Tag Archive: Son of God


A Chorus of Prayer

Raining Up to JesusI don’t normally post my religious beliefs, much to my discredit, but this week I experienced something that I have to share.  My son was dealing with a health crisis and the power of prayer was strong. I am a christian, but sometimes my faith waivers as everyone’s does. Please don’t misunderstand.  I am neither sinless or a pious person.  Jesus Christ has purchased the forgiveness of my sins through his death and ressurrection.  What follows is my testimony of God’s mercy and the healing power of prayer. Please read this entire post before you form an opinion.

My youngest son had been passing kidney stones but there were 4 that were too large for him to pass.  He had the shockwave procedure done to break up the stones. It is quite normal for bruising to occur inside of the lining on the outside of the kidney.  Bruising is caused from bleeding that usually clots and is absorbed back into the body. They did not get all of the stones broke up.  Three were left and he was sent home.  Two days later he went to the emergency room when the largest stone blocked the duct to his bladder. (Please pardon the lack of medical terms.  For more information go to Medline Plus.)

They admitted him into the hospital and tried to manually pull it out.  The stone was too large and they could not use the laser to break it up as the laser was broken.  The doctor on call decided to put a stint in too prevent the stone from blocking the flow from the kidney to the bladder.  Once again, he was sent home.

He began having severe back pain the next day and by the night he was back in the ER.  He was admitted to the hospital.  When he got up to go to the bathroom, he fainted.  He was put in ICU with internal bleeding.  When they put the stint in, the stint dislodged the clot in the bruise and it began bleeding inside the lining of the kidney. His blood pressure dropped and his heart was having to work too hard. My daughter-in-law called and asked us to come down. They gave him four pints of blood total.

As soon as I got off the phone, I prayed, then I called my friends to pray, then I called my church prayer chain, and then I put a call for prayer on social media.  I prayed a prayer of praise for the healing my son was going to receive.  A sense of unbelievable calm filled me. Imagine a reverse rain carrying prayers to God.  I knew that God was hearing a chorus of cries for the healing of my son.

My son was sent straight home from the Intensive Care Unit after 3 days and is doing fine!

It was a little unsettling to know that my son could be dying but I felt no worry or despair.  I just knew that God was taking care of him.  God says that if we but ask, he will answer our prayers. The bible tells us: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not”. Jeremiah 33:3; “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” John 14:14; “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22. So why do we not believe in the power of prayer?

I know that there have been times when depression and despair have kept me from believing my prayers would be answered.  Usually in those times, I cannot find the answers to my prayers.  I am so immersed in the situation within myself that I cannot see the answers that God gives.  We must have the faith to believe that God will provide answers. We must give Him the praise and thanksgiving that He deserves and demands.   “I will praise you with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise to you” Psalms 138:1; “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15

Let this post be a testament to the power and love of God and his son, Jesus Christ.  Thank you, God, for healing my son.

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Riding the Tiger

Life is like riding a tiger.  It will try to throw you, scar you, bite you and chew you up.  We have been with out my income for 8 months now.  I haven’t driven at all in months and spend most of my time sick.   My husband recently reminded me that we have been thrust into drastic changes before.

In 1994, we sold a rental property and my husband’s business property to the state for a highway.  The state paid residential prices for highway frontage.  My husband could not rebuild with the price they paid.  He was without a job. A male Sumatran tiger  I had just finished college and did not have a job.  Then a real-estate agent knocked on our door.  He had a couple that were interested in our home that wasn’t on the market.  Next thing we know we had sold our home and had no place to live.

I found a teaching position and went to work. My husband took a much needed vacation, raised our two sons who were teenagers, cooked, cleaned and fished a lot.  We built a new house with a pool.

Two years later I lost my job.  I found another, better position with much better pay.  My husband was able to rebuild his store. We not only came out on top but better for it.

We call this “riding the tiger.”  If you can image yourself sitting on a tiger, it becomes clear.  The only thing you could do if you found yourself on a tiger is hold on for dear life.  Unexpected things happen.  Just as being on top of a tiger is unimaginable, so can some of our experiences in life.

The tiger will not allow us to have any control.  I am a control freak and this is probably the hardest thing for me.  The more you struggle to get back in control, the more it bucks and twists.  By struggling for control, you allow the tiger more control.  If you hold on and relax the tiger will slow down eventually.

If you try to give up and jump off, the tiger will attack.  Once you are on the ground, it mauls and tears you apart.  Life can get to the point where you want to give up, but where does that get you?  If you give up and lose hope, you can’t survive till a better day.   Life can be painful and leaves scars.

I have to keep reminding myself that it isn’t the tiger that determines how the ride will end.   Each of us determine our own outcome.  We control our attitudes and actions during crisis.  When things get tough, we have to climb on and “ride the tiger.”

I trust in God that he will see me through, but we don’t know God’s will for us.   The tiger may be part of the plan.  Sometimes, we just need to ride the tiger.

And So It’s Official

The neurologist sent me to yet another doctor. This one is a neurologist-ophthalmologist. I guess when they get a rare disease they feel obligated to spread the opportunity around. After a ten minute consult, he stated that my eyes were fine and he agreed that it was a stroke. His advice, return in 6 weeks. I have an outstanding neurologist and an outstanding ophthalmologist so I did not make a return appointment.

At 55 I felt fear and disappointment after hearing this news. Disappointment that the only thing that could be done was a baby aspirin. No magical fixes. Fear because I know that strokes are signs of Sarcoidosis becoming progressive and possibly terminal.  Disappointment that the plans I made may change now.

have known from the beginning that the sarcoidosis is producing granulomas on my brain stem which causes inflammation. I knew this day would come when the goal would no longer be to get the disease in remission. Now the goal is to control the disease enough to keep me alive. A stroke in the brain stem area of the brain can kill you instantly.

I spent a week pleading, cursing, and bargaining with God. Then I read a secular supernatural thriller written by a christian author that made a point that I really needed to hear. Who are we pleading, cursing or bargaining with God. Even Jesus prayed “Take this cup from me” and “My God, Why have you forsaken me?” That was the son of man side of Jesus. The Son of God said “Not my will but Thine” and “I commend my soul to Thee.” (I am paraphrasing so please forgive me if they do not match your Bible word for word.)

I found a peace in knowing that a power greater than I, a power that I can never understand, is in charge. All I have to do is relax and let Him control my destiny. Whatever His plan, I am in good hands.