March 2011                             Compiled monthly by Phyllis King, Head Injury Survivor                            Volume 22, Number 3


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

What Is GOD Like?

     “They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them.”       
Nehemiah 9:17 (NIV)

    People have many preconceived ideas of what GOD is like—they vary from harsh and strict to lenient and overlooking a lot. But we know what GOD is like in the person of JESUS CHRIST. He was the perfect GOD-man. We know as this precious verse tell us that God is ready to pardon--He wants us to come for forgiveness and salvation in JESUS. He is gracious and merciful—He loves us deeply. He is slow to anger though we often fail. He is of great kindness and is wonderful to us. He never leaves or
forsakes us. He is always there—ready to listen and care.

    That tells us about what GOD is like. What are we like toward Him? Come humbly and boldly to Him because of what JESUS did for us—to Him all glory!


Dear LORD, thank you
 for all you did for us.
In JESUS’ name. Amen.


 

Journal Entry - December 13, 2000

Colossians 1:11 “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.”

Jill Vanderhoof
Wife of Head Injury Survivor

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The Lie of “Self Control”

We fool ourselves if we claim “self control”; David understood that a “pure heart and right spirit within me” were not possible by his own strength, so he cries out to God. Psalm 119:11 and 12 (KJV) reinforce this, with its encouraging “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.” Psalm 119 continues in verse 105, “Thy word is lamp to my feet and a light unto my path.”

This “thing we call Christianity” was NEVER MEANT to be accomplished on our own; God has given you brothers and sisters, His Word, AND Himself, that you never be alone.

Take Heart, He loves you. “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another [emphasis, mine] that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).

Doug Cooper
Orlando, Florida
Head Injury Survivor


Part 2:  Dear Phyllis,

Months after my ladder fall, Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston, Texas, released me. I then went to nearby TIRR Hospital and Rehabilitation. After I had some rehab there, hurricane Ike was about to hit Galveston. They were to transport several patients from Galveston to TIRR. Since they needed my bed, TIRR released me.

Because hurricane Ike damaged the Transitional Living Center (TLC) in Galveston, it moved inland to League City, about two miles from my home. I lived at home and went as an outpatient to TLC rehab.

Now I don’t believe God causes hurricanes, but I do believe that God creates good from bad situations. I believe that God sent TLC for me.

I literally had people praying for me from all over the world. I was a board member of our athletic league (TAPPS) for fifteen years, so I knew athletic directors and coaches from all over the state of Texas. I found out that they had people praying for me in their Christian schools. I had family in the state of Texas praying for me and having people in their churches praying for me. I had my sister-in-law and brother-in-law and a niece and nephews in the Dallas area. I had family around the country and people in their churches and communities praying for me. I had a sister, a brother, a nephew, an uncle, and cousins in Pennsylvania, where I am from. I had a brother in Virginia and a brother in Ohio. I had a niece in Florida. I had a former athlete serving as a missionary in Japan and China. She said she had many people there praying for me. I had a former student serving in the Marine Corps and stationed in Iraq who was praying for me. So I literally had people praying for me from all over the world.

I want to thank the many people who prayed for me. God heard their prayers and answered them. I know this because I am here. The Lord gave me a second chance.

Marty Schumaker

Wylie, Texas
Head Injury Survivor
      

(Continued in April)


Phyllis,

I LOVE More than Survivors. It’s filled with so much wisdom, so much praise to our Lord, and all kinds of things to help out all of us who have suffered through brain injury and all that comes with it.

LOVE is what February was all about. That’s what God is all about, also. He loved each of us so much that He came to earth as His Son, born from the Virgin Mary, lived the only perfect life, then died such a horrible death that none of us can even imagine all He went through to show each of us just how much He LOVED every one of us sinners still here on earth! I ask Him every day to please end the wars that we’ve been in too long, to please help all on earth to seek to bring Him more glory every day. To please end all violence, murder, rape, and all the other crimes that are so prevalent in this world we live in today. But what I’ve got to come to terms with is that it’s just going to keep getting worse.

But that’s the HOPE He’s given me. That one day we’ll be able to live with each other and love each other just as Christ loves each of us! We’ll not be out checking every place to see what we can get for ourselves, but making sure that our neighbors all have what they need to live better each day! To live in a world filled with nothing but praises to our God and leaving Satan in the dust behind us, laughing with Jesus instead of crying with Satan!

Every time I sin, I ask God to please end my life now! But God said to me recently when I was asking just that, “Christopher, you’re making MY DEATH nothing by asking that. You’re showing Me no faith in Me at all by asking that.” I know God is always right, so please PLEASE PRAY THAT I’LL NEVER FOLLOW Satan ever again!

And I’ll pray that the whole world will come to know Jesus Christ my Lord and our Lord as their personal Lord and Savior and will be in heaven with all of us when Jesus calls every one of us home! And not one second before! Which means I’m pretty much one-third of the way through my life down here at 44. One hundred thirty-two sounds like a great age to be called Home to heaven by my Lord Jesus Christ! That’s how I see it anyway!

Christopher G. Payne
Houston, Texas
Head Injury Survivor


Do Not Fear . . .

2 Kings 6:15–17 (NKJV)
And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

In the New King James Version of the Bible “do not fear” is mentioned some 51 times. In the Gospels, Jesus tells us some 7 times, “Do not fear.”


What ready help the Father gives
To struggling saints below!
He sends His heavenly ministers
To thwart our ancient foe.
—D. De Haan (ODB)


Jesus promises,
“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
  Luke 12:32

Stewart Whittemore
Grants Pass, Oregon
Head Injury Survivor


The Joy of Living

by  Sandra Stone Lehmann
    Phoenix, Arizona
     
Head Injury Survivor

I awoke this morning with Jesus on my mind, and, now, as I write this, I am hearing an old chorus, running over and over in my head. It goes like this: “If you want joy, real joy, wonderful joy, let Jesus come into your heart. Your sins he’ll wash away, your night he’ll turn to day, your life he’ll make it over anew. If you want joy, real joy, wonderful joy, just let Jesus come into your heart.” I am wondering what is on your mind today? Are you suffering with physical, emotional, or spiritual pain? If the answer is, yes, to any of those, I highly recommend Jesus to you. Please allow Him to be your burden bearer.
 
During these past few weeks, I have had many opportunities to put my advice to the test, and believe me when I say:  “Jesus has never failed me yet.” As I have leaned upon Him, He has given me new strength and new power to rise above my circumstances and move forward from mourning the loss of my spouse to joyfully facing each new day with the confidence that He, and He alone, is directing my footsteps. Part of Psalms 30:5 (AMP) states:  Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. In 2 Corinthians 4:17,18, the Apostle Paul exhorts us: For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!] Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting. There is absolutely no substitute for being grounded upon and in the Word of God; for this has made the difference for me.
 
Happiness is contingent on what is going on around us, in our environment; but, joy is the response, inside, that comes when we have Jesus abiding within us. The Spirit of God comforts us, guides and protects us, and, yes, even prays for us when we have no words left to say. This, too, is experiential for me, and the great thing about personal experience, is no one can take it away from me! Only me, I am the only one who can make the choice to allow Him to be everything He said He would be to me. And you, and only you, can make that decision for you. Whatever your circumstances are, I truly pray that you have chosen a close relationship with God, our Father, through Jesus, His son; for truly—Jesus is The Joy of Living!


    Prayer Requests 
 

For Steve Sauder

Steven has been choking a lot, so Friday his lung specialist prescribed a suction machine. He’s getting much weaker. Thank you so much for your continued prayers.
 
In reading about the flood in Genesis, I (Vicki) noticed that it says in Genesis 6:9b (AMP), Noah was a just and righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah walked [in habitual fellowship] with God.” And Genesis 5:24 says, “Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God; and he was not, for God took him home [straight to heaven without death].” It also says that Abraham, Isaac, King Jotham, and King Hezekiah “walked with God.”
 
So I’ve been studying about what “walking with God” means because I really want to do that!
 
1 Peter 4:7 takes it even further and is especially applicable in light of current world events (which are drawing us even closer
yet to the actual end and culmination of all things we now know):  “But the end and culmination of all things has now come near; keep sound minded and self-restrained and alert therefore for prayer.” 
 

Basically, it’s talking about being in constant communication with the Holy Spirit all day long . . . in other words, “walking with God.” That’s the most important thing of all! But to do that, as the text says, we have to have an alert mind, centered on the Spirit, living in and functioning in the world but not allowing it to distract us from that constant communication with the Holy Spirit.

Then, if we’re constantly communicating/ walking with Him, we will do 1 Peter 4: 8-11:
1.  Have intense and unfailing love for one another
2.  Practice hospitality to one another, ungrudgingly
3.  Employ our gifts for one another, as good trustees of God’s many-sided grace
4.  Speak the Word (and speak according to God’s will)
5.  Serve with the strength which God furnishes abundantly (when we’re walking with Him)
6.  So that . . . in all things (in our lives), God may be glorified.
 
Happy walking!
Steven and Vicki Sauder
Sarasota, Florida

For Marty
 
“Our Help is in the Name of the Lord
Who made Heaven and Earth.”
Psalm 124:8
 
Marty seems to be in a lull. He is not as active as he was and I am asking for serious prayers. I know you have been praying, and I Thank everyone for all their prayers over the years. It is very hard to see him regress.

Please keep Marty in your prayers.

On a personal note . . . I take my brother John to the lung doctor to hear about the PET scan for the tumor that they see and the family doctor said that they see a mass in his abdomen, too.

We have had a rough year, and I believe that God will change this for us for the rest of 2011!

Thanks for your love!
 

Reading, Pennsylvania
Sister of Head Injury Survivor


  From Phyllis

 

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Good News Sampler March 2011©

 

               
The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth. - Psalm 145:18

 

 

"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer
in the light, and winter in the shade." -
Charles Dickens

 

  As I sit to write, this is the first morning  after the winter storm of the century and a sight for sore eyes it is.
The sun shines brightly upon a winter wonderland of beauty. It takes the sun to bring out all that is lovely about a storm. Not only does it bring to a close all the ugliness of the past few days it recalls the words “after the storm the sun shall shine.” The sun has been there all along but the raging storm was blocking the view. Much like the little, or sometimes larger, storms that come into our lives in which we are blinded for a time. That is the time when we can cling closer to the Rock which is our salvation - Jesus Christ. He will bring relief and along with it many beautiful things to show us- if we have the eyes to see them.

 


 

About 3 miles away I could see vapors and smoke rising, [from a small industrial plant] white and frozen, motionless against a blue sky. Then, what had not been visible before caught my eye revealing a very light coating of ice on bushes, and trees in the woods and along a wire fence line. Diamonds glittering atop a ground covering of ice and snow.
 The memories of the storm faded away at the sight of this new beauty. - Thank you Lord for eyes to see the beauty you have given after a time of hardship for many of your people.  - dm
                               

 

"Springtime is the land awakening.  
The March winds are the morning yawn."  
              -   Lewis Grizzard

According to legend, Saint Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish people.

 

 

Spring arrives - Sunday March 20, 2011

 

Some of the early signs of spring around here are: the buds set on the pussy willow bush, the winter wheat poking its head out of the fields, maple trees releasing their sap, tulip bulbs against the house beginning to sprout, with the daffs not far behind.- dm


      Little yellow trumpets Blowing in the wind, Songs of heartfelt gladness For life renewed again. - Leigh Belgiqu

 

                                                              

 

It is refreshing to reread each spring “Daffodils” by William Wordsworth.

                     
 
     Diana McMaster
PO BOX 102  Romney, IN 47981-0102
goodnews@tctc.com

 


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