Health/Sickness, Miracles

He’s Still A Miracle Worker!

A few weeks ago, my uncle was scheduled to have surgery that would allow him to have dialysis. He was in the operating room and when they intubated him he aspirated (vomiting in which substance goes into the lungs) and then his heart rate slowed down into twenties (normal heart rate is 60-100). Immediately, surgery was aborted before it even started and what was supposed to be a routine and uneventful outpatient surgery had become an emergent situation.  The vascular surgeon (surgeon who performs such procedures as grafts and fistulas for patients requiring dialysis) came out to inform my aunt about what all had transpired and how they were working diligently to get him stabilized. A cardiologist (heart doctor) and a pulmonologist (lung doctor) were consulted right away.

Upon receiving all the details of what was going on with her husband she turns to me and says, “Call the prayer warriors.” I proceeded to do as I was told by calling people who fit that description as well as other family and friends. Meanwhile, the healthcare professionals were working expediently to transfer him to the cardiac area so the cardiologist can more closely examine the heart and possibly even put in a pacemaker. But then something miraculous happened. His heart returned to normal function by itself during the procedure without any intervention! The cardiologist found no blockage of the arteries and also said that he had not had a heart attack. He said he wasn’t sure what had happened but that it could have been a vagal response. He explained that my uncle had third degree heart block but had turned around! He was somewhat amazed. He did not require a pacemaker after all!

Once my uncle returned to his room in the surgical intensive care unit something else happened. To the nurses dismay, he extubated himself (pulled out his breathing tube) despite sedatives. Thankfully, he did not have to be re-intubated and was able to breath on his own right away. Interestingly enough, the pulmonologist had already said that he didn’t see much in his lungs and didn’t anticipate having to do a bronchoscopy (a procedure in which a scope is placed into the lungs). He admitted he was kind of surprised at the findings based on what had happened in the operating room. My uncle went on to make a speedy recovery much to the surprise of many. He doesn’t really remember much of what happened. He’s just thankful to God that he is still here to tell his story and so are we!

The moral of this story is prayer changes things! Only God can cause a change like that! He worked it out for his good! And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 NKJV)

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:1-3 ESV)

Let this be a testament to you that God is still in the miracle-working business! May it remind you that if He did it before, He can do it again! To God be the glory!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for steadfast faith! Thank You for supernatural healings! Help us to always trust in You and to never doubt You. Thanks for showing us there is nothing too hard for You. We worship and adore You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to look to God first when all around you is sinking sand! I EMPOWER you to trust Him to have your back and to not panic! I EMPOWER you to work your faith and stand on His promises when challenges arise!

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Mrs. Coretta Collins is a wife and mother who enjoys reading, writing, movies and spending time with family and friends. She is avid about health, healing and helping which serves her well as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a hematology and oncology practice. Striving to be led by the Lord throughout life and having overcome significant challenges, her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Coretta is a member of St. John A.M.E. Church in Birmingham, Alabama. She resides in Calera, Alabama with her awesome husband and two wonderful sons.

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Healing, Miracles

I Am a Living Testimony

testimonyApproximately a year ago, my father was in a horrible car accident that left his neck broke in numerous places. When my family heard the news we were terrified because when you hear about, people usually don’t recover from neck injuries like the one he had.

I remember receiving the phone call that he was transferred to a trauma unit and placed in ICU because of the severity of the injury. At first fear tried to overtake me but I remembered For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT). On my way to the hospital, I began to pray and tell God that His Son’s blood still works. I began to trust that by His stripes my father would be healed.

When I walked in the hospital and saw my daddy lying there unable to move, I began to pray. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4: 6-7, NLT) I believed and so did he.

A year later, my daddy is walking/jogging 3.6 miles at least five times per week, he’s driving, and he’s living life to the fullest. Most of all he does not take for granted that nobody but God saved his life as well as gave him movement in his neck. Every time my dad gets up and tell his testimony, I get shivers because I know that He is a living testimony. Every time he talks about the accident and how God delivered him, it reminds me of when God healed the demon-possessed man: “But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.” So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them.” (Mark 5:19-20, NLT)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for Your healing powers. Thank You for being a miracle worker. God, I am so grateful that Your word is the same yesterday, today and forever. God I pray that the testimonies that I give are to glorify You. I pray that You touch someone right now that has been stricken with an incurable illness and heal right now God so that You get the glory. I pray that Your virtue works through his/her body. Restore them and make them whole that they too will be a living testimony. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to trust and believe that God still works miracles. I dare you to give your illness, your depression, your family, your finances, your job and your whole being over to God and watch Him work. Ladies, live your life so that you are a living testimony. Live your life so that someone is helped and set free because of your testimony.

Take a moment and tell us your testimony………

Please help us bless and EMPOWER homeless women and their children as the beginning of a new school year nears! For more information on how you can donate and help make a difference, please click here http://www.gofundme.com/cfeux8

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Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Faith Fridays, Healing, Health/Sickness, Miracles, Miscellaneous, Videos

Faith Friday: If I Can Just Get to Jesus!

Faith Fridays are all about providing a visual to strengthen your faith. Some times we just need to witness the awesome moves of God in someone else’s life to remind us that He is real and can still perform miracles in our own lives! If we just believe, anything is possible with God!

Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment. (Matthew 9:20-22 NIV)

Watch as a young baby who had been in a coma for quite sometime is healed. Her mother’s FAITH was key! She believed if she could just get her baby to Jesus, then she would be made whole!

If you cannot see the video, please click here.

Children, Faith, Health/Sickness, Miracles, Testimony Series, Trials, Trusting God

My Testimony: Life in Seemingly Dead Situations

Happy New Year EmpowerMoments family! We have surely missed you! As we kick off the new year, we are beginning with a series entitled “Testimonies & Lessons”. We believe Revelation 12:11 when it says that we overcome by the word of our testimonies. We pray that our testimony and lessons from last year will EMPOWER you to triumph this year! May God bless you and make 2014 the greatest year of your life thus far!

The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.  He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”

So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.  I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army. (Ezekiel 37:1-10 NIV)

February 7, 2013 is a date that will forever be sketched on the canvas of my mind. The events that took place about 6:00 p.m. that evening left such an indelible mark on my memory board that I couldn’t forget them even if I tried.

I was home alone with my three daughters, who were ages 7, 5 and 6 months at the time. If you have followed EmpowerMoments in the past, then you may be familiar with my youngest daughter’s story. (See Not By My Own Might & The Definition of Miracle) After her heart surgery, she was released from the hospital with a feeding tube to aid in her eating while she recovered and gained enough strength to do so on her own. Before she was discharged from the hospital, my husband and I had to learn how to insert the tube via her nose. Once home, we found ourselves constantly having to re-insert the tube because she would quickly snatch it out. That evening I was dropping the tube as I had done at least 2 dozen times before.  However, that day something went terribly awry.

Per the usual, she was screaming and throwing a fit as she tried to resist the tube insertion. I restrained her and continued with the insertion and she immediately stopped crying. Shocked that she was no longer screaming, I paused to check her out. That’s when I saw that her face was blue and she was no longer breathing. I am sure my heart stopped for at least 3 seconds as I held my lifeless baby in my arms. After I recovered from my initial shock, I sprung into action. I remember praying two short prayers: “God, don’t let this baby die on me” and “Please bring to my remembrance how to do CPR.”  As my older daughters frantically searched for the phone to dial for help, I laid my sweet baby on the floor and attempted to breathe life back into her body. After what seemed like a million years, she finally let out a feeble cry. She was breathing, but her skin was still purple so I knew she was not completely fine. Moments later the paramedics arrived and whisked us away to the local hospital.

Upon arrival every resource in the emergency room was at my daughter’s bedside trying to save her life. I sat outside the room alone crying and attempting to pray, as no one had time to explain to me what was happening. If I tell you that I was scared at that moment, I would be lying. Scared can’t even begin to capture what I was feeling. That was the most terrifying experience of my entire life.

Today, I am beyond blessed to report that my little sunshine is still here and is the busiest toddler in history! The doctors could not pinpoint exactly what caused her breathing to stop and each time they made rounds to her room, it was expressed how great she looked to have been through such an ordeal. She was discharged from the hospital 2 days later and she has been moving and shaking ever since!

This little ball of LIFE was once a SEEMINGLY dead situation!
This little ball of LIFE was once a SEEMINGLY dead situation!

There are so many other facets to this story that I would have to spend more than a mere moment to empower you. But there are some lessons that I learned from that situation that I want you to remember on your journey this year.

  1. The most important thing that I want you to understand is that seemingly deadly situations are nothing for God because He can breathe life back into anything that He so desires. My daughter appeared lifeless, but He breathed life back into her nostrils. So as you deal with circumstances that will come your way this year, remember that nothing is too hard for God. Your health, your marriage, your children, your finances, your brokenness, your depression, whatever your dead situation – nothing is too hard for Him to revive.
  2. Even if you see just a glimpse of hope, hold on to that! When I heard her faint cry, I knew we were not out of the woods just yet, but it was enough to let me know God was listening and answering! This year rejoice in the small battle victories while you wait to win the war!
  3. As I sat outside that hospital room alone, I had no other choice but to wait for the outcome. Sister, you are going to face some trials this year and some you may have to face alone. Things will be beyond the scope of your power and you are just going to have to sit back and wait while God does His work. Pray if you can; cry if you must. But whatever you face, be still and let Him do what He does best!
  4. Never succumb to the notion that you have to look beat up, even when you’ve been in a fight! My sweet baby was up bouncing around, laughing and speaking her baby gibberish the very next day. If you weren’t privy to her story, then you had no idea what she had just gone through. This year, I want you to not allow your circumstances to steal your joy, your smile or your swag! Even when the walls are closing in all around you, look your best so that you can feel your best!

Dear Daddy,

As I stand at the beginning of this new year not knowing the things that I will face, I ask that You help me prepare to fearlessly face anything that will come my way.  I know that You are the same God that brought life to my seemingly dead situations in 2013. Help me to hold on to those thoughts when my faith needs rejuvenation for challenges that I will endure in 2014. I know that You have the final say so! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to remember that your valley of dry bones may seem like a cemetery to you, but it’s the newborn nursery to God—it’s full of life! I EMPOWER you to remain encouraged this year as you go through trials and tribulations, wait on God to move on your behalf, and choose to never look like what you’ve been through!

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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant-leader. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.