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The Doctor Is In!

by Debbie on July 28, 2018

Recently, while talking with my son Blake, I was sharing with him that I had been feeling dizzy and lightheaded and nauseated.
I told him I had met with Dr. Google and he said I most likely was experiencing an inner ear issue, perhaps Vertigo.
I explained to my son that I had finally decided to try some Benadryl even though I was concerned that it would keep me from getting up early to go to the gym with him. I told him that the Benadryl seemed to be helping. He told me I needed to go see an ENT doctor to have it checked out. I told him that I wanted to but with my work schedule it would be a while before I could have any time off.
He understood that because he works with us in our family business and knows how hard it is to get away from the
ringing phones and many walk in customers. So we just left the conversation there, both of us settling with the fact that I needed to see a doctor but didn't have the time to go for a while.
He and I are so much alike in the area of our health and wellness. If something is not the norm in our bodies we want to find out what it is and address it. We don't like pretending it isn't there and just hoping that it will go away.
Later that day after our "I'm sick but I don't have time to go to the doctor discussion", I was sitting at my desk and my son said, " Mom, that was my ENT that just came in and bought a belt for his dryer, you should have talked to him about your situation." I said, "well, I wish you would have told me before he left." Yet, Blake and I both surmised that the doctor probably did not want to be asked about "work" stuff, when he is away from work.
So I didn't think much about it and I stood up from my desk to go up towards the front of our business and ran right into that Dr. in his scrubs, holding his old broken dryer belt and the new one he had just purchased.
Something caught his attention on his way out of our store. He saw the new Speed Queen washers and dryers that we sell.
He asked me a question about them and we ended up chatting about the appliances and his current appliances and suddenly I realized that God had sent the Dr. to me that I didn't have time to go see. I found the opportunity to tell him about my symptoms and he asked me several questions about my condition and then told me that what I was doing was best for now and that if within one month the symptoms were not completely gone that I should come see him. I felt such peace, but even more than peace, I felt like rejoicing and giving God praise to the top of my lungs. How great is our God to send a doctor to us when we can't go to the doctor.
In hindsight I now realize that I could have prayed and asked God to send the doctor to me since I couldn't go to the doctor. But what kind of faith would it take to ask for, think about, or even imagine such a thing happening. I was too busy talking about the reasons a Dr. visit couldn't happen to even think about a God who can do more than I can ask or imagine.

Ephesians 3:20
Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

There is a story in the Bible about someone who needed to get well but had some excuses, but when the Dr. came to him, it changed his life forever.

John 5:1-15
After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of such people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water, then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?"
The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have not a man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me."
Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, "It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed."
He answered them, "He who made me well said to me, 'Take up your bed and walk.' "
Then they asked him, "Who is the Man who said to you. 'Take up your bed and walk'?
But the one who has healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place.
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest
a worse thing come upon you."
The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
This man who had an infirmity thirty-eight years was now well because the doctor, Jesus, came to him. Jesus knew that the man couldn't go to him, so he came to the man.
But what did the man do when he was healed? He went to the temple! I think he was rejoicing and so excited that it got the attention of others.
Jesus found him in the temple and just reminded him not to sin and warned him that if he did, something worse could happen to him.
I don't know about you but I think God is able to do anything and he does it even when we don't think to ask him or imagine it.

I share all of this because I want God to have the glory. He did something for me that I didn't ask for, think about, or even imagine.

What a great testimony of his faithfulness.

I could tell that my son Blake was amazed as well. And as for me, well I was ready to go to church and get on my knees and thank HIM and then stand and give him praise.
He is an awesome God and can make things
happen that we just can't think or imagine.

Do you want to get well? Then stop making excuses like I did, and like the man at the pool did.
Jesus can show up in our situations in ways we can't even think or imagine.

The Dr. that came to me, I know was sent by God. And I am most grateful for such an amazing God.

The Dr. stated that he had been told about the Speed Queen appliances years back when my son went to
visit him but had forgotten about them until he saw them on display. He said, 'I am going to buy one, because I
think I deserve it.' I agreed with him wholeheartedly, because he had been an angel sent by God to me.
I certainly thought he deserved it.

I know that not one of us deserves the grace we receive from God through Jesus Christ but he still gives
us the blessings anyway.

What do you need today?

Do you want to get well?

Dear Jesus,
You are so awesome. You show up to us when we don't know what to do. When we are helpless and hopeless
and we have tried everything. Lord you are amazing.
Thank you for sending angels to help us in our time of need. Thank you for the miracles that you still perform today.
Thank you for sending the Dr. to me. I give you all the glory, and hope that others will also see your miracles in their hopeless and helpless situations. Thank you that when our faith is not wise enough or big enough to even ask, think or imagine what you can do, you can and will still do it.
You amaze me God- All glory be to you God, Amen.


You Asked For It!

by Debbie on May 2, 2017


Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the kingdom.
-C.H. Spurgeon

Ye have not, because ye ask not.
James 4:2

When I was in school we were taught that we must raise our hands if we wanted to ask the teacher a question.

Sometimes the teacher would ignore us. Sometimes the teacher would give us permission to speak right away and other times we felt like our arms might fall off because we had to wait so long to be called upon so we propped it up at the elbow with our other hand!

I am so thankful that I don't have to raise my hand before I ask God for something or talk to him about something.

Yes sometimes I raise my hand to him but it is only to praise him for what a wonderful Heavenly Father he is! It is not to get permission to speak to him or ask him a question!

Many people I know will not talk to God for various reason such as unbelief, anger towards God, pride with a side of "I don't need God I've got this all figured out", and some may not speak to him just because they don't know they can.

I admit my "asking" was pretty much naught until October 1996! I finally decided to ask God for something. And I did not raise my hand, I bowed my head and my heart instead.

I was in a place of distress in my life and had no where to turn to so thankfully I finally turned to God.

I said this simple prayer:

Dear God,
I can't do this anymore! Please give me peace and give me strength.
In Jesus name amen

That night I sat on the edge of my bed with my head and heart bowed not knowing that the prayer I prayed would change my life forever!

I slept the most peaceful sleep I had in a very long time. I woke up refreshed and renewed! I stepped outside my front door the next morning and felt like someone was holding my head up. I looked up and saw the blue sky for the first time ever or so it seemed! My ears heard the beautiful sound of birds singing in the air! I had eyes to see and ears to hear! Finally! I asked!

I suddenly had a great desire to go to church and read my Bible and I have never stopped asking since I prayed that one little prayer that changed my life!

Things started to get better in my life and God gave me a reassurance that no matter what happened that he was with me and that everything was going to be okay!

He gave me the peace and the strength that I asked for and he is still giving it to me today just because I asked.

Last night I went shopping at Walmart and I had a heaping cart full of groceries! The cashier that checked me out commented that she hoped I had some help with unloading and putting away the groceries when I got home and I simply said, "Yes I do! The Lord!"
The lady behind me said, "wow you are going to be working him overtime tonight" and the cashier said, "yes but he can't actually lift them and put them away for you!" My response was simply, "No, but I will ask him to give me strength to do it and he WILL!"

Honestly the look on her face was priceless and I saw a peace come over her! It was as if the Lord had ministered to her just through those words! It was as though she had a revelation that she too could ask!

I could have whined and complained about the task before me but I chose to ask for help and I got it!

God hears and answers prayers! Are you asking?

This is and may always be my favorite scripture in the Bible:

Psalm 116:1-2
I love the Lord because he hears and answers my prayers. Because he bends down and listens I will pray as long as I have breath!

What if today is the day that you ask God for something and he changes your life forever? You will never know unless you ask!

Matthew 7:7
Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened.

One night alone in prayer might make us new men, changed from poverty of soul to spiritual wealth, from trembling to triumphing.-C.H. Spurgeon

Father in heaven,
I am so thankful for that night in October of 1996 when just one prayer to you changed my life! Thank you for hearing and answering that prayer! Thank you for giving me peace and strength and for giving me eyes to see and ears to hear!
I love you Father and I thank you for bending down and helping me from a place of distress to a place of rest!
Father I pray for those who don't ask! I pray that for some reason they will just turn to you and ask you to help them with whatever their needs are and I ask you Father to touch their hearts in a special way just as you did mine!
I pray for those that used to ask but for some reason stopped asking! Father touch their hearts in a special way and soften them to asking you once again for the help they need!
Father move every heart to ask you! And Father change their lives forever through their asking!
In Jesus name amen


Good Grief! What’s so good about grief?

September 18, 2010

When I hear the words, "Good Grief", it makes me think of a popular comic strip called "Peanuts"! If you know anything about the Peanuts gang, you might remember that many of the characters used the words, Good Grief". They especially related these words to one particular character named Charlie Brown. You [...]

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