Christy
Miracle Testimony

Miracle Testimony: God Healed My Skin Problem (Possible Cancer) in an Instant

If you know me very well, you know I have some seemingly insurmountable health challenges. I’ve been praying for healing for some of my health problems for more than two decades. I’ve even had doctors tell me, “Don’t come back to me for this condition. I don’t know what else to do for you.” So, yeah, it’s been a discouraging situation with my health as one thing after another piles on. And they’re not normal things.

  • I have had a chronic (daily) cough for twenty-five years and doctors don’t know what to do.
  • I have two permanently dilated eyes from a rare neurological disease.
  • I have bipolar disorder.

That’s just to name a few. And then . . .

About a year ago, a crusty raised bump appeared on the back of my shoulder. I didn’t think too much of it but it didn’t go away. Then a second one appeared a few inches away. Could it be skin cancer from the severe sunburns I had when I was young? Maybe, but I couldn’t cope with the idea of adding more medical hassles to my life so I waited and tried the herbal cream that cured my dermatitis a couple years ago when nothing else would help.

Nothing changed. Then a third bump began to form. Desperate, I prayed, “Lord, I have so many significant health problems and you’ve never seen fit to heal any of them. Could you heal this skin problem completely in such a way that it restores my faith in your ability to heal? Then I’ll tell everyone about it so you get all the credit to glorify your Name.”

I think that was approximately two weeks ago. I’d almost forgotten that prayer until Tuesday night. I was sitting in bed reading and happened to reach up and touch one of the bumps. It was soft instead of crusty. I lightly scraped at it and it came completely off! Then I felt for the other two and the same thing happened. All three bumps practically fell off! I wasn’t digging away at them; they were loose.

What is remarkable to me is how they all came off at the same time. They were healed, but God was waiting for me to notice. They didn’t improve one at a time; they were all healed at once! Amazing!

This does restore my faith in God’s ability to heal.

Happy Dance!

 

He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:3

Christy
Waking Up: How I Found My Faith by Losing It by Ted Dekker

Waking Up: How I Found My Faith by Losing It by Ted Dekker

Waking Up

How I Found My Faith by Losing It

Ted Dekker

2015

27 pages

 

Author Ted Dekker exposes his struggle for many years to reconcile what he believed about God with the reality he was experiencing. The Bible says God answers prayer, but Dekker felt his prayers were left unanswered. The Bible says to love our enemies, but Christians can’t even get along with each other. The spiritual conflict became a crisis of faith and he began exploring alternative belief systems outside of Christian faith. That’s when he had a spiritual breakthrough.

As the NY Times bestselling author sat at his desk one day, he felt God remind him of a simple truth. We are to love others unconditionally. How, then, can we believe God doesn’t love us with the same unconditional love?

This is love. This is grace. To know this kind of love and acceptance means we can quit trying to be good enough. As Dekker says, “In the end, the journey is letting go of who we think we are, to see and so be who we truly are right now, in this moment.”

Waking Up is worth a read because I think we each struggle with these things. I know I do.

Christy
Write Your Testimony as a Product Testimonial (Part 2 of 2): Negative Reviews

Write Your Testimony as a Product Testimonial (Part 2 of 2): Negative Reviews

If you wrote your testimony as a product testimonial, you may have been honest enough to include some disappointments with God. What do you do if you have partial or completely negative experiences with God? What good is a testimony like that? You might be surprised how God can use that.

Everyone is disappointed with God in one way or another. Unanswered prayers top the list, or at least prayers that weren’t answered the way we wanted. Live events that leave us asking “Why?” are also culprits that shake our faith in God at a deep level. And there are matters of timing (God can seem so slow to us), trust (God disappointed me in the past, how can I trust Him now?), and any number of other issues that come up.

First, let me say if you are disappointed in God, you are a normal, thinking, feeling individual. It’s okay. God can handle your doubts and fears. You’ve taken the first and biggest step by admitting your disappointment in God.

Whatever negative reviews you may have written about God, however huge or slight they may seem, take them to God right now. Offer it to Him as a wounded sacrifice. Give it to Him and ask Him to heal your heart so He can reveal Himself to you fully. God doesn’t have to explain Himself because He’s God. But He wants to heal your heart. Only a healed heart can receive all God has for you.

When we live with disappointment in God, we are living with a grudge. We are, in a sense, putting ourselves above God to judge His motives and actions. This is the sin of pride. When His ways don’t live up to what we expect, we hold it against Him and refuse to forgive Him because we don’t understand His ways. I know because I used to feel that way.

Take time to reconsider how you would write your testimony as a product testimonial. Be honest about any negative reviews you would give God. Then take those issues to God and surrender them to Him. Ask His forgiveness and healing. Ask Him to remove any shadows of darkness that have crept into your heart because of your issue with Him. Today is a good day to be set free. Give it to God and experience the freedom Christ offers.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed (Psalm 34:18, NLT).

 

Whatever negative reviews you may have written about God, however huge or slight they may seem, take them to God right now. Give it to Him and ask Him to heal your heart so He can reveal Himself to you fully.

Christy
Write Your Testimony as a Product Testimonial

Write Your Testimony as a Product Testimonial (Part 1 of 2)

I don’t know why people get so freaked out by the word “testimony” as if they feel theirs isn’t good enough, they might do it wrong, or they don’t have one. Rubbish. Everyone has a testimony and yours is just as valid as anyone else’s. I think the hang-up comes from hearing spectacular testimonies and feeling ours somehow doesn’t measure up. Or perhaps we’ve been told our testimony needs to weave in certain elements of salvation to bring others to Christ. Nonsense.

In court a testimony is simply one person’s account of what they saw, heard, and experienced at a particular time and from their point of view. They may not have all the information. They may not have seen everything from their vantage point. But their testimony, taken with others, helps paint a much larger picture of the overall scope of events that took place.

On product websites, anyone is free to give their product testimonial. People are free to voice their opinion (and boy, do they!). People seem eager to share their testimonials about products and they simply share their personal experience with a product, both positive and negative. One person’s experience will vary from another’s. That’s understandable. There is no judgment about whether one person’s testimonial doesn’t measure up to the others in terms of content or quality of the opinion. Taken collectively, the customer testimonials for a certain product paint a larger picture to help a prospective buyer consider the worth of the product.

Product testimonials are not meant to “sell” the product. They are meant to share one person’s experience with the product. There’s no selling involved. Sure, you may be wildly enthusiastic about it, but you aren’t the seller. That’s the same way with sharing your testimony. You aren’t selling Jesus. You’re just sharing your experience. It’s up to the Holy Spirit to close the deal in another person’s heart.

That takes the pressure off, doesn’t it? There’s no right or wrong when it comes to giving your testimony. You’re simply sharing the ways you have experienced Christ. A testimony isn’t limited to your salvation experience, either. You have many testimonies of the many ways you have experienced God. (If not, then we should talk about how you can experience God as a real presence in your life.)

Think about how you would write your testimony as if it were a product testimonial. It can be three or four sentences sharing how you have experienced Christ. Has your experience with Christ been positive, negative, or a bit of both? Did God live up to His promises so far? Have you been changed because of what Christ has done in your life? What do you have to say about how God has worked in your life?

Here’s one I might write:

God has set me free from the shadows of darkness holding me captive for so many years. Now I’m living in the light and I feel alive for the first time. God can seem slow, but the results are worth waiting for.

That is a valid testimony. There’s nothing complicated. There’s nothing to judge. A testimony is simply a statement of our experience with God. So what’s God done for you lately?

Think about how you would write your testimony as if it were a product testimonial. Has your experience with Christ been positive, negative, or a bit of both?

Be brave. Write a brief testimony of how you have experienced God and share it in the comments section. It’s as easy as writing a product review. You can do this!

In Part 2 we’ll talk about what to do if you find yourself giving God a negative review in one way or another.

Christy
KP Yohannan: What Are You Doing with Your Life?

K.P. Yohannan Shares His Testimony: What Are You Doing with Your Life?

K.P. Yohannan has been on my radar for more than a decade. He generously gives away books to help Christians enlarge their worldview, their faith in God’s power, and their need to get involved with God’s plan.

Among his many books, he loves to give away copies of Revolution in World Missions, his testimony of becoming a missionary, and No Longer a Slumdog, the stories of those whose lives have been changed by Christ in the slums of India. In addition, he offers free ebook editions of many of his books.

His ministry, Gospel for Asia, ministers to the lost and hopeless people of South Asia by bringing them physical, practical, and spiritual aid.

Although he was born in India, K.P. Yohannan came to the United States for theological training, during which time he discovered the power of materialism. Listen as he describes how he struggled with a desire to look good and have lots of stuff.

 

The Lord asked K.P. Yohannan, “What are you doing with your life?” I think that’s a question God continues to ask each of us. What are we doing? Are we focused solely on more and better stuff? Or are we willing to live with limited choices (“This one or that one?”) so we can focus our attention and resources in the work of God?

If you would like more information about K.P. Yohannan, visit the Gospel for Asia website. You can follow him on Twitter (@kpyohannan). And be sure to pick up one of the free books (print or ebook) he loves to give away.

 


 

I, for one, want to let go of self-centeredness and be more eternally minded. How about you? Share your thoughts below.

 


Revolution in World Missions

Revolution in World Missions

K.P. Yohannan

Get Your Free Copy from Gospel for Asia

Paperback

eBook (.mobi, .ePub, and PDF)

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Christian Authors A to Z Virtual Book Fair, April 1-30

This post is part of the Virtual Book Fair: Christian Authors A to Z. See the list of other authors featured in the Virtual Book Fair.

 


 

Christy

When God Breaks Your Heart by Ed Underwood (@edunderwood)

When God Breaks Your Heart

Choosing Hope in the Midst of Faith-Shattering Circumstances

Ed Underwood (@edunderwood)

2008

224 pages

Available from Amazon in paperback, Kindle, Audiobook CD, and Audible audio download.

Available from Christianbook.com in paperback, ePub, and audiobook download.

I read the Kindle edition.

 


 

 

But your need for safety and your fear of surprises will rob your life of the astonishing interventions with which He wants to fill your days.

–Ed Underwood, When God Breaks Your Heart, quote from Part II, “The Misery.”

 

Ed Underwood is a remarkable man, dealing with severe lymphoma causing his skin to fall off, leaving raw, oozing sores reminiscent of the trials of Job. Those of us who have experienced faith-shattering trials know the depth of spiritual trauma ongoing crisis can cause. In his book, When God Breaks Your Heart: Choosing Hope in the Midst of Faith-Shattering Circumstances, Ed gives an unvarnished glimpse into the depths of his despair and how God lifted him above his circumstances to a life of renewed meaning and purpose.

Pastor Underwood shared the moment he announced he wasn’t going to pray to God anymore. And yet God prompted him to look at the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. That’s where he discovered his “aha” moment and saw a biblical truth that helped him move forward. I’m not going to unpack all of the goodness here because, if you are experiencing faith-shattering trials, I want you to read the book.

I really needed this message so I read slowly and let it soak in. There were several truths I will go back and print up so I can see them every day as a reminder. This is a much-needed message shared by a man who has experienced pain so deeply, he can empathize with your pain and pour it out on the pages you read in this book. Thank you, Pastor Underwood.

You can connect with Ed Underwood on Twitter (@edunderwood) or on his website: http://edunderwood.com/.

 

His spirit let me know that He expected me to apply this verse to my life immediately.

“Ed, you’re telling people everywhere to ask Me to allow you to live and serve. I want you to begin living as if it’s true!”

“When, Lord?” I asked.

“Right now. Today. Serve Me today and every day I give you life … no matter what.”

–Ed Underwood, When God Breaks Your Heart, quote from Chapter 8: Glory in Bethany.

 

I give Ed Underwood’s When God Breaks Your Heart five cups of love.

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Few things in life are more difficult than personal suffering. For Pastor Ed Underwood this difficulty came in the form of chronic leukemia. In “When God Breaks Your Heart” Underwood shares from his struggle and looks at the story of Lazarus. There he discovers a God whose heart breaks with ours and mourns with us in our suffering.

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By Ed Underwood / David C. Cook

Few things in life are more difficult than personal suffering. For Pastor Ed Underwood this difficulty came in the form of chronic leukemia. In “When God Breaks Your Heart” Underwood shares from his struggle and looks at the story of Lazarus. There he discovers a God whose heart breaks with ours and mourns with us in our suffering.

 


 

Christy
Loved Back to Life

Loved Back to Life by Sheila Walsh (@SheilaWalsh)

Loved Back to Life: How I Found the Courage to Live Free

Sheila Walsh (@SheilaWalsh)

NEW! February 2015

217 pages

Available from Amazon in paperback, Kindle, Audible audio edition, and MP3 CD Audiobook.

Available from Christianbook.com in paperback, ePub, Large Print, Audio CD, and MP3 CD.

I read the paperback edition.

 


 

Sheila Walsh Found the Courage to Live Free

What a beautiful testimony from a beautiful woman! Sheila Walsh reaches down deep to give us a heartbreaking and heartwarming testimony of how her rise to success was masking a deep, debilitating depression. Rather than admitting she had a problem, she threw herself into ministry for every waking hour—a very public, exposed ministry as a singer and then as co-host of The 700 Club.

When it finally became too much, she walked away from a promising career and checked herself into a psychiatric hospital, despite critical comments from friends and colleagues who said she was ruining her career and tarnishing the ministry she worked for.

I’ll admit, I pre-ordered Loved Back to Life because I couldn’t wait to read it. I have bipolar disorder and wanted to know what goes on in a psychiatric hospital, in case I ever end up in one. On this voyeuristic level, Sheila Walsh didn’t disappoint.

 

By the time I got to the hospital parking lot, it was dark. All I could see was the low, brick building of the psych ward that was connected to the main hospital.

I sat in my car for an hour, sheltered from the chilly autumn air, safe from the unknown. I knew that once I walked through those front doors, nothing in my life would ever be the same. I wondered how I ever ended up like this. . . .

As I sat there looking for the strength to get out and walk that short distance to my new home for a time, it began to rain. As the drops splashed violently on my windshield, I prayed through my own tears: “Lord I am so sorry that I have let You down. I am so afraid. I don’t even know if I am doing the right thing by being here. It feels like I’m running away, but I don’t know where else to go. Please help me.”

I got out of the car and stood for a moment watching my breath dissipate in the chill. I opened the trunk and pulled out my suitcase. It seemed very light, and I wondered what I might have packed the night before.

I walked up to the door and pressed the buzzer. It opened, and I walked in. A young nurse took my suitcase and asked me to sit down in the lobby for a few moments. She looked as if she was about my age, dressed in white: clean, clinical, safe. . . .

When my nurse came back, she took my blood pressure, commenting it was very low. Then she took a Polaroid picture of me. That felt strange, hardly a moment I wanted to treasure forever. . . . Then she took my temperature and showed me to my room.

It was simple and sparse, a bed, a table, a chair, and a small wardrobe. Everything was neutral and quiet.

“I need to go through your things. It’s hospital policy,” she said. I wanted her to smile, to say something kind, but she seemed detached. I wondered if this was because she knew what lay ahead of me.

I sat on the edge of the bed and watched as she put items to one side. My hair dryer, my makeup, my belts and panty hose—anything I could use to hurt myself. I told her I had no intention of blow-drying myself to death! She didn’t laugh. She asked me if I needed anything and then left for the night, telling me that someone would check on me every fifteen minutes until morning. I realized I was on suicide watch.

I sat there for a while. Alone, numb, and cold. How is it possible that this morning I was on national television, beautifully dressed, part of a respected Christian ministry, and now I am locked up in a psychiatric ward, not even trusted with a hair dryer?

–Sheila Walsh, Loved Back to Life, page 25.

 

Beyond my voyeuristic desire to take the fear out of a psychiatric hospital, I also needed to read someone’s testimony so I could hang on to hope that there are happy endings. The author didn’t disappoint on that front, either.

Sheila Walsh’s candor with her experiences and personal feelings was both gripping and difficult for me to read. She takes time to unpack specific lessons learned in her private and group sessions, devoting entire chapters to fear, shame, and loneliness so readers could understand and apply those same principles to their lives. Sometimes this felt too close to home and I’d have to slow down and take a break from reading after a few minutes so I could absorb and recover from what I was reading. It was that powerful.

I really applaud Sheila Walsh for sharing her mental illness with the world because there are so many people who face the same struggles, fears, and resistance from themselves and others. The Church, in particular, has a long way to go toward understanding and acceptance of mental illness.

If you or anyone you know struggles with depression, you need to read Loved Back to Life. It will help you understand what those who struggle with depression are experiencing and how you can love them back to life (and what not to do or say, too).

You can connect with Sheila Walsh on Twitter (@Sheila Walsh) or her website: http://sheilawalsh.com/.

I give Loved Back to Life by Sheila Walsh five cups of love.

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Talented and beautiful, 700 Club co-host Sheila Walsh was at the pinnacle of her career when she chose to walk away; and check into a psychiatric hospital. In this expanded edition of her best-selling memoir Honestly, she shares the struggles that brought her to her knees and the story of how God lovingly came to her rescue.

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