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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.
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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.

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THE EMPTY WAY

by Debbie on May 11, 2018

Written by Debbie Norred
April 24, 2018

You know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. — 1 Peter 1:18-19

There are not many things in my life that I allow to get empty.

I always make sure our pantry is amply supplied, as well as our refrigerator. Which of course makes sure our stomachs are not empty.

I make sure our kitties have food and water in their bowls because I don't want their tummies to be empty either.

I always add paper and ink to my printer at home because I can't print when it is empty.

There is one thing that I am known to allow to get empty though. My car's fuel tank.

I really hate taking time to put fuel in my car!!

It's not that I don't know how. I do know how!

It was one of my very first jobs as a youth-- pumping gas!

My parents operated a Mom and Pop business which included the sale of fuel.

There were times when cars would be lined up for a long time waiting to fill their tanks so their cars could keep going. So I have lots of experience, believe me!

There have been more times than I want to admit when I have allowed my car to run out of fuel.

Anyone from my husband, my son, or faithful friends have come to my rescue.

The most resent time was an early morning after leaving the gym. My son and I had just had a very good leg workout and I was giving him a ride home.

His condo requires that we cross a busy bridge over a beautiful body of water.

This particular day, we were just cruising along when suddenly my car started sputtering and I looked at the fuel gauge and knew I had messed up! AGAIN!

My son strongly encouraged me to get out of traffic while the car still had momentum.

It was a busy morning on the bridge, and I knew if I called my husband he would most likely be away from his phone getting ready for work and I certainly didn't want to admit to him that I had failed to fill my car's fuel tank once again. Ugh!

So, I called a friend. A good friend, I might add. I called upon the youth pastor at our church. He and his family live very close to the bridge and I was hoping he could come and help.

So as soon as my son knew help was on the way, he started walking across the bridge with tired legs. Poor child! He knew he had to be at work on time because Mom wouldn't be. (family business)

It was a busy morning on the bridge, but my friend came to my rescue and filled my empty car with a little fuel. It was enough to get me going again and get me to a station to fill up.

Why am I telling you all this? Because when I read the Scripture in 1 Peter 1:18-19 the words EMPTY WAY OF LIFE stood out. Not only that, but I saw that this empty way of life had been handed down to me by my forefathers.

Yes there was a time in my life that I lived the empty way of life. Empty of God! But I made a decision to call a friend. That friend is Jesus. He came to my rescue! He filled my empty soul with his wonderful Holy Spirit. Suddenly I was full of life and he became the lifter of my head.

But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. Psalm 3:3 ESV

Are you living the empty way of life? Do you need someone to lift your head and give you hope? Are you so busy making sure that nothing else in your life is empty that you have forgotten God. Maybe it's time to call a friend. That friend is Jesus. He is more than just a friend though.

He is our redeemer! His precious blood purchased our souls. What a risk he took that day on the cross just hoping that one day you and I would call him for help and ask him to fill up all our emptiness with his wonderful Holy Spirit.

My friend that came to my rescue that morning on the bridge actually put himself in danger for me. He was adamant that I stay in the car while he filled my car with the fuel he had brought. Yet all the while he was having to keep a watchful eye on every car that closely zoomed by him.

I told him he was my hero! He blew it off as nothing! Yet I know risking his life on a busy bridge wasn't exactly what he wanted to be doing first thing in the morning. Oh, and did I mention, I woke him up and he was on vacation! I tried to pay him but he wouldn't take anything.

What a hero!

Jesus is our ultimate hero though. He built a bridge to God for us on the cross. No more empty way of life. All it costs us is a call to him for help.

Don't wait until you run empty before you call the best friend you could ever have-Jesus. He will answer and come fill your emptiness with abundant life. What a hero!

Dear Jesus,
I am thankful that I can call you my friend. I am thankful for the redemption you gave my empty life on the cross. Thank you for your precious blood that was shed for all my sins.
Jesus I call to you today to fill all my empty places with your Spirit. Holy Spirit I give you permission to work in my life and fill the areas of emptiness with your fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Thank you God for giving us Jesus to bridge the gap from the empty way of life to an abundant life. Thank you Jesus for rescuing me from this empty way of life. You are my hero. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Just Passing Through

July 26, 2017

My family used to live in a very small town in Florida called Campbellton. It was one of those places that if you blinked a couple of times you would pass right through it without even knowing it.
When I was younger I hated living in that small town. There was absolutely nothing to do there [...]

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JESUS WILL PROVIDE

January 16, 2017

Mark 8:16-21
16At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread. 17Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? 18‘You have eyes—can’t you see? You [...]

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Fed Up

August 20, 2016

I was awaken this morning by a fuzzy gray paw and a rather demanding one at that. It wasn't just the paw being used to wake me up, there was the claw as well. The paw was touching me but the claw was pressing into my skin.You can bet that [...]

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A Certain Place

June 29, 2016

Recently my husband and I got home from a stressful day at work to find that our home was a wreck because contractors had begun working on redoing our ceiling. We knew they were coming by to redo some previous work that was not quiet right.
However we did not know that this [...]

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A Shot Of Glamour

June 24, 2016

A Shot of Glamour
Vaccine shots! We all need them but most dread them. Vaccine shots help us stay healthy and avoid diseases. I can remember the days of lining up at school, waiting for the school nurse to give the dreaded shot in the arm. I was never one to be [...]

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Then they went and told Jesus!

March 31, 2016

In Matthew 14 we read about how John the Baptist had been beheaded by Herod while he was in prison and John's disciples came and took his body and buried it, then they went and told Jesus.
I wonder why they buried him first before they told Jesus. What do [...]

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No Doubt

December 8, 2015

....And no one dared ask him if he really was the Lord because they were sure of it.
John 21:12
The disciples lost something....their doubt about who Jesus was....they were sure now that he was the Lord.
What would it take Jesus doing in your life to remove all doubt and make you sure of who he is?
For [...]

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Got Difficulties?

November 16, 2015

Have you got any difficulties in your life?
If so, you are definitely not alone!
Everyone on this earth has difficulties and the sad news is that as long as we are living on this earth we will always be challenged with difficulties!
Guess you are wondering why I bring up such a negative aspect of life?
Well because [...]

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