Saturday, September 30, 2017

Praising God For The Pain

Hey Friends,

This is Odie checking in today on this final day of September. It has been a great week in Wilmer, Alabama. We love being with Pastor Donnie Williamson and our friends at Tanner Williams Holiness Church. We are looking forward to a great Homecoming service and fabulous meal tomorrow. You are invited to join us, the service begins at 10:30 in the morning. 

I have enjoyed getting to spend time this week with Mom during the day. We always have a fun time when shopping and having Chick-fil-A is involved is a bonus. The Mobile, Alabama area is one of our favorite areas for retail therapy. I am happy to say I got a start on my Christmas shopping this week. 

Most of you know I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP) about 30 years ago. My brain does not function properly. My muscles in my legs get the wrong message. The muscles are constantly tight. A normal brain is supposed to tell muscles to loosen and tighten so they can function properly .

My brain causes my legs to not work correctly. The tightness of my muscles caused both of my legs to work as a unit. For years I had to work hard to get my shoes on and I lived in nearly constant pain. 

On November 2, 2006, after an amazing prayer meeting my life drastically changed for the better. God miraculously touched me. From that night until now I can think about it and relax my leg muscles. My pain level dropped 80-90% because my muscles can be relaxed. I did not receive my full healing, but what I received is still a miracle!

Last week I had a very unusual bad day of excruciating pain. Every single movement was hard work and painful. It was a reminder of how my "normal" used to be. I went to bed that night asking God for relief.  

I was also thanking God for all my good days. Honestly it had been months since I had such a bad day!  During the night I realized my pain was gone. My prayer for relief was answered. God is so good!!

I wanted to cry because of the pain. Now I cry because the pain reminded me to be thankful! Yes, thankful that I have not lived in constant pain since November 2, 2006!  

Even though I am still waiting for my complete healing, I am praising God for every single pain free moment I have. 

My entire life is a gift from God. CP is something that God gives me grace to overcome every day. I have been blessed with a fabulous life and parents that encourage me to not focus on my obstacles but to live life to the fullest.  

Things could be a lot different for me. Today I wanted to testify of God’s goodness. I praise the Lord for blessings in the good days and not so good days. 

Thanks for visiting with us here. It is a privilege to have you in our corner of this world. Have a good weekend.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Revival In Pictures - Tanner Williams

The weather has been kind of hot this week with quite a bit of rain but we have been enjoying it anyway. Kelly Jo and I worked outside on bus projects for a couple of hours two days and the temperature felt perfect. Before long it will be winter and I will be longing for warm days. I intend to be thankful for every one.

We have a bunch of pictures this week from revival at Tanner Williams Holiness Church. We have been having a great time with the folks here and enjoying lots of visitors too. 

May God bless Pastor Donnie Williamson and the tremendous people here. They took us in several years ago as friends and have been faithful to have us through the years. They have lifted us up to God in prayer and loved us through thick and thin. Praise God for them.

Here is the Revival In Pictures.