Then yesterday Harry's wife, daughter, and his mother came for the day to help can all the meat. They didn't even wait for me to ask. That is real love, real community. They have so many other things that they could have done, but they sacrificed everything yesterday to help a sister in need. They fished all my canning supplies out of my basement to start off the day. I can no longer get down there either. My husband gave me strict orders never to try to go down there. It is almost like a ladder to the basement. They washed all the cans, they dug their hands into the ice cold meat for hours on end to stuff each and every jar. I sat at the table and did what I could. I was able to roll some meatballs and layer them into my 9x13 pans. They did all the lifting and walking around. It was so sacrificial for them to be in MY kitchen all day, working so tirelessly. Then I said "I am just so humbled by your great help" Edna May said "When my children were small, I needed much help and the Lord provided that help. It is not always the same people that have helped you that you will one day help. You help when you can and who you can- that is how to love your neighbor as yourself" Talk about crying tears of joy. Our God wishes for the church to be this way. To love this way. In our high tech society, we have lost touch with our real calling. The calling of loving our neighbors the way we should.
Now I will share with you another example of REAL LOVE...
Now that my RSD is getting worse, I have to try to save up to get another stem cell (my own cells) treatment in Mexico. It costs over $3000 but the Lord can make a way again for me to go. I went two other times. I was supposed to go last fall again but did not have the money. If you did not know, I have had severe nerve damage to my sciatic nerve two years ago this week. While having a routine bladder lift surgery and hysterectomy, the doc stitched through my sciatic nerve causing over 600 mm of nerve damage. I was paralyzed from my right knee down (drop foot). I was in a hospital bed taking 35 pills a day for 3 months, wheel chair for 6 months after that. The pain was worse than horrible. The suffering was constant day and night, no sleep, lots of vomiting from the drugs. Depression, anxiety. It was so horrible. I was so lonely and scared and it the kind of pain that you feel like after you dip your finger in burning oil but can't take it out for 9 months. Went to Mexico for the first treatment and I felt almost pain free for about 3 months, which was like a great awakening. I felt so free. I felt alive again. After a few months I started to get pain and problems again so I went in February a year ago. Debi Pearl, with No Greater Joy Ministries, took me that time and took care of me. She wheeled me around or held my arm to walk about. Then I was doing pretty good for another few months after that, until last summer. I ended up getting much worse again. And now I am using a walker again. The disease gets progressively worse as time goes on. It is like MS. It affects lots of nerves, and causes pain, neuropathy, and lots of painful muscle and nerve spasms. This past week was really hard, so my husband said if he has to work all day and all night and never sleep, he will do that to provide the money to pay for my next treatment. If I am his help meet, I am not helpful until I can help.
My husband is so loving. That is real love, when a man is willing to lay his life on the line for his wife. I am so humbled by my husband's sacrifice. It is hard for me to ask for help. I love to be the helper, the giver, and the strong one. In my weakness, God is showing me His mighty strength. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. I actually never feel like I deserve anything. I feel my life is not my own, that it is by the grace of God that I am still alive yet to proclaim His glory. He paid the ultimate price, that is REAL LOVE. I hope that by these examples of REAL LOVE, that each of you can find someone out there to minister to, to give the sacrifice of service for, even if it is your own family at home. Love one another as you have been loved. Remember God does not dominate us, He LOVES us. He lovingly leads us into truth, and lovingly keeps us on the right path. To Him be all Glory!!!