Testimony by John MacGillivray

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Thank you for the opportunity to share something briefly about a miracle of God which I had experienced in my life a very long time ago.

I was only about 19 or 20 years old at the time and it was when a lot of kids were tuning in, turning on and dropping out. I was also attracted to the hippie cult and the rock ‘n roll scene like a number of my friends and peers. And I also experimented with what were then, the fashionable drugs, such as marijuana, LSD, MDA and some methadone or (speed),to name a few.

But after some time I really got tired of getting high and doing drugs. I had never intended to make it a way of life and I thought it was time to give them up and to think about what I was going to do about my future.
However, it wasn’t just as easy as that and after attempting a few times I would end up doing them again.

It really caused me to feel disappointed in myself whenever I would slip up after resolving not to indulge anymore in any kind of drugs. I didn’t seem to have the will power or what it took at the time to quit the drugs or to resist the temptations to do them.

But one day it happened. 

I ended up in the hospital after becoming run down physically and drained emotionally. 

I felt quite depressed at the same time and I actually thought that I might be dying on account of how weak I felt while being admitted. 

When I was alone in my room and in bed about twenty minutes or so after I got admitted, I became terribly afraid that I may really be dying and I wasn’t ready for the unknown. I did think about God and Jesus quite often prior to all of this and I guess in my own way I did pray from time to time. But now I felt that I was at death’s door and I was truly desperate. I had cried out to God in a way that I never had before and I told Him that I wasn’t ready to die.

I then asked Him to give me another chance and had said: “I can do better, just give me another chance.” 

 was uttering those very words when my heart started vibrating and I was suddenly struck by a bright flash of light which shined all around me as I burst into a river of tears. It drew me uncontrollably from my pillow into a sit up position as I cried out ecstatically in pure joy.

I remember my first reaction saying,”My God it’s true, it’s true !” “You are really there ! You really care !”


 I then fell back to my pillow as the light went out and the door in my room opened. It was the nurse entering with a tray of food just the moment the light disappeared. I was still in shock and speechless but needless to say it was the first day of a new beginning for my my life and one I will never forget until the day I die.

 I have shared my faith over the years with others and I sing in a gospel duo but I feel I have not shared that particular experience often enough with others.

It is somewhat similar to the experience of St. Paul when he was knocked from his horse on his way to Damascus but the real similarity is in the love that God has shown for me and has for each and everyone of us…with or without the miracle.

John MacGillivray

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Testimony by Cheryl Zelenka

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Life Interruptions are often Divine Interruptions. I am amazed at how my life has changed since July 23, 2011.
 
Let me start at the beginning.I am a retired teacher and single mom. I adopted one of my fourth grade students and have known God all of my life. I have served Him in several ministries including as a member of the worship team, prayer groups, and counseling women with sexual abuse issues. My life was full and I was happy in my small southern Oregon town…. Until I had a break down.
 
I became clinically depressed. I had to take a leave of absence three times from my teaching position. Every time I returned to work I failed to finish the school year.  Eventually, I went on disability and quit my teaching job.  Humiliation and hopelessness were my constant companions.
 
For over six years I struggled with guilt. Christians have so much to be thankful for and yet, my behavior and emotional state kept spiraling downward. I went to my medical provider many times and the real problem was never identified. I was told that the stress of my teaching job, a family history of depression, premenopause, and bad genes were the cause of all my trouble. It took the love of my parents and a bold step on their part to get to the bottom of my health issues.
 
On one of the many occasions in which I visited my medical provider, I recounted the following strange event. I was in a parking lot when suddenly my walking turned into running. I could not stop my jog, so I intentionally crashed into a parked car and fell to the ground. Getting myself back up on my own was impossible. It took two strong men to place me on my feet again. 
 
My brain was functioning enough at this time to realize something was amiss. You will not believe the response my Nurse Practitioner had to this story. Her comment will send shivers down your spine. “Well,” she said, “If it happens again let me know.”
 
She made no mention of a test or MRI. She did not ask me if I was having balance issues or any other strange symptoms. She sent me off more concern about my low Vitamin D levels! When my parents heard this story it confirmed the fear in their hearts. They had been praying for me over the past two years, not knowing how to help. They both recognized I was not myself and were very concerned, so they decided to drive out and get me.
 
 
Cheryl Zelenka is a retired teacher, single mom, brain tumor survivor and author. Her passion for Scripture and a desire to encourage others is what pressed her to create this blog and write Facing Trials: Thoughts for Meditation.She loves to garden and has two spoiled dogs named Akasha and Bosco. Cheryl adopted a former fourth grade student named Steve. He is a wonderful writer who aspires to be an author just like his mom. He attends college in Colorado Springs and is an English major.
 
Cheryl’s parents are one of her greatest blessings and she cherishes their love and friendship. They poured love into her so that God could use her to pour love out to others in need.
 
Cheryl Zelanka is the author of the books: Facing Trials: Thoughts for Meditation and Divine Interruptions: A Bible Study Through The Book Of Job. 
 
You will find both of her books on Amazon and WestBow Press.
 
To find out more about Cheryl Zelenka, please go to http://facingtrials.com  or find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cherylzelenkaauthor

When you are the most frustrated…

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Author: Renee K Tomczak McCombs

Just when you are the most frustrated…
Beaten down…
Tired….
Defeated…
You see a light….

As Napoleon Hill States…
“The darkest hour is just before dawn.”

You must discipline yourself against all of the negatives…
in the world…
because there will be many….

You must discipline yourself against the people who say…
you can not do it….
because there will be many….

You must discipline yourself not to quit….
because there will be many times…
that you will want to…..

You must discipline yourself against failure….
for there will be many times you will fail….
before you succeed….

You must discipline yourself…
for success…
for there will be many….

If, at the most difficult times in your journey to success…
you can keep a positive attitude…
one that will not quit no matter what….
you will find not just one success…
but many….
For…
it is up to you…
to prepare yourself…
not only for the struggle…
but ,
for the glory as well….

Because when you do find the glory of success…
You must not stop…
For, it is just the beginning….

It is the beginning of many future successes….
many future dreams, passions and desires…
being brought to life and reality…

So…
just when you feel like quitting…
just remember….
you are only one failure away from a success…
big or small!!!!

Create a great day!
For only you can make it a great day!

Imagine….

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Author: 
Renee K Tomczak McCombs

 

Imagine….

Being curled up in front of a roaring fire….
Smelling the fresh wood burning….
Sipping on a cup of soothing tea….
Reading your favorite book….

You look out of the window and the snow is falling….

In fact,
it has been falling for what seems like years….

Instead of being frustrated….
You decide to stop and look at the natural beauty,
That the snow is creating…..
Being grateful for all that you have in life….

It is so easy….
to get caught up in the moment….
by simple frustration….

That sometimes….
we forget to appreciate the simple things in life….

Being grateful for what we are blessed with….
Being grateful for what we are able to overcome….
Being grateful for the raw moments that nature shares with us….
Just being grateful….

When something frustrates us….
We have to realize…
that it is our choice….
to allow it to bother us…
to allow it to become an obstacle….
to allow it to bring us to a dead stop.

Instead….


have gratitude for the beauty of the moment…
life may be telling you…
that it is time for learning and growing….
time to read a book…
time to take a break….
time to expand your limitations…..
time for you to accept what is rather than what is not….

So….

Remember….
Whatever the situation is….
We have a choice!!!!

Create a great day!
For only you can make it a great day!


©~Renee~2014