The Value of YOU

Many people think Christmas is about Santa and pretty lighted trees and getting gifts.  Most people think Christmas is about giving to others. One Person gave His All as Christmas is really about  the value of YOU.

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We live in a world that no longer values human life. It grieves my heart. How many precious souls with potentials as great doctors, leaders, researchers for medical cures and valued human lives are murdered?  – http://www.worldometers.info/abortions/ 

Many countries and even in some states in America now allow people the right to die. Canada recently joined up giving those who are sick and even those who don’t want to go on living the right to end their life.  Canadians have right to doctor-assisted suicide

Back in the 1980’s a guy by the name of Jack Kevorkian -aka Dr. Death or Jack the Dripper, “helped” 130 people die. Yes, these people were suffering and many had Multiple Sclerosis. I am not belittling suffering. I experience it on a daily basis.  So what is missing in the world today where we causally allow the killing of humans beings without regard to the Great Creator and His plans for these precious lives? If we simply acknowledge the LORD and His purposes for our lives rather than dwell on life from the secular view point perhaps we wouldn’t be hasty to take the gift of life God has given us and take it without regard or fear/respect for our Creator or His plans for us. Regardless, how we think our lives should be; ultimately God has a good plan for our life, one with a future and a hope. We have lost the fear of Almighty God when we don’t value life He has given us or the lives of others.

Multiple Sclerosis along with many other physical challenges remind me every day that I must choose life. Choosing life means purposely living the best day possible. Yes, I am in chronic pain that limits me. I have been paralyzed and blind and didn’t think I would see the age of 30 as the disease progressed quickly early on.  It was when M.S. hit me in my early 20’s I knew I had to find Hope. I found my Prevailing Hope in Jesus Christ.  I came to the point that I knew even IF things got real bad and I was bedridden and could only open my eyes and smile; I would do that for the glory of God. The Word of God gives us a choice and it is this verse in Deut. 30:19  that became real to me:

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life

Besides the many examples in the Bible of those who went through difficult struggles, some to the point of death; I have been inspired by many who live today who face insurmountable odds yet choose life and live for the glory of God purposely with passion.  No life is not easy for them but they recognize life as being the gift it is from our Great Creator. He is the Potter and we are the clay. The following are just a few who have inspired and touched my life by their lives.

Choosing life is no matter how hard life gets is the choice I will make. It is always easy? NO. But God gives us the grace we need as we seek Him. He has put great value on not just my life, but yours. YOU (we) are ultimately the reason Christ came to this earth. He came to redeem us from our sin (for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God) as we needed a Savior.  God made The Way, gave us The Answer and gave us The Life all bundled up in a manger. His Name is Jesus.

For God So Loved the World (YOU)

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

The bottom line is no matter what you face, no matter the trials, no matter the deep hurts or daily chronic pain you may experience your life has great worth and value. So much that God gives YOU the choice of choosing life  everlasting or refusing it. The Word of God even tells us it is His will that we choose life…but He will allow us to choose death.  Dear One, keep in mind the wages of sin is death and it is not simply not existing anymore, it is a place of torment.  I urge you to make the choice for ( Christ) – Life during this Christmas season when God gave His Son as evidence of His great love and value for YOU.

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Christ is The Way. He is The Prevailing Hope we have. Jesus

Christ Jesus is The Only Way.
He is The Prevailing Hope we have.

 

 

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When the Worse is the Best and the Best is Worse

It was a gloomy fall day back in the early 1980’s. At 22 the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis  raged in my body as I laid in the hospital bed, blind, fatigue, weak, partially paralyzed with difficulty breathing. The high dose ACTH  dripped continuously in my vein to fight the MS Attack.

My doctor came in and stood by my bedside. The great part about having a Christian doctor is the Prevailing Hope in Christ we share. Especially when things in the natural don’t look good. It was not exciting to face my prognosis. It was scary. My doctor picked up on my fear and reminded me that as a true born from above daughter of God; the worse thing that can happen to us in this life (death) is the best thing in life-everlasting life with our LORD (at our God appointed time). She look at me and said “Brenda, this life is not all there is.”  The truth is I am not afraid of dying. Living is sometimes the scary part. I can not trust my body and the daily relentless pain challenges continually wears on me. This is when His Grace is sufficient as I choose to remain focused on His promises.

I Cor. 5:9  For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.

Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Cor. 2: 9

So the good news is as a born again child of God; the Worse thing that can happen (dying) is the Best – everlasting life in His Presence.

When does the Best thing in the big picture of life become the Worse thing? If we dwell on things “under the sun” as Solomon puts it.  When someone we love dearly dies and leaves that hole in your heart. When all we see is the fact they are no longer with us and the lost consumes us and an emptiness sets in. All  the missed opportunities to spend time with and tell that person we love him/her.

My brother, Tom

My brother, Tom

My brother recently died. Even looking at the words as I type brings a lump to my heart. I don’t like the cliche’ “he is in a better place.” Though it be true and it brings a measure of comfort and hope; it is like trying to tape up a gaping hole in my heart with scotch tape. It doesn’t stick very long. God’s Word is living and strong. His Word is the Only Word that has power to comfort and is everlasting.

2 Thess. 2:16  Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,

1 Thess. 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

The Only true help and comfort when the best for them seems like the worse for us left in this world that I know of is to spend time in the WORD of GOD and pour my heart out to Him.  Our Prevailing Hope is not in this world. Our Prevailing Hope is in Christ alone and He is the only One Who is able to comfort our human hearts.

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Losing the Battle, Winning the War

Truth is powerful. But truth also hurts. Have you ever felt like you were spinning your wheels? Or like life is pushing you backwards while with all your might you are pushing forward only to be slowly dragged backwards?  Or buried in your circumstances?SnowstormThese are valid feelings. I feel them even as I type. I feel exhausted. I feel weak and my body is in pain. I feel like I am losing the battle in life. Yet, in Christ the war has already been won.

How can I reconcile my feelings to the truth of God’s Word? It goes back to perception. The pain and weakness are feelings that are real and hinder my life in the physical world; from my perspective. The truth is the Word says the weak are strong-through weakness. There is nothing in the Word I can find that says our life here is a failure or we can’t be all we should be because we don’t obtain the promise of healing on this earth. Read the scripture below. The truth is compared to many of my fellow believers– my life is easy.

Hebrews 11:32-38 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

So do I just accept the condition my condition is in? By no means, I expect to feel better and do all I can to be well- that I may continue to fulfill the calling and purpose of God in my life. I do believe in miracles and that we were healed by His stripes. And I will not be dismayed. Yes, sometimes I want to quit- but ultimately I cannot. All I have to do is dwell on the Love of God and the sacrifice of Christ. Keeping a mind renewed in His Word is utmost importance for us. Hebrews 11 gives the truth and perspective most Christians don’t want to think about. We want an easy life. I want an easy life. But we are to be more than conquerors –that means something has to be conquered. You can’t win a war unless there is a battle. We don’t even have to fight our own battles as Deut. 3:22 says You shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you. It is only when I attempt to fight MS or other challenges (them includes every enemy) in life on my own that I am losing the battle.

I wrote the following poem shortly after I was diagnosed with progressive Multiple Sclerosis back in the early 1980’s. Some would look at me and see someone who is not healed.  I know too well where I came from so I am thankful for the abilities I do have. One of my neurologist’s said, “It is a miracle you are still walking.” I was supposed to be bedridden in the 80s according to the doctors. The progression of the M.S. was constant back then. I don’t want to be healed just to not suffer. My heart is to serve God and others with my abilities He has given me.

 

The Best of  Me

Multiple Sclerosis is the disease that’s getting the best of me
It’s very difficult to walk and even more difficult to see
My arms are hard to move, doctor, tell me why
Someone please hold me while I cry and cry and cry
Please, doctor, give me something for the pain
But that’s like asking the weatherman to stop the rain
I can’t move my legs, doc, what’s going on
This can’t be happening, I’m still young
I don’t need any help- get that wheelchair out of here
But before you leave, will you please wipe away my tears
My legs are paralyzed and that wheelchair serves as a friend
M.S. I hate you, when my body dies I’ll live but you’ll end
My faith in God grows stronger daily and will carry me through
To an everlasting life, one without pain, one without you
One day this body of pain will be set totally free

M.S. I decided you cannot have the best of me,

I am giving that to Jesus, the One Who died on Calvary
My life is secured in Jesus, no one can take it away
One day M.S. will be cast to hell forever—where it belongs
As for now, I’ll give my Best to Jesus and sing a joyful song.

My friends, no matter how you feel, do not give up HOPE. Do not Give UP. Not Ever. We are just journeying through this world and we have much work to do. We are to be Light in world in the midst of the darkness and whatever challenges we go through. God uses us for His purposes even when we can’t see it.Blackboard with the text Never give up

Happily Ever-After

The doctor just left my hospital room. Though the lights were still on, a black darkness seemed to cover me like a thick blanket. His words were like a twisting knife going through my heart causing tears to flow down my face from the pain. At that time, I had Multiple Sclerosis, an incurable neurological disease a couple years. It was highly progressive. I was in the hospital for ACTH treatments and therapy. I could not walk, was extremely weak and legally blind. My doctor told me, “We have to make plans to get you into a nursing home where you can get the care you need.” I was around 23 at the time. He left with those words. Those words took my HOPE.

I laid there in the darkness with the lights on. Nurses were coming and going while the television was on in my room. The things going on around me were surreal compared to the pain in my being. What am I going to do? I didn’t know what to do…so all I did was curl up, cover up and prayed my body would die and catch up with HOPE that died a bit earlier.

There is a song called “Somebody’s Prayin’ for Me.” I knew somebody had to be praying for me. I lay awake letting my mind wander. Suddenly, I started thinking about my heroes of the faith in the Bible. Though I had only been a Christian for a few years at that time, I did read and study my Bible. My mind raced with the story of Moses parting the Red Sea to Daniel in the lion’s den. David and Goliath was and is one of my favorite stories. (I was young, un-churched and believe the Word of God as it is: God’s Word -still do) To me, these “stories” are/were just as– if not more relevant then the evening news “stories.”

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that through patience and through comfort of the scriptures we might have hope.

Hope began to rise within my soul. The God of the Bible is the God I served so I knew He would answer me if I called upon Him for strength and wisdom. So I that’s what I did.

happyeverafter2And I lived happily ever after….well sort of. God infused my heart with His Hope  (Psalm 42:5) which gave me the strength to fight the fight of faith. I had to relearn to walk so the Chinese torturers (physical therapist) work with me daily. I had to tell my foot to move. It obeyed me like my cat does when I call him. Sometimes my foot would move, other times it just sat there. I did regain my sight and was walking with a walker by the time I went home from the hospital.

And life goes on bringing with it new challenges. We can live happy ever after even in the midst of the struggles, the nightly news, the ISIS, the doctors reports, the pain -if we keep our HOPE in God. He is the Only Hope there is.