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The Miracle Man

One of the wonders of being a child of God is hearing Him speak intimately in His still, small voice. His unbidden word in my mind is like a fresh breeze on a spring day, like a caress against my cheek.

Recently one morning, as I walked to my kitchen sink, with no thoughts except what needed to be accomplished that day, in my mind I heard, “Sweet Lord Jesus He’s a miracle man.” I knew this was a line from All The Way To Kingdom Come by Rich Mullins. Earlier I had been praying for loved ones who have dire health needs. My prayers for them were BIG requests that only a BIG GOD can perform. Although I had left “our” prayer time, Father God, in His tenderness, broke into my routine to encourage me, to remind me that the One in whose name I had prayed is THE MIRACLE MAN and that my prayers had been heard. While I tackled the mundane, He was attending to the impossible.

Later I grabbed my phone and googled the entire lyrics of the song by Rich Mullins. “…He gave love a face and He gave love a name…Love is a miracle…but the sweet Lord Jesus, he’s a miracle man…now we know what love is ’cause he loved us all the way to kingdom come.”

My husband recently read The Case For Miracles by Lee Strobel and Miracles by Eric Metaxas. He recommended both books which document the existence of miracles in today’s world.

Of all miracles, the greatest miracle is The LOVE OF JESUS, who left the glory of heaven and took on the form of a servant to give His life on a cross to give everlasting life to undeserving me and to all who believe in Him.

Borrowing words from a secular love song, Miracle of Miracles, from Fiddler On The Roof, “…But of all God’s miracles large and small, the most miraculous one of all is the one I thought could never be: God has given you to me.” Thank you, God, for giving Jesus to me and me to Jesus! I am eternally grateful. I am eternally yours.

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My Two Friends

My Friend Ruthann is a friend for life, faithful and loyal. We can go for long periods of time with no communication, and yet, when we do connect, it is as if we have never been separated by time and space. She is a Christ Follower; there is abundant fruit in her life to make that truth apparent. She is a godly woman.

Ruthann has had MS for over 40 years. Indeed, she has always said, “I have MS; MS does not have me.” Her courage and grace, as she has lived with this chronic illness, have been inspirational. Her focus has always been on Jesus who has made her an overcomer. Because of her, those of us who have known her, have known what an overcomer is.

My friend the Holy Spirit keeps me company each day. He gives me strength, courage, and wisdom. He counsels me. He comforts me. He is the Mighty God.

Recently I learned I have polyneuropathy, also known as peripheral neuropathy. I have begun to face fears and possible outcomes: will I remain mobile? will I be able to prepare meals and do housework? will I be able to dress myself and feed myself? In the midst of these whirling questions, the Holy Spirit has kept singing to me. He has sung the song, Who am I, written by Mark Hall. “I am a flower quickly fading… Here today and gone tomorrow…And you’ve told me who I am…I am yours.

When I finally called Ruthann, to share my new diagnosis, there was the instant empathy and support I had counted on. In fact, as I shared, she said, “Mary, it sounds like you are reading my biography.” She told me that during the season of coming to grips with her diagnosis of MS and wondering all the what ifs, the Holy Spirit had said to her, in essence: “Nothing has changed, Ruthann. You are still mine. Nothing can take you out of my hands.”

The Holy Spirit had spoken to me, and Ruthann confirmed and repeated the message. My two friends have spoken truth.

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you…when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned…For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you.” From Isaiah 43

I have neuropathy, but nothing of importance has changed. My life is still on the same bedrock of truth: I am His. He has me. He always has and always will. There is peace.

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The Lamb Shepherd

Winter has finally relinquished its grip, and we hope that spring has indeed returned. It is once again time to remember the death and resurrection of The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. As we remember, we also look forward to a future time when the Lamb will return. This long awaited return is as certain as the return of spring after what seemed an endless winter.

“For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17

We, who believe, remember that our Savior shed His blood on a cross to purchase our redemption. We remember He rose again and ascended to Heaven – to His Father and our Father. We look forward to the day when He will return to shepherd us to a shore by living waters where He will tenderly wipe away every tear from our eyes. That glorious day is closer than when we first believed. Even so, Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

Are you crying this spring? Is your heart breaking? Know there is a Savior who loves you so much, He died to save you and lives to intercede for you. He longs to comfort you. He wants to dry your tears. Though He lives in Heaven, He inhabits the universe. He is only a heartbeat away from you. Believe and Receive His salvation, His new life this spring.

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What Kind Of God

I inherited a disease called Fuch’s Corneal Dystrophy. My vision was getting worse.  I was reading large print books with reading glasses and a magnifier.  I was unable to read labels and sales tags while shopping. My husband was reading recipes to me when I cooked and baked. My vision was so hazy that I no longer trusted myself to drive our car.  Two specialists recommended corneal transplant.  On June 22nd I had the diseased membrane of my left cornea removed and a healthy donor membrane attached to that cornea.

I enjoyed the trip to my first post operative visit with the eye surgeon. The ditches along all the roadways were adorned with Queen Anne’s Lace,  a longtime favorite wild flower of mine.

The doctor was pleased with my progress. The donor membrane had attached, and the new cells were working well.  The swelling in that cornea had resolved, and my vision had improved.  He explained that, even though the swelling was relieved, the haziness in my vision would slowly resolve as the cells in my cornea re-design themselves.  He told me that 80 to 90 percent of my improvement will come within 3 months and that the other 10-20 percent will come over the next 1 to 2 years.

I am grateful for my eye surgeon and his team at Mayo in Rochester. I am thankful for my donor and my donor’s family. I am blessed by the prayers of family, friends, and church.  I praise the Lord who is my healer.

What kind of God makes wild flowers that look like lace and cells that can re-design themselves?  A Good God.  A Great and Powerful God.  A God who loves me and all of you.  And so gratitude becomes adoration of Almighty Creator God.

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A Heart of Light

“It is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”   Second Corinthians 4:6   NKJ Version

This is an extraordinary, marvelous reality.  The God of the universe shines his light into my heart so that I can see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

“We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image…just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Second Corinthians 3:18  NKJ Version

This is even more extraordinary.   When I look in the mirror I behold the glory of God.  How can this be?

Commentator William Barclay says, “Possibly what Paul means is that, if we gaze at Christ, we in the end reflect him. His image appears in our life.”  Commentators Barker and Kohlenberger state, “Paul concludes by noting that the progressive transformation of the Christian’s character is the work of the Lord who is the Spirit.”

As I have meditated on these truly beautiful passages of Scripture,  I have remembered the old song Mirror (from the 70’s) performed by Evie.  She told us so eloquently with her sweet, clear voice, “You’re searching for Jesus, looking to find hope for tomorrow and some peace of mind…but til’ you find him in the mirror, you’ve got a long way to go.”

Oh, Holy Spirit,  how I want to find Jesus in the mirror.  As I keep gazing at him, will you keep transforming me into his image so that I might reflect his beauty, his glory to the world.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Jesus.  I love you.

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True Love

While sorting through treasures stored in the shed this week, I discovered the scrapbook we gave my husband’s parents on their 60th anniversary.   At that time,  Mom had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for 7 years.  Dad remained her devoted caregiver until her death 4 and a half years later.   Dad went home to be with The Lord two years ago.

As I browsed through the scrapbook pages of pictures, cards, and letters, I realized that Dad had added the card he sent Mom on their 6th wedding anniversary from Germany where he was stationed at the end of World War II.  He and Mom conceived their first born, my husband, before Dad left the States.  Howard was born before his daddy returned home.  As I turned more pages,  I saw the note from our first born, Jonathan.  Here is what he shared with them.

“Grandma and Grandpa, Thank you for your wonderful example of togetherness.  Showing us that true love is about devotion.  That true love is about commitment and friendship.  That true love lasts.  That true love contains Jesus.  May Sarah and I and our children follow in your footsteps.  Happy 60 Years of Marriage.”

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Power of Vitality

A dear friend gave me a slip of her Jack-In-The-Pulpit from her woodland garden. I planted that slip next to my cottage in our neck of the woods. It grew into a large and beautiful plant last spring but met an early demise when some deer who share our neighborhood decided it would make a good meal. They ate it all the way down to soil. I was frustrated and wondered about the plant’s long term fate. To my delight this morning I observed that the Jack-In-The-Pulpit is blooming again. I have decided that I will spray it with deer repellent tomorrow.

My marriage was like my plant. It met a demise but bloomed again with a power of vitality. That vitality was the power of God at work in our lives. I have shared about that power in my story on the book page of this blog.

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Doors of Christian Faith

The Lord Jesus yielded His will to the will of His Heavenly Father and gave His life for you and me.  He challenged His followers to pick up their crosses and follow Him.

St. Paul said,  “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20

A healthy marriage requires two mature people who are both willing to yield to the other.  A Christian marriage has the advantage of a dynamic not known by the world at large.   That dynamic is the Holy Spirit who lives in each believer.

Surrender is one of the doors of Christian faith.   Surrender to the will of Jesus required my husband to repent.   Surrender to the will of Jesus required my forgiveness.  This kind of surrender is not possible by human effort; it is the work of the Holy Spirit.

You can read about the surrender in my marriage on the book page of this blog.

 

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Welcome

I am glad that you have visited this blog which celebrates the “Newness”  of being a child of The Heavenly Father.  Read the blog postings or go to the book page and read about a marriage that died and was resurrected.

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Hello world!

Hi.  My name is Mary.  I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and a retired psychiatric nurse.  I have now become a blogger and am thrilled to begin this new adventure.

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