Being Pastors the Lord has taken us to a good number of places to minister. We started off in the inner city of Indianapolis, IN. Here we were able to bring hope to the homeless, drug dealers, gang members and our favorite-the children. God led us to Pastor in Texas, North Carolina and Illinois. For His glory, we have had the honor to lay our hands on the sick and they were healed. Prayed the sinners prayer to many who were lost and counsel those who were heading to divorce. God has been so good to us.
Yet, when the Lord is doing His work in and through His children, then the enemy seems to want to have his part in the picture too. ATTACKS come, and they can be quite painful and wearisome.
Our family made a trip to the headquarters of Voice of the Martyrs last Spring (2011). In July, we committed and started training to become Area Directors for VOM in Illinois, plus start our own non for profit missions organization.
The very month we started, my husband was 'HIT' - he felt as if he was having a heart a tack. He was hospitalized for a few days where they found nothing wrong.
This reoccurred again in September; but this time the cardiologist was convinced Brad had lymphoma. But, he didn't. Then they found a spot on his brain...he had all the symptoms of a cerebral hemorrhage. But, he didn't have that.
Then he was rushed by ambulance to another city a few hours away, the cardiologist at the large hospital was convinced he was having a blockage. Thus, they performed a catheterization and found a strong heart.
Then the Lord led a sweet couple to have him see a Lymes Doctor. This doctor, who is a Christian & a home schooler was who God used to finally diagnose my husband. The diagnoses is (DRUM ROLL PLEASE)- Lymes & Babesia (co-disease to lymes).
He suffers with: Breathlessness, Migraines (24/7), Joint pains, nausea, and weakness. He is quite ill and unable to work.
His work in carpentry & roofing was our only source of income.
Incredible isn't it?
Yet, God has paid every bill, kept food on our table, gas in our van and even blessed us with extras.
God takes care of His children. He meets every need in His time.
I love the story of George Muller; he NEVER asked for money; he just prayed to God. He had thousands of orphans who were the best fed, educated and dressed in the entire vicinity.
We pray and do truly rest in Him.
Because the Lord has led us to start down different paths of ministry opportunities the attacks have come. Yet, we are assured- God will take care of us.
We are still working on our training, getting the paper work in motion for the missions organization & Pastoring a little church. Brad is still quite ill and struggles. We have no income coming in; but believing God for the ravens to be sent in His Way and time.
I shared this with you as I know my friend you must be facing some difficult trials yourself.
Look up, that is my slogan----HE ALONE IS OUR STRENGTH, OUR HOPE AND SOURCE. None else!
Psalms 62:5-8: "My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense and my fortress; I shall not be moved. With God rests my salvation and my glory; my rock of unyielding strength and impenetrable hardness, and my refuge is in God! Trust, lean on, rely on and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him. God is a refuge for us---a fortress and a high tower. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!