Glenda Mills

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint

Life-Line

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Today I have a very special Psalm 91 testimony from my friend, Becky Doughty. It fits so well with the six week blogger study Jamie Britt and I are doing…I just had to squeeze it in between posts. Grab a tissue…you’re gonna be blessed!

Becky writes:  “Life is full of twists and turns and we never know where we’re going to end up or when it’s going to end.”

My husband, Kevin, spoke these words as he headed off to a job we had little peace over, but because we were self-employed and in huge financial need, there seemed no alternative.

“Read Psalm 91 today,” I replied. “That’s where we’re living – under the shadow of His wings. ‘He has ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling.’” (The Message)

It was as though we were being prepared for what was ahead. Psalm 91 became a life-line to us.

One week later, I received a call. “Kevin’s been in an accident. You need to come. Now.”

Kevin fell from a 15 ft balcony, taking with him a concrete capstone from a post that came loose in his hands. He landed on his back; the capstone landed on his face.

I imagined angels sweeping down to slow Kevin’s fall, positioning him so the capstone would damage but not kill, their fingers locked beneath him so his spine would be bruised, but not crushed, the bones of his body would bend, but not break.

After extensive reconstructive surgery, to the amazement of his doctors, Kevin went home just 10 days later; very fragile, but home!

We had no disability on Kevin, and therefore, now we had no income. We’d also let our medical insurance lapse the month before. The Lord said, “Watch Me work.” We qualified for 100% medical coverage through the state, a wonderful program if used the right way. With our private coverage, we would have owed $80,000 out of pocket!

Then a man came to our door with a check for our rent. In the memo line was written, “Psalm 91.”

We saw the Body of Believers at work as people came by to love, encourage, and pray with us.

The examples of God’s grace continue even now. Kevin is alive and well, albeit with some remarkable scars. But the scars start conversations about God’s faithfulness, and inevitably Psalm 91.

Becky Doughty, an author of inspirational fiction, was raised on the island of Iran Jaya, Indonesia, where her parents were missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship. She writes from her home in Southern California where she shares her life with her husband and children, and a whole menagerie of farm animals.

Visit Becky’s website at www.beckydoughty.com

28 thoughts on “Life-Line

  1. Crying here . . . this is beautiful, thank you for sharing Becky’s (God’s) amazing story. I understand how scars are conversation starters of our healing Father’s faithfulness . . . thank you Glenda and Becky (and Jamie) for this great time in Psalm 91.

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    • Thank you dear friend for stopping by and reading Becky’s story. I knew you would be blessed! Love you!

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    • Verna,

      I found your through Glenda and I’m always so blessed when I get a glimpse of your heart through the words on your blog. I’m glad I get to return the favor!!!

      The Lord is true to His promises, isn’t He? He may not fulfill them in ways that I understand or even agree with…but then who am I to question God? Not even Job was qualified to do that!!!!!

      Isaiah 43:1b-2
      Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

      Blessings, my fellow warrior!
      Becky

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  2. Sweetie, Psalm 91 is really hitting home in the heart. Thanks!

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    • So glad Becky touched your heart as she did mine!

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    • Dave,

      I am always so blessed to see your name and comments on Glenda’s posts. What a gift you are. I can’t wait until the day when I can meet you in person.

      Don’t you love it when the Word suddenly speaks to us in a whole new way? Or even in the same way it always has but we just get these refresher courses along the way? It really is living and breathing, isn’t it???

      Hugs,
      Becky

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  3. Good morning, Glenda.

    Thanks for letting me pop over today and visit on your mountain today. God is good – even though the pic I sent is the wrong size!!! So sorry – I should have checked it first. We can update if you like but I think the focus is God anyway, isn’t it? 🙂

    You are such a blessing to me, Glenda. Thank you and Jamie for bringing this passage fresh to our minds and hearts again.

    Blessings,
    Becky

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  4. Wonderful story of how God sometimes prepares us for these deep valleys. So thankful Becky’s husband is alive and well. Enjoyed this post!

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    • Heather,
      It is a wonderful story, isn’t it and I know you follow Becky’s blog because I’ve seen your comments there! It’s a small world among us bloggers, isn’t it! Thanks for stopping by and sharing Heather!

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    • Hey Sister!

      Nice to see your face here! Now you know about Kevn’s fall… and why we’re making plans in this new direction. I’m so glad the Lord brought you into my life – it’s people like you and Glenda and Holly (below) who keep me coming back to the internet!

      Hugs,
      Becky

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  5. Oh my, Glenda — isn’t it amazing how quickly our lives can change? So glad Kevin is healing and thank you for introducing us to Becky. What a testimony!

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    • Susan,
      So glad you were blessed by Becky’s testimony! Thanks for stopping by and by the way, you’re in my prayers as you write that bible study. May God bless the work of your hands and anoint your heart and mind with His inspired words.

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    • Susan,

      I’m so glad our testament is a blessing to you. God chooses some pretty creative ways to wake us up… there were times I discussed this with Him. Okay. I RANTED AT Him. Why? Couldn’t You have handled this just a bit differently? How about a gentler, kinder wake-up call???

      But I love how He takes the darkest parts of our lives and shines His light on them…and makes all things new and fit for His kingdom. And He’s not finished… I make Kevin work in a suit of armor now. Just kidding. But we certainly don’t go a day without dawning the Eph. 6 armor!!!

      Blessings – enjoying paging through your beautiful website!
      Becky

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  6. What a heartwarming testimoney, Becky. Love your site Glenda and glad to see two great friends in one place! Yay!

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    • Becky’s testimony is blessing so many. Love, love, my blogger friends like Becky and you, Holly! Thanks for stopping by. Hope to meet some day!

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    • Holly,
      I think I met Glenda through your blog – back during the ABC blog challenge? I LOVE when I see familiar faces around the blogosphere and yours is one of my faves. 🙂

      I know you and your hubby are no strangers to miracles – I think of your friend who we’ve been praying for and her miraculous healing. Wow. What a testimony. It’s good to know we’re not alone on the front lines, isn’t it????

      Love you,
      Becky

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  7. Love stories that show how personal and powerful our LORD is! Thanks for sharing.

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    • You said it right Jeanette…Our LORD is personal and powerful! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Jeanette,
      I have a pastor friend whose favorite response to “problems” is “Still workin’ on your testimony, huh?” Usually, it’s in reference to someone CHOOSING to rebel, but I think it really applies where we’re going through things we DON’T choose, too. This was certainly one of those instances in our lives – and it has become a HUGE part of our testimony of HIS goodness and faithfulness.

      So glad to be able to share with you today.

      Blessings,
      Becky

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  8. Glenda,

    I was practically out of commission yesterday and am FINALLY getting back here – agh!

    I’m so glad to know that the Lord is at work even in a few hundred words written on a page. Thank you again for letting me share what He is doing in our lives.

    I love you, friend!
    Becky

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  9. A beautiful and timely reminder that God never fails. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Diana,
      Thanks for stopping by and reading HIS story in my small words. He is an amazing God. I’m so glad I got to share – Psalm 91 is rich in His promises and abundant in His blessing. I pray that you sense His blessing on your head and heart as you go into this next week.

      Becky

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