For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations. Psalms 100:5(KJV)
About four and one-half years after my miscarriage, God gave us a son. Complications I had with all my pregnancies could have resulted in miscarriages each time, I would find out years later. I am so thankful for our two children and grand children. When Alan was 15, almost 16, I asked him if he wanted to volunteer at the hospital where I worked. I thought he might be interested and it would occupy his summertime break. He answered my question with a “yes”. At the time he immediately thought, “Who just said that? I can’t believe I said yes.” That was not how he thought he would spend his summer. I worked the day shift at the hospital and Alan would just be riding with me to the hospital.
The very first morning that he volunteered is a morning that both of us will never forget. We know why God had him in the car with me that morning.
Alan recalls us riding down the Interstate, when I suddenly began going too fast. I almost ran into the back of cars, and big transfer trucks. He didn’t know what was happening, but knew he didn’t want to die. He quickly decided he had no choice but to scream at his mother to try and get her attention and try to tell her what to do. I know that had to be hard for him but he knew he had no choice. He did not know if there would be consequences to deal with for his behavior but we would be alive. He said he had to tell me to slow down, then to speed up. He tried to help steer the wheel. He relayed to me he was so scared and just knew that we were going to die. He had to keep the car on the interstate from the passenger seat to keep us from going off an embankment. Several times he tried to get me to pull over on the side of the road, but I would not. Finally, we got to our exit where he directed me off and I went up a small embankment but did not wreck. It did get the car stopped. Alan was able to help me over into the passenger seat and he drove us the rest of the way to the hospital. Alan doesn’t hesitate telling anyone that he knows God had him in the car with me that day to protect and take care of his mother. He also knows now when he answered my question, if he wanted to volunteer, who it was answering for him. I know he was volunteering that summer for one reason and maybe more. I know God protected both of us that morning.
Indeed, everything is for your benefit so that, as grace extends through more and more people, it may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 4:15 (CSB)
Giving thanks always for the beauty of God’s wondrous creations!
It occurred to me that I never shared why I chose the name of my blog to be Renewing of Mind and Body. At the time I began the process of starting the blog, I was still lost in my mind and body. In some ways I still may be. I had attended a few writer’s conferences and listened carefully as others talked about having blogs. I thought to myself, I could never do that. I continued to listen and a strong desire to share God’s grace and love in this way grew and grew. I presented the beginning of a book I was writing to publishers at these conferences about the miracle of my survival and continued undeserved grace given to me by God through many situations. They all agreed that it was an amazing story. Also, they agreed they were unable to publish it because I was not a celebrity. I could not guarantee a certain number of sales of the book. I understood this. I did not like it, but I understood it.
I had been typing one finger at a time to write my story. Unable to organize or make outlines, I just typed the story. When I first started, I had great problems with word recall but writing was easier than talking. Word check on the lap top is fantastic. Feeling rejected by publishers did not stop my desire to share my story of God’s mercy and grace and it did not stop me from typing my story. I sat with my lap top and my blog was created. I knew nothing about what I was doing but this blog was created. The name Renewing of Mind and Body originated because I knew without a doubt God was renewing my mind and my body.
As a young person, I was in a speaker’s tournament and I gave a speech on the verse in Romans 12:2, Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. I knew God had been with me through my whole life. I had to relearn so much after my strokes. I didn’t even know where passages of scripture were found in the Bible. I was in a body I didn’t know with a mind I didn’t know. The one thing I knew was I was still alive. That meant there was still a purpose for my life. So I just started with eagerness and excitement to try and create a blog. The name to me was evident, RenewingofMindandBody. With God’s help and the Happy Engineers at WordPress answering so many questions, the blog was started.
I thank each of you with much sincerity who have supported me and liked my post. I have had many obstacles, that have made it really difficult at times to continue the blog. But one learns that is what life is all about. We all have trials, difficulties, pain health issues and grief. Knowing that we can rest in the assurance that all things will work out for the best according to Christ will is our peace and strength for each day. I know I fail each day to do my best but I have to keep trying. The wonderful thing is, I know with Jesus help, I can and will keep doing all that I can. If I do not, I am dishonoring Him and the day He has given me. This is my first extensive writing attempt to share about myself on the blog.
How beautiful the way beneath my feet
Watching each step that I take
Can anything but joy feel my heart
To see all these natural creations
Given to us by God
giving thanks always for everything
to God the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Ephesians 5:20 (HCSB)
When you care for us.
You see, listen and care.
Warm compassion and understanding is felt.
Not something that you have learned.
This is sharing something of you.
Given freely to those that you treat.
Your heart we do see as we sit before you.
Through the gentleness and kindness of each thing you do.
The beauty you have in your heart.
Radiates the love you have for your Lord.
Thank you for sharing that love.
When you treat me.