Monday, February 24, 2014

Afternoon Muses - Musings of My Current Life

Taking my sister's idea from her blog I decided to create my own list of the present musings of my life.

Songs I've been listening to (pretty often)
Compass by Lady Antebellum
Tell the World by Lacrae feat Mali Music
Build Your Kingdom Here by Rend Collective
Waiting for Superman by Daughtry
Nothing Without You by Bebo Norman 
Slow Me Down by Sara Evans
Dreams to Dream (Tanya's Version) by Cathy Cavadini
Cinderella Man by Thomas Newman

Books I am Reading (when I have the time)
Book of Matthew by God's Word
The Sands of Dunkirk by Richard Collier
Thank You for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs
Reshaping it All by Candace Cameron Bure

Things I should be doing right now
Ordering Business Cards
Drinking more water
Filling out my Self Eval

Oddities on my work desk
Webster's II Dictionary, I have started looking up words through my bible readings
Burt's Bees Hand Salve, keeps my hands moist during this dry winter weather
Dried rose from my hubby from Valentines Day 2013
Sketchbook, I've been working on various sketches in my free time

Future Blog Posts (hopefully within the next week or so)
Bucket List - 2014
Banana Crepes Recipe - yummy!
Thoughts from Dad post

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Angels Watching Over Me - Thoughts From Dad

"Do you believe in angels?  I certainly do.  I have experienced angels at work many times as they have cushioned the blow when I've fallen over 400 times on concrete, marble, bricks, asphalt,wood, and ground of every kind -- without ever breaking a bone!

Angels are watching over us.  Everywhere we go and whatever we do, we have God's angels protecting us.  Hebrews 1:14 states "are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"

The Scriptures are replete with accounts of the Angels making appearances to God's people. 

For example,two angels came to Lot to rescue him and his family from God's judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah .  An angel came to Gideon to prepare him for battle.  An angel was in the lion's den with Daniel and in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  Angels are spoken of in the Old Testament as having great wisdom "knowing all things in the earth."  II Samuel 14:20. They have great strength (Psalm 103:20) and are very fast.  Daniel 9:21.

From Hebrews 12:22, we know that there are “an innumerable company of angels” and that they serve as each of our guardian angels. Psalm 34:7 and 91:11. As Christians, who are "heirs of salvation," they minister to us.

In the New Testament, they make many appearances as well.  The angel Gabriel came to both Mary and Joseph.  An angel appeared to Elizabeth and her husband to announce the birth of John the Baptist.  Of course there was a multitude of angels that announced the birth of Jesus.  An angel loosed the bonds of Peter and led him out of prison.  Revelation 2:1 indicates they are present in each church. Angels escort each believer after they die into the presence of the Lord.  Luke 16:22 and II Corinthians 5:8.

This Saturday night, I experienced the Angels at work in saving my life in a harrowing car accident.

Hit-and-Run Car Crash

While driving home from dropping my son Jesse off at the church youth Christmas party. I was driving on a two-way highway, about 20 minutes from my home.  The speed limit was 55 and I was in the process of passing a car (had actually passed it), and was making my way back into my lane when a car appeared out of the darkness, pulling out of a driveway. It hit me squarely on the left front end of my van. My airbags went off. The crash was so loud, my ears kept ringing for 3 days.

Miraculously, I was able to maneuver the van back into the right lane and bring it to a stop---------with both front tires blown, sliding 75 yards or more. My arms were unusually strong and sturdy as I fought the wheel to keep the car from flipping.

My car was totaled and I hit none of the other vehicles on the road. I had no broken bones.  No blood.  I had been traveling approximately 60 mph when the car hit me.  The police officer on the scene said these type of accidents usually results in mangled drivers -- and death.

I know it was angels watching over me.  It was God's angels steering my car to safety. God sent his "ministering spirits" to help me in my time of need.  During the whole time, God gave me an incredible "peace that passes all understanding."

The woman who was driving behind me and(I  had just passed her) stopped to see if I was OK, and said she saw a car pull out of the driveway and hit me but nothing more. The police arrived and tried to find the vehicle that hit me but were never able to find it! They asked around the area houses where the collision occurred, but nobody knew anything about a vehicle coming or going------or lied to protect the "hit and run driver.

A good friend of mine , Tracy Johnson, happened to be on duty with the police and was called to assist me in at the accident scene and write up the report. I asked why someone would hit another vehicle and then just disappear, and he replied that probably the driver was drunk or on drugs, or they might be an illegal alien or might have something in their vehicle (like drugs or something else) that they don't want discovered
An Impromptu Missionary Trip!

While, I was stuck in the car, I was able to talk to the firemen about the Lord.  I gave God all the glory for protecting me and taking over at the wheel so I could control the car during and after the crash.

Then I was taken to the emergency room in an ambulance --- and the whole time of the 20 minute trip to the hospital,  I was able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ!  There were two women paramedics and one man in the back of the ambulance with me.  I asked them if they knew where they were going when they died.  They were not sure.  So I told them how I knew I was going to heaven where there was no more tears or sorrow—I would get a brand new body too.  I testified how God’s angels had protected me in that terrible accident.  I spoke of how short life was and how long hell was.

I quoted many Scriptures to them, as I lay strapped tightly to a stiff board.  I told them Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

I had a captivated audience!

Then I was wheeled into the hospital on the stretcher.  God gave me more opportunities to give him the glory for sparing me in the ordeal as I talked with the nurses and doctors.  When I was getting x-rays come up.  I continue to praise the Lord and learned that the technician was a believer.  We are able to give God the glory together!

After the doctor review the x-rays, she gave me leave to go. My x-rays showed that I had no broken bones or major injuries!  How could that be, in light of the severity of the accident, and the high speed?  It was God and God alone.  There is no question that He had His angels watching over me!

Although I was stiff and sore, I was able to receive help from the chiropractor for my whiplash -- he also reset my dislocated hip and shoulder and sore knee.

God was good.  God is always good.  God gives and takes away; Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Angels Stop Our 15 Passenger Van`

This incident reminds me of a time, about 10 years ago when my wife was driving are 15 passenger van with us.  Five of our children in an.  I was driving behind in my truck with my son Jesse.  My wife went around a curve, and suddenly there was a car in front of her turning to the left. My wife tried to swerve, but hit them in their back corner, and the van went sliding toward a deep ditch.  Incredibly, the van stopped only a few feet away from the ditch.  There'd actually been a dirt road that she was able to drive on off of the main road as she headed for the ditch.          

I got out of the truck, and walked to the front of the vehicle to check out the damage.  To my surprise, I saw the drag marks of two sets of footprints in front of the van just before the deep 3 1/2 foot ditch.  I knew God had sent 2 angels to literally stand in front of the van and stop it from going over the edge!

If the van had gone over the edge into the ditch, there would have been members of my family hurt.

Yes, God takes care of his children.  Many times He uses His angels to intervene on our behalf.  It will be a wonderful thing in heaven to find out how many times.  God's angels protected us throughout our life from mishaps, injuries, and worse.

Praise God, the Maker of Heaven and Earth and our Redeemer!

-Chris Klicka, December 24, 2008 

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