Healed from Paralysis by Rufus Nash

I was a Quality Assurance Specialist in the United States Air Force.  Soon after retiring,   I awoke one morning and was trying to get out of bed.   I feel to the floor and could not get up.  My wife asked “why are you down there?”  I was taken to the doctor.  He stated that I was paralyzed from the waist down and would probably never walk again.

I did not allow his words to discourage me, for I knew that God’s Word stated that by His stripes we are healed.  After going to various hospitals for testing, it was determined that a blood clot was located at the end of my spine.  I consented to having surgery for removal, yet I was not given much chance of walking again.

After surgery I was sent to a convalescent home for about thirty days.  There I received therapy. I began to get some feeling in the lower part of my body. On my return visit to my surgeon, he ran to get other doctors, stating the marvels of surgery. I know and wanted them to know that this indeed was the Lord’s doing and it was marvelous in our eyes. I am yet praising God for having mercy on me and healing my body and adding years to my life and life to my years.

 

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God Heals My Dad by Terri Ulrich

So how can I even express to you the preciousness of being part of the body of Christ?

I have seen the glory of God firsthand over the power of darkness, and I am rejoicing in God, my Savior! Thank you to everyone of you who lifted up prayers for my family and my dad. He was diagnosed with Staph in his blood after having a seizure when his blood pressure dipped extremely low. The doctors gave him a 20% chance of recovery. I got a text message from my brother and flew up to B’ham.

The doctors were very grave and told us his condition to fight was very weak and medicine can only do so much for him. I really just started to minister to him, believing he could hear me even though he was unresponsive. I spoke the Word over him, verses about healing and peace. I talked to him about forgiving every person he could think of that had ever wronged him, knowing that unforgiveness can be a block to healing.

It was an amazing time to pray with my family and their friends, and because of my sweet friends, I just had faith that he would not die.  I didn’t even let myself think it. And how could I do this???? Because of your prayers!!!! I am so blessed to be in a community of godly devoted lovers of the KING! Every text and email carried me through a time that could have been full of fear, but there was too much faith that squeezed fear out! Perfect love casts out fear, and now I know this to be true.

By the second day he was opening his eyes, by the third he was squeezing our hands and off the ventilator. By the 4th his vitals were stable and the blood test came back negative, no staph in his blood! The doctors were shaking their heads, and I am laughing and saying “It’s the power of God!! When He is in the house, there is nothing the enemy can do but flee!!!”

So my sweet friends, you Rock the heavens when you pray!!! What impossible thing do you want God to do for you? Believe what He tells you and you will never be ashamed. His Word brings light to the darkness and life to our bones!!! Amen!

 

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Psalm 28:7 My Heart Leaps for Joy

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
Psalm 28:7

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Submit Your Story!

Glorify God!
Encourage Others!

Do you have a story of answered prayers? Have you seen God’s blessings in your life? Email your story, to Stories of Faith

Your testimony will glorify God and strengthen someone who is struggling, so they can also choose to Praise God through all the seasons of their life.

Suggested Format:
1. Your Season of Challenge: What difficulty where you facing? What was going on?
2. How you choose to praise God through your difficulties.
3. Your story of God’s goodness and answered prayers.

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But God Has Turned Our Test into Our Testimony

Our family, like many, has been affected by the recession that started in 2008. But God has seen us through this challenging time, exceedingly, abundantly more than we would think or ask. We want to share our story for two reasons. First, we want to give God the Glory, and show how he never leaves or forsakes those who love him. We also want to encourage anyone who is currently going through a challenging time to hold on to God’s word and praise him throughout their season of difficulties.

My husband has over 30 years of experience in his field. Seventeen of those years were spent at a small firm that closed in March 2008 when the owners retired. As soon as the CEO revealed his intentions to shut down his company, one of the clients immediately offered Mike a job. The transition was seamless from one job to the next. However, unbeknown to us, this new company had much less funding than we were led to believe. In the beginning of Jan 2009, they suddenly stopped all work. Mike was given a letter saying he was being let go with no fault of his own…..but without paying the thousands they owned him in back wages.

Mike had been employed without interruption for over 30 years. He sent out resumes and networked. The people he knew told him “we would love to have you but our company has a hiring freeze.” And the resumes? The silence was deafening.

Whenever I am in a challenging season, the Lord gives me a verse to hold onto. We prayed, and the verse we felt given for this time was:
God, our God, we’re running headlong into your arms. We’re rejoicing at your rescue. We’re singing your praises at the top of our lungs. We’re overwhelmed with answered prayers.
Psalm 13.1 (The Message)

As we prayed, the thought came to us to start our own business. We called our contacts and found that while companies had hiring freezes, they had projects to move forward. By hiring us as contractors they could gain Michael’s expertise without the long-term commitment of hiring an employee. We signed our first contract in March 2009. From that day we had continuous business , sometimes so much we were able to give work to other engineers. After a year, we incorporated.

With the business prospering, we were considering moving closer to our church, which was about 70 miles from our home. One day in early summer, while looking at homes in that area, we felt the Holy Spirit strongly urging us to move to Camarillo. We said yes and amen. The decision was made. That week, our main client informed us they had suddenly lost all funding. Their contract ran through the end of the year. But they would have to pull out. They didn’t know how they would survive without us.

We choose to stay in faith. We continued to praise God each day:
“God, our God, we’re running headlong into your arms. We’re rejoicing at your rescue. We’re singing your praises at the top of our lungs. We’re overwhelmed with answered prayers. ”
Psalm 13.1 (The Message)

And the prayer never seemed old. In fact, it became more and more vibrant and alive. It was like a doorway into our secret place. We declared that God held us in the palms of his hands. And his plans for us were good, to prosper us and not to harm us. We declared that someday we would share how our test became our testimony. We networked. We did online marketing. During this time we heard our Pastor talking about the church being in debt. Our hearts were torn. We felt the Lord telling us to give a special large gift of $5,000. We regularly tithe from our income. But a special large gift? Now when we had no idea when or who are next client would be? In faith, we sent a check for $5,000 along with our story and a request for prayer.
And we waited. And prayed. And praised. And networked.

Months passed. One small contract from a large company came in. We thought, this one company could keep us busy. Maybe this is the beginning of our answered prayers. Then at the same time two things caught our attention. We heard a sermon reminding us that God’s ways are not our ways. And not to overlook an opportunity because it was different than our expectations. And a dear friend sent me a verse from Psalm 68:1 that jumped off the page and into my heart. The Lord always seems to give me a verse for the time, and I immediately knew this was our new verse. So I started declaring it in faith. And the verse immediately evolved to a more personal form:

“When we see God in action, we sing, we shout! We sing and shout for joy!” (Hooray for Jesus!) Make way the coming of cloud-rider!
Psalm 68:1

That week, my husband received a call from a colleague stating that a very large corporation was looking for someone with a unique combination of skills and experience. They were just creating this position, and it required an extensive background, that exactly fit his qualifications. Seven interviews and a battery of tests later, on a Friday afternoon he was offered the job….100 miles south of our church. We stood in prayer and made a counter offer to be located near our church. That Monday we received a new contract situating him only 10 miles from Camarillo. We joyfully signed a letter of intent. My husband started his new job in January 2011. We are so happy to have a steady tithe to give the Lord. Right now, we’re preparing our home for sale. And every day we declare that God is preparing a place for us.

We share this testimony, to encourage people to have the faith to praise God today! Praise him now, and again when you live in victory.

When we see God in action, we sing, we shout! We sing and shout for joy! Make way the coming of cloud-rider
Psalm 68:1

Hooray for Jesus! Hallelujah! Blessed be the name of the Lord. How Great is our God!

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The Purpose of Faith to Praise

The  purpose of Faith to Praise is to glorify God and encourage each reader to praise God throughout the seasons of their life.

We learn from Hebrews 11:1 that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (NKJ)   The Message puts it this way: The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living.

Glorifying God is the essence of who we truly are.  We were created to praise God and be in relationship to him.  When we have the courage to praise God throughout our lives…no matter what our realities,  we are choosing to live on earth as it is in heaven.

 

 

 

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Praise the Lord!

Praise the LORD, my soul! Praise his holy name.

Psalm 103:1

 

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