Friday, December 5, 2008

God Gets the Last Word!


I am sitting in the hospital with my son, Daniel. He is the one who had meningitis at 15 months of age and left him totally dependent on others for his survival. Now, that is a story in itself, and one day I know God will restore Daniel. If Lazarus' dead brain cells can be recreated God can do that for Daniel's dead brain cells caused by disease.

Our family has been blessed to go on a nice vacation, starting next Friday. In all our years of ministry, every time we planned time away from our church something would happen to try to discourage us from taking it...when Stan was working on his Master's Degree and ordination Daniel was put in hospital with meningitis and not expected to live through the night. One year while on our way to Oklahoma the gas we filled our van with was mostly water. Someone we didn't even know paid for our hotel and the work done on our van. What an angel in disguise. Many times while away we would receive calls that someone in our congregation had passed away unexpectedly, or some other traumatic incident.

Now, while planning our big cruise excursion for next week, in addition to Stan trying to finish his assignments due today for his DMin, Daniel is once again in the hospital. He is happy and in no pain, but because he has a g-tube we noticed blood in his stomach. There is so much blood the endoscopy procedure could not see in his stomach. We have had to do 2 endoscopy procedures and are scheduled for a third Sat. morning.

Last night I was settling in to sleep on the chair in Daniel's hospital room and couldn't sleep until I turned the light on and wrote down what I felt God telling me. I wanted to share a portion of what He was saying to me, "The first 30 years of our ministry had a purpose (and He reminded me of those things), but the second 30 years of ministry IS GOING TO BE BETTER THAN THE FIRST (and he gave me a little insight to what that might be, but that is between me and Him right now.)" That inspired me and this came to mind,

"Satan has tried to thwart our calling and mission, but we are coming back with a vengeance, declaring war in the heavenlies and victory for the cause of the King and His Kingdom."

My whole point in even mentioning these things is to encourage each of you reading this blog. When you are doing what God has called you to and you have positioned yourself where He wants you, satan will try his best to keep you from succeeding. Some things will be obvious and some things not so obvious.

God gets the last word...

"Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You're not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It's the same with the Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won't last forever. It won't be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ - eternal and glorious plans they are! - will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word, yes, he does." 1 Peter 5:8-11 The Message

Keep moving forward, into all God has for you! He is right there with you all the way.

5 comments:

LAURIE said...

I've said a prayer for your son and for strength and peace for you as well. Hope your plans for your trip will not have to be delayed. -Blessings, Laurie

Anonymous said...

Oh how well I know the battle!! I take authority over satan, in the Name of Jesus, for all of us, and you are going on that cruise.

Yes, God gets the last word, and we win!!

I almost feel guilty for following the Lord's call, because of the battle satan has waged against my family, but those thoughts are not of God, and I know it.

This time last year my younger grandson was medivaced up to our hospital, because he was in a terrible accident while moving, because they lost their home -- the result of their father deserting my daughter and two grandsons in 2004.

The pain I saw him suffer just trying to get him a catscan - left a screaming big teen boy- wimpering like a baby . . it was more horrible than I can ever tell you for a loving Mom-Mom and a very hurt boy.

He will have leg surgery to correct the horrible damage on Dec. 23 - another Christmas in pain, but Praise The Lord, he is alive and active, and he will live without that brace again.

My older grandson missed school this week, because he got cellulitis in his abdomen, and Monday, they surgically lanced it WITHOUT anesthetic - my daughter said she cannot describe the horror she felt as she heard him screaming and seeing what he went through.

Broken bones, surgeries and other injuries have also been a part of their lives over the same time period, but satan cannot have my boys and my family!!!!

Because of their financial situation, my ministry has been put on hold because I got my ministry degree and then stopped everything to substitute teach - so I can help them pay the rent and meet survival needs, not what I planned to do with my degree.

Their father not only left, but had three more children, and is not interested in them in any real way - and the courts left my them with almost no support from him.

Yes, I know the battle satan has waged, and is still trying to wage against me and my family, but GOD GETS THE LAST WORD . . .and we are NOT defeated!!

My ministry will continue and grow, and so will yours, and GOD WILL BLESS US ALL MANY TIMES OVER.

We will all survive and succeed in what the Lord has called us to do!!!

You go, Cheryl-Girl!!!!!

LAURIE said...

Cheryl,
thank you for your comment and feel free to email me anytime:

supermom4jc@yahoo.com

-Blessings, Laurie

Julie said...

I believe the Lord directs our every step. I know I was meant to visit your site today. The stregnth I feel from your words is great.
Keep your eyes focused on the things that are eternal ! The time is drawing short for the Lord's return. I am hearing of Godly men and women under attack like never before. The battle is fought in the Spirit. You have the Victory !!
You are in my prayers!

Be Blessed my Sister,
Julie

Speaking Thru Me Ministries said...

amen sister - so much and not enough words!! thank you!!!