In 1989, my husband and
I met a couple at church that became very dear friends to us. They had a daughter and a younger son. The husband was blind, diabetic, and had
undergone a kidney transplant and dialysis.
He was a patient with numerous medical complications. His wife also had several disorders.
As God would have it,
the ladies of the church planned a weekend retreat. One of Webster’s definitions
for a retreat is to move away from something disagreeable, difficult or
dangerous. An antonym is advance. What we really experienced was an advancement
of our spirit, body, and soul: mind, will, emotions and intellect. Engulfed and empowered by the presence of the
Lord, we were propelled to further advance the kingdom of God in the earth. Praise and worship lifted us to new heights of
glorifying Jesus during this time. Anointed
leaders challenged and inspired us to a deeper walk. The fellowship was grand and the food was
delectable - that down-home southern cooking like Grandma used to do. Really!
All the food was homemade and homegrown.
How often do we attempt maneuvers without
assessing the dangers involved?
It was a much-needed
getaway for the women and the schedule did allow for some rest and relaxation. We went for a swim in Lake Tiak O’Khata. Actually, I played in the shallow part after
I nearly drowned. Now I understand what
is meant when I hear one say, “My life flashed before my eyes.” I descended in a manner that caused me to
torpedo from the slide into the deep. My friend, Nelda was a very good swimmer
but was not nearby. However, she sensed
that I was in grave danger and quickly made her way to be of assistance to
me. How often do we attempt maneuvers
without assessing the dangers involved?
Time was of the essence so I cried out to the Lord to save me. The water was murky and I thought I would
soon meet my Creator. Honestly, I don’t
even remember how I made it back to safety, but there is no doubt in my mind that
the Lord is the responsible party. I
felt myself gliding through the water back to the shallow area. The Lord had compassion on
The Psalmist said, “In my
distress, I called
upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came
before him, even into his ears. (Psalms
On the drive to Louisville, the wife and I just happened to ride in the same vehicle – in the
back seat – side-by-side – with one other person in the rear. This was in no way a chance encounter. I don’t even believe in that. Although three other ladies accompanied us in
this car, I do not remember who they were – only Sandy. Of course, it was a divine set up – for both
of us. The Father had at least a four-fold
for Sandy to share her heartbreaking
story with me
for compassion to move
me to minister to the needs of that family
for our families to build
for the two of them to
minister to us when my husband was diagnosed with kidney failure four years
That family’s plight
made an indelible mark on my mind. I
listened and was filled with compassion.
The very nature of the word compassion is a call to action.
Compassion is an emotion
accompanied by action.
Sympathy is the feeling
that you care about and are sorry about someone else’s trouble, grief, misfortune,
And Jesus went
forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed
So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched
and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.
Ken and I didn‘t have
much money, but we wanted to help. I
remember the Lord telling me to use what was in my hand. My husband and I would go out to their house
in the country and do whatever we could find for our hands to do. After helping around the house, we would
often have praise sessions because Norman played the guitar until he lost his
fingers. We would be on such a spiritual
high when we left. I think we benefitted
more than our friends did.
My family, including my deceased mother and father, loves to
give to deserving people and organizations as much as we possibly can. But giving is not just about money. Give your time, your love, your talent, and
whatever the Lord lays on your heart.
Get creative, if you want to give.
Where there is a will, you can always find a way to do so.
foundation is the 501c(3) that was birthed out of the heart of our deceased
daughter to aid HER2 Triple Negative breast cancer patients and the homeless:
what's in your hands (not just your wallet) and use it to help someone else.