Tuesday, September 18, 2018

I Believe in MIRACLES


Your Heart is approximately the same size as your closed fist.

Bundle Branch Block - with gaps where the heart stops for a short time.


A few years ago I suffered from a heart complaint known as (L) Bundle Branch Block. I had experienced two cardiac arrests while living in America and this was likely the end result.

The heart contains two bundle branches, a left, and a right. There is an electrical system which stimulates and fires between these two branches to keep the heart in a healthy rhythm. 


Coming back to live in Australia with this condition I was sent to be assessed by Dr. David Cross a cardiologist. He saw me on a regular basis for two years before deciding to investigate it further. My worst symptoms were the episodes of almost fainting. The room would spin with everything turning black for a few seconds.

The night before entering the hospital, I asked Pastor Gary if I could have prayer for healing and oil anointing.

He and the church elders plus my husband Ray were all present on that night. The Bible scriptures on healing were read aloud for understanding. This was one of those scriptures.  

James 5:14-15 “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

Everyone lay hands on me, with each person taking the time to pray individually. Then I asked the Lord to forgive me for any committed sins either on purpose or unintentionally. 


Next Day: I caught a train to Brisbane. Climbing the steep hill from Auchenflower train station to the Main Hospital Entrance I had no problems with shortness of breath which was unusual. 

Admitted and before being taken to my room, I was fitted with a telemetry. This is a small type of portable E.C.G. monitor that transfers a heart pattern to a computer screen. These screens with a patient name and room number are situated on display throughout the ward for constant vigil. They raise the alarm, in case of a severe problem.
Looking at a screen as I was about to enter my room, I saw that my heart was NO LONGER in bundle branch block but back in NORMAL sinus rhythm.
The joy of the Lord burst forth as I laughed with recognition, yes the Lord had miraculously healed me.
I said nothing to David as I entered the theatre for him to perform an angiogram on me the next day.      
This test is performed under local anesthetic with a catheter (a long thin tube) inserted into the femoral artery (groin), it is pushed up inside until it reaches the heart. A special dye is injected into the coronary arteries and X-rays are taken. Just as I was going under the anesthetic I remember the doctor looking at his screen and joking, “hey Crystal, look at your heart.”

In recovery later and still woozy, David told me I was fine and would go home the next day.
Asking the evening nurse, what time David completed his daily rounds, I was told he was NOT a morning person, and always came after lunch.
So I was amazed when he came busting into my room at 7am the next day. He said to me, “I am astounded, no I am flabbergasted! Your heart is fine! It’s like that of a newborn baby.”
He looked in shock seemingly confused about what he was saying.
I was laughing so he must have thought I was mad.
I told him about the prayer for healing, and he just stared. He knew this was a miracle because he was the one to perform the previous blood tests, ECGs and stress test on me.
God doesn’t always heal, yet he does tell us, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

Monday, September 10, 2018

BLESSED by GOD to SERVE

As I age and look back at the bygone days it's difficult to realize the age I am today.

I am almost 74 years old. WHAT!! I don't feel that, however, I can see it in the mirror so I rarely look.

Where did that painfully shy teenage girl disappear?

The years have gone, (somewhere) and after forced to retire at 63 and mourning the fact, I began to write.

It's good to keep the mind active and for me, I enjoy writing what I hope, will uplift, encourage and inspire the reader.

Lately, I was contacted by the National Library of Australia in our capital city of Canberra. They requested one of my books.  Supposing they will request the rest, as I have now learned -  I have purchased them to post on.



In the six years of writing, I have finally given in to have a photo taken with six (there are five more) of my books. In years to come my children and grandchildren will perhaps enjoy to see it.

My son Peter, did the honors.


                Whatever your gift - use it to bless others and proclaim Jesus as Lord. 

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 4:10-11







Saturday, September 1, 2018

Set Free by Jesus





I grew up in a time where we kept our feeling, thoughts and hurts to ourselves.
Marrying at a young age to a man I loved beyond all else,  then to be held in subservience by him, I silently grieved for many years . 

Not all cultures believe the same way. Western culture predominately considers male and female on equal terms. 

This is not the case in many European and Eastern countries.
Here the woman must bow to the power of male dominance. 

God did not instigate this. He gave instructs for the husband to love his wife and for the wife to respect the husband. 




We read and hear horrible facts in the daily news of women who are mistreated by a father or husband.


One of my books relate to the hurt of living in a home where even as a grown woman, there are no choices. 

My story is of a young woman brought up in Western society with middle Eastern rules and strict religion. 

Feeling lost and unloved she makes careful plans to escape. 

She is like a moth trapped in a tightly woven cocoon who finally breaks free and becomes a beautiful butterfly. 


https://www.amazon.com/Catch-Butterfly-Christian-Romance-ebook/dp/B01MV6T25U   Free on Kindle Unlimited or $2.99 
The Paperback version of this book may be purchased through any bookstore in the world on request. 

"THEN you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free"
John 8:32  The Bible. 

    
  

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Recommended Reading to Increase Your Faith




My Review of this Book.

This Book was given to Me as a Heaven Sent Gift .
I find that when I read something so profound in the Word of God it takes my breath away. This happened as I saw the truthful message written in the pages of this book. How I love what the author brings to light. Her insightfulness is profound and by this I discern her writing is Holy Spirit directed.
Many who read this book will get a better understanding of the wondrous gifts given by our God to us, his beloved. We ALL belong to him as he is our creator. YES! You too! The truth of our Heavenly Father's love and his provisions in these gifts are explained within. Hopefully they will fill your heart to overflowing and perhaps your eyes to shed tears of gratitude and understanding.

Inside Example from this book: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Gal. 3:28). In Bible times, many groups hated each other, i.e., Jews, Gentiles, Samaritans, and Greeks. Their bigotry or discrimination was mostly based on their religious beliefs or lack of belief in any deity. God evidently loved diversity since He created people with different colours, heights, eyes, etc. He created different animals and many different plants. Humans, however, found reasons to hate each other because of their differences. 
(SO TRUE and thank you Mrs Chaplain)!


Friday, August 24, 2018

Blessed by Time - A Beautiful Illustration of Gods Love.







Yes! This book is an Amazingly Beautiful Illustration of Gods love, and the lessons to learn. The author has perfectly written to describe our human imperfections and how to give love unconditionally without judgment.  

Also, married couples are shown that when disaster strikes, to turn to one another and share the burden, helping one another. NOT isolating within themselves to grieve alone.

I loved what I read here as the principles are totally Biblical. I feel closer to Jesus than ever, as reading about him walking among the people with teaching and healing made me feel I was there in the pages.
Lastly, 1. Our Body is a physical outward appearance, 2. Our soul is our personality - the who we are. 3. Our spirit is within the real us that is created in the image of God and when we accept the Salvation gift, we receive the Holy Spirit. 
Yes, we are three in one, just as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Praise His name forever. 
May God richly bless all who read this book.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Mountains of East Tennessee

God loves the mountains and speaks about them many times throughout his word. 


Moses went up onto the mountain to talk to the Lord.
He received the ten commandments of God, on Mount Sinai. 

Jesus went up to the Mount of Olives. 
These mountains are spoken of many times in the gospels.







"Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, 
Haggai 1:8                                                                                










Many nations will come and say, 
"Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD                                                                                                                                                                                          And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways                                                                                                                                                        And that we may walk in His paths " 
For from Zion will go forth the law,                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Even the word of the LORD unto Jerusalem."  Micah 4:2

Ray and I often drove over the Great Smokies to visit 
the Cherokee Reservation in North Carolina. 
As we drove I pondered                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with my ever active mind.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I am curious about the people who have gone before
So, to satisfy my imagination I have found some of those dear folk to share with you. 
 Look at the clothes and the spinning wheel. 
The way the corners of the house joined - and the timber roof.shingles. 
This lady looks like she may have eye problems.
 A Chestnut tree...  These have all disappeared from the Smokies now.
 Working with the copper. I wonder what she is doing?? 
Sitting in the warm sun. 
A River Baptism. 
And of course, that old song that I love. DOWN TO THE RIVER TO PRAY
These wonderful folk from bygone days, just like you and me, 
worshipped the creator God of earth, mountains, sea, and sky. May we always remember them. 
                                                                    Touching Hearts
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