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, December 17, 2014

elpis

elpis = the Greek word, translated hope in Hebrews 6:18. According to the lexicon at BlueLetterBible, it is "From a primary elpo (to anticipate, usually with pleasure)."

While hope and anticipation are almost always very positive words in the English language, I was terribly intrigued by the explanation of the Greek word here that so seems to capture the "catastrophising," waiting-for-the-other-shoe-to-drop, worst-case-scenario mindset one experiences when having already endured a horrible tragedy, contrasted with, "But God!"


Outline of Biblical Usage
  1. expectation of evil, fear
  2. expectation of good, hope
    1. in the Christian sense
      1. joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation
  3. on hope, in hope, having hope
    1. the author of hope, or he who is its foundation
    2. the thing hoped for
God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. - Hebrews 6:18

 

3 comments:

  1. I actually woke up thinking a good name would be Hope for Tomorrow for your site.

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    1. Beautiful. Makes me think of the old hymn, "Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow..."

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  2. just blogwalking.. Nice post and have a nice day :)

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