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Patricia Schneider June 3, 2013 at 7:19 am

A blessed Good Morning to you, Derek!
Another terrific article with Scripture you’ve written again! Can feel Jesus’ Holy Spirit working through your writing skills. There are 5 Prayers I chose (and will print when done writing to you.)

1. “In Affliction” ….Have a bi-polar disorder (caused by a chemical imbalance in brain.) Had a few episodes of mania, but mostly depressions have been my ‘lot’ since my teens. It wasn’t ’til 2002, when put on meds, Effexor & Depakote, that I was finally blessed with MENTAL HEALTH! I was 54, used to tease Sweet Jesus, “What took You so long~!” LOL!
My beautiful Mom passed away in 2009. Grief turned into a 3 years depression, Derek. My Shrink couldn’t figure out why the meds were no longer working. Anyhoo~near the end of the 3rd. year, became interested in Facebook again, and discovered this site, “What Christians Want To Know.” Read several articles with Scripture, within 3 weeks or so, depression took a hike! Oh, Derek, ’tis truly was a miracle. Started re-reading God’s Word again, daily and returned to the MENTAL HEALTH I’d enjoyed for those 7 years before Mom passed on. Am learning to always lean on Jesus, to place all my fears & worries at His precious feet, and to TOTALLY TRUST God’s Plan for me, and my family. (All the things I had STARTED to learn when healthy during those 7 years.)

2. “Uncertainties of Health” ….Was diagnosed with emphysema last year, immediately quit smoking ciggies for 8 MONTHS. No cravings, no withdrawal hassles, nothing. In the 9th month, gave in to a desire for a ciggie and now find myself unable to quit, let alone NOT WANTING to quit. (Yeah, God knows what a spoiled brat I am, but I’m praying, along with sooo many other sisters & brothers in Christ, that Jesus will provide a way for me to stop. Even procrastinate going to doctor for smoker’s patch or whatever, that’s how badly I don’t want to quit, Derek. (Stupid, I know.)
BTW, I’m a 10 years breast-cancer SURVIVOR! PRAISE SWEET JESUS!!! Remember the day I learned the diagnosis, had gone alone, didn’t share it w/hubby or family yet. Out in parking lot, I broke down in sobs, Derek. I was sooo scared out of my wits! Don’t recall how long I cried; but afterwards, DID feels Jesus’ loving arms about my shoulders, instantly KNEW I was going to be OK.

3. “All Of A Sudden” …. Too many examples to share on this point, but God’s bountiful graces have helped me immensely! PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!!!

4. “Sexual Purity” ….I earnestly pray that I never commit the sin of adultery again. Jesus has forgiven me, and so has my hubby, Gary. He flat-out refused to talk about it, Derek. Whenever I’d tried, he would ‘shh’ me or change the subject. By Gary’s continuing loving ways towards me, I know he’s forgiven me. BTW, we’re celebrating our 39th Wedding Anniversary this coming September 14th! PRAISE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, HIS SON, JESUS, HIS HOLY SPIRIT!!!

Oops, only 4 of the 7 points I wanted to share with you, Derek. Miscounted my own handwriting~! LOL!
Truly appreciated what you wrote in conclusion about seeking God and His strength, Derek. And I love the Scripture, 2 Peter 3:9! WOW! What a PATIENT, LOVING GOD we have, don’t we, Derek?!
Thanks for letting me share my views with you and others who visit this site.
Oodles of God’s blessings be upon you, Derek, and your family!
Always, your sister in Christ, Jesus….Patty

Jack Wellman June 3, 2013 at 9:50 am

Isn’t Patty just an amazing woman of faith? Wow. I thank God for her and for this article too Derek for my patience is not always what it should be. I am afraid to pray for patience though because God might send trials that necessitate it. Well done brother…as always. I thank God for you and pray for you.

Derek Hill June 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Patty is a wonderful woman of faith, Jack! You are right about praying for patience. Trials will most certainly come when you pray for it. My patience is not where it should be sometimes either, and it always grieves me the most when I am impatient with my children. I am a work in progress, but I have the best teacher guiding me, God, Himself! Thank you for your prayers, brother. I am praying for you as well. God bless you, Jack!

Derek Hill June 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Patty, I just love your comments! You are encouraging and real at the same time! Stay strong in the Lord and He can help you stop your bad habits. I used to smoke too and I understand how hard it is to quit, but you’ve already quit once and I just know you can do it again! God bless you and thank you again for such encouraging thoughts and being real.

Patricia Schneider June 3, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Pastor Jack, you’re too much~! Thanks bunches for your wonderful words about me to Derek.
About your asking God for patience? That was hysterically funny, Pastor! You were kidding, weren’t you? Of course you were ’cause you KNOW God’s Plan is the best one, right?
Continued God’s blessings for you, Pastor Jack, and your family!
Always, in Christ, Jesus….Patty

Patricia Schneider June 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Hello, Derek!
Thank you for your kind words! “Encouraging and real.” I like that, a lot! LOL!
Can you share with me HOW you stopped smoking? Were you able to simply turn your own will over to Jesus’ Holy Spirit, and His strength enabled you?
The fact that I don’t really want to quit plays a huge factor in my failure to do so. Yet, like I wrote before, I do trust Jesus will provide a way for me to stop. I may not like His Way, but at least, I’ll be free of ciggies. Have a sneaky suspicion God may discipline or “punish” me in order to stop, like a “medical trial?” Do I make sense here, Derek?
A sister in Christ wrote to me that I was putting my love for cigarettes before my love for God. Cried for days over that, Derek. ‘Cause it’s NOT TRUE! I realize now she was wrong to say that to me as another sister in Christ reassured me that I was still worthwhile and loved by God. (That’s how I felt, Derek, worthless & undeserving of God’s love.)
May our Heavenly Father continue to bless you, Derek, and your children.
Always, in Christ, Jesus….Patty

Derek Hill June 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Hey Patty! Honestly, I tried a few times to stop smoking with no results. It wasn’t until I went to a Sunday School teacher’s house to talk about the Bible. I had smoked 2 or 3 cigarettes on the way there and I knew that I wreaked of cigarettes when I went into their home. The funny thing is, my teacher did not say a word to me about cigarettes. I knew that they were wrong and bad for me and God literally used my teacher’s silence as a resounding gong in my mind. I left their house and threw my cigarettes out the window and never looked back. While being cautious with what I am saying, anything that we choose to do that is sin is something that we value above God, at least in the moment. Cigarettes do so much harm to the body, and I consider them a sin just as much as lying to your neighbor. God doesn’t want us to harm our bodies, Patty. I know how tough this is for you and I know that God loves you no matter what you do, but sin is sin. When we sin, we are really saying, “I want to do this my way. I’ll handle this one, God.” Do you see what I mean? I know that you are indeed a daughter of God, and I just want you to know that I am going to be in prayer for you. Deep down, I know you don’t want to go through all of the health risks involved with smoking: emphysema, cancer, heart problems, lung problems. If you are going to stop, though, it has to be a willful action on your part also. Patty, I thank you for your heart of encouragement and I hope this comment has encouraged you some. God considers you His own child, but He also doesn’t want to see you go through the agony of problems from smoking either. I’ll be praying for you!

Patricia Schneider June 3, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Oh, dear Derek, you are right. Have got to get out of my own way and allow God’s Will. As you know, have emphysema and truly do care about having to endure a “medical trial” because of my disobedience to God.
You’ll also so very right about saying, ” I want to do this my way. I’ll handle this one, God.” (Told you, Derek, I’m a spoiled-brat.)
You know, while I was reading the comments from you and Pastor Jack, a cigarette was in ashtray, had burnt itself out. And it’s still there. Kept looking at it, my mind a total blank.
Then saw your comment in my email inbox, read your reply, and looking at that ciggie in ash-try. My mind is starting to absorb some basic truth about myself, Derek, and I don’t think I like myself very much right now. No, nothing you wrote, Derek, ’cause everything was correct, true and kind. These thoughts are between me and God for now.
And I deeply appreciate with my whole heart your praying for me, Derek.
Always, in Christ, Jesus….Patty

Derek Hill June 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Patty, I am going to keep praying for you. And just so you know, you may not like who you are right now, but God still loves who you are right now. You are His child, Patty. These feelings you are having are the guilt of sin, which happens to us all. God is with you always. Keep praying to Him for strength to make it through this tough time you are in. He is able to provide you everything you need to conquer this! God bless you, Patty!

Patricia Schneider June 4, 2013 at 2:11 am

A blessed EARLY morning to you, Derek!
Had gone to bed earlier than usual, thus awakening around 1:30AM Tuesday, June 4th. Did my morning praying, read God’s Word, started on my email, and discovered one from you.

You know that ciggie left in ashtray, burnt itself out? It’s still there next to computer. It’s become a strong REMINDER to turn my will over to God totally.
Have had no cravings since that ciggie burnt out last nite, Derek, nor none when I awakened this morn. A little craving now, more a habit, ’caused I always smoked while typing. Did so when I worked years ago, too.

You have such a kind heart, reminding me that God still loves who I am right now. Your words meant the same thing that sister in Christ brutally said to me; but I was able to “hear” your words ’cause there was love and kindness in them, NOT JUDGMENT. You are truly a saint, Derek! And I’m blessed having you as a brother in Christ!
Thank you bunches for continuing to pray for me, Derek. I may fail w/the ciggies today; if I do, repent, and pick myself up again! Right? We’re all sinners, especially me, and Jesus loves us so much that He died on the Cross for our sins, to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father, and to have salvation for eternity.
Always, your sister in Christ, Jesus….Patty

Derek Hill June 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Amen Patty! You may fail again, but you are right! Repent and pick yourself up again! You are always so encouraging, while praising God! I’ll keep praying for you. God bless you, Patty!

taty June 28, 2013 at 1:26 am

dear derrik
im not so sure of what i realy want to say but i hace been looking for a job for sch a longtime now.i am a graduate. i have been applying but ol i get are regrets. i trust in God’s word in isaiah that says for i have good plans for you…..will God be able to give m a degree and not give m a job. im failing to undastand.

Derek Hill June 28, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Hello Taty. This is a trial for you and when trials come around it is always important to ask God “what do You want me to learn from this trial, Lord?” When you fix your eyes off of what’s happening to you and fix them on what He wants you to learn you will find yourself so much closer with God! Don’t stop praying for a job, but make sure to walk out of this storm with knowledge from the trial. I am going to pray that God brings you to a job! God bless you!

Patricia Schneider June 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Hello, Derek!
Was reading over the comments between you and Pastor Jack, about praying for patience? I thought Pastor was being ‘funny.’
Thing is, whenever I pray and request something from God, through His Son, Jesus, I’m always SPECIFIC what I ask for. (Can’t recall exactly, ages ago, but it was either a nun or priest who had suggested that to me about praying. That God indeed knows all things about us, Jesus knows our hearts, but that He likes for us to be personal with Him. (Versus “reading” words from a prayer-book all the time.)
(I was baptized & raised Catholic. Left the Church at age 15 ’cause I disagreed w/many of their dogmas, especially the one about the Pope being “infallible.” Nonsense! He’s human, a sinner like the rest of us. But I NEVER stopped believing and loving God, His Son, Jesus, His Holy Spirit! And never will, in Jesus’ precious Name! Amen.)
Oodles of God’s blessings to you, Derek, and your children!
Always, your sister in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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