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Hope is Not Canceled

Hope is not canceled.

More than any other Easter, the resurrection power of God is afresh in my mind. Our Easter celebrations will vary this year, but the good news is God never changes. He is immutable.

“I, the Lord, do not change.” (Malachi 3:6)

Neither this pandemic nor any circumstance can cancel God’s promises. His resurrection power can not be stopped. God is not quarantined and Hope is not canceled.

I’ve attached a few of my favorite promises as a visual reminder. Feel free to copy and share. 
















 

 

Several years ago, I wrote an article, 6 Ways to Prepare for the Unexpected Test. While non of us was prepared for a lock down, homeschooling, and a global viral pandemic, we can be spiritually prepared when life takes a nosedive. 

Hugs, Hope, & Health,

~April

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Photos courtesy of Unsplash and Pixaba

Prescriptive Prayer

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous [wo]man avails much.” (James 5:16, NKJV)

This prayer was electronically delivered to my inbox this week. This prayer was purposefully penned for my friend Meg. Meg is fighting a reoccurring battle of cancer, specifically a reoccurring brain tumor.

During trials of life, we need the support of others. This prescriptive prayer is an example of a prayer warrior in action. Meg and the author of this prayer, Anne H., gave permission for me to share this with you.  Meg refers to this prayer as her “prescriptive prayer.” Friends, thank you in advance for taking Meg’s need before God’s throne.~April

 

Prescriptive Prayer by Anne H. 

Lord,
I come worshiping You for who You are, and thanking You for Your amazing love… “You were before all things, and through You all things exist.” (Colossians 1:17)

You, Father, knew Meg before she was ever born, You “fashioned all of her days when as yet there were none of them.” (Psalm 139:16) This brain tumor did not take You by surprise, and You have called Meg by name and have said to her,Fear not for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name, you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)

So, I come Lord, putting the entire burden of this brain tumor on You, and I ask that You defeat it, that You take it apart, that You bring it to nothing, for Your glory and for Meg’s good, and for the good of her children. I know that “the thief (the enemy of our souls) comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but that You came to bring life, and life more abundantly.” (John 10:10) Fill Meg with Your abundant life, and remove the enemy’s attempt to destroy her. I speak against all fear that would come against her and ask that tormenting fear would leave her, and that Your perfect love would cast out all fear. (1 John 4:18) I ask, “No weapon formed against her would prosper.” (Isaiah 54:17)

I ask that You cover her, and her children, this treatment plan, her family, and friends who are supporting her and praying for her, with Your protective shield and Presence. I ask that You watch over every aspect of Meg’s life and journey, and that You and Your name be lifted up throughout this fight of faith! Keep her and her children grounded in You and in Your love, and “when the enemy comes in like a flood, that the Spirit of the Lord would lift up a standard against him!” (Isaiah 59:19)

I thank You and praise You that in this world You never leave us alone and without hope. “You never leave us, nor forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5) and that You hold our hand (Isaiah 41:13) and walk us through the fire (Isaiah 43:2) so that we might come forth emblazoned by You, with a deeper love and understanding of all that You are and of all that You accomplished at the Cross on our behalf.

Thank You Holy Father. Thank you precious Jesus.Thank You magnificent Spirit.

In Jesus mighty name, we ask and believe all these things!

Amen.

A Go Fund Me account was established for Meg an the family. Click on the link below for more information. 

https://www.gofundme.com/megs-radiation-treatment-fund

Hijacked by HOPE

burglar-PixabaySix months ago, a neuromuscular disease of unknown origin hijacked my body. Skeletal muscles fibers that once operated in normal rhythms, now glitch causing periodic paralysis. Upon awakening, I thank the Lord for another day then contort my face to determine the severity of the morning paralysis. Today I can partially raise my eyebrows and smile, an indication of mild myotonia. By the grace of God and new medications, I slowly rise out of bed unassisted and determine that today will be a “good day.”

Periodic Paralysis hijacked my body,

but HOPE has hijacked my heart.

Hijack \hi-jak\ verb:

  1. To steal cargo from a vehicle after forcing it to stop
  2. To rob a vehicle after forcing it to stop
  3. To seize a vehicle by force

British definition of Hijack:

  1. To seize, divert, or appropriate (a vehicle or the goods it carries) while in transit

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    Photos courtesy of Pixabay.com

  2. To rob (a person or vehicle) by force

I am a vessel, vehicle, and an ambassador for Christ. I carry hope, good news, and encouragement. Each morning I drag my little red chair adjacent to God’s throne. Knees touching with the Almighty, I receive an infusion of hope direct from my Creator. God’s Word encourages me, which spills out onto the web pages of Red Chair Moments.

While a rare neuromuscular disease has hijacked by body, I REFUSE to allow it to hijack by praise.

HOPE has hijacked my heart and “it is well with my soul.”

~April Dawn White

 

I Am a Little Pencil

Little Pencil quote by Mother TeresaThe full quote by Mother Teresa reads: “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.” 

As I read this quote this week, I am reminded of the power of words. Mother Teresa compared herself to a “little pencil in the hand of God.” She probably never knew the significant impact of her “little pencil” life.

I believe heaven is filled with Indian children skipping rope and cartwheeling across the lawn, evident of her “little pencil” life.

When the burdens of life dull your senses,

Sharpen your little #2 pencil and let God write His story.

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Happy Friday!

~April Dawn White

 

 

 

 

I Refuse to Sink

Medical signThe task of ordering a medical alert bracelet, is something I’ve been avoiding.  Some days I shake my head in disbelief. A classic case of denial.

I am strong willed, independent, and down right stubborn. Ordering this bracelet is not merely an indicator of a disease state, but an indicator that I am not in control. The latter being the bigger issue.

I am thankful my beloved found the website LaurensHope.com.  If I must wear a bracelet it ought be beautiful. I select a rose gold and teal beaded bracelet and click “ORDER.”  Fighting an unexpected wave of emotion, I ponder what information to engrave on the plate. I’m angry! I don’t want this this bracelet nor this disease.

April Dawn White

Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis

ICE: Husband’s cell number, ICE: Parent’s home phone

Hours later the kids crash through the door. Rachel produces a gift from a family at school. I am deeply touched by their generosity. I gasp as I open the small box to find a leather wrap bracelet with the words “I REFUSE TO SINK” engraved on the metal plate. An anchor serves as the clasp.

Only God! Only God knew that earlier today I would struggle with what words to have permanently engraved on a medicaMedical Id bracelet CROPPEDl alert bracelet. Only my Jehovah Jireh, which means “The LORD Will Provide,” could orchestrate this specific gift for me on this specific day.

The medical alert bracelet reminds me I am not in control.

However, the leather anchor bracelet reminds me that I REFUSE TO SINK. I refuse to allow the Enemy to control my thoughts and take advantage of  my weakened state.

I refuse to allow this disease state, which paralysis my muscles and freezes my face, to paralyze my spirit and my ability to praise the LORD.

God wove strength and hope into the my DNA long before this disease began to unravel my muscle strength.

My verse for 2015 was this:

“We have this HOPE and an ANCHOR for our soul, FIRM and SECURE.”

(Hebrews 6:19, NIV emphasis mine)

I have periodic paralysis and daily weaknI refuse to sink CROPPEDess. But God is my anchor. He is my hope. He will keep me steady and firm. I refuse to allow this disease to paralyze my spirit and my praise. Furthermore, I refuse to sink  making  “It is well with my soul.”

~April Dawn White

 

Photos courtsey of author and Pixabay.com

Strong Shoes Traveled on Stony Paths

Stony path and strong shoes quote Corrie tem BoomWhen the path we’re traveling suddenly changes from smooth black top to dirt and gravel. When everything familiar immediately changes to unknown. When the situation staring back in the mirror is not here to visit, but here to stay. Take comfort God will provide.

I know, because I’m there.

As a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, Corrie ten Boom also knew “If God sends us on stony paths, He provides strong shoes.” God’s provision in desolate times gives my heart reason to hope and “it is well with my soul.”

~April Dawn White

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