Saturday, February 19, 2011

19-Feb-2011 (Sat) - Backs, Foot, Ear & Fever

Thursday, 17-Feb-2011 I visited GA on business again. Afterward, however, I met a friend (Bob) and his wife (Jo Ann) at an Applebees [see their pic right]. Bob had asked me to pray for his wife who was having some chronic pain in her neck from a bruise on her spine. It was a bright, sunny and warm day. Since we'd all already eaten, we decided to just chat and pray in the parking lot. It was so good to see Bob again. We hadn't seen each other since we worked together about 15 years ago in Erwin, TN for a company called NRF. He was a supervisor there and I was the electrical/electronics maintenance tech. Now he is the president of a company and I'm, well, still an electronics tech, just not for NRF. :)

Bob's wife is very sweet! They are perfect for each other. We all got acquainted again and began chatting about Jesus. I asked Jo Ann about her pain and she explained it flares up and is very painful and even causes numbing down her right arm. She was on meds for the pain and numbness and so she was not feeling bad when we spoke. I offered to pray for her and told her I was just going to put my hands on her back. She had a dark blouse on and the sun was shining so it was hard for me to tell if she was getting warm in the right spot, but it seemed to me that she was. The only thing she could tell afterwards was her neck was a little less stiff than it usually is and she thought she could feel warmth inside. I've checked back with her since this happened and Bob says she feels she's about 40% better. Time will tell on this one as I couldn't "measure" the progress immediately. I believe Jesus continues to work even after we pray but I always like to check things out. When we are able to receive partial healings Father always seems to accommodate us with some kind of "kick-start" sign like heat, or tingling, or pain relief, or something. Plus, as Jesus laid hands on the blind man twice because at first he only received a partial healing (see Mark 8:22-26), then laying hands on someone multiple times is certainly condoned and encouraged. I figure if it took Jesus a couple of times, it is OK if it sometimes takes us a few more.

Meanwhile I asked Bob if he was doing OK physically. After prodding a little I discovered he had "plantar fasciitis" as he called it in his left heel. He sat down in the back seat of his car with the door open and I laid hands on his foot and commanded it to be healed... "Heel, heal!" ... LOL! After a few seconds I asked him what was going on and he said it felt like two pressure points on the bottom of his heel getting warm and then the sensation climbed up his ankle. Cool! Good sign! Thank You Jesus! Afterward he stood on it and said it now felt just like his other one. Amazing.

It was so good to see Bob again and meet his sweetheart of a wife, Jo Ann. I will check on their progress later to see how Jo Ann's neck is doing and Bob's foot. Or, if you (Bob) or you (Jo Ann) are reading this, feel free to post a comment.
UPDATE (03-Apr-2011): Received the following message from Bob: 
"Jo Ann is not taking any medication now. She still has days but we pray about it. My foot is fine. We appreciate you so much. We love you man!" 
I love you guys too. Praise Father!
Also that same day, while I was away on business, my 11-week-old grandson, Gunnar, had surgery to close up the hernia he had (on the inside). We all had laid hands on him earlier and saw the swelling greatly reduced, but a check-up on that following Tuesday showed that the hernia was not closed up all the way yet, though I honestly believe it would've eventually. At any rate, doctors and Jesus are on the same team if you ask me, they both get folks out of pain. Gunnar did great and was unbelievably happy and playful a few hours afterward. Praise the Lord! (see YouTube video here).

As I was leaving the hospital [see Niswonger Children's Hospital in pic left], an elderly lady was walking in front of me and she got into the elevator to go down to the first floor. I was far enough behind her that the doors closed on the elevator before I got there. I waited a few seconds, thinking it was on its way down and then pressed the down button. Immediately the doors opened and the lady walked out. I said, "Um, excuse me, ma'am, I don't think you are on the first floor yet." LOL! She giggled and said, "Well the doors closed for a few seconds and I thought I was." We both got in and rode down. She began to tell me about her great-grandson who was having a terrible time with an infection; he was 2 years old. We exited the elevator and walked to the doors, but it was so late the doors to the hospital were already locked with a sign saying to use different ones. As we walked to the alternate exit she told me she had seen them do something to her great-grandson (don't recall what it was) and it made her pass out in the floor, so she was still dizzy from that. I asked her if she needed me to help her to her car and she said she didn't. But she paused and laid her hand on her back and said, "Oh dear, I think I've hurt my back when I fainted." So I offered to pray for her. She said that would be nice.

I laid my hand on her back and commanded it to be healed very quietly. She suddenly moved a bit and said, "Oh!" I asked, "Do you feel that?" She said, "Why yes I do. It feels wonderful!" I felt her spine get very warm in a particular spot. Suddenly her granddaughter walked up and evidently was startled because we were stopped and a perfect stranger had his hand on her grandmother's back. She said, "Grandma are you alright?" She assured her she was fine that I was just praying for her back and it felt wonderful. "Grandma" moved her back around and around and said, "Wow, I can't believe how great this feels." I reminded both of them of some pentecostal holiness preacher in their family... LOL!

We all walked out, because all the family was leaving, and I asked the young lady about her son. He was suffering from an infection they believed was mrsa. If they weren't all leaving, they wanted me to go pray for him. I'll probably just have to go back. I was a little puzzled why they didn't want me to go pray right then seeing that "Grandma" was healed. It was a little strange. But what do you do?

Last night, Friday, 18-Feb-2011 my family got together to practice songs we are going to do at the Leon Kiser Memorial Tribute in Bristol, TN, an annual bluegrass show named after my late dad. This year they are honoring my mother as a major supporter to mountain music in our area. My sister (TammyC) was running a fever and Kayla's ear was still stopped up with fluid from an infection. So, afterward I had everybody gather around and lay hands on TammyC and Kayla. TammyC's fever went down and the swelling in her nasal passages dissipated in just a few seconds, wow!

Then we laid hands on Kayla [see pic of Kayla & her husband Cody in pic right] and commanded her ear to be opened. Suddenly her ear popped and cracked several times, she said, but was still closed. We kept demanding it be opened 100% in Jesus' Name, and then it began to leak... eeewwww... LOL. It popped one more time and it was opened! She could hear clearly and had to get some tissue to soak up the fluid that began to drain. Praise the Lord! Kayla said, "Yes! I can hear clearly again! Oh, it is so wonderful to be able to hear clearly and not just hear myself inside my head." She was so relieved.

I checked on TammyC before she left, and she said the nasal passage swelled again and I felt her head and it felt like her fever returned too. She said, "No worries. I'm going home to rebuke this thing and get Billie (her good friend) to lay hands on me before I go to bed."

I don't understand all the time how these things work, but I can only confess that the scripture makes it clear Jesus wants us all healthy all the time and to what degree we are able to receive that is the degree we enjoy it on this side of heaven.

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