Thursday, March 26, 2009

Blestshe

I posted on my blog about how God made a way for my hospital bill which was over $11,000 was paid. Since blogging I've met a dear lady Civilla's Cyber Cafe . She was making a comment on my blog and had to do a word verification. Unbeknown to her, God used her and this word verification to speak to the entire King Family. Civilla could have just thought it was random letters that appear quite often during a word verification. Not Civilla. She knew that God had spoken and the word was for me. She took it a step farther and took a picture of it and emailed it to me. Thank Civilla ;)

I'm putting it here to share with you all because it's not just for me. Like me, many of you have been going through some major trials. My family and I have had our fair share during the last year. For those of you who don't know me, I need to let you know that at times I can be very transparent. For years I sat under the teaching of Pastor Paul & Denise Goulet (www.iclv.com). Transparency is their middle name. As I give you a glimpse into my life during the past year, hopefully it will inspire you to share and be transparent.

About a year ago my family felt as though the wind had been knocked out of our sail. One morning we woke up and realized, "What in the world have we done?" We moved to Idaho in Sept. of 06. Before moving to here we lived in Las Vegas. Don had a very good job with benefits. He made enough money for us to live good. I was able to be a stay at home mom & home school the kids. We lived in a single story ranch style house inside a gated community. We had new cars, went on cruises, etc. The only problem with his job is that it kept him away from the family.

We had this brainy of an idea one day to move to Lewiston, Idaho. Sure why not. We knew the Wilsons who had already moved there and loved it. We had a church because one of the pastors from ICLV was pastoring a church there. We prayed and were very specific about some things we needed to happen in order for this move to take place. We needed to sell our house, which we tried selling 3x before with no success. Even when the market was hot. Don needed to find a job in Lewiston.

We went to our leaders and told them our plans and ask them to pray with and for us. Put the house on the market. Took a vacation to Lewiston. Don got a job while we were here on vacation. Got back home and about 2 months late our house sold.

Back to the past year. Things were going okay. Some disappointments. We just continued to encourage each other every day. Things will get better, they always do. Don't they?

Spring of 2008, we experience some hurt. We have a motto in our family that we say to each other: "We will not give anyone the privilege of making us bitter. Because bitterness will only keep us away from our destiny." God told us to be still. That was hard for me to do because I don't have a problem with confronting. You know that old saying, "You can take the girl out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the girl." We decided to be still and know that He is God.

Summer of 2008, we found out our house was infested with bedbugs. Yikes! We were trying to figure out how we got them. Did we get them from staying in a hotel? Did they come in from all the teenagers that were hanging out at our house on a weekly basis? We talked to the landlord and they had someone to come and spray. It didn't work the 1st or 2nd time. We had to throw away most of our furniture. Which we couldn't replace. We had bites all over our bodies. We were exhausted from lack of sleep. Then I got a call one night that my 22 year old nephew had past away. Thank God for my pastor giving us a night at a hotel so that we can get some sleep. Only to get up the next morning and Don's truck wouldn't start. I just wanted to lay on the ground in the parking lot and cry. Finally got rid of the bedbugs on the 3rd try. They had to remove all oxygen from our house. Thank God for the youth pastor and his family for letting us camp out at their house.

Fall of 2008, out of no where I started to have seizures. At first my husband and I didn't tell anyone until the kids witnessed one. I knew then that I had to go to the emergency room. Since that night, I have seen my fair share of doctors and specialist. I've also had my fair share of seizures. Sometimes multiply seizures. We are still in the process of figuring out why the seizures occurred. We laugh when we hear people say what they think can be causing the seizures. They don't have a clue. We've been open in the past about going through this trial, but have now decided to keep the most recent discoveries private until further testing is doing and some things are confirmed. We told our kids that no matter what happens, God is good. We decided as a family that after every seizure, we would worship and praise our Lord. To come out of a seizure and hear the sound of my husband and children praising and worshipping the Lord is heavenly. As of today, I've been seizure free for 25 days. It's the longest time span I've had between the seizures. God used His people to show so much love to our family throughout this time. We will forever be thankful to our church family.

These past few weeks things have shifted so fast in our lives. Now we have so many doors that are opening for us. We are still in the mist of a major trial, but it's like God has come along and blew on our sail.

When the word verification said "blestshe" I knew it was for me. I'm blessed and so are you. I was reading Deuteronomy 28:1-14 and it confirmed the word verification. I have diligently obeyed the voice of the Lord my God. Blessings will come upon me and overtake me. No matter where I live, in the city or in the country, I will be blessed. I will be blessed going out and coming in. The people who rose up against me will defeated before my face. My storehouse is blessed. The fruit of my womb is blessed. My husband is blessed. You my friend are blessed.

*I would love to hear comments from you. In your comments, please don't diagnose my condition or give me your opinion about the cause(s) of my condition.

8 comments:

Sharon said...

Thanks for sharing this. I will be praying for you and your family.

L.H. said...

It's funny. Hubby and I were just talking last night about "seasons" and how those hard seasons come and they go! God seems to just strengthen our faith during those hard times, but they are followed my seasons of joy and prosperity. I pray that God continues to bless you all!

Weeping may endure for a night, but JOY cometh in the morning!!

Persuaded said...

oh my gracious sandra... that's not a trial, that's a whole boatload of trials! yet you remain so confident in Him and joyful.. what an inspiration you are my dear.
i'm looking forward to getting to know you better, girl:)
praying for you and your family♥

Proverbs 27:19 said...

It seems as if you and I have been on the same boat. We had some trials that began at the end of '05 but really hit in '06.

How about we enjoy this cruise together, encouraging one another!

It's weird how I can look back from where I am now and think that what was then is not anything like now, yet they are similar. And I get upset that I am reacting in such a temper-tantrum way in spite of what has come before this!

smooches,
Larie

Domestically Inclined said...

God is so good to give us times to strenghten our faith in Him. Yes life can be hard, but He is always good! So glad to see you are all clinging to Jesus, what an awesome testimony! May God hold you in His arms of love as you all travel this life with Him.

PS: Nice catch Civilla!

Civilla said...

Hi, Sandra! I'm glad I could get that picture of that word verification to you. I couldn't believe it when I saw it and called my family over to the computer to look at it. I had my son take a picture of it so that I could try to get it to you, and I'm glad that I did.

We had a boatload of problems during 2007/2008: a son running away into a life of sin, my husband resigning his church over it (essentially losing his job), myself needing major surgery for an infected gall bladder and staying in the hospital 8 days, my other son failing his college finals due to the stress, our savings being wiped out, and the my husband being diagnosed with leukemia.

A "season" of sorrow, indeed. But, God called many people along side to pray for us, and that got us through. Now, things are turning around and our son has come back, my husband has another church, the other son is doing well in school and didn't fail any actual classes, I'm healing up, and my husband's leukemia is not the serious kind and the doctors will not bother to treat it, just monitor it.

My husband said he felt like Job. Anyway, now we are like the proverbial Country-Western record played backward: "We got our job back, we got our wife back, we got our dog back!"

Well Watered Woman said...

Sandra - I am sitting here crying.
We love you guys so much and we just know that it is working out for your favor and well you already know the rest of my thoughts. I think of you and and I think of Forrest Gump - when Jenny said run Forrest run! ; )

Love Abounds At Home said...

Tony @ Well Watered Woman - Girl now you got me sitting here crying. We love you guys so much and appreciate all the prayers.

"Mama said life is like a box of chocolates..." The only problem is that I keep eating my chocolate.