To briefly share a testimony, many of you are aware of the last few days of events involving my parents health. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease two weeks ago and last week she fell and broke her arm. My dad discovered a day after mom's diagnosis that his heart is operating at 50% capacity. Monday morning I learned that he drove himself to an area hospital at 1:00 in the morning, alone. He presented with chest pains and palpitations at an area hospital. After an evaluation, ECHO cardiogram and so forth, the diagnosis was a possible heart attack. Having been a by-pass patient 12 years ago at the age of 68, a repeat by-pass procedure at the age of 81 was next to impossible. It was too great a risk making him a poor candidate for surgery.
Friday (tomorrow) he was scheduled for a cardiac catherization. Today he was alerted by his surgeon that stents would be placed to open all of the blocked arteries. Prayers were sown into the situation by many, many faithful people including this real estate network of friends.
This morning, (Thursday) I learned his procedure was moved to today and with very little time and notice I was able to connect with my father for prayer over a cell phone call as he was being wheeled to the operating room. I then received a telephone call this afternoon at 4:30 from my sister with the news. Her first words were, "I have chills" -- I said, "Okay??... and?" She replied, "the surgeon found nothing. There are no blockages." I replied, "Hallelujah, this is a miracle." Gotta love those Holy Spirit goosebumps!
Many people including Believers hear of the power of prayer yet some in fact, limit the possibilities instead of believing and claiming the promises in God's Word. Sometimes, the tendency may be to put God [Love] in a box, a very small box. I found that in order to fully abide in God, I must freely abide in His love -- toward other people, commitment to His Word and obedience to His standards through a life of holiness accomplished only by the power of the Holy Spirit. Do I fail? Absolutely! Am I a work in progress? For sure! But I press on every day to get it right and to keep it right.
All Believers are given a measure of faith. We develop and cultivate it through trials and testing with the purpose being growth and maturity as children of God. The Father absolutely loves when we place our lives in His hands trusting Him to do the impossible in our situations.
Whether it is a physical manifestation of healing or a real estate transaction that closed flawlessly, let us be diligent to always praise Him, regardless of the outcome. The power of prayer can move mountains. His Word is Truth and impossible of error. But remember, one must with complete confidence, BELIEVE through faith that God is able to do anything. He absolutely answers prayers.
Thank you to everyone who sowed seeds of God's love through emails, telephone calls and posts to blogs on other group sites. My parents remarked that they can feel the prayers going forth. There IS power in prayer! Use this tool to communicate your love to God and to petition Him in every situation. His faithfulness will manifest as a light to direct your path unfailingly. God bless you!
GBY! Barbara :)
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