Monthly Archives: March 2016

Skipper

Dear Readers,

I wrote this (Archives-Nov. 2011) story when I was taking a Christian writing course in 1981.  The assignment was to interview someone special…

 

SKIPPER-  Homework and Journal Entry-  1981

 

Do handicapped people know the Lord?  Some Christians wonder about this, especially if the person is severely disabled.

I want to tell you about someone extraordinary.  While visiting a nursing home one day, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing a young college graduate named Skipper.

Skip was involved in a serious automobile accident that left him totally paralyzed.  Unable to feed himself, control his faculties, or even sit in an upright position, this six foot 200 pound grad lays in bed all day, spasmodic and drooling out of the side of his mouth.  After a whole year of physical therapy, Skipper has only accomplished the ability to lift one arm and point his thumb.

One day while his father was watching him struggle to move, he decided that just because Skippy’s body was paralyzed, didn’t necessarily mean that his mind wasn’t functioning normally.  So he designed a typewriter out of a piece of plywood, with indented circles in place of keys, and painted the letters of the alphabet inside each hole.  When he placed the device in front of his son, his family was able to communicate with him for the first time since his accident over a year ago.

His dad showed him how to use the invention and ever so slowly the boy lifted his arm and dropped his thumb into the little round holes and tapped out the messages that had been bottled up inside his mind.  In short order, he proved that his brain was still definitely sharp and alert.

He told his parents how much he loved them.  He told them how much he appreciated all the time they had devoted to his care.  He told them of his frustration about wanting to speak, but not being able to.  He also told them of how he felt imprisoned in his own body, and wished at first, that he could die.

Interviewing this fine young man was awe inspiring.  As I sat there, Skipper asked me to tell him a little about myself.  I couldn’t help but stare at his young body, still quite large, but with muscles that were beginning to atrophy.  I wondered why the Lord would allow this, until I learned that Skip had only come to know Jesus since his accident, and might never have otherwise.  He told me, “With only my brain functioning normally, I had a great deal of time to think about God!”

Because his eyes continually rolled back in his head I asked him, “Can you see me?”

“Yes, I see double!” he told me as he looked at his writing device and slowly spelled out the words.

After a few questions about his accident I finally asked the question I most wanted to know, “Are you excited about Jesus returning again some day?”

This sweet youngster responded so energetically, smiling and nodding his head that any doubts I had about him knowing the Lord, left me that moment, never to return again.  What a privilege to interview this exquisite King’s Kid!

Do special needs people know the Lord Jesus?  Yes, they do!  I believe they share a closeness with Him that is unique and very significant indeed!  Thanks for reading.

Love in Christ,  Claire  xoxo

 

John 7:24, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.”  (NIV)

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Don’t Ignore Your Spiritual Gifts

Dear Readers,

Here’s a few things I have learned about how special having your own prayer language is, and can make your relationship with God more personal.  I came across a few journal entries that verified a prophetic word given to our women’s group…

DON’T IGNORE YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS-  Journal Entries- 2012, 2013, and 2016

I just texted my dear friend from church and told her, “The single greatest piece of Christian advice I have ever received (except salvation through Jesus Christ-John 3:16) was from you recently at our prayer group!”

Journal Entry, 2016

I believe what she told us was very prophetic and it seems to be changing my prayer life.  She said the Holy Spirit has laid on her heart that we need to be praying in our prayer language all the time.  That this is a gift we shouldn’t be taking for granted and we should not be just praying that way occasionally.

So, from that day on, I decided to do just what she shared with us.  While walking in my prayer field, I start with my usual requests and then jump right into my precious gift of praying in my special language.  Instead of begging God for this or that, I started just presenting my requests to Him and then I would enter into my prayer language until the end of my exercise.

Journal Entry- 2012

This gift of speaking in tongues was given to me about a year after I got saved, not in a flurry of strange sounds, but in one single word that I never heard before; “Abbalee!”  Whenever I prayed, this unknown word would suddenly come to me during my English prayers.  One day I asked someone if this could be the start of a prayer language and thus began my search to find out what this lone word meant.  (Archives Blog- Oct. 10, 2012 entitled “The Prayer Word”.)

Now, here’s the thing.  Searching this week through my years of journals for a possible new blog, I came across yet another message the Lord gave me.  I thought it was pretty cool to find this, since it was confirmation again of my friend’s recent word of wisdom.

Journal Entry- 2013

“Today while walking the prayer field I felt the Lord lay on my heart,  Eph. 6:18, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…”  (NIV).  So, I prayed in the Spirit knowing that satan can’t understand, and I received this message,  “EVEN A SINGLE WORD OF YOUR PRAYER LANGUAGE CAN BE CHOSEN BY GOD AND USED FOR SOME SPECIAL PURPOSE.”

Journal Entry- 2016

And yet a third confirmation from a different source in a town approximately 75 miles from where I live in Missouri.  The mention, from another personal friend, of this same sense of urgency by her Pastor.  We need to be honoring our gifts and using them more, especially in these difficult times, he told his parish.  Their church is also feeling the pull of the Holy Spirit to use this type of prayer more often.

Here’s my own results so far.  I’m noticing a huge difference in my prayer time.  For one thing, there is a peace about my requests like never before, and a strong sensation of being heard.  I’m no longer begging God for this or that, but I’m presenting my wishes to Him.  I just mention a name, a request, a need, whatever, and then I go directly into my special prayer with a knowing that God hears me through my Spirit, and even a single word, might be chosen by Him that means something or someone else might need prayer.  After all, God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient.  HE IS ALL!

I hope what I’m trying to say makes some sense to my readers.  Maybe this blog sounds silly to prayer warriors, but I’m just amazed, at 72 years old, to discover a new way of communicating personally with my Lord.

Love in Christ,  Claire xoxo

Eph. 6:18a,  “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests.”  (NIV)

 

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