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Food For Thought A MIRACLE, My Testimony By Debra A. Walker Miracles, do they still happen? Some of you will say Yes, others, will say I don’t know. But have any of you either seen or know personally a miracle in this day? I can say I know about a miracle, MINE. Wikipedia states: A miracle is an event not ascribable to human power or the laws of nature and consequently attributed to a supernatural, especially divine, agency. Such an event may be attributed to a miracle worker, saint, or faith based leader. A miracle is when a being with supernatural powers, such as a god, works with the laws of nature to perform what are miracles. Theologians say that, with divine providence, theistic gods regularly work through created nature yet are free to work without, above, or against it as well. The World English Dictionary states a miracle as: 1. an event that is contrary to the established laws of nature and attributed to a supernatural cause 2. any amazing or wonderful event 3. a person or thing that is a marvelous example of something 4. ( modifier ) being or seeming a miracle: a miracle cure Finally, Jesus said in the New Testament that miracles are performed by faith in God. "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'move from here to there' and it will move." (Matthew 17:20). So, where do I stand when I talk about miracles? For me, I had a serious medical condition (pulmonary fibrous that had caused less than 55% of lung function and unable to breathe on my own without oxygen) and doctors on my case without a medical solution. MY MIRACLE I received my miracle after waiting 11 years and 9 of those years on oxygen. On October 12, 2012, a man of God, Prophet Minister Carnell Murrell, from Detroit, Michigan, was here in New Orleans with Women on Assignment to preach. When he came down during the daytime session to introduce himself to the women, he spoke about what his topic for the evening was and how to prepare ourselves to receive from God. His topic was BELIEVE. After giving us a background of him and his ministry he proceeded to prophecy over different women in the audience. I was sitting in the audience, with my oxygen mask on and listening to him prophecy over the women, when he asked me my name. Then the WORD from God came forth - the Lord has healed your lungs, take that oxygen off, you will continue to cough but that will be okay. The Lord has placed a book in you for no one knows all that you have been through. Then he went to the next person. So, I know the question you are asking – What did you do? I did what the prophet of God said, I took off the oxygen mask, said to myself, thank you God, and listen until he finished and the session was over. Walked out of the session, went to lunch then went home, WITHOUT THE OXYGEN. Yes, he saw a woman sitting there with oxygen, and he could rightly assume that I was having breathing problems. But he did not know the details of why I was on oxygen. He had never seen me before, neither had I seen him. He spoke a WORD, and I BELIEVED, and my healing took place immediately. BACKGROUND Debra before her miracleThis journey began on January 1, 2001. I woke up and had problems walking, and was in tremendous pain. For the next three months, I walked around in pain not knowing what was wrong with me; neither did the four doctors that I saw. In April 2001, I went to a new specialist, a rheumatologist, and she was able to give a diagnosis. Mixed Connective Tissue Disease – which was lupus, RA, and scleroderma, with no know protocol. Then seven months later I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis (the formation or development of excess fibrous connective tissue (fibrosis) in the lungs. It is also described as "scarring of the lung". It is one of the restrictive condition of human respiratory disorders.) Now getting this second diagnosis was kind of scary. The doctor’s solution was a chemotherapy regimen immediately; and monthly for the rest of my life. (Now as a side bar comment, I didn’t find out until 7 years later that the life expectancy with pulmonary fibrous was 5 years, and that this could kill me). I just said OK, prayed about what the doctors wanted me to do, spoke with people I trusted, and went along with the regimen, which was a monthly dosage of chemotherapy for the rest of my life. The next 2 years, I took my monthly dosage of chemo, continued to work and do all that I was doing before this diagnosis. June 2003, I took a severe turn for the worse, I couldn’t breathe, and my oxygen levels (from blood gases) were 39.9 (normal is 100) and I was put on oxygen and told I could not work. I did not believe the doctor, I believed I would stay home for a couple of weeks and go back to work. Was I in for a surprise – the doctor looked at me and said you have Pulmonary Fibrosis, and I said, yes, and your lungs are damaged and you can not go back to work. My response to him was thanks, now I know how to pray and EXPECT A MIRACLE. He looked at me funny and said, oh, you one of those Catholics, I said no, I am a BELIEVER. Again, I told him, oh, this is just temporary, I am going back to work. He just laughed. Well, he was right. I was unable to go back to work and was flat on my back needing care 7 days a week. I could not even raise my hand to comb my hair or even standup to take a shower by myself. I went from an independent active woman, working 50-60 hrs a week to a dependent bedridden woman. For the next 3 years, I had numerous hospital stays, and with each visit the Lord would reveal something new that would help me get over that patch. One example, an East Jefferson doctor suggested I take pulmonary rehab –(to help improve the well-being and quality of life of the patient and their families. Accordingly, programs typically focus on several aspects of the patient's recovery and can include: - Medication management - Exercise training - Breathing retraining - Education about the patient's lung disease and how to manage it - Nutrition counseling - Emotional support.). This rehabilitation helped me be aggressive instead of passive with my healthcare. In 2005, with Katrina, I ended up in Oak Ridge, TN, and stayed there for four years. And that was an experience all of its own. I was in a city that only had one lung specialist, who knew nothing about my disease, had to drive 45 minutes to Knoxville to find a rheumatologist, who was overjoyed to have me as a patient, because this was the first time he had ever seen someone with my disease outside the text book. Therefore, for the next four years, I told them how to take care of me to keep me alive. I kept hold to a promise that God gave me in June 2003. I was sitting in the doctor’s office after being placed on oxygen, and the nurse came out to tell me the severity of my condition. I was still in denial about my condition. You may ask why a person would not understand the severity of the results that were just given. I will tell you why - after the nurse spoke with me and left, IMMEDIATELY God spoke to me and said: this disease was not unto death, I had my healing, but I was going to have to walk it out. So, I held on to that promise and didn’t think it was serious, since in my mind, God just said I was going to be ok. Now it may seem like I had just a few hiccups now and then, but that is not true. I went through different periods of depression before and after Katrina (not working, on my own, my sons all in different places, my home in Metairie destroyed, etc., to name a few) which God healed. I lost temporary sight in one eye, when the sight came back, bleeding in both eyes were discovered, and fluid build up on the brain, that resulted with a shunt via brain surgery (2010). Then in the fall of 2011, my rheumatologist doctor gave up on me, said there was nothing else he could do for me, that I needed a lung transplant and I was on my own. At this, I was on oxygen 24/7, and if I was off the oxygen and took a couple of steps, my oxygen level would drop immediately to 50-70, and if I didn’t have enough oxygen I could pass out. But, I serve a mighty God. He had a ram in the bush, a new rheumatologist just moved back to New Orleans, whose specialty was interstitial lung disease. I was started with the old medicine immediately, but I continued to decline. She was a doctor that thought outside the box, and went for a chemo drug that was not earmarked for my disease and she fought with my insurance for approval and won. January 2012, I started on this new chemo drug, immediately I was able to breathe a little better. So, I stayed on this new drug every 2-3 months for the next 8 months. Two weeks before I received my miracle, I was in the hospital with pneumonia. I continued to maintain, but there still wasn’t a solution at hand. SUMMARY Now, you might ask, what were you doing all those years from January 2001 to October 2012, before you received the manifestation of your healing that was promised to you. Do you want me to say that I stayed positive during this whole time without some downtime or questions? If I said yes, then that would not be believable. But what I did do was I made a promise to God that I would stand on Philippians 2:14: Do all things without grumbling or disputing, meaning I was not going to complain or ask why I had to go through this. I was going to trust, believe, and wait on HIM. I only allowed myself to associate with positive, Bible believing people, who understood and believed like I did - THAT GOD HAD HEALED ME, and no matter what report that came down, I would not believe, I would only stand on Gods word of total healing. When the doctors talked about lung transplant, I started preparing myself for this procedure. I researched and told God, I didn’t want it, but if it was His will, please help me to accept. There was only one time that I did go to the Lord and asked him should I get my house in order, should I get ready to die. He didn’t answer so, I got up from my bed and said, well I guess the answer is no. My answer was two weeks later, he answered – my healing was manifested. OCTOBER 12, 2012 is my MIRACLE DAY, the MANIFESTATION OF MY HEALING! Today, I have maintained my miracle for almost 21 months and my oxygen levels have stayed 90-97. Women On Assignment, P.O. Box 770276, New Orleans, LA 70117 Design by TRI-M
From the Desk of Mama Bogan April 22, 2014 Apostle Reggie Wilson has invited Women On Assignment, Inc. to celebrate 40 years of ministry. I'm requesting your support! Join me this Thursday, April 24th, at Fulfilling The Gospel Church located at 909 Garden Road, Marrero, LA for 7:00 pm. Apostle Reggie has been a tremendous blessing to the body of Christ, let's collectively plan to go and honor him. We will be presenting him with a WOA's Proclamation for his dedication and commitment to the Kingdom of God and to Women On Assignment. Looking forward to seeing you there! Building the Kingdom together, Mama Bogan
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