Day Four of The Stroke

Tiffany and I drove to the airport to pick up my sister, Shelley.  Most of our conversation revolved about the miracle of mom’s recovery, a breathtaking work of God. It’s reminder there’s so much more to see in this world; God is present and at work, whether we believe it or not.

When Shelley came down the corridor in the airport, we hugged and laughed.  We both knew we could’ve been holding one another with sorrow and tears.  While we both believe in the flooding power of God’s healing, we never dreamed mom would be doing so well. We know we’ve received a divine gift.

I called dad from the airport to confirm Shelley’s arrival; mom answered the phone with her familiar voice and words, “Hi honey.”

The two words made me richer than the richest person on earth. While I know God is at work, mom constantly is making the choice to be positive and interactive in this miraculous healing. There’ve been times in the past when I thought she did not understand the gravity of the challenges of life because of her positive attitude and insistence that all things will work out. Apparently, I have some apologizing to do.

I see the perfection of Psalm 30 as our scripture for 2013. Psalm 30:2 declares God heals us when we are broken:
Eternal One, my True God, I cried out to You for help;
You mended the shattered pieces of my life (The Voice).

The message within Psalm 30:2 is clear:  call out to God for healing. It takes determination to move beyond the messes of life with faith God is the God of more. It doesn’t mean the way to healing will be easy.  Even so,healing is found when we break through the pain, trusting God.

When we’re broken, needing healing, calling out to God for help, we can be confident we’ll be transformed with a divine healing power.

I’ve learned healing is peace. The peace of God changes the way we think, speak, and act; however, we must choose to receive the peace God offers.  The key to healing is surrendering to the peace of God, willingly letting go of the struggle.  When we let the struggle go, we move into the realm of a divine healing.

Healing is only part of the journey.  There’s always more. When mom was transferred to another floor to begin focused and intentional therapy we experienced both peace and joy. It’s a holy place to be in.

Learning to Kickstart the day with God,


From my journal, February 20, 2013.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

Dad and Mom at Madelyn's 3rd birthday.

Dad and Mom at Madelyn’s 3rd birthday.

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