Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Lingering PTSD

Dear Readers,

     Since 1954, when I was just a child, part of my family was caught in a hurricane at Misquamicut Beach, Rhode Island. To this day, 60 years later, I still pace my home whenever a severe storm is forecast for my state…

  (See blog- Hurricane Carol)

     THE LINGERING PTSD-   Journal Entries, Spring and Summer of 2014

 

     You are going to think I’m crazy!  Or, at least that I’m losing it!  Well, here’s my story…

      At least five times now, I have prayed this past spring and summer for the oncoming inclement weather to pass by the town where I live.  (Nothing new for any of my readers, I know!)  And the severe storms have passed!   Then I watch Intellicast as each storm runs it’s course and magically, no, prophetically, misses my town and goes north or south of our little village.

 

     Now, I know God can part a sea!  I also know He can flood the entire earth if He wants too!  And, that He can calm the winds and waves!  He also can make water come out of the ground in the desert; He can drop food (manna) from the sky and feed people who are hungry when there aren’t any food sources available anywhere;  He can save men from burning to death in a fire (Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego); He can restore sight to blind men; bring people back to life (Lazarus) and restore hearing to a teenager (My own granddaughter).

     I guess He is certainly capable of pushing a storm in one direction or another!

 

     So, what am I getting at?  I’m trying to say that for the first time in my entire life of 70 years, it is really dawning on me that, GOD CAN DO ANYTHING!  He controls all of it!  Even the tornadoes, hurricanes, and droughts.  (Forgive me Joplin, Katrina, and Sandi victims, and all the praying people in the world, but I have to express this!)

 

     I’m not sure why God has suddenly become so real to me!  Maybe it’s my age, or because I have deepened my desire and search for Him!  Or, just because lately I have literally soaked myself in scripturally accurate everything.  I think the Holy Spirit sensed my search to know Him, His Father, and His Son, to an almost insatiable level in the last several months.  Such a deep level that I have to separate myself from the comments of people that are doubtful, sarcastic, or demeaning about God and my unquestioning beliefs.

 

     Some of my family and friends will accuse me of using God, or of exaggerating, or stretching the truth, but the Lord knows me best!  And He is urging me to write this down, and He knows I do not want to write this down!  My brain keeps questioning me, "Who in there right mind, will believe it?"  I can already hear the comments, "Push a storm away from your town or your house!  Come on Claire!  Really?"

 

     But, God can touch, or even burn down a city (Sodom and Gomorrah); save a man from hungry lions (Daniel), raise a Hebrew to be a prince of Egypt (Moses); have a man spend a lifetime and build an ark in the middle of nowhere (Noah); take a man and tell him how to interpret dreams and future events for 70 years to serve several kings (Daniel); and even put a child in a virgin’s womb, and tell a man to marry her when he was being pushed to stone her to death (Mary and Joseph).  Does any of this make sense at all?

 

     Mark 4:40+41 says, "He said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid?  Do you still have no faith?’  They were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this?  Even the wind and the waves obey Him!"

 

     I have stood on this scripture now for several bad storms, and all of them have passed by my town, or at least passed gently by my town!  I only wish I had written down and dated all of the storms.  The other day I said to my hubby, "Doesn’t it amaze you how the severe storms keep going north or south of our little village?"

     "Yes, it does!" he commented, "It really really does!"

 

     I guess I’m just beginning to realize, here at the end time of my life, that "MY GOD IS GOD!"  And, that in His Name, I, Claire Ellen McD., can move mountains!

 

                                                 Love in Christ, xoxo

 

     Luke 8:24+25, "The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we’re going to drown!"  He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.  "Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples.  In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this?  He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him."  (NIV)

      

 

 

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The Open Book

Dear Readers,

     A simple joy was given to me when I helped a patient in my volunteer ministry…

 

     THE OPEN BOOK – Journal Entry- August, 2014

 

     At my hospital job today, something unique happened.  It wasn’t dramatic, but it was extra special for my patient who was in tears when I entered her room.

 

     As she wiped away those tears, I introduced myself, and offered her some books and magazines.  Immediately perking up she said, "I love to read!  In fact, I’m a speed reader!" she went on as she continued to regain her composure.  The next part, I didn’t expect.

 

     First, I asked her if I could pray with her, and she agreed.  So we prayed together for her quick recovery.  Then I started showing her my plastic tubs full of donated books.  As I pulled out one load, and gently placed it in front of her, she started looking at titles and authors.  Suddenly, out of nowhere, she grabbed her face with both hands, and excitement filled her weary body.  She couldn’t contain herself as she scooped up one of my hard cover books.

 

     "Oh my, I’ve been looking and looking for this book!  I couldn’t even find it on my kindle!  My husband was in the military and this is a war story I’ve been desperately wanting to read!" she told me full of joy, her tears now completely gone.

 

     Grinning I commented, "See, the Lord knew what books I should put on my cart today!  He obviously answered your prayers!"

     "Yes, He did, He did!" she replied, still so excited, and wanting to start reading asap.  Exhausted from all the tears and excitement, she asked me again to pray with her to thank the Lord.  As we bowed our heads, she began to fall asleep while still sitting up.

 

     I told her it was time to rest, and gently helped her lie back on her pillow.  We finished our prayers, and I left her, with a beautiful smile on her face.  Glancing back at this sweet lady, I sighed deeply, knowing that when I least expected it, something special had just happened on my watch.

 

     The Father gives us wonderful surprise moments in our lives.  He knew she desperately wanted that book!  I did not!  But, I was the bridge that day, bringing together a hurting woman and her God-given treasure!

 

     Our Lord blesses every single attempt we make to witness, to pray, to help, and to comfort, anyone He puts in our paths.

     "Thank you Father, for the joy of serving You!"

 

                                         Love in Christ,  Claire xoxo

 

     Hebrews 13:1+2, "Keep on loving each other as brothers.  Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."  (NIV)

     

     Psalms 37:4, "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." (NIV) 

 

      

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