March 2010                            Compiled monthly by Phyllis King, Head Injury Survivor                           Volume 21, Number 3


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

 

Showing Love

 “Do everything in love.”      1 Corinthians 16:14 (NIV)

    Do we ever think about why we do a good deed or an act of service?  We are told that if we are doing it to be seen of man, that is our reward, although a few may be satisfied with such.

    Is what we do done with love from our hearts and to glorify our LORD?  Or is our motive underneath to benefit self in some way?  We know from 1 Corinthians 13 what is not done in love and what is and is not love—the world’s view of fleeting emotions.

    Let us serve our LORD from our hearts with love and serve Him to glorify His name.

Dear LORD, help us do our deeds with love and to glorify You.
Thank You.  In JESUS’ name, amen



Hearing and Obeying God’s Word
Part 2
 

by  Martha Hutcheson
                              Augusta, Georgia                               
   Head Injury Survivor

Jeremiah 9:20 “Yet hear the word of the LORD, O ye women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters wailing, and every one her neighbour lamentation” (KJV).

Our Jehovah God commanded the women of Israel and Judah to hear, receive, and teach the other women to wail (“to express sorrow audibly; to make a sound suggestive of a mournful cry”—Merriam Webster On-Line Dictionary).   God wanted the older, godly women to teach the other women God’s Word so that they all would weep and repent over their own sins and the sins of the families, friends, and nation. 

Jeremiah 9:20 concerns the disobedience of God’s people to His Laws, and that they were worshipping idols of false gods.  They had so turned away from God in disobedience that they did not even blush at their sins or the sins of their friends and families.  (I believe that Christians who spend a lot of time listening to and watching the media of today are in the same situation because Satan is using the media (whether it is television, the radio, CDs, DVDs, iPods, etc.) to weaken our sensitivities to the Holy Spirit and God’s Word.  Most Christians today look and act like the world, and they do not blush and turn off the TV (or other media) when they see and hear (1) God’s name being taken in vain, (2) cursing, (3) sexual talk and sexual actions, or (4) other of God’s laws being broken.  Most of America’s so-called “Christians” have become immune to sin.

It is difficult to tell the difference between God’s children and the children of Satan because there is no difference between their talk, walk, clothes, general lifestyle, etc.  The basic difference is that many of those who “say” that they are Christians are in some way, religious.  Most so-called Christians are too busy trying to conform to the world instead of trying to conform themselves to Christ. 

Romans 12:1–2
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” 

These two verses tell us that we are not to be conformed to the world, but we are to be transformed—changed—to be like Christ.  How do we do this?  The same two verses tell us “to be renewed” in our minds.  That renewal comes through following the process or steps mentioned in Jeremiah 9:20 as well as the other verses mentioned in this lesson.

See Jeremiah 8:12 “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.”

Jeremiah 6:15–19 says that they not only could not blush at their sins, but that they also refused to obey God’s laws that would help them to live godly, productive, and fruitful lives.

Jeremiah 6:15–19  “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD. Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.  Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them. Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.”

The opposite action of these verses is seen in Psalm 51.  The Prophet Nathan visited King David and told him that God knew about King David’s sin of adultery with Bathsheba as well as King David’s having Bathsheba’s husband Uriah, the Hittite, purposefully killed in battle.  After King David was confronted with his sins, he became broken and contrite over his sins.  (Contrite means being “broken in spirit by a sense of guilt; repentant, sorrowful, and humbled”—The World Book Dictionary A–K.)

We must also be broken and contrite over our own sins. Psalm 51 is the prayer of King David’s heart as he repented of his sins.  This is a wonderful prayer to study so that you can pray a similar prayer to repent of your own sins.

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The Power of God’s Word

by  Sandra Stone Lehmann
Phoenix, Arizona
Head Injury Survivor


I love the Word of God.  I love to read it, I love to speak it, I love to sing it, I love to memorize it, I love to pray it, and yes, on occasion, I have been known to preach it.  Why do I love God’s Word so much?  I love it, because it gives me a complete revelation of who the God-head is, (the Father, the Son, and the Spirit) and how I can have a personal relationship with them.  I love it because as I absorb its content, it changes me from the inside out, and I am empowered to live an overcoming life.  I love it because, in it I find examples of faithful followers who have gone on before me, and it instructs me in the ways of holiness.  I love it because when I am troubled, I can meditate on the Word and gain peace of mind.  I love it because when my strength is waning from life’s burdens, I can go to the Word and find encouragement to press onward.  I love it because when the enemy assails me, I can lift up his Word as a standard against him.  I love it, because in times of need, my lips speak his Word, bringing comfort and blessing to others. 

Knowledge is power, and when you know God’s Word, you have power in your life.  You can speak with authority and know that the angels of God are keeping watch over and protecting you.  You can walk into the enemy’s territory and bring the light of Christ, dispelling the darkness. You can reach the throne room, of God, by his Word, through intercession.

As I read and study God’s Word, he gives me revelation knowledge as how to prepare for future events.  He shows me, through his Word, that I am not alone in my circumstance (Including brain injury).  He shows me, through his Word, that even though I am not perfect, he accepts me as I am, and makes me into what I am willing to become.  Isn’t that great news for you and me?

This knowledge is powerful because it gives us the motivation to rise up and become all that we can possibly be, in, and through, Him.  What is it that we need?  His Word tells us that if we lack anything, we just need to ask for it, and it will be given.  Are we looking for something?  Seek and we shall find it.  What door is closed to us?  Let us knock, and it shall be opened.

I have committed to reading the Word of God through, again, this year.  Just this week, I have read about Joseph, in the book of Genesis.  When temptation came his way, in the form of Potiphar’s lustful wife, he ran right out of his coat to escape!  Now that is power!!  I know, I know, at the onset it didn’t turn out too well for Joseph, but read the entire book!  That innocent, young lad, who told more than he should have, grew up to be a very powerful man, because he was walking with the blessing of God on his life.

When we read the Word of God with purpose, and on purpose, we will reap tremendous benefits.  I challenge you to become more familiar with God, through His Word.  You will not ever regret it.  His Word instructs us to “Go . . . be witnesses . . . make disciples.”  We have physical limitations, so how can we do that?  There is a mission field, all around us.  By the life we live, we can change our world for the better.


     Prayer Requests  

 

For Steve Sauder

Hello everybody,

Steven has his new tilt-in-space/recline wheelchair.  Thankfully, the headrest, chest supports, and leg supports keep him in a much better position.  We’re still getting used to how to handle it—it has 2 computer screens and multitudes of options.  Big praise—we can now get it in and out of the house and can also lock it into the van with the E-Z Lock.  So we’re “good to go.” 

 

Steven’s blood pressure is still fluctuating up and down.  The neurologist is scheduling a 48-hour EEG to make doubly sure he’s not having seizures.

Stewart Whittemore’s article on “Victory Through Affliction” reminded me of the following words from a song by Bill Drake. . . . .


  “You reward the ones who would be righteous in their ways
    By casting them to trust upon the mercies of Your grace.”


We saw this in Wear the Crown (inspiring stories and photos of modern-day martyrs), by Bill Drake & The Voice of the Martyrs.  It seems to fit Brain Injury Survivors, also, as well as martyrs.

Much love in Jesus,

Steven and Vicki Sauder
Sarasota, Florida


For Marty

Hello!

I spoke with the assistant to the oral surgeon for Marty.  Judy said that they called the hospital to get things set up. Marty has approval from the hospital as long as everything clears with the pulmonary doctor. Sadly, I do not think that we will be able to get the clearing from him in time before the oral surgeon goes on vacation, which is this coming Thursday, February 25, so Marty will continue to wait. I think it is 14 days that he will be away.
 
Please pray that Marty will continue to do well in his lungs and with his teeth until everything gets lined up. “The waiting is the hardest part.”  Tom Petty hit the button on that one. I have had a lot going on spiritually as far as time is concerned. And yet here I am asking the Lord to get us to the point that the oral surgeon, the doctor, and now the specialist can get it all together. Lord, will you please help Marty endure some more?

Aunt Cookie, one of Marty’s and his daughter Beth’s caregivers, has cancer.

I will continue to pray.  Please join me again. Thank you so much, my friends.

Reading, Pennsylvania
Sister of Head Injury Survivor



Good News Sampler March 2010©

                 

“All flesh is as grass,
And the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the LORD endures forever.”
1 Peter 1: 24–25

 


“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”  -   Hal Borland

            
                  *Ex Libri


“What do you mean, ‘get rid of those books!’?” Writers (and I might add readers)  don’t throw books away. They collect books. “But I refer to those books all the time. Many of them are classics.” I will admit a lot of them do not get picked off the shelves very often. I find myself sorting my books from time to time. So many of them are good old friends. Surely, I cannot throw them away. There’s a collection of regional histories picked up from here and there that tell tales of somebody’s grandmother or a local librarian. And, don’t touch my precious collection of Tasha Tudor items. Old reference books remain and even tho their contents become old history,
 you never know when their subject matter will be needed. The Gladys Taber Stillmeadow books instill a feeling of comfort with her words flowing along a peaceful stream.  Elisabeth Eliott became one of my all time favorite writers. She is from my era and I quickly found she and I had a few things in common. But her messages are what has kept our bond close. While sorting I make little stacks of other peoples books to return to them and some go to the library to be recycled at their book sales. But the final answer to the matter is somebody else will have to dispose of these many books when I am gone, someone whose life is not so intertwined with all they contain. – dm   *‘From the books’ -  Used before owners name on book plates

 

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” 
-   Doug Larson

 

Prayer does not have to be spoken. It can be thought –in the quiet room, on the busy street, at a computer, anywhere we go and no matter what we are doing. For it comes from the still place within us and goes directly to the Listener who never tires. Who always understands.  And, when thought is prayer, you are where God is. -dm

 

JESUS

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven

given among men by which we must be saved.”

(Acts 4:12)

Patience is a virtue that carries a lot of wait!

We sometimes give March a bad name because we are impatient and longing for the end of win-ter. March is a time of change – and many peo-ple don’t care for or tolerate change. But March is a time of endings (of winter) and new beginnings (of spring) jumbled together not to be sorted out until April. - dm

 



 

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