Life Lessons On Faith

Have you ever had life throw some hard lessons at you?

I have many times. Some times your faith will be tested to the limits. When you make it through it becomes a real faith builder.

November 8, 1994 – That was election day but I did not get to the polls. There was just too much going on for me to get there with any kind of a clear mind. My Mom was on the fourth floor of one of our local hospitals. Directly underneath her on the first floor was my Father-in-law. My brother was in a different hospital about 30 miles away.

My mother had fallen and hurt her back. It was not a serious injury but the doctor noted that she needed physical therapy to regain her strength. He was going to place her in a nursing home for that therapy.

My Father-in-law was a diabetic and had let it get out of control. He had cellulitis on both his legs as a result. His doctor gave me the instructions to teach him and monitor him until he was able to check his own blood sugar and give himself insulin shots.

From my mother’s room I called to check on my brother. I was told that his organs were shutting down and he was being rushed into intensive care. He was not expected to live. Without telling my Mom about the seriousness of his condition, I just said I was going to go check on him.

I prayed one simple private prayer for him all the way to the hospital. When I got there he was unconscious and on the ventilator. His vital signs had stabilized a bit. There was nothing I could do for him and I had the rest of my family to take care of so after staying a while I went home.

This is really going to make your day.

My husband listened quietly while I told him about our family members. Then he said, “well, this is really going to make your day.” He explained that he was not going to be able to continue his job. He knew the company standards and he was no longer physically able to perform up to those standards. Long story short – He turned in his keys the next morning.

This was too obvious. Everyone around me was falling apart. This had to be a Satanic attack!
I raised my hand and spoke to the enemy. “I know where my help comes from and it comes from the Lord. The harder you make it on me the more I am going to praise the Lord”. Praise You Lord Jesus. May Glory and honor and praise be to You forever.

The Bible says in the book of James chapter 4 to submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Everything started coming together.

The next day I learned that my brother’s kidneys and liver started functioning again. He gradually got better and was able to go home a while later. My Mom became the star pupil for physical therapy. If they were late coming after her she would take her walker and go on down there. She was able to come home on her birthday as planned, much stronger than when she fell. My father-in-law quickly learned how to monitor his sugar and give himself shots.

Everything went back  almost to normal. Although we did not know it yet, my husband was a heart attack waiting to happen. He now no longer had an income and what I made doing contract work from home wasn’t much. Living by faith was now a reality. Somehow, we made it through until my husband’s 401K came back the next March. That begins another story and another test of faith.

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Comments

  1. Jennifer Williams says:

    Glenda,

    Thanks for sharing this. I remember most of these instances, but seeing them from your prospective is really enlightening. I have learned from you over the years that, in the tough times we have to rely on Him, because without Him, we are nothing. Thank you for being such a great inspiration.

    Jennifer

    • Thank you Jennifer, there really is no one on whom we should totally depend except on Him. These life lessons and others that I have not yet shared have taught me this. No matter what we face in life He will be there to see us through. Again, thank you for commenting.
      Glenda

  2. Hello, Glenda…

    I really like your post! It is well-written and, more important, directly from the heart. It is obvious that the Lord is indeed watching over you and your family.

    I am so sorry that you had to go through such an ordeal, but I appreciate that you opted to share these life lessons of yours that are truly founded and resolved on pure faith in the Creator. At the same time, I have to give you a lot of credit as well, since, as you mentioned above “If you draw close to God, He will then draw close to you.”

    Unfortunately, many people are so busy running around in the circles of life that they don’t seem to have any time to pay attention to one important question… “What was His purpose for putting us on this earth in the first place!”

    Thanks again, Glenda, for sharing such a beautiful article with those of us who stop for a moment to appreciate, in awe, the mysterious ways in which He answers our prayers!

    All the best,

    Ray Black

    • Thank you Ray for your comment. It is in the difficult times of life that I have learned that I am not alone. Because of the awesome power and gentle love of the one who created us my greatest difficulties have turned into many of life’s greatest blessings. Our difficult times mold us and make us into who we are.

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