Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
“The Lord’s Been Good To Me”
Down through the years, the Lord has been good to me. In June 1982, I had been suffering with unbearable abdominal pain for weeks. I went to the hospital emergency room one night. I had major surgery the next morning. The doctors had to remove a portion of my small and large intestines. After surgery, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I thank God for healing my body. For the past forty years, I have been able to manage the disease without taking medication, but I do have occasional flare-ups.
Because of Crohn’s I am susceptible to sickness because it has a wide range of effects on my health and normal function. I can be fine one minute and sick the next.
If it had not been for the Lord on my side on Friday, April 23, 2021, where would I be? I was home alone and suddenly I got dizzy, and my legs were so weak I couldn’t stand up. At that point, I didn’t think anything of it. All I could do was call on the Lord for help, strength, healing, and to send my husband home. Psalm 66:19 “But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer”. God sent my husband home, I told him what happened, and he put his hand on my head and started praying and calling out to Mama to help him because he couldn’t do it. The medical team arrived and took me to the hospital.
At the hospital, the doctors worked quickly. They did a CT scan and MRI. The results showed that I had an ischemic attack (light Stroke), four blood clots on the brain, my face drooping, and weakness on my left side. Thank God because the blood clots prevented severe symptoms from developing.
I had surgery to remove the blood clots. They didn’t have to do any major surgery on my brain. They removed the clots by using a stent to restore normal blood flow in my brain. Once the procedure was finished, I started moving my arms around. I’m sure I was praising and thanking God for bringing me through the surgery. I was transferred from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility after one week. At rehab, they provided ongoing care and specialized treatment tailored to my needs through Physical, Speech, Occupational therapy, and counseling.
The after-effect of a stroke can last up to two years. I had physical therapy at home to help strengthen my body. I lost my appetite therefore I started losing weight. The doctor stated that I probably was depressed due to the changes my body was going through and not being able to complete tasks that I was accustomed to. I was prescribed medication to stimulate my appetite. I had to drink Ensure to help me gain weight. I am currently in physical therapy to strengthen my left arm due to shoulder pain. I couldn’t drive my car for fourteen months. I use a walking cane because my balance is off sometimes, and my Legs hurts. My being sick has been very
stressful on the Amos family.
The doctors and therapists didn’t heal my body. It’s my belief in the power of God’s healing. You see I know what prayer can do Prayer has brought me through. Every day is a challenge but with God all things are possible. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
THANK YOU LORD
I thank God He spared my life and I’m still here to give Him the praise!
About a month ago in May 2022, I ended up in the hospital for four days because my blood sugar was extremely high at 442. I could have gone into a diabetic coma or died.
I was so exhausted and thought I needed some rest, but my life was slipping away. Every hour I could not keep food down and was getting weaker and weaker. I finally made it to the hospital, and they admitted me. When I got there, a nurse said, “I made it in the nick of time”. I had just gotten over covid 19 when this hit.
The first three days I could barely open my eyes. I was so weak and confused that I raised the head of my bed up so I could sit up but couldn’t figure out how to let it back down again. I had to call the nurse to help me. When I sat up, I felt dizzy, and when I laid down, I felt nauseous. It was a vicious cycle. I was in bad shape. I have never felt this bad in my life.
Although I received the best of care, I didn’t think I would make it out of the hospital alive. I felt so terribly bad, I thought that was the end for me. I was weak. I didn’t have no fight, no strength, and no will to live.
But GOD sent me some help! The Doctors and nurses battled on earth to help me get better and my church family Prayer Warriors did battle in the spirit. Also, my Pastor Darrell Galvin of Soul Restoration Ministries prayed for me.
They stood in the gap and prayed for me when I couldn’t pray for myself. I thank God for them. God uses people to do His work and I’m glad they let him use them to help me in my time of need. I definitely believe prayer changes things! I am out of the hospital now and I feel much better.
Surely God is truly full of Mercy and Grace. This Great, Big, Beautiful, Kind, Loving, Merciful, Gracious, Strong and Mighty God! I thank God He spared my life and I’m still here to give Him the praise! To God be the Glory for the things He has done!!!
Sister Wendy J. Peoples
THE GRACE OF GOD
JUST HOLD ON!!!! God is always there!
On May 26, 2012, I had a massive stroke. I didn't take care of myself, I worked non-stop, I didn't have time for my children, and just hated myself. I had no residue of the stroke.
Before my stroke, I had a nervous breakdown and was on medications to get up, function, and go to sleep. On top of all this, I was a social drinker. I was also a cigarette and weed smoking advocate.
I once walked with God but I walked away thinking I was hurting the people around me, but they were only interested in their own lives, I didn't matter to them.
During this time I tried to take my life. I was a mess and didn't realize it. My nervous breakdown caused me to start thinking because I saw what it was doing to my children. I never thought I would live to see this age...but GOD never left me.
I started going through a total transformation. First I confessed and went back to God. I heard the Holy Spirit say this is your last chance, and I started running!
To make a long story short here is a before and after picture just to show you the mercies of God.
So much more has happened but to those going through, JUST HOLD ON!!!! God is always there!
May God richly bless you and keep you in the hollow of His hand.
Sis. Sylvia Johnson
Praise the lord EVERYBODY! I just want to take this opportunity to tell you how good God has been to me.
I'm a 50-year-old woman who has dealt with drug addiction for over 30 years. I did not raise my children due to my drug addiction. At the age of 16, I ventured into prostitution to be able to pay for my addiction. Over the years, I've been to
rehabs, hospitals, treatment centers, and inpatient/outpatient counseling centers.
In April of 2019, I almost died due to a brain bleed. I was hospitalized for nearly a month. I told God "I'm sick and tired of getting high." I stopped using drugs for the umpteenth time, but like always, I was back on them and drinking within days.
On October 27, 2021, I was asked by one of my sisters to come and video record souls being baptized. While watching all those beautiful souls get baptized and receive the Holy Ghost, I thought to myself, I'm going to be lost forever, but God had a plan. At that moment, my sister invited me to get baptized. At first, I told her "No!" but then I had a change of heart and told her, "Okay, yes." As I walked to the dressing room, I told God, "I'm not leaving here without the Holy Ghost."
I began to call on, and cry out to God, telling him, "Lord I want the fullness of the Holy Ghost. I want the Holy Ghost my mother, Sister Ginny had- the same Holy Ghost my sisters had- the same Holy Ghost that will keep me clean and sober." I remember looking in the mirror and telling myself, Rochelle, let God take over. As I opened the door and made my way to the water, with tears rolling down my face, I silently asked God, "Remove this addiction from me for the rest of my life." I gave up, and God stepped in! I went down in the water a drug addict but came up a woman of God.
While receiving the Holy Ghost, I could still feel that addiction trying to maintain its grip on me, that's when Pastor Galvin stretched out his arm, placed his hand on my back, and called out that drug demon by name. Pastor Galvin told that demon of addiction to "Loose Her!!!" I felt that stronghold release me. For the first time in my life, I felt FREE! God took over the utterances of my mouth. The more I spoke in tongues, the more full of God my body felt.
Today is April 29th, I have been living almost 7 months clean and sober for God. Not only did God restore my mind, body, and soul, but he also restored my children back to me, and we grow closer every day. I knew God had moved when one of my children called and asked me to pray for him. I stopped everything I was doing and prayed for him on the spot. God MOVED!!
I have no desire to look back. God is so great! When he removed that addiction from me, I did not suffer from withdrawals. God completely removed the taste and desire for drugs from me.
Receiving the fullness of the Holy Ghost, and my deliverance was more than enough for me, but God saw fit to bless me even more with a brand new two-bedroom apartment, as well. The apartment I lived in before God moved for me, was a place most human beings only see in nightmares. It was infested, extremely dangerous, dark, and full of people with no hope and no God.
When I first moved into my new apartment, I told God, "I want to go with the church to get your souls, but I don't have the financial support to travel." A couple of days later, on a Thursday, I asked my best friend, Genell, "Will you take the money I'm going to give you every month and put it up for me until I can afford to go on a missionary trip?" She said, "Yes, Rochelle. Don't worry, God will make a way for you to go." That Saturday afternoon I received a call telling me I had a $6,000 credit towards my rent, making it so I don't have to pay rent for 18 months. Since then, not only is my rent paid in full for 18 months but my electricity is paid up for 16 months.
I thank God for God, Pastor Darrel Galvin and his wife Gwen, my Best Friend, Genell, and her family Tom, Dazainna, Cherae, and Little Javon. They have been a blessing and comfort to me. Everyone's love and support have helped in keeping me close to God!
I'm a living witness that God will work it out!
Jeremiah 29:11 I know the plans I have for you.
Thank you, Jesus! I love you, Lord!