Saturday, November 15, 2014

Not Even on My Bucket List



Before I ever had my first stem cell therapy, I remember specifically praying that what I was choosing to do would not only be beneficial to me but would also bring healing, hope, and a better quality of life for others as well.  I wanted God’s story through me to bring Him glory every chance I had to share it.  God’s answer to that prayer is one of the main reasons that I want to be willing to talk to people when they call, email, or ask questions about stem cell therapy or other ways to improve their health. 

Then the telephone call came to ask me to consider being filmed for a commercial and documentary about Celltex Therapeutics and stem cell therapy.  Oh, my!  My first thoughts were:  OK God, I know that talking apparently doesn’t seem to be much of a challenge for me, but this is a whole new ballgame and way out of my league and comfort zone.  This isn’t even on my bucket list!  So the praying and preparation began.

The day came, and Larry and I headed for the recording studio.  After arriving and introductions being made, I met with the producer and then headed to makeup.  Then it was time to film.  The room had lots of people, cameras, monitors to view the filming, computers, lots of cords and wires, bright lights, and the whitest walls I ever remember seeing.  One of the men even brushed the wall to make sure there was no dust on it.  After seeing the white wall, I did hope that my hair would show up on the screen and not just blend in with the wall.  After sitting in the chair and being talked through the process, we were ready to go.  The man came with the slate (I asked my friend in Hollywood, Cathy White, the technical name) with my name on it!  With the “3-2-1, click of the slate, go” the filming began.  Since it is a 30 second commercial, there were people who timed each segment for the allotted limit.  I taped some parts more than once to reduce a few seconds.  After filming the commercial, we taped for the documentary which will also include other stem cell recipients.

This past Monday morning, I received a message from a friend that said she had seen me on the Celltex Therapeutics commercial during the morning news.  Celltex also notified me  that the commercial will air on KHOU, KPRC, and KTRK from now until the end of December.

Things I was reminded about during the process:
*It’s good to have helpers in new situations.
*It takes people with different talents and skills to complete a project. 
*Teamwork is important.
*It’s beneficial to know the goal and keep it in focus.
*It’s nice to have do-overs and second chances when you want to make things better.
*When you are passionate about something, sometimes you need to risk being vulnerable to share it with others.
*God asks for availability over ability.
*God’s provision is more than anything I could ever ask or imagine. 

So that’s a wrap.  I’m now waiting for God’s, “3-2-1, let’s go” for the next adventure, whether it’s on my bucket list or not. 

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 
Philippians 4:19 

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. 
Ephesians 3:20-21

Saturday, November 8, 2014

With Wings and Prayers



After a month of preparation to move, a 13.5 hour flight, and 2+ hours in customs, Scott, Abby, and Mary are now home in Houston.  Larry and I are so appreciative of your prayers, love, friendship, encouragement, and support for Scott and his family during these days as they answer and pursue the next chapter in God’s call and provision for their lives. 

Please continue to pray for:
* recovery from jet lag – 8 hours is a big time difference
* God’s wisdom, peace, joy, blessings, and contentment as many decisions are made
* a home so they can be moved and settled before Baby Boy arrives in January
* an amazingly smooth adjustment for Mary as she encounters new people, sounds, places, foods, schedules
* joy in the journey

What sweet words and songs we have heard these days from Mary.  I will never tire of hearing, “There’s Granddad!”  “Hi, Grandmom!” multiple times a day.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
    to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.
Lamentations 3:22-26

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.
Jeremiah 29:12

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
Jeremiah 33:3

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Thirsty



Earlier this fall, we were out of town for three days.  While we were gone, the temperatures were high and there was no rain.  Upon our arrival back home, it was obvious that the plant on the front porch had seen better days.  


Larry watered the plant and amazingly, within a few hours, it perked up again.  Plants, animals, and humans function much better when hydrated.  Seeing the plant respond to the moisture reminded me of my gratefulness for clean, available drinking water, knowing that is not the norm in our world or even for some in our city. Water helps us survive.


Throughout scripture we are encouraged to hunger and thirst for God and His righteousness.  In John 4:13, Jesus offers his followers life giving water that is eternal.  That gift of water does not depend on location, time, temperature, or weather.   

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

These past days I have been challenged, encouraged, and inspired by a song from Casting Crowns.

“Thrive”
Chorus:

So living water flowing through
God, we thirst for more of You
Fill our hearts and flood our souls with one desire

Just to know You and to make You known
We lift Your name on high
Shine like the sun, make darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives
It’s time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive

It is one thing for a plant to shrivel up from lack of water, but I don’t want my life to look like that, or worse, because of my lack of thirsting for God, His word, His righteousness, His will.  We know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives.  It’s time for us to more than just survive.  We were made to thrive.”  Thank you Lord for eternal life giving water.  Please help my life demonstrate evidence of your gift.

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
Psalm 42:1

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Matthew 5:6

Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.
John 7:38

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
Revelation 22:17

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Being Still and Knowing



This has been one of those weeks where I have had an overflowing heap on my plate.  I try to not plan too many outings, appointments, or responsibilities into one week, but this week needed to be an exception.  One morning I was feeling a little overwhelmed with all I still needed to accomplish during the next couple of days.  I was already ahead for my homework for the Bible Study this week so that was one thing that could wait.  Even though I was being productive, I still desired a calmer spirit in which to complete the tasks.  I decided to take a break and go ahead and complete another Bible study lesson for next week.  Being still and focusing on the scriptures was just what I needed to keep things in perspective and be ready for the rest of the day.

Psalm 46:10 usually comes to mind during times like these. 
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Being still was welcomed, but it was when I took time to acknowledge God for who He is and what He’s done that the peace and direction were renewed for the day.  That’s a great reminder for this week and for the weeks ahead as we prepare for the holidays.

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.
Psalm 62:1

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
Psalm 62:5

Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:30-31

This is what the Lord says:
“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
    or the strong boast of their strength
    or the rich boast of their riches,
 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
    that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
    justice and righteousness on earth,
    for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 9:23-24