Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder, Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes via vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office, including brain stem and cerebellum bleeds, in Oct. 2011. Jenni remained hospitalized for nearly 2 months 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. At 5 years, 7 months God showed how He was writing her story from the beginning.

Jenni is currently writing more books and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. 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 equips you to send any monetary assistance as well, this is a significant added blessing.

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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