Category: Reflections


Ammini Samuel. A woman of faith.

Today (March 30th)… my mother-in-love came & told me some of the best news I’ve heard in a long time – she is in remission from cancer! Prayers have been answered with healing being in His will for her- thankyou Lord God Almighty – praise you Jesus for what you have done in her body & her life!

According to the latest CT scan done following her 5th chemo treatment two weeks ago there are no crazy cells to be found within her body, particularly her lymphatic system through which it had spread.

Since hearing the news everyone dreads to hear last October- we, as a family, have all been through different emotions but one thing has stood tall & proud & solid – and that is mom’s faith in Jesus her beloved Saviour & Friend.

She is an inspiration to me… for what she has endured surely.. but more so… HOW she endured it… not in a way that was bitter & complaining… or seeking attention & self-pity…just with simple child-like faith & an unshakeable trust that embraces the reality & severity of what is going on but accepts fully that God can do as He pleases & it will always be GOOD..even that which most of us fear the most…death.

“God is good. He’s good to me” is always flowing from her lips… simple but powerful praise – despite circumstances and times in the past or the present or the future that look so difficult for one woman to endure. Through her faith… God is glorified.

The first thing I did when she told me was to hug her (I’m just a huggy person) and thanks to God… but as she started to thank me for my prayers for her (and she has continued to thank everyone for their prayers who have stood by her & supported her — I suddenly felt the need to say something specific to her.

I saw in my mind the picture of a woman who reached out

and touched the hem tassles of the garment of a Jewish carpenter

and was healed… to which Jesus turned his full attention and said

“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”.

(Mark 5:34)

And that is exactly what I told her. Although I substituted ‘mom’ for ‘daughter’ 🙂

If you.. or anyone close to you.. has had to battle with the evil that is… cancer… then this Psalm & my prayers are with you – for I have known what it is to have someone restored back & win against this battle (mom-in-love) and also to lose someone (my beloved aunt).

I hope & pray that this Psalm 23 (which I was inspired to read to her & pray over mom during her treatments by the dvd film called “Reflections on Psalm 23 for people with Cancer – a personal journey with Ken Curtis- ASIN code:B000MR8SJ6 ) will help you & to encourage you to trust God from this day in your present condition of life until the day we leave this life behind… and forward into the amazing beyond that awaits us…

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness

and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.

“Heal the Wound – Leave the Scar”

Scars mean the hurt is over!

Scars mean the hurt is over!

“Heal the Wound” by Point of Grace

I used to WISH that I could rewrite history
I used to dream that each mistake could be erased
Then I could just pretend
I never knew the ME back then

I used to pray that You would
Take this shame away
Hide all the evidence of who I’ve BEEN
But it’s the memory of
The place You brought me from
That keeps me on my knees
And even though I’m FREE

Heal the wound but leave the scar
A reminder of how MERCIFUL You are
I am broken, torn apart
Take the pieces of this heart
And HEAL the wound but leave the scar

I have not lived a life that boasts of anything
I don’t take pride in what I bring
But I’ll build an ALTAR with
The rubble that You’ve found me in
And every stone will SING
Of what You can redeem

Heal the wound but leave the scar
A reminder of how merciful You are
I am BROKEN, torn apart
Take the pieces of this heart
And heal the wound but leave the SCAR

Don’t let me forget
Everything You’ve DONE for me
Don’t let me forget
The BEAUTY in the suffering

Heal the wound but leave the scar
A REMINDER of how merciful You are
I am broken, torn apart
Take the pieces of this HEART
And heal the wound but leave the scar

 

This song got me thinking about how wonderful God really is. He healed my wounds. I no longer have to struggle with the demons of depression or negative thoughts about myself.. I am not affected by the pain of my childhood and past. I am nowhere near perfect and there is much more work He must do in me… but from those feelings of pain & loss in my life… My God has healed me! And yet He leaves the scar.

The scar means the hurt is over!

Yet, leaving it there… He allows me to remember where I came from and how I felt before His healing touch.

He allows me to see that pain and to remember who I was once… what kind of a person I would have continued on to become had I not received a slap in the face with GRACE (undeserved favor & unconditional love) – so much of an overwhelming pure love that I could not remain who I was any longer!

He allows the scar to be a reminder of how wonderful He is to me (and to all those seek after Him). My whole life wants to sing oh, how good He is!! How awful we are… how terribly wicked and pitiful human beings are.. especially me… but how graciously sweet our super-powerful universe-holding God is to you and to me!

He was able to heal those wounds. He alone did the work in my heart, soul & mind. He made me brand new. Wow.

He was the One.

HIS LOVE and mercy and grace.

Jesus.

My Heavenly Father.

NO.

ONE.

ELSE.

He healed the wound and there’s no longer any pain linked with the scars of a broken life. There’s now scars for others to see. To see and be healed themselves. They are there so that others can know about the amazing work God has done in my life. I once was ashamed, no more. I will not hide the scars any longer. Why would I when those very scars are there to show the transforming power of the Holy Spirit and those scars the only part of me beautiful enough to offer up fragrant praise to the glory of God and the saving power of the blood of Jesus Christ!!

My soul… it MUST SING of what He did for me! (I’m so glad God gifted me to play the piano so I can worship Him with my own love songs!)

Oh how much he has saved me from! Most of all… myself. My very own flesh… yet I stand repaired and renewed in His holy presence today!

I give praise only to my Father in Heaven. He did the work, I just opened my heart.

“Heal the wound, but leave the scar”

What wounds is He healing right now in you?

What wounds still hurt and you want Him to begin or complete to heal?

What scars has He blessed you with?

Will you let others see so that they run to find Jesus, the gentle Healer too?

Jesus loves you and He will transform you.

Joy for your sorrow. Hope for despair. Gladness for mourning. Beauty for ashes!

As the following passage of scripture shows… bad things exist in the world.. and we…yes you… not just those who stand ordained in our churches.. but you who are a follower of Christ & have been given the Spirit of God within you.. are at the very least called & anointed by the Lord to reach out our hands to bring OTHERS to salvation.

This is God’s greatest will in us. That we love & serve others before ourselves… helping them with what really is going on in their lives.. the places they would rather hide and so never get freedom from… as I once did and maybe you too. Look around your little world and see who needs to hear your story of salvation & healing… perhaps they may be surprised to find you were not any better off than where they are at right now. LOVE OTHERS … my life’s calling and work.. as my Jesus did…  and in doing so you also find how to love the LORD your God.

ISAIAH 61: 1-6

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.
5 Strangers will shepherd your flocks;
foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
6 And you will be called priests of the LORD,
you will be named ministers of our God.”

 

~ Sharon Samuel

 

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