April 2010                              Compiled monthly by Phyllis King, Head Injury Survivor                             Volume 21, Number 4


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

 

Love Others

 “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”      1 John 4:11 (NIV)

    Some ask why we should love and forgive others. It is because God loves us, so we should one another.  He forgives us.  We need to love others and let GOD love others through us.

    He did not say it would be easy.  It was sure not easy for Him—the humans He created treated Him with great cruelty.  But he died for us out of love, even though we sin against Him.

    Did He say we are to love others?  Yes, He did.  We are to hate the sin but love the sinner.  We may not like the action of another, but that person is still a human who we are told to love with the help or our LORD.  When others know us, does His love flow through us?
 

Dear LORD, help us love others for you.
In JESUS’ name, amen


The Message of the Cross

by  Sandra Stone Lehmann
Phoenix, Arizona
Head Injury Survivor


What is it about the words responsibility and accountability that bring such a negative response from many people today?  Is it because, in today’s “politically correct” culture, it is totally acceptable not to take responsibility for personal behavior, and submission to authority is considered to be obsolete?  Is it all right to blame our parents, our environment, or some past abuse for our poor choice-making?  Has this same mind-set found its way into the Christian community of “believers”?  Christianity is being demeaned on every hand.  Does God’s Word change in its meaning, when we face adversity?    For the answers to these questions, let me ask this one.  How would Jesus handle this?

Please go with me, on a journey, through the book of Matthew.  Let’s walk with Jesus on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, where Peter and Andrew were called to leave their nets and “follow me.”  Go with me, through the scriptures, as his ministry takes him to Capernaum, Bethany, Jerusalem, and the surrounding area.  Jesus heals the sick, restores sight to blinded eyes, causes the lame to walk, casts out evil spirits, raises the dead, and, most importantly, forgives sin.  Everywhere he went, he was doing good!

He was, however, not doing these works without scrutiny by the religious leaders, and they were not happy campers!  Jesus was revolutionizing their entire belief system, and they were overcome by the of what and whom they did not know.  So, they began to accuse him, verbally accost him, and, finally, when they realized he was not going away, they began plotting and scheming to destroy him.

Fast forward, to the Garden of Gethsemane, where he is arrested.  He willingly submits to Roman soldiers; because, he knows his destiny.  (That had already been settled, in the garden, through prayer which brought blood, sweat, and tears.)  Notice that he did not indict the disciples for falling asleep.  Even Judas, his betrayer, was not reprimanded.  Then, as Jesus had predicted, Peter denies him three times; and Judas, what a tragedy!  He would have been forgiven, if only he had asked; but, he was too full of shame, guilt, embarrassment, and self-loathing.  Thus, he asks himself this question:  “What have I done?”  His co-conspirators will not take back the money, his actions cannot be reversed, and he is unable to forgive himself; so, in anguish, he takes his own life.

As we journey on, with Jesus, we find him “taking” the mockery, severe scourging, crown of thorns, walking up the road to Calvary, and enduring crucifixion for our sin—all of it!  As we observed his behavior, what did we learn?  We cannot find one fault in Jesus.  He said nothing to defend himself, absolutely nothing!

We have been “called” to take up our cross and follow him.  For some of us, the cross is too heavy, and we need help to carry it.  That is all right.  Jesus had help, too.  Are we blaming ourself, or, someone else for our situation?  We need to grant mercy and forgiveness.   Rehabilitation is hard, and, perhaps, there is a lack of cooperation or a less than pleasing attitude being displayed.  We may need to apologize to therapists and care-givers.   Changes in behaviors take weeks, months, and sometimes years of effort to see positive results; but, he promised he would never leave us or forsake us.  When we are going through these tough times, if we know him, personally, this is a piece of knowledge that will give us strength.  I can testify to this fact, because I have been there.  Exercising and walking the track were painful.  I put on praise and worship music, and it became easier, as I praised my way through each day.  

It has been twenty-one years since the assault on my brain and body, through a car accident; and, I thank God every day for his sustaining power throughout my initial and on-going recovery.  I can tell you that, on occasion, my halo slips and I have to get it straightened up, again.  I can do that by going to Jesus, my advocate, and asking for forgiveness and favor with God, my heavenly Father.  Through his wonderful grace and mercy, afforded to me, freely, I am restored to wholeness, once again. 

The words of this song, “Room at the Cross,” are a message for someone, today.

    There’s room at the cross for you,
       there’s room at the cross for you;
    Though millions have come,
        there’s still room for one.
    Yes, there’s room at the cross for you.

May you find new strength, hope, and healing in your life, today, through The Message of the Cross.  No matter what you have done, or where you have been, he is standing there, with open arms, waiting for you.   


Hearing and Obeying God’s Word
Part 3
 

by  Martha Hutcheson
                              Augusta, Georgia                               
   Head Injury Survivor

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 

Notice that the burden of the spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, and financial needs of the nation is on the lives of God’s people.  If God’s hand of blessing is not on a nation, it is because God’s people are not doing what they should be doing:  (1) weeping and humbling themselves before God over their sins; (2) repenting from their sinful ways, which means not only that they are sorry for their sins, but also that they are turning completely away from those sins; and (3) seeking God’s face: His forgiveness and will for their lives as well as (a) learning to know  who God is and (b) learning to know God in a more personal way.  He is our personal God and He desires to have a personal relationship with us.

Then if we, as God’s people do these things, then He “will hear from heaven, and will forgive” our “sins, and will heal” our “land.”  The problems in America are because we as God’s children are not following the principles that He set forth in His Holy Word.  What secret sins or what little sins (all sin is sin) do you have that you are holding tightly to your heart, of which you do not want to truly repent and to turn away from completely?  There are no big or little sins in God’s eyes.  Christ died for ALL of our sins.  Are you and I holding God back from His forgiving our sins and the sins of our nation as well as His healing our land?

SAMPLE PRAYER:

Oh, Lord Jesus, please help us, through Your grace and strength, to obey what You are teaching us.  Please help us to not be wrapped up in the things of this world but to be spiritually minded so that people can tell the difference between us (Your children) and the world.  We so need Your help for us to repent of our sins (to have broken and contrite hearts over our sins so that we will repent and completely turn away from those sins).  We also need to be broken over the sins of our families and friends, and the sins of our nation.  Please help us not to reject Your Holy Word.  We desperately need Your help for us to study Your Word, memorize it, meditate on it, receive it, believe it, obey it, and teach it, for Your honor and glory.    We pray this prayer in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Who paid the ultimate Sacrifice for All of our sins, and Who knows what is best for us.   Amen.

This article first appeared on the website <www.edifys.net >.


 

I opened the hymnal and came across a song entitled “My Song of Jesus.” A portion of verse 2 is especially dear tonight.

    I’ll trust the One who died for me;
    And when my path I cannot see,
    I'll hold to His unchanging hand,
    And know the way He planned
    Is always best for me.

        Jill Vanderhoof
        Wife of Head Injury Survivor

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            Don & Jill Vanderhoof
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     Prayer Requests  

For Steve Sauder

Dear Prayer Partners,

The neurologist said Friday that Steven’s 48-hour EEG shows “something going on,” which they are presuming to be seizures.  Consequently, they are starting seizure medication.  We’re supposed to keep track of whether or not the new med helps the extreme ups and downs of his blood pressure.

Psalm 81:10, Sauder paraphrase . . .


I am the Lord your God, who has carried you through the land of brain injury.  Open your mouth wide (specifically, open your mouth wide in prayer and praise and thanks), and I will fill it.

Much love in Jesus,

Steven and Vicki Sauder
Sarasota, Florida

 

For Marty

Hello!

Marty . . . Yes, we are patiently waiting for his oral surgery, but guess what??  Maybe, and I say maybe, it was a God-send that his oral surgery is for the month of April.

AND… are you ready?  Marty is speaking again. Not in full long sentences just yet, but every day the Passy Muir is put on him to get him to say something. Can you believe it? Marty says he wants to go home!  This is a great thing. It is not going to happen right away, but with prayers and miracles, which I really do believe in, it will happen some day. For the pain, for the moment I have prescribed cinnamon and/or clove.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pray for his legs and a physical therapist.  Please pray with me for loosening of the leg muscles so he can stretch his legs low.

Reading, Pennsylvania
Sister of Head Injury Survivor


Dearest Phyllis,

Thank you very much for the March MTS issue you sent me. I really love reading the articles, and as I read the Prayer Requests, I feel quite sorry for so much suffering. I hope the Lord pours His blessings on each of them.

Love,

Marilete Tang
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Friend of Head Injury Survivor


Dear More Than Survivors,

    Keep up the great work!

    A good quote is, “Your life and mine shall be valued not by what we take . . . but by what we give.”

        Edgar Allen
        Founder, Easter Seals
 
Kelly Smith
St. Louis, Missouri
Head Injury Survivor


  From Phyllis

I  have received $235 toward the approximately $155 cost of printing and mailing. My special thanks to

    Barb, Bonnie, Marilete, Kelly, Stu, and Linda Joy    

All of the MTS family appreciates any contribution you make as our Lord leads and provides!             

                                                                                                     


Good News Sampler April 2010©

7 How beautiful on the mountains
   are the feet of those who bring good news,                                           
       who proclaim peace,
       who bring good tidings,
       who proclaim salvation,
       who say to Zion,
       “Your God reigns!”

Isaiah 52:7  NIV


 

I never saw daffodils so beautiful. They grew among the mossy stones about and about them; some rested their heads upon these stones as on a pillow for weariness; and the rest tossed and reeled and danced, and seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind that blew upon them over the lake.  – Dorothy Wordsworth

 

How tangled some of our problems do become and no way appears by which the matter may be straightened
out. Perhaps we have been keeping the problems too much in our own hands.

If you seem to be in a knot of difficulty of which you cannot get the thread, look to Him who is perfect wisdom, and let the tangle go out of your hands into His; turn the matter over to Him.
What is impossible with you is perfectly possible with Him who is Almighty. He will go before you and will unwind the snarls.     (Isaiah 45:2a - I will go before you and will level the mountains.) - dm

Prayer is the key for the day, the lock for the night.  –Corrie ten Boom

April – month of the Full Pink Moon named for  the appearance of the first flowers of spring – the tiny, pink, wild ground phlox. dm

A bird’s song will set our steps to music all day long. -an

My good friend, Arlene, who supplied me with many ideas for Good News, is now living in a nursing home. The same home in which she and I had visited many times taking stories, old items from years past to share with the residents, and listening to their stories and memories. I will be using more of the ideas she gave me in future issues of good news. I hope you will enjoy them.  I will identify them with the initials an.

Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore!

Mortals, give thanks, and sing. And triumph evermore.

Lift up your heart; Lift up your voice!

Rejoice , again, I say rejoice!


A  hymn of praise - words by Charles Wesley


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