It’s hard to believe that God, our Father, has chosen mankind to be the most incredible expression of himself. Even with all our mistakes, faults and short comings, we are God’s number one choice of habitation. "Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is so are we in this world" (1 John 4:17).
The entire Bible is filled with hope-giving scriptures but one that brings me a special joy is Genesis 1:31, “And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” It is good to know that He sees the future and does not make mistakes. He does make purposed decisions and definitely does things his way, (as we all well know).
I recently watched a video about the laryngeal nerve. This video shows how the nerve starts in the brain of a giraffe, runs down one side of the throat, wraps around main arteries in the chest and travels back up to the larynx. The question arose, did God made a mistake? After all, why would that nerve travel that distance in a giraffe’s neck? (I don’t know if the same hold true in all animals). It was the discussion on the giraffe that gave me unction to check if the same path was evident in man, and it is.
I believe the path God gave the laryngeal nerve lends credence to Matthew 12:34 that states, “O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” It just goes to show that what we think travels around to one of the great life-giving blood vessels coming out of our heart and back up to our voice box. If we are fearful, angry, or jealous, we cannot help but to voice how we feel. The same holds true if we love, care and empathize. We may think we can hide our true feelings but the trouble is, it wraps around our heart and next thing we know, what we think is being expressed.
Take a look at Luke 6:41-45, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth the good. And an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth the evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
The discussion on the giraffe’s neck can be found at http://www.wimp.com/giraffenerve/. A great little website called wimp.com that has all kinds of fun little video clips. (I am not saying this is a Christian site or that everything on it is good, enjoyable or for a child’s eyes, but as adults we can skip that which is offensive). Father can certainly use any thing as a starting place to express himself even something as obscured as the laryngeal nerve.
Is it any wonder we are told, “Finally, my brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are right, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, think on these things.” (Php 4:8)
I am just a humble scholar, not a cleric. Born and raised in Oakland, Ca., I am a liberal politically. Ouch! That is part of my upbringing, as my mother was one before me. She was born and raised in Arkansas, but picked up the liberal bias living in Berkeley during the forties. Pamla is the highlight of my sixty-five years; she has made this time of my life, the very best. I believe the father sent me just to make her happy. She is always helping others, thus I call her my better half. It has been hard for me to learn to give, as Oakland seemed to always be full of people living on the edge, and I learned to be suspicious and careful. Pamla and Terrie have proved to me that the Father looks out for his own and I need to trust in his love.
I do not pretend to understand him but I have witnessed miracles all of my life. Just my survival is a miracle. Having outgrown bronchial asthma, and still suffering from sleep apnea, diabetes and now kidney failure, since my birth my health has been considered border line terminal.
Father has guided me through many dangers, making what seemed like self-destructive behaviour turn out okay. Things like not accepting a 4-F designation from the draft board, and finding a job with the Department of Defence moving supplies to and from Vietnam and other ports in the Far East. Dialysis is my new trial. It is that or death. I choose to pay the cost of the price of life to continue to live with my lady love. I would gladly pay it and more, as this is truly the best time of my life.
Pamla and I have postponed our wedding due to the huge loss in income from the pell grants. We both feel her college education is important and we will wait until she gets her degree to finalize the vows we have made to each other. We are so happy and thankful to have found each other. In it all, I am content that Father is able to give us direction and turn our hearts as he desires.
My three times a week trip to dialysis precludes travelling in ministry, but I am supportive of Pam’s travels as Father directs. After all, life is good, God is GREAT, and we get to reap the benefits.
I have not forgotten my commitment to keep you posted as to what is happening with Promised Seed Ministries. To say our Father’s love and faithfulness never ceases to amaze me is an understatement. The miracles keep pouring out and I feel a need to express my gratefulness. One avenue of expression is sharing the miracles so other hearts may also be uplifted. Hopefully this Implanter will bring a blessing to you.
Last month, a lady in our mobile home park gave Terrie $2,000.00. She saw Terrie at a store, walked up to her, wrote out a check and said, “I know you will think this is strange but God told me to give this to you.” It was just what Terrie needed to get out of a tremendous debt she had been praying over.
Since her move into her new mobile home she had found herself more and more submerged in indebtedness. She felt like she was drowning and could not find an avenue of escape. We had been praying over the matter and she kept saying, “Father told me not to worry, that HE will meet my needs.” (Note¦ worrying is easier said that done when the bills come due).
Well, let me say, I certainly did not see a way out for her. My mobile home sold in June, I took a $16,000.00 loss. Purchasing the single wide mobile in 2007 for $30,000.00 I sold it for only $14,000.00 and stilled owed over $11,000.00 on the mortgage. I wanted to help her, but Father told me that if I gave her the money she needed, it would interfere with the miracle he had for her. This was a problem for me because I had previously told her that when I sold the mobile I would give her 10% to say thank you for the many times she had shown the place to perspective buyers. When the mobile sold I had to tell her what Father had put in my heart. Terrie said, “Pam, do what Father tells you, I certainly do not want to loose out on HIS blessing.” We left it at that and waited to see what would happen.
Happen it did! (I know, not a complete nor complex sentence, says the teacher in me).
AND more..... this is a really big miracle, Terrie has been in terrible pain for many years due to the screws and metal joints and such holding her body together. The cost for her meds was prohibitive. She has been on pain killers for well over 15 years and crying for freedom from both the meds and the pain. The medicine the doctors gave her did not bring relief and even more, they caused addition to the medications. The more addicted, the more she needed to take to be able to get any kind of relief. She had come to the place where she could not get enough to stop the pain, she could hardly function due to the side effects. She had been to pain clinic after pain clinic and her prayers seemed to go unanswered.
Father put in her heart to try the last pain clinic in our little county. She went in obedience to the Spirit, with little hope for deliverance. Here, the doctor said he would “wean her off the pain killers a week at a time so she would not go through withdrawals” then he would start her on a new medicine that was non-narcotic. We wondered, could there possibly be something non-narcotic that would stop the pain? The next week when she returned to the clinic, she was directed to a different doctor who was horrible to her. This doctor went so far as to call Terrie awful names and even to call her at home to continue to berate her!!!! Terrie called me crying and asked me to return to the clinic with her the next day, which we did, (you see, she had to have some relief from the pain and this was her last chance). This time we met a wonderful doctor who said he would work with her. All this to say, 1 pill, only ONE pill of this new medicine and Terrie is pain free and narcotic free! She has since made appointments for our brother and several friends and has driven them over to this doctor so they can get the medicine. They also are finding that GOD IS SO GOOD!
For anyone who wants the name of the doctor or the medicine, you will need to contact Terrie at 5330 Lakeshore Blvd, #39, Lakeport, CA 95453 or (707) 263-1336. She can give you the information and will try to respond in a timely fashion. I don’t know why more doctors are not using this medicine, other than Pharmaceutical Companies may have an agenda.
BUT, in all of this, now we smile as we have experienced Father’s provision!
Our mom is still suffering vertigo. Some days are better than others, we are so grateful to have her with us. She spends time with me or Terrie on a regular basis and she is a blessing in our lives. Daddy is well at 80, still climbing on the roof of his mobile home to work on the swamp cooler. I know, dangerous, and I look forward to the day Father gives them a new mobile, their’s is falling apart.
I cannot believe it is time to start back to college. I graduated from our community college on the “Presidents list” with a 3.79 grade point average and received my first degree, an AA. Hopefully it will only take me 2 years to get my BA so I can start substitute teaching in the local schools. I took this summer off from school because I had hoped to get to Omaha to see the kids. I did not make the trip, (it has been 3 years since I last spent time with them), because Father had much for me to do right here in Lake County.
Speaking of kids, they are well. There have been ups and downs with health issues, money issues, and even some juvenile probation issues, but all in all they are keeping afloat. I now have 4 grands who have graduated from high school. Two are taking college classes and all 4 are working. The twins, Kayla and Amber have just turned 15 and little Stacy is eleven!
I do so hope to take them, (one at a time), out on the road with me in ministry, and hopefully one will raise up to make Promised Seed into their own ministry. I have believed all along that Father has someone in mind so PSM can continue. Stacy never believed that PSM was a one man show, he named it “Ministries” because he believed in the many ‘membered’ body. In all of this, there is no worry, fret, or concern as it is all in Father’s very capable hands.
It is not our custom to have prayer requests in “The Implanter,” but there 2 families on my heart and we want to share their needs with you. One is Elwin and Margit Roach’s great-grandson, Cole. COLE IS A CANDIDATE FOR A COCHLEAR IMPLANT. You can find the information at: http://impatientlydetermined.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/cochlear-implant-Detroit-trip-august-2011/ or email Elwin Roach at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their home address is PO Box 4004 Alamogordo, NM 88311-4004
Another is a ministry that Promised Seed Ministries has supported for many years. Bobby and Carole Roughton, Missionaries from Africa, Bobby needs cataract removal surgery. To know more, write to: Mission to East Africa, Inc P.O. Box 5753, Sandersville, GA 31082.
I do not ask you to pray for the obvious, such as TV publicized issues. They are equally important, but I know we are all aware of the needs and are holding them before Father in our hearts. (Especially our government and also this latest issue with “hurricane Irene”).
We pray that hope abounds in your heart today. We do want to say thank you for continued prayer and support of this ministry. Your prayerful support enables us to continue sharing the Good News of the Happy God, who is Savior of all and condemner of none. Terrie, Dave and I pray the Lord’s blessings continue to pour forth from you and onto everyone you meet! (Eph. 3:20).
We love you and love hearing from you. And remember, no matter how much we “blow it” today, we have a “fresh start” tomorrow. Trust and Believe, for we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
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