Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Miracle of Healing

My trip back to my native country, Bulgaria, two months ago was a miracle. My son was still in college and saving for a ticket was impossible. A credit card company paid for half of the money for my round trip and I kept wondering what God had in mind for my visit there.
It turned out my aunt was in pain and had scheduled a doctor's appointment but none of my cousins was around to take her to the hospital. So I showed up to do the job.
"I want to pray for you, Auntie," I said after telling her the stories of my miraculous healings in the past.
She turned her life over to the care of Jesus and accepted the healing the Lord had provided on the cross.
The hospital tests showed she was in excellent health for her age. The pain disappeared.
Two month later, my father told me that his baby-sister was healed the moment we prayed. He said it was a miracle because for the past 82 years of my aunt's life she suffered from numerous diseases and there was not a single day that she was pain-free.
I praise God for his goodness!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Live One Day at a Time

I think we need to be reminded more often of what the bible tells us about the things we worry about. I am offering the verses from Mathew 6:25-34:
       "So my counsel is: Don’t worry about things—food, drink, and clothes. For you already have life and a body—and they are far more important than what to eat and wear. Look at the birds! They don’t worry about what to eat—they don’t need to sow or reap or store up food—for your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. Will all your worries add a single moment to your life?
       “And why worry about your clothes? Look at the field lilies! They don’t worry about theirs. Yet King Solomon in all his glory was not clothed as beautifully as they. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you, O men of little faith?
       “So don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing. Why be like the heathen? For they take pride in all these things and are deeply concerned about them. But your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to.
       “So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

God Will Rescue Me

Trouble seems to be brewing around me. But I recalled the Word of the Lord. His promises revived my sinking soul.
Isaiah 59:19 says that God will come to my rescue:
" When the enemy comes in like a flood,
The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him."
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Friday, June 20, 2014

How I Deal With Sleeping Problems.

I was not able to get complete freedom from my sleeping problems untill I read Max Lucado's post:
One Step Enough for Me
by Max Lucado
       Arthur Hays Sulzberger was the publisher of the New York Times during the second World War. Because of the world conflict, he found it almost impossible to sleep. He was never able to get worries from his mind until he adopted as his motto these five words: “One step enough for me” . . .taken from the old hymn, “Lead Kindly Light.”
“Lead, kindly Light. . .
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.”
       God isn’t going to let you see the distant scene either. So you might as well quit looking for it. He promises a lamp to our feet, not a crystal ball into the future. We don’t need to know what will happen tomorrow. We only need to know He leads us. As Hebrews 4:16 promises, “we will find grace to help us when we need it.”
From Traveling Light

Photocredit: Lisa Rosario Photography/Flickr2013.Elusive baby sleep.https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/growth-curve/elusive-baby-sleep-miracles-remain-elusive.2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

God Saved Me Out of My Distress

God hears your heart's cry and He will answer! Psalm 107:19 says, "They cried unto the Lord in their trouble and He saved them out of their distresses…"
There was an accident at my work with one of my students that left me hurting physically and emotionally.
I prayed for God to remove the pain.
He brought a lady who asked me to pray for her daughter who was also autistic and bipolar.
"Pray about that girl and your student the way you would have prayed for your own sons," I heard the Holy Spirit prompt me. I took the Word to heart and the pain in my body and soul disappeared. God saved me out of my distress.
Photo credit: Moonrise, Lake Vermillion, Banff National Park, Albertahttps. http://www.webshots.com/photos/national-parks/moonrise--lake-vermillion--banff-national-park--alberta?utm_source=PS&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=032414

Sunday, March 16, 2014

God is My Turnaround-Specialist

We all come up against some stubborn situations or areas of our life, where it just doesn't seem like it will turn around. I am in such a situation right now.
Everything in me cries out, "This will never change. It is impossible to change"
Yet, as Pastor says often, God is my turnaround-specialist. He turns mourning into rejoicing (Psalm 30:11); turns darkness to light; turns the curse into a blessing, etc.
In one moment, God can turn around years of defeat and frustration and give me the victory I have been praying for.
God loves me and is willing to turn my suffering  into a blessing. I chose to believe not what my flesh tells me but what God says about me. My due season is coming. My turning point begins in my thinking today, in Jesus' Name.
Photo credit: http://www.united-church.ca/files/slideshow/slideshow_tato.jpg?1394037870

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Listen, My Most Beautiful One

Listen, My most beautiful one—
If you ever lose sight of Me
Just follow My footsteps
Where I have led my beloved ones.
Come with all your burdens and cares.
Come to the place near
The sanctuary of My shepherds—
There you will find Me.
My dearest one,
Let me tell you how I see you--
You are so thrilling to Me.
To gaze at you is like gazing
At one of Pharaoh’s finest horses.
The strong regal steeds
Which pull His royal chariot.
Your tender cheeks are so radiant--your earrings and gem-laden necklaces set them ablaze.

from chapter 1 of the Song of Songs (The Passion Translation by Brian Simmons



Monday, February 24, 2014

Do Not Fear

I fell on the ice, hurt my right wrist, dusted off the snow while walking through the door, and started weeping, "Lord, it hurts so-o much, I am out of sick days and I don't know how I am going to work this physically challenging work.... Please, talk to me!"
I opened the bible randomly, and my eyes fell on verse 57, Lamentations 3,"You came near when I called you, and you said, 'Do not fear."
Photo credit: ryk_neethling. http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2010-11/editing-bible. 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Last Night's Storm

The wind is having a blast, I thought listening to the severe rattling of the windows in my room. I had the feeling that the glass will burst out any moment and cover my bed with sharp transparent daggers.
God is not the source of that storm, but He is my shelter in the midst of it. Isaiah 25:4 says, "…You are a refuge from the storm…"
"I will have peace in the midst of the storm, Lord, for you will protect me," I whispered and drifted back to sleep.

Photo credit: paul bica, impending storms, 2007. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dexxus/4670941507.2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014

You Shall Live and Not Die

One look at my hibiscus made me stop in my tracks. The bright green leaves had turned yellowish and most of them had withered up. Bare branches stuck out of the main stem in grayish color.
"My hibiscus tree is dying!" I mumbled. It seemed only a few days ago it bloomed in enormous bright pink blossoms challenging the power of the fierce winter storm raging outside. Snuggled against the corner of my warm dining room the plant was full of life and promises. A bible verse from Proverbs 18:21 came to my mind, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue..."
"In the name of Jesus I speak LIFE over this tree. It will live and not die!" I proclaimed boldly and walked away.
A few days later, sweeping the dead leaves, I decided to prune it. Scissors in hand, I looked closely at the branches.
They were covered with tiny green buds.
Photo credit: Sheba, John, Hibiscus Pink Macro-01, 2011, http://www.flickr.com/photos/shebalso/6016802186/in/pool-hibiscuspics, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I Said to the Devil...

I pressed the gas pedal but instead of accelerating, the car slowed down. "There is something wrong with my new car. What if it stops altogether?" I thought driving in the middle lane of the highway. Fear wrenched my stomach. I stepped on the pedal and it slowed down back again. Maneuvering to a slower lane, I felt my heart in my throat. Fear found a permanent seat in my head and began its monologue: "Now, where is your God to rescue you from trouble. Didn't you pray this morning asking him to protect you?"
       Shaking, I still remembered what the bible says about situations like this in Psalm 91(MSG), " Say this: 'God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe! That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe.'
       I turned to the enemy in my head and told him, "Devil, this is what God says. Also, you have already been defeated at the cross of Jesus Christ! (John 19:30)
       I walk by faith in the victory that is already mine. Get out of my head and my car, in Jesus' name!"
I had no more problems with the car.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Can You Sleep Well?

"I don't pray enough,"  I sometimes think when I don't get an answer to my prayers right away. Well, the truth is that it's not the length of my prayer that counts, but its strength. It's not about praying enough. It's about praying the Word of God, reminding Him of His promises. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
       For many years I've been plagued by insomnia. Now I pray the words of Psalm 4:7-8, " You have given me greater joy
than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe."
       And I never forget to add, "Amen!"

Photo credit:Duncan Hull. Babies Sleep in the Weirdest Positions.2005.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/dullhunk/11259594775.2014