February 10, 2019

TENTH ANNIVERSARY

The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver's skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
For the pattern He has planned.
(Corrie ten Boom)



 Today is this blog's tenth anniversary. I started out with lofty goals in mind, but allowed myself to be derailed by the sudden and unexpected. As a result, I was MIA for a whole year, and it took the following quote scribbled on a crumpled piece of paper to get me back on track.

"Dear  friend, God may send you some valuable gifts wrapped in unattractive paper. But do not worry about the wrappings, for you can be sure that inside He has hidden treasures of love, kindness, and wisdom. If we simply take what He sends and trust Him for the blessings inside, we will learn the meaning of the secrets of His providence, even in times of darkness." (A. B. Simpson)

To me, New Year's Eve 2018 was definitely a gift wrapped in unattractive paper. While others celebrated with toasts and fireworks, I lay in a Cardiac Intensive Care unit, intubated, hooked up to a ventilator, heavily sedated with Propofol and Fentanyl, and suffering from acute congestive heart failure, as well as double pneumonia. Yet, in retrospect, it truly did turn out to be a valuable gift filled with hidden treasures.

While still in the hospital, I felt inspired to write OIL OF MYRRH, a testimony to God's goodness, and the way He worked in my life during what started out as a very dark time. If you would like to read it, you can click on this link for a free download. I pray that it would bless and encourage you.

At the foot of the cross there is mercy and grace. There is forgiveness, healing, and deliverance. This is the place where the slate gets wiped clean and you can have a fresh start. All you have to do is believe it, and receive it.

6 comments:

RCUBEs said...

Great to hear from you sister Sandra. I believe God does turn around everything into good for those who love Him. I have to come back and read what you wrote during that difficult time. I know that would be an awesome testimony of His love and grace during that storm in your journey. Thank you for sharing. May this new year bring you more knowledge of the good Lord. May you always stay strong in the Lord's mighty power! Blessings to you.

Sandra K. Stein said...

Thank you, Rosel.

RCUBEs said...

I just read "Oil of Myrrh". I just know that a hospital isn't a fun place to be whether one is undergoing a minor or major illness/health issue. I love the analogy that you used that whatever you had gone through was nothing compared to what Jesus had endured... He did because He loved us first. I could discern the spiritual battle our enemies planted in your mind that it made it difficult sometimes to see the truth in a situation or from people around you. I thank you for sharing this not so easy trial you had gone through but I rejoice in your victory because the Lord made you overcome. It strengthens my faith and increases/validates His gift of joy that no matter what circumstances we may go through, He is always faithful to be with us and helps us overcome. I pray your heart will be restored to good health sister Sandra. May the Lord bless you and protect you, strengthen you and provide for all of your needs. I wish many churches always walk in His Spirit and truth because it's true, we belong to One Great Family and how awesome if one is lifting up one who is in need. All the glory to the good Lord.

Sandra K. Stein said...

Again, thank you, Rosel. Thank you for going back and reading Oil of Myrrh,and for writing this very timely comment I needed to read at this particular moment in time to jog my memory. Are you still working at the prison? I haven't seen any posts for a while.

RCUBEs said...

Good thing I came back because I know you answer to comments :)

I had resigned since Dec 2015. My husband, being supportive had allowed me to just stay home so thank God for more time with my family. I haven't been blogging as much as I pray about it. It's a period of rest for me at this time sister Sandra. Again, take care and God bless.

Veronica Lee said...

Glad to have you back in the bloggy world, Sandra.

Happy 10th Blogaversary!