Starting October 25 of 2011, "InfertilityMom," 39-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder of Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes, all due to vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office. The largest two strokes were brain stem and cerebellum bleeds. Jenni remained hospitalized until nearly Christmas and was not expected to live (near death experience) nor recover, but if she even survived, she was slated to live out her days in a nursing home or, best case, to maybe come home but wheelchair-bound and needing 24-hour care (please read more and watch short video). Jenni is now walking (with a cane or wheeled walker), has recovered much eye-sight, some hearing, partial use of her hands, cares for most of her own personal/toiletry needs, and is currently writing three books, maintains multiple blogs, and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. Near the five-year recovery mark, Jenni has renewed her pre-stroke excitement about the unique Lilla Rose hair Flexi eight jewelry she sells and has finally regained enough hand/arm function to regularly use! (The biggest ongoing losses at the 4 1/2-year point of recovery are left-side nerve pain, inability to drive, loss of homeschool teaching capability, significant sound processing issues (often triggering nausea), and some profound physical ability limitations such as a limp, balance challenges, clumsy use of right hand and only large motor function in left hand.) Here is her resume.

Since Jenni's chiropractor carried no insurance and moved out of the country soon after the accident (thus avoiding any legal or financial consequences), if you would like to help contribute to the Saake (pronounced like the two small words, say and key) family's massive financial needs (medical expenses alone are estimated to cost between $1- and $1.5- Million in Jenni's lifetime), please visit Jennifer Saake's Stroke Survivor GoFundMe Page. (This support information has been added in direct response to several reader requests.) The Saakes sincerely thank you for your prayers and if God prompts and equipts you to send any monetary assistance as well, this is a significant added blessing.

Jenni is clinging to God's grace through the entire experience. Here is her unfolding story, documented in her own words (typing with only her right hand), as she perceives it happening in real time, messy, honest and to the glory of God...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Time

 

Here are some thoughts I am still processing. Ever since the strokes I have been frustrated that I am still on earth, that I am "missing time" in Heaven. Sunday, someone at church prayed what has been irritating to me for almost two years now, something like, "Thank you for awakening us and blessing us with another sunrise and day of beauty..." It hit me at that moment why exactly our time on earth is such a gift. It is just that, this is the only TIME we are given.
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Heaven is eternity, it is timeless, it is outside our timeline. I think the last Christian ever to die will have just as "long" to sing God's praises as Adam and Eve have, that the days we are given here, are an added bonus. I still envy our miscarried babies, that they have never know fallen-ness, but they "only" have eternity, not eternity + added time and knowing God's goodness by faith alone. 
 
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They already see clearly, but will never know what it is like to learn to trust and depend, as through a glass darkly, then to see sudden glory burst at moments God gives us glimpses of Himself. If all they have ever known is wonder, I can't say they are lacking on any level, yet can they as fully appreciate because they have never known struggle? 

So take time to "smell the flowers" and delights of NOW because it is the only time we will ever know. The future with the Lord will be beyond description, but no less for the bonus days we are given here. Thoughts?

Quote "When we REALIZE our days here MATTER, our pain has SIGNIFICANCE, and are choices are MEANINGFUL, we can step THROUGH the darkest of times with HOPE in our hearts. It's not that we WON'T waiver, but even our inquiries have the POTENTIAL, when we are SEEKING, to lead us to a stronger faith. I find that my joy is ENLARGED by understanding that, as a CHILD of God, even my pain has PURPOSE. That realization doesn't ELIMINATE my pain, bu tit makes it more MANAGEABLE, allowing me other EMOTIONS in the midst of calamity, including shocking pink JOY." ~ Patsy Clairmont 


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And after you have suffered for a little while, the GOD of All GRACE, who Called you to HIS ETERNAL GLORY CHRIST, will HIMSELF Perfect, Confirm, Strengthen and Establish you. -1 Peter 5:10
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2 comments:

  1. I am so glad God kept you here, for Rick, for your children, for us!

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