Week 7 – Finding Nuggets of Gratitude When Life Happens


You must hear the totally unexpected blessing that overtook me this morning! Oh My! How awesome is our God! Hang on to tolerance, endurance and patience fruit of the spirit because the nugget of gratitude is in the detail! You know God’s voice could be in the wind, the thunder, the rain, the sunshine or some other element or in a person. AAANNNDDD…answered prayer could come through INTERRUPTIONS, as was my case this morning! It could be all in the attitude by which you handle said pesty and annoying interruptions.

I was on the 30-minute B12Shot Shark Leadership Coaching/Training call, which I listen to M-F at 9am. Take a moment to make a note to self, DO NOT call Miss Rainey between 9&9:30am M-F! Well, a call came in about halfway thru the call. Not desiring to interrupt the training call plus not recognizing the number added up to ignore the call and listen to voicemail later. Shortly following that would be interruption, the next number on my CallerID was that of someone at the gate requesting entrance. So the perfect combination of again not desiring to interrupt the training call plus not expecting anyone at that hour of the morning added up to ignore. Then a couple of minutes later, someone was literally banging on my door which naturally startled me! A look through the security peep whole was obviously a technician, but why and who! The response to my, “Who Is It” was, “AT&T here for an install or something.” Fortunately not only is the training call available on replay, but I record each call with my trusty nifty Livescribe smartpen. But my thing is I want to hear it LIVE..NO INTERRUPTIONS!

I slightly opened the door to better hear why he was here. The confusion in his voice and in his countenance and total body language was apparent that he had NO IDEA for what reason or why he was dispatched here. He could make no natural sense of this mystery repair/install ticket he received.

I tell you, I have seen plenty of service technicians in my over 6 decades of life, but not ever one as perplexed and disoriented as he was. When I released and redirected my divided attention away from the interruption to singly focus on the matter at hand, that was when a tech support call I made 3 weeks or more weeks ago came to mind. I recanted that call to the technician and told him I adamantly chose not to create a service ticket because of the enormous cost just for someone to come out. It was at that moment when I saw his face relax, all angst disappeared and he uttered the following words to me that a realization hit me!

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Oh! Another pertinent detail that transpired this morning between the Lord and Me. I had even pulled an item of furniture from the wall to try to gain access Continue reading

That Person In Line Could Be You


For those of you joining this blog from my facebook post, give me a few lines to give the back story… Well it looks like it was actually more than just a few minutes, seeing that it is now the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

As a rule when walking through matters that challenge me healthwise, I choose to limit my words in talking about the illness  and majorly speak mounds of words of life in glorifying the Lord for His continued faithfulness.  So I have not been outright forthcoming to request specific prayer for an intense mystery health battle in which I have been engaged for almost 3 weeks. The Lord reminded me of His watchful eye thru a phone call from someone my son Aaron jokingly left me in their ‘care’ in line for the general session of Ambit Energy’s Ambition2013 national convention at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Just yesterday I said to my associate pastor, Scott Athey,  that I probably should widen the sphere of prayer support and share this specific request. Well, my phone rang around 10am this morning.  The voice at the other end identified herself with these words, “I do not know if you remember me. My name is Dee Rankin. Your son left you in our charge while he went to take care of some things for you…” Oh my! I had TOTAL RECALL!  That is really awesome in and of itself because memories sometimes are not so readily prepared to release events, people, places, things, etc. 

Well, Dee, went on to share with me that I have been on her mind for about 3 weeks. From time to time her husband would ask if she had called me. Then Sunday I was on her mind again pretty heavily, but she did not call and then again yesterday and this morning. So she decided to pick up the phone today when she came across my business card. Dee then sweetly said, “There must be a reason that you am on my mind so much.” I responded, “Well, I do not know if you are a praying woman or not…”, interrupted by her saying, “I sure am!” Wowee Zowee!!!! As you read further, please take not of the timeline parallels! God is so very awesome!!!!

I then began to detail back to how her timelines  paralleled dates and times of my last three weeks. December 26 (3 weeks ago) I suddenly became very ill with what was symptomatic of the flu, only escalating the next few days. I have learned that one of the ways fibromyalgia manifests itself is with severe flu-like symptoms. Now couple that with with the muscle and nerve pain of fibromyalgia…well let’s just say, I have said often that I would take labor pain over this anytime! Since I have been thru this particular type of fibro flare several times since the 2009 diagnosis, as I stand steadfast for manifested healing, I do not rush to the doctor because I know it will subside. Also with knowledge that God’s grace and mercy will carry me thru as well as the prayers of those who have committed to pray/intercede for me. So a visit to the doctor is not a priority for me upon a flare because this all usually subsides in 3-5 days.

Well, after a week and a half and the heightened concern of my two adult children began to create a burn in their overworked faith muscles. So a doctor appointment was placed on my calendar for an office visit. “Say what?! High what?! Cannot be!” were exclamations as yet another diagnosis proceeded from the doctor’s lips in addition to the fibro flare, as tears streamed down my face. I thank the Lord for my doctor whose compassionate chair-side manner brought calm, allowing me to re-focus to gain my faith-filled footing once again. So this diagnosis is another opportunity for me to stand firm in the report of the Lord and watch His faithfulness rise to the occasion as the heat to the furnace is turned up another notch. I shall not bend, bow or burn!

So now let us fast forward to the Sunday parallel… Got up Sunday morning to be dressed and ready for the prearranged pickup time by a friend for church. Moments after leaving my home, the friend posed this question to me, “On a scale of 1-10, how do you feel? “6 1/2”,  was my hesitant reply. Determined to be in church since I had missed the prior Sunday and Wednesday, I wanted to be in the wonderful atmosphere of fellowship and love, anointed worship in song and the spoken word and a whole lotta hugs. Soon after arrival at church, it became apparent that the scale in my physical body was starting to go up.

Have you ever found yourself in this predicament? Should I faith it out? Then assess, would the staying be faith, foolishness or presumption? As desperately as I wanted to faith it out, I knew I really needed to get home. Okay now, I know some or many of you have been in that quandary before, whether you willingly admit it out loud or not. Are you aware that application of wisdom and common sense does not nullify faith? The more this chickadee attempted to respond attentively in dialogue and strong in faith, the body was getting weaker escalating upward on the pain-odometer. I knew it would not only be foolish for me to presume to stay, but selfish as well. Sooo thanks to sweet friend, Rhonda Wilson, I was back at home 65 minutes after Sunday church arrival. Pain soaring at the level 10, where it remained for about 13 hours!

With an 8 1/2 pain level Monday morning, I phoned my doctor and made an 11am appointment for Tuesday. In my search for a ride for that appointment, a precious sister Angel McGoogan, got in touch with me to let me know she could take me TODAY Monday. Called doctor and was able to reschedule for that very day! Thank you Lord! Tested negative for the flu to the absolute elation of my kiddos and also negative for mono! Halleluia! However, I was left yet again in the mystery category. And yes I do know, although it is a mystery to medical science, it is NO MYSTERY to Almighty God. Since it mimics various conditions, it says to me…all out onslaught of an attack to dismantle my unflinching grip on my faith in my faithful God! Time for me to militia in prayer intercessors who are willing to be warriors to stand strong with me. And today Tuesday, 7 1/2 pain level, I am asking the Lord for wisdom in calling on the troops.

To think the Lord’s love placed me again, that person in line, on Dee’s heart this Sunday, then Monday and Tuesday! Even though my case is a mystery to the medical eye right now, it is and never has been that to the Lord! He knows exactly what is going on! Therefore my faith is still in tact and unrelentingly being applied ‘…because my God has never failed me yet, so why do I have to fret…’ ‘Letting my prayers and supplications be made known to the Lord’. Speaking life to and over myself. Encouraging myself in the Lord

I say thank you to Dee for picking up the phone Monday morning to let me know you had been thinking about me. I hope you, my readers, followed the vital parallel timelines…3weeks ago, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I hope you will make it your rule that when a specific someone or situation suddenly is heavy on your heart, in your thoughts or mind, please take a moment to assess the matter in prayer. And if at all possible… pick up the phone, send a text, email, facebook inbox message or some form of communication OR even stop by if locale allows. You could be the same blessing to someone out there that Dee was to me. If someone knows this Pennsylvania Dee and her husband Bill, please thank her for the obedience she displayed in the sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. By the way, she also committed to say a prayer and be in prayer for me. Oh, yes! My faith is still in tact! Just decided to allow you in to let you know that I, too, do walk t-h-r-o-u-g-h…by the grace and mercy of God and the prayers of family and friends.

Thought for this post… you just may need to take note of that person in line could be you