My Mom’s Miracle

Thank you, Heavenly Father for sparing my mom’s life.

When my mom was nineteen years old, she contracted Tubercular Meningitis on the brain.

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Tuberculous meningitis is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This is the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). The bacteria spreads to the brain and spine from another place in the body, usually the lung.

People who have the following, have a higher chance of developing tuberculous meningitis:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Drink alcohol in excess
  • TB of the lung
  • Weakened immune system

In my mom’s case, she had a weakened immune system because she was working a daytime job and a nighttime job.

Mom was admitted to the hospital, and she had to stay in bed, and lay flat on her back.

While in isolation with other patients who had the same illness, she watched everyone around her eventually, die. Mom said that she was the only person left alive. Mom also told me that she kept herself alive by eating everything in sight.

A year after she was admitted to the hospital, a cure was discovered. It was administered to mom, and a little while afterwards, the doctor told her she could live a normal life. Before she could leave the hospital, she had to learn to walk, again.

HOLD ON TO HOPE, NOT MATTER WHAT, AND DON’T LET GO OF GOD’S HAND! Miracles happen every day.

“Because he loves Me, I will rescue him; because he knows My Name, I will protect him. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him. I will be with him when he is in trouble. I will rescue him and bring him honor. I will satisfy him with long life and show him My salvation.”  Psalm 91:16

In † Christian Love, Susan Osten

EXCERPT FROM Finding the Strength to Keep Fighting WHEN YOU HAVE A CHRONIC, INCURABLE ILLNESS

The MIGHTY

By Jo Moss

How do you find the strength to fight on when you have an incurable illness?

I’m an optimist, I’m a fighter and I’m a problem solver. But when you are struck down with an incurable and largely untreatable illness, where no amount of fighting will make you better, and your future is so uncertain, what do you do? How do you stay true to yourself and not give up? How do you wake up each morning and continue to fight? How do you stay optimistic when there appears to be no hope of recovery? How do you solve your problems when even the most intelligent minds do not know the cause of your illness? How do you convince yourself that tomorrow will be a better day, just to give you the strength to continue, when each day is such a struggle? How do you accept the limited life you have now, compared to the limitless one you once had?

You take one day at a time. You choose your battles and let go of the ones that serve no purpose except to exhaust you. You celebrate even the smallest achievements. You laugh when you can and cry when you need to. You learn to accept what you cannot control and work your hardest to change what you can. You learn your limitations and you adapt, but that doesn’t mean giving up. You appreciate each day because your future is so uncertain. You learn to forgive yourself and others. You learn compassion. You fight to raise awareness and understanding. You never lose hope because some days that’s all you have.

Living with a chronic illness is not a death sentence. It can be bloody hard but it makes you appreciate so much. It makes you appreciate your friends who have stuck by you even when you had given up on yourself. It makes you appreciate your family who love you no matter how many mistakes you make. It makes you appreciate your loving husband who didn’t sign up for this, who married an able-bodied, happy and healthy woman, but still loves you just the same. You appreciate every smile and every happy moment. You appreciate life. Take care.

Just Be Nice

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 (NIV)

Be thoughtful in your speech. Your words have the power to bring a smile to someone's face or even fuel them onward regardless of the circumstances they're facing.
Be thoughtful in your speech. Your words have the power to bring a smile to someone’s face or even fuel them onward regardless of the circumstances they’re facing.

“Just be nice” has been seen as a bumper sticker and on t-shirts. The sentiment probably strikes a chord with all who read it, because it is easier for us to NOT be nice. It’s easier to be critical or insensitive or judgmental.

If we are to be obedient to God’s laws and the words he gave to the prophets, if we are to do to others what we want them to do to us-we need to “just be nice.” Jesus told us in John 13:34-35, to “love one another,” and of course, we try our best. Some of us may have to start loving others by just trying to be nice. Without God’s Holy Spirit living within us, our sin nature takes charge, and it is anything but nice. We find fault, we think mean thoughts, we keep track of wrongs, etc. When we allow the Holy Spirit to change our nature to one that is “nice” -one that is sensitive to others’ needs, appreciates differences in personality and talents, and encourages and motivates others-the Lord will give us the words, a smile, and an expression of love that will make our world a nicer place for each of us to live and share the gospel of salvation and eternal life.

In † Christian Love, Susan Osten

Source: Revolution Devotional

Take Captive Every Thought

The Bible tells us to take every thought captive.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV)

That means that we have a chance to do something about all thoughts that are not well-pleasing to God, before they enter our hearts and become a part of us!

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”  Proverbs 23:7 (KJV)

In † Christian Love, Susan Osten

Finding God’s Will The Right Way

“When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.” Isaiah 8:19-20 (NIV)

There is a sad story in the Old Testament about such a situation. King Saul wants to know God’s will. He is faced with battling the mighty Philistine army and is afraid for the outcome. He goes to the high priest first to inquire of God, but God, does not answer. So he seeks out a medium and begs her to call up the prophet Samuel from the dead. She is reluctant, since all spiritualists have been driven from the land and forbade from practicing divination. But finally she relents. Samuel appears and not only gives Saul the will of God, but a heartbreaking reprimand (because of the wrong way he is going about finding God’s will). Saul’s army will not only lose to the Philistines, but Saul and his sons will lose their lives.

The law and the covenant is the Word of God. The answers for our lives are in the Bible. Jesus encourages us “Seek and you will find ” (Matthew 7:7). Mediums and fortune tellers don’t have God’s voice. The Bible warns against them. God’s will for our lives is in God’s Word and it is good, anywhere, any time.

In Christ’s Love and †Grace, Susan

Source: Daily Bible Inspirations