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...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Brainy

This post is directly prompted by an hour a half long documentary from the History Channel.


What I did NOT like about this video is how much they incorporated evolutionary theory as if it were fact.  This mindset was SO predominantly woven through the presentation, that I would imagine that all the other fascinating brain information could have been fully presented in under an hour, had there not been so much time spent on "millions of billions of years" and how the brain supposedly evolved. (Yes, I very definitely and undeniable have a bias toward Intelligent Design, here's why.)


What I was awed by was to see how exactly several "brain verses" exactly matched up to even evolutionarily biased science (and only solidified the argument for Intelligent Design)!


When the movie showed the physical brain changes (impairments) in the mind psychopaths and then specifically of serial killers, I couldn't help but being floored at the visible results of a seared conscious as they could physically show tendencies toward lying, lack of empathy, and low morality! "The Spirit clearly says that in latter times some people will turn away from the faith. They will pay attention to spirits that deceive and to the teaching of demons. They will be controlled by the pretense of lying, and their own consciences will be seared." - 1 Timothy 4:1-2 (CEV)


When talking about the necessity of consistent repetition, practice, athletic training and muscle memory, how critical such repetition is to excel in ANY area and to retain mastery of a topic, Romans 12:2 kept running through my head. "Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature."


Hmm, I know there was a third verse that really seemed profoundly illustrated by this documentary as well. Now I absolutely cannot remember what the documentary brought to mind (I'm thinking it was concerning spirits and the segment on physic ability, but I've tried and tried to recall and keep drawing a blank.) Anyone help me out?


Any other brain/mind/thought related verses anyone else can share? The brain is pretty fascinating territory!





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