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(Heb 13:5)  Let your way of life be without the love of money, and be content with such things as you have, for He has said, “Not at all will I leave you, not at all will I forsake you, never!”

 Just over 17 years ago I was doing fine I was working in the music industry as a producer/promotions person traveling all over the country even into Canada. I was enjoying life to the fullest (so I thought). I really enjoyed what I was doing I met a lot of people both great and small I visited some very exciting places. To make even nicer I was being paid to do what I was doing. It did keep me away from my family on a regular basis and I remember in 1995 I told The Lord if he’d give me another year I’d come off the road. Well 1996 rolled around and I kept on doing what I was doing. In February of 1996 I was in Chicago and got so sick that I had to be taken to the hospital I’d never had to spend a night in the hospital since birth. In that hospital room as King Hezekiah did I turned my face to the wall and prayed. Upon my release I returned home and soon after resumed working that very next month I was in Mobile AL and got sick once again very much similar to the way I did in Chicago the month before. Determined not to be hospitalized in Alabama I prayed and drove all the way back home to Ohio. Days turned into weeks and I did not get any better I went to my family physician who sent me to  a specialist and I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I go into great detail about my life dealing with Fibromyalgia in my book Walking In The Rain you can find it here in eBook form     http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D1APX58/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk.

The number 17 according to Biblical Numerics represents victory it has been 17 years that I’ve been battling Fibromyalgia. I Thank and Praise God that it’s not as bad as it used to be however it still causes me some problems and difficulties especially the IBS. I also Thank God for people who constantly remember me in prayer. Once Pastor Larry Whatley saw me at the Main Post Office he said that there was something on TV that dealt with Fibromyalgia and he thought of me. Right there in front of The Main Post Office he prayed with me; I truly thank God for him and other believers like him. During the early years I had an awesome therapist Sandi Waters Bowen who helped me through some very tough times I Thank God for her.  In spite of this dreadful illness God has still allowed me to do many things while conventional work is no longer an option. I’ve obtained my BA and went to graduate school taking all of my course work up to my thesis. I’ve produced a number of videos as well as TV shows on public access TV. God has enabled me to do a lot even on days when physically I thought I’d get nothing accomplished.

When faced with awful feelings, pain, and discomfort I’ve learned to turn the tables instead of wallowing in self-pity and complaining. On those days when I really don’t feel like going on when depression starts to hit. It is those days that I pull myself together and start Praising and Thanking God for my total and complete healing. No in the natural I’m not healed and yes I may be experiencing discomfort, or just feeling awful. However I latch on to the promises of God’s Word he promised that he won’t leave me or forsake me never. So he’s right there and my prayers for healing along with those of others will be answered. On those days I Thank him for total and complete healing because it’s mine God has promised it to me and soon and very soon I believe it will become a reality and I’ll have an awesome testimony to share.

Your problem may not be sickness it could be emotional, mental, financial, or domestic. No matter what you are going through no matter what you’ve done God Loves you and he wants better for you than you want for yourself. God is there and if you have not accepted Jesus Christ as you savior you can do it now. If you’ve backslidden he’s there no matter what you’ve done. He’ll forgive you, people may not forgive they may constantly remind you of your past but God wants to forgive you of your past and not only will he forgive he’ll forget. What an awesome God he is he loved us so much that he sent his son to die and pay the price for all of humanity’s sins. He’s there right now, verbally or in your heart call him he’s waiting on you. He’ll never leave you or forsake you he’ll never; never let you down.

Let us Pray Father We Praise and Thank you for your Grace and Mercy. We Thank You, for the completed work of Calvary when our Savior and Lord said It Is Finished Man’s Debt of Sin was Paid. Father in Heaven we come to you on behalf of those who are hurting or struggling. We pray that you heal sick minds, bodies, and lives. We pray for the lonely and the confused those who feel abandoned. We pray for those who don’t know The Savior that right now they will accept him into their hearts. Father please chase all doubt and fear out of the minds of those who have lost hope give them peace, joy and happiness. Help all of us to be mindful of how we treat others and show true Christian and Brotherly love In Jesus Name we pray Amen and Amen.  Be Encouraged and Blessed Minister Mike.

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