in Devotions

Where Am I and What Happened? – March 27 Devotions

at

Continuing my reflection of my near-death experience…and 30 years ago on this day, I suddenly woke up after being unconscious going into the third day after sustaining my injuries. And I had no idea where I was, why I was there, what happened, or why I was in so much pain. After looking around, I figured out I was obviously in the hospital, but I still didn’t remember what happened.

{Just a note: I had blurred out faces in these photos before I discovered that it was OK to leave them as is!}

 

A second cousin who was a nurse there happened to be the one who peeked in the partially open door and noticed I had regained consciousness and likely saw my bewildered expression. She rushed in, gave me a gentle hug, and told me how happy she was to see my eyes open!

And then I lobbed questions at her about what happened. She started telling me about the fire and suddenly I remembered at least that much–but I couldn’t recall what happened to the children and I was sure they were dead! She assured me they were fine aside from a little smoke inhalation, that I had saved them, and that the local news headlines had proclaimed me a “heroine.”

 

   

I didn’t FEEL like a “heroine”–since I couldn’t remember much of anything–and it wasn’t until my husband brought the children in to see me that I wept tears of joy to know it was true that my little ones were OK.

And guess what one of the verses in Psalms was that I read soon after getting my second chance at life?

“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord…”  –Psalms 118:17

So that’s what I’ve been endeavoring to do, in various ways since then, such as through this blog… and after that rather long lead-in, here are the devotional thoughts for yesterday, March 27th. And remember, you can read more Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day at my page Daily Scripture Readings.

~~*~~

-1-

“There is power in the Name of Jesus. At the very mention of it, every knee has to bow in heaven, on earth, and beneath the earth (see Philippians 2:10). Jesus has purchased a glorious inheritance for us by the shedding of His blood. We are now heirs with Him (see Romans. 8:17). Everything He has earned by His sacrifice is in the heavenlies stored up for us. We have the keys to that storehouse, and the keys are prayer.”  

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

~~*~~

-2-

“Lord, You are able to do infinitely beyond all our highest prayers or thoughts. Nothing is impossible with You! Thank You that when I praise You and bring my requests to You in simple faith, I plug into Your almighty power…that when I offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving, I open a door for You to rescue me and bless my life, and I prepare the way for You to rescue and bless other people, near and far.” 

–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise” 

~~*~~

-1- I really believe this, about the power in the Name of Jesus. Even though I can’t remember a lot of what happened on March 25, 1985, I do remember pleading, “Jesus, help me get us out of here alive!”  And He did, and we are! I think that’s why it bothers me to hear people use His name in vain–to utter that Name as a curse or without thought about all that the Name of Jesus represents.

-2- Again, the power of prayer is very real. In the days and weeks after the fire, I learned a lot of fascinating details. Such as the fact I nearly died multiple times in the ambulance and after arrival at the ER–but people had already started praying upon hearing about the fire and my condition after my tumble from the second story window. I learned that my vital signs bottomed out after I arrived in the ER–that other than one nurse who stayed with me, other medical staff even started walking out of the room because they thought they had lost me.

BUT THEN…my vital signs suddenly reactivated and the remaining nurse called the other staff back! God indeed honored the prayers of those who offered them, and rescued me, because again…it was not my time to go.

~~*~~

So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you believe in the power of the Name of Jesus? Have you experienced using that Name and getting amazing results?

Do you likewise believe in the power of prayer? I know we don’t always get the results WE think we should, but have you had answers to prayer that were beyond your comprehension so you knew it was the power of God manifested?

6 Comments

  1. Carrie Ann Tripp

    I do believe in the power of prayer and healing. Testimony after testimony. I can’t wait to read the rest. We’d love to have you link-up with #ThursdayTheologyBlogs.
    Carrie Ann Tripp recently posted..Caffeinating Calamity

    28 . Mar . 2015
  2. Francene Stanley

    I think prayer is powerful. What a miracle.
    My husband slipped on oil at the garage on Thursday and was unconscious for about 10 mins. Everything was cordoned off and an ambulance took him to hospital after about an hour of lying flat on the floor. He’s dislocated some fingers on both hands and is undergoing further tests since the head injury. But–he’s fine. Almost normal although he finds it difficult to use his fingers for normal tasks. So many people are keeping him in their thoughts and prayers already because of his cancer. Yet, he isn’t meant to go yet.

    29 . Mar . 2015
  3. Diane

    I also believe in the power of prayer! I’ve enjoyed reading about your experience– God is so wonderful in His care for us! Thanks for sharing!
    Diane recently posted..Tomato Cucumber Feta Dip

    29 . Mar . 2015
  4. Corey

    Very powerful story, thank you for sharing this with us! Inspiring!
    Corey recently posted..How To Add YouTube Cards To Your Video

    29 . Mar . 2015
  5. Carol Cassara

    So inspirational, yet again. Thank you so much!
    Carol Cassara recently posted..It’s tea time

    29 . Mar . 2015
  6. allison

    i do believe the power of energy.

    29 . Mar . 2015

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

%d bloggers like this: