be bold, worship Him, praise Him, sing to Him, dance before Him, rejoice in His mighty works … and lay your burdens at His feet.  Even our Savior encourages us to call out, seek, knock on the door, be persistent … and find!  (Luke 11:5-13)

He is mighty … how about you?

Another angel, who had a gold container for incense, came and stood at the altar.  This one was given a lot of incense to offer with the prayers of the saints on the gold altar in front of the throne.  Then the smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up to God from the hand of the angel.  Revelations 8:3-4.

P.S.  Lydia said I should mention that a few days later Tommy was able to get a working lawnmower and this one is a John Deere, so that adds 100 pluses 🙂


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Happy Purim and A Family in Need

Hello Everyone!

Our family just finished celebrating the feast of Purim… a holiday that began about 25oo years ago after the Jewish people narrowly escaped a horrific massacre.  I do not have time to go into the details, but you can CLICK HERE to read an interesting post my sister Sarah did about what happened. Purim is celebrated with lots of special traditions varying from family to family and culture to culture.  One of the best traditions out there though, is giving gifts (read Esther 9:20-28)!  You can do this in so many ways like giving your parents a gift card for them to go on a date, buying a brother some Israeli Source Sandles, getting some wholesome books for a little sister who just can’t read too much, sending a package to friend, making a meal or even little things like painting or drawing a picture or writing a letter.  Just look around, pray about what you can give and then, get to work!

While we are on the topic of giving, I would like to bring a family to your attention.  The husband/father grew up here in the hills and hollers of Tennessee. He went overseas many years ago and learned the native language very well.  Upon discovering that there was only one translation of the Bible in the area (and it was not very accurate), he decided to do something about it.

T– married a beautiful girl overseas and I still remember them coming over to our house and K– (his wife) cooked sticky rice for us!  Ever heard of that?  If not, you have got to try it!

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We children had such a fun time … you mean we are SUPPOSED to eat with our hands?!?!  Imagine our amusement when Samuel (a baby at the time) decided to eat “sticky grits” the next morning 🙂  It was quite the mess!

Anyway, I recently was reading an email from them and wanted to share part of it with you.

Pray for us, that God will continue to meet our needs.  Finances have been tight lately.  In fact, after 18 years on the field, last October was the first time we slipped into the red; we had to borrow $25 from our neighbors at the end of the month to keep the lights on.  We are trying to feed our family of twelve, stay involved in the lives of many more, and do projects on less than $2000 a month and it isn’t working.  We have had some supporting churches break up and dissolve, others have been thinned.  Plus, we’re feeling the dollar getting weaker and the increasing inflation as I’m sure you all have.

It gets better!  Currently my business visa needs renewal and two of our children’s passports have expired.  We are in need of updating our computers and repairing 3 printers, plus our refrigerator door has finally rusted off its hinges!  I’m just glad we are all healthy (thanks for praying!).  We aren’t discouraged; K– and I somehow find this all quite amusing and comical.  God’s been more than faithful to us for so long I can’t fathom being forsaken now.

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The S– Family with friends/co-workers.

Our printing/ministry fund is printed away as well, which, looking back is quite exciting, but we don’t look back often since we aren’t headed in that direction ;-).  Proverbs and Bi-lingual John/Romans are in demand right now and we have other projects lined up waiting…

So, any help is much appreciated.  We could come back to the States and raise funds, but tickets themselves are frightfully expensive, and K– and I just don’t feel the time is right.  We have our momentum up at the moment and are encouraged.

Again, thank you for your prayer and support.  We are nothing without you!  In Christ, T– for the S– Family

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Would you like to help them?  Maybe you have a few dollars … maybe you have a lot.  Nobody is begging but I would like you to be aware of this need.  Yes, our Father in Heaven is the one who provides but should we wait around until $100 bills start falling from the sky?  Or is this one way YOU can be His hands and feet?

If the Father puts it on your heart to help this family, whether it is a small gift or maybe even a regular donation, email me for an address.

Asking For Blessings … And Blessings Indeed!

Many of you have probably heard of or read the book by Bruce Wilkinson called The Prayer of Jabez.  A couple years ago I found it on our bookshelf and decided to read it.  It was intriguing.

For those of you who have not read the book, it was based on 1 Chronicles 4, verses 9-10, “And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.  And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territories, and that your hand would be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!  And YHWH granted him that which he requested.”

When I finished reading the book, it went back on the shelf.  I didn’t give it much more thought because, for me personally, I felt like that prayer was for a man way back in history … in Bible times 🙂 … not something I should pray now.  I also had a hard time asking for blessings on my life … and not just blessings, but “bless me INDEED”.  I felt like I was not worthy of asking such blessings, it seemed so selfish.  So, it surely couldn’t be for me!  I think the Father thought differently though!

As I packed for our family’s trip to Israel, I looked over the bookshelf to see what books I wanted to take and read.  For some reason I was impressed to take The Prayer of Jabez.  This was an odd step for me because I’m not a big book reader, but I took it anyway.  I started reading the book while traveling and then small bits of it while in Israel.  Thoughts started running through my head and I questioned myself, “Why am I reading this?  Is it applicable to me and should I be praying this prayer?”

One morning I went up to the family room where everyone was gathering for devotions.  I was a bit surprised to see that an older man named Yohan was leading us in devotions that day … normally the father of the house did that.  But I did not mind!  We were soon enveloped in fellowshipping with our Savior.  I was so amazed when Yohan began sharing Scriptures with us and he started talking about Jabez’s prayer!  I couldn’t believe it!

I came to realize that our Heavenly Father desires to bless us and He longs to have a relationship with us.  Yohan shared an example with us that actually had just happened in front of all of us.  One of the sons of the family who took care of the house had to go somewhere.  Before he left, he came to his father for an embrace.  Yohan shared that this is how our Heavenly Father wants us to be … He wants us to come to Him and “demand” our blessings, just as the son had just “demanded” a good-bye embrace.  Yohan explained that it was not selfish to ask for this blessing.

I realized, if we cannot forgive ourselves and if we hold on to the “fact” that “we are not worthy”, we are not accepting the sacrifice and atoning blood of Yeshua.  I felt that what Yohan shared at devotions was a confirmation that I should start praying the Jabez prayer.  And so I did.  I wrote the prayer out on a postcard and prayed it once a day.

Wow … it has been an awesome experience!  I have been so blessed.  I feel closer to the Father and besides that, I have seen several doors opened to ministering to the needs of other ladies/girls.  Plus, I have been blessed in my home business.

I really want to encourage you all; you do not have to pray the Jabez prayer … you can pray your own prayer … but never be shy or think yourself unworthy of the Father’s blessings.  Seek for His blessings to be poured out upon you … but don’t let it be one-sided either.  We owe Him more than we can pay … but that is okay, He knows it and He still desires to pour out blessings upon us!  He is an awesome Abba (Father).

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” – Jeremiah 33:3.

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Vessels For His Glory

As I packed my bags for our six-week trip to Israel, I contemplated whether to leave on the sticker that was on the front of my computer.  I had the same sticker for a long time and was starting to get tired of seeing it (I’m known for changing desktop backgrounds, etc. fairly often).  I also was considering the fact that I didn’t want any hassle through security if they searched bags (not that I thought they would give hassle, but I was being too cautious!).  So I was trying to decide what I wanted to do.

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You are probably wondering what my sticker said?  It says, “Rejoice in the Lord”.  By the way, I was not tired of the words, just the sticker colors, design, etc.  I decided to leave it on because I liked the reminder!

The day finally arrived for us to leave.  When we got to our airline’s desk, we found that our flight was delayed five hours.  But our airline quickly transferred us over to another airline.  It was a long story so I’m not going to go into it, but once we finally were headed to the plane, we had to hurry … we didn’t have much time.

When we came around the corner and saw the line to go through security, I wondered if were would make our flight on time.  Amazingly though, they opened up a different line for us so we didn’t have to go through the crowd of people and the body scanners.  I put my backpack on the runner to go through the scanner and then I walked through security.  When I went to get my bag, one of the guys asked, “Is this your bag?”  When I said it was, he asked if it had a computer in it.  I told him it did and then he explained that they had to take the computer out and run both through the scanners again.

I unzipped my bag and set my computer in romans-1-16-versethe tub the man was holding.  As I set it in, I noticed that the guy was reading it.  I looked up and he had the most thoughtful look on his face … I cannot really explain it.  I could tell that my “Rejoice in the Lord” sticker had touched him, even though I didn’t know how.  My heart became happy as I realized that the Father had led me to leave that on for some reason … and I think the reason was for that young man.

I tell you this little story because I really want to encourage you.  You really don’t know whom you touch.  It could be a kind word, an action, a smile … the list could go on and on.  When we were on outreach in Israel, the people were often hard and sometimes rude … but when you looked at them in their eyes and smile at them, they would soften.

I encourage you; consider yourself.  Are you allowing the spirit of Yeshua to flow through you and to shine forth?  I have been blessed by so many people and I think they often don’t even know it.  Have you been one of these people who unconsciously bless others?  This is the BEST way (for your reward will be in Heaven) and the key to this is knowing the Shepherd’s voice (John 10:27) and cleansing yourself, so His Spirit can fill your life and overflow it!

2540847994_200515a731“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify YHWH in your body, and in your spirit, which are YHWH’s.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16 

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When Prayer Is Answered

It has been kind of quiet around here lately.  Around Radical Femininity, that is … not around the Washburn house!  We have been busy.

You know, I find myself saying those words all the time!  Usually it is in apology to someone to whom I have not responded as quickly as I would have liked.

It’s been so busy around here …
We’ve been so busy …
I’ve just been trying to catch up …

But then I realize that life just stays busy … what’s the point of acting like it’s something unusual or that it will slow down soon?!  From now on, just expect that we are currently very busy and if we aren’t, it will be shouted from the rooftops 🙂

So even though we normally find ourselves with little free time on our hands, these past few weeks have been unusually strenuous.  Why?  Because we have been blessed with puppies!  We raise puppies (if you want to see some cuties, check out Happy Hill Pups) and have been breeding dogs for years, but our canines have been very fruitful these past couple months and we had (still have) many puppies all at once.

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A box of Labs, anyone? 🙂

But the reason for this post is that I wanted to share with you the details of an answered prayer (and it does have to do with dogs).  I always find it encouraging to read testimonies of answered prayer – it really builds my faith and I hope you can say the same.  So here goes …

IMG_0056 copyThis is Fiona.  She is a Bichon Frise whom we recently brought home from Indiana.  She belongs to my younger sister Abigail and was expecting a litter of Cavachons (the sire is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) tomorrow. This past Sabbath (the 9th), we awoke to a very sick Fiona.  She was extremely lethargic, couldn’t hold her head up, her legs were half-paralyzed, etc.  Abigail tried offering her coconut water and a can of tuna, but she didn’t have the strength to eat or drink.  We were very concerned since we had not experienced anything like this in the past, and were considering whether we needed to schedule an emergency appointment with our veterinarian.  She looked so bad that I wondered if she was going to make it and thought we might end up needing a c-section for the puppies.

But it was Shabbat morning.  And we try not to do any buying or selling on the Sabbath.  We believe that there are sometimes emergency exceptions but as a rule, we feel strongly that we should not buy or sell on the Sabbath.  Now we had to decide whether this was an exception.

Before making that decision, we all gathered around Fiona’s crate to pray for wisdom.  As we finished praying, I immediately thought of hypoglycemia.  I had heard that it was common in small breed dogs, but we had never experienced it.  As I reached for my phone to look up the symptoms of hypoglycemia in canines, someone suggested giving her a syringe of gatorade. Our vet recommend that for failing puppies and sometimes it worked.  As they started forcing gatorade down her throat, I discovered that she was definitely displaying symptoms of hypoglycemia.

We started rubbing honey on her gums and between that and the gatorade, she started showing signs of improvement.  In other words, she had the strength to bring her tongue back into her mouth whereas it had been hanging out!  I’m telling you, she looked half-dead when I woke up! But after we had finished praying, all of us felt confident that we were supposed to treat her at home and let YHWH take care of the rest.

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Coconut water, gatorade, honey, tuna and yogurt … what more could you ask for?!

I then remembered that when blood sugar is so low, there must be an intake of protein as well as sugar, or else the sugar will spike and cause more problems.  So we offered her some goat milk yogurt and she started licking it up.  What a relief!  After a little while, she was able to eat a little tuna.  We were so thankful and started making plans for how to keep her blood sugar regulated – meaning that Abigail would be getting up in the nights to feed her, since we have to keep her in a crate overnight.

Grateful that she was doing better, although definitely not back to normal, we proceeded with our morning, keeping an eye out and offering her food and liquids regularly.  Our hope was to get her blood sugar stabilized and keep it that way over the next few days as she prepared to birth her puppies.  A few hours later, around noon, we noticed that she was pushing. Apparently she had forgotten that it was five days until her due date!

Once we realized that she was in serious labor, I mixed up a laborade recipe that Samantha sent me when I had texted her about Fiona’s low blood sugar.  We began syringing that into her since she was too weak to drink it on her own.  When the first puppy was born, she couldn’t clean it, or herself, nor could she sever the cord like mama dogs are supposed to do.  She had absolutely no energy and she wasn’t passing the placenta.

IMG_5850 copyWe gathered around to pray again.  We waited.  And we prayed.  And we waited some more.  Finally, she birthed her second puppy and with it, the placenta of the first one. When we held the puppies up to her face, she weakly licked them.  More prayer!

IMG_5872 copyThen it happened.  I don’t know exactly when or how, but she perked up and started drinking on her own.  She lapped up her yogurt and began chewing off the puppies’ cords.  Talk about a happy moment!  As her labor progressed and she continued to birth, she became more energetic and like her normal self.

By late afternoon, we had six beautiful puppies and a happy mama who was actively caring for them.  Since then, she has not had any more difficulty.  And, another answer to prayer, neither have her puppies.  They all are thriving and healthy and she is such a good mother!

As we talked over the experience that evening, we discussed that most of us had started out the morning thinking the situation was hopeless.  It looked like we would lose our dog and possibly her puppies.  At the very least, we were considering the necessity for a c-section.  Yet when we turned to the Father and put it in His hands, He took care of it!

Does that mean that He always answers prayer in the way that we hope for?  No!  Last night we had an accident with my Labrador who had her puppies the day after Fiona … she accidentally laid on one of her eleven puppies and it was barely alive when we found it.  We prayed for it to be fine but it died a short time later 🙁

I don’t understand why some prayers are answered in the way we would like and others are not.  But I do know that we can trust that His plan is best, even if it isn’t our first choice.  And to know that He is there listening and answering our prayers in His perfect way is an amazing thought.  I hope that we will never lose sight of that!

Have you had a prayer answered recently?

Can The Heavenly Father Heal Today … Without The Medical System?

This article will step on some toes.  It will shake some support walls.  It will offend many.  That is not my intent.

I am writing this article for the lady who has been called to trust the Heavenly Father for her health ….. without putting her faith, hope and trust in the medical system.  You know who you are.  I have been that lady and know very few other people who have walked in this way.  It is a lonely place …… some think it ridiculous.  That is why I am writing this article for you …… so that you know you are not alone and what I have walked through can strengthen your faith.

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One hot summer night in 1990, as my husband and I were taking our nightly stroll past the hospital (we lived right in the heart of the city back then), I was stopped.  An overwhelming feeling came over me.  The thought “this is a very wicked place” came into my mind.  What? This does not make sense to me.  I told my husband what happened and we could not make much sense of it.  We discussed it a bit, then tucked the thought away.

As the years (and our marriage) progressed since then, we have had to face different health issues for ourselves and our children.  My husband and I have never said, “We will never go to a hospital!”  Yet each time we face one of these health crisis and we pray about what to do, we have never been led to seek medical help.  The Heavenly Father has miraculously healed our family of various difficulties, over and over again.  His arm is not too short and He has not needed the medical system to do His work.

I will give you one example of His faithfulness.  In November 2011 I started noticing a problem. I could not get enough air.  I could take a deep breath, there was no congestion in my chest …… but it seemed the air was not getting into my body.  It got progressively worse.  The Sunday following Thanksgiving, my husband and I got stuck in traffic congestion for hours. Couple that with a slight exhaust leak in the vehicle we were in, and a dismal overcast day with thick heavy clouds making the air stifling, and my breathing difficulties were exasperated .

I was in bed for a week after that.  The following Sabbath, I woke up and tried to get out of bed. I experienced a bizarre sensation.  My head felt huge ….. like a watermelon.  I could not control my body parts.  When I tried to walk, I was completely out of balance like I was extremely drunk. I felt like I was suffocating.  I awoke my husband and asked him to take me to the emergency room.

This request startled my husband awake.  I had not seen a doctor in over twenty years, let alone an emergency room.  His response was, “Let’s pray.”  As we prayed, I felt the Heavenly Father’s peace come over me.  I also felt to look up James 5:14.  I asked Tom to read me the passage. After reading it, we did not feel led to go the emergency room.  We called the elders.  They came as soon as they could.  We lived over an hour away.  They prayed for me, then left.

I would like to say I got up then and everything was fine …. but it was not.  I was confined to bed for almost a month longer.  Truthfully, it was one of the best times of my life.  I spent the day communing with the Heavenly Father.  It was wonderful!

Sometime, when I talked to friends, they would question me and make me feel like I had to have some answers as to what was wrong with me.  These conversations influenced me to go to Google to investigate.  UGH!!  This is an easy way to rob your faith and instill fear.  When I noticed this happening, I got back into the Word.  It had all the answers!!!  My dear friend, Sister Carolyn, encouraged me to study in the bible where healing comes from.  I encourage everyone to study this.  It is very freeing.

Near the end of December 2011, our family had plans to go to a Hanukah conference.  My husband got a wheelchair for me to use.  The plan was for me to stay in the hotel room while
our family attended the conference.  After being there a day or two, Tom asked me to go to one of the meetings on “Worship” by Tony Robinson.  I responded by saying if he got me dressed and wheeled there in time, I was game.  It was at this meeting that the manifestation of my healing began.  It involved many people praying for me.

ima-latkesThe morning after this meeting, I leapt out of bed, completely restored physically.  I had all my physical abilities again.  Halleluyah!!!  As we packed up the hotel room, I loaded up the wheelchair with all our coats and wheeled them to the vehicle.  My family was totally amazed! We made it home in time for me to cook a batch of Latkes (our family tradition) for the last night of Hanukah.

As I bring this to a close, I want to encourage each one of you to trust our Heavenly Father in a greater way than you already do, in regards to healing.  As the government works to get more control of the medical system, it is important to know who your healer is.  The days are getting darker and if we do not have faith and believe that our Heavenly Father is true to His Word, we may find ourselves compromising because we see no other option.

It may be that at times He works through those in the medical system to accomplish His purposes but too often people limit Him by turning to the system for healing instead of turning to Him.  My daughter recently read a comment in which the author discussed her birth complications and stated “My baby and I would have most certainly died if not for ultrasounds and C-sections.”  This is what I mean by limiting the Heavenly Father and putting our trust in the system.  Our Heavenly Father takes good care of us and He does not need the medical system to aid Him.