Life And Death Decisions

A Day I Will Never Forget

“You should let your wife pass away, she will never have a good quality of life and neither will you.” Talk about life and death decisions! Have you ever heard those words from your doctor? I’ll never forget the day two of my wife’s doctors said those words to me. It brings back a memory of “where were you when John Kennedy was shot?” Some of you may be too young to remember that. But that moment remains as clear in my mind as any memory could possibly be.

My wife became seriously ill on August 4th, 2014 and was in various hospitals and medical facilities. At times it seems as though anything that could go wrong did go wrong. But we had faith in the Lord and believed that, with His guidance, she would survive. I can’t tell you why but I just always had this feeling in my heart that she would recover. To me, it is just the first in a long list of God’s Miracles, what I call God Things. It just didn’t seem like it was the right time for her to be with the Lord.

The day after she was admitted to the hospital I gathered our three adult children and went into the visitors waiting room and closed the door. I was concerned that the doctors were already making comments like:

  • “We will make her comfortable”
  • “Your wife is seriously ill and less than 35% of the people with this problem live.”
  • “We’re doing all we can, but…..”

In that visitor’s room, we made a pact to make sure anyone who needed to know, knew that we were not interested in “making her comfortable”, we expected that they treat her aggressively and take the necessary actions to make her well. Then, on the third day, things got worse. She developed acute respiratory distress syndrome. Another malady with only about a 60% survival rate for an otherwise healthy person. She had to be placed in a medically induced coma for 30 days and put on a rotating bed.

As terrible as this situation was (and getting worse by the day) there were always God Things along the way. I will tell you about all of them in the posts to come, but, for now, let’s get back to the one that inspired this site.

A Life and Death Decision

During her illness, one doctor, in particular, pressured us to complete a DNR form. Neither of us has done this and probably never will. When the doctor asked me why not, I explained that I thought it is a license to kill. If something happened to my wife or me we will make that decision with God, not put it in the hands of someone who may be pressed for time, have another patient in need or be late for dinner. I know, it’s a harsh way of looking at things but If I had signed one my wife would be dead today. Please, let me be clear that there are times when these decisions need to be made and through prayer and talking with family and your doctors, you will know when that time is right. 

Now, go ahead a few more months and my wife is still in critical condition but improving. This particular doctor came into my wife’s room with another doctor and their conversation seemed to me as though we were talking about someone else. I told both to stop and let’s find a private area to talk. This was not the type of conversation my wife should have been listening to. Basically, they were saying that she is still critical may not recover fully. Once in a private area, I asked what they suggested. The advice I was given was to stop my wife’s medications, take her off the ventilator and just make her comfortable (there’s that comfortable word again) with drugs. She would pass away in about 3 days. Imagine that, only 3 more days and I would have a better quality of life. 

My reaction was to throw both doctors out of the room and tell them to never approach me or my children about that topic again. Also, I expected them to do everything in their power to save her and if a different decision needed to be made we would make that with the Lord, not them.

After they left I stayed in the room for a few minutes, cried, prayed, cried and prayed again. Then went back to my wife’s room.

Let The Lord In

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Having been in that hospital environment for 20 months there were numerous times that I witnessed doctors telling a family their loved ones would not survive or had very little chance. That they would “make them comfortable”. I know that is the case in the vast majority of those conversations. I know that those decisions are necessary and pray for anyone in that position. My message here is that this is a time to challenge your medical professional about all of the options. I have great respect for the doctors and nurses who give so much of their lives to save our loved ones. But, they are people just like you and me. They can make mistakes and they can rise to the challenge when you challenge them. If they don’t, fire them.

It is also the time to talk to the Lord to see if He has a message for you. Believe me, when I say, my wife had a lot of adversity, and it was God’s presence that gave us the strength to get up every morning and face another day. It was God’s guidance that gave the doctors and nurses the wisdom and knowledge to see it through. And it’s God’s strength that is with us every day.

On April 11th, 2016 my wife came home and I wouldn’t trade our “quality of life” for anything!

That’s her in the picture above, taking a walk at the reservoir in our area.

Have you ever been in this circumstance? How did you handle it? Did you feel God’s presence? Did you experience the same type of God Things that we did?

Please leave a comment and share your experience with God’s Miracles.

God’s Miracles are your God Things

God Things – What Are They And Where Do You Find Them?

What are God Things?

God Things are God’s Miracles. They are tiny moments or events that convey a sense to the person that witness’s them that God is always present, and looking out for them.

They can be as simple as the smile of a child. They can be as huge as a friend or relative taking a step…after being told walking again might not be in the cards.

God Things occur every day, exist in the eye of the beholder and are different for every individual. They are non-denominational, nonjudgmental, and there for all with the faith to see.

They can lift us up when we are down, and inspire hope when all hope seems lost. The relative walking again? That was the what that inspired me to create this journal. My wife walking again, against all odds, woke me up to all the God Things around me. It inspired me to find ways to help others do the same.

The Hope

First of all, there’s enough negativity in the world today. It’s easy to be blinded to the work that God does in our lives when people are divided and trying to prove their own point. Therefore, I created  I Believe In God Things as a place for people of all faiths to see and share God Things. Most of all, it’s a place for you to see what’s going on in the lives of others. Especially when you haven’t recognized one in a while.

You’re Invited

You are invited to comment on our blog posts and share your stories of God’s Miracles in your life.

My Lifeguard Walks On Water

My Lifeguard Walks On Water

The ‘My Lifeguard Walks On Water’ Christian T-Shirt by Kerusso draws its inspiration from the 1st book of the New Testament.  Mathew 14:25-31 tells us:

25 Shortly before dawn, Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Faith Overcomes Fear

Over the last several weeks there have been tremendous storms, record rainfall and almost unheard of winds. Through it all there has been a loss of life and much tragedy. And yet there are so many joyful experiences and wonderous survival stories.

In the passage above Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water towards Jesus but when he realized what he was doing he began to sink. His faith gave way to fear. Immediately, Jesus reached down and saved him. There was no hesitation, no second thoughts, He just reached out and pulled Peter to safety.

Testify With Your T-Shirt

When it’s our turn to weather the storm it’s important to remember that the Lord is with us and is reaching out to save us. He is always ready to bring more God-Things into our lives. When we have those moments that our faith is challenged and our hearts are filled with fear, our prayers can bring us back to safety.

Testify With Your T-Shirt

Our mission at IBelieveInGodThings.com is to provide quality Christian apparel that helps you, our customers, Testify With Your T-Shirt. That’s the elevator pitch. It is simple, to the point, and encompasses the entire scope of what we are trying to do here. The one thing it does not do is reveal why we started this company in the first place!

Dark News Everywhere

The heart of the matter is simply this; if you turn on the nightly news you would be forgiven for thinking that the world is a terrible place and the end is quite possibly near. Terrible things are happening no matter where you look, or from what portion of the world you call home. Negativity is the food on which we dine morning, afternoon, and evening. Social media (a medium that has a tremendous potential for good) is a breeding ground for hate, intolerance, and, at times, outright stupidity.

From Darkness, Light!

With all this negativity God provides the light that is the counterbalance. He does it all day, every day, and in every way. It is in all the little things that make us smile, or laugh, or cry for joy; It’s as small as the smile of a child, and as grand as thousands of volunteers showing up with boats to help the stranded in Houston. Gods light is everywhere—if we just open our eyes to see.

 

Mathew 13:15-17

15 For this people’s heart has grown callous; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn, and I would heal them.’ 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.…

We Are The Counterbalance

We at IBelieveInGodThings.com believe that, through all this darkness, it is more important than ever to open our eyes to God’s light—and to share that light with everyone we possibly can. Our t-shirts are designed to start conversations about God and share his light. We certainly appreciate it if/when you purchase one because it is what we love, and what we do.

What Can You Do? Testify With Your T-Shirt…and so much more!

This post is not a commercial though—it is a call to action. You don’t need to buy a shirt to spread light. If you do be prepared to have an open, heart felt, loving conversation with anyone who asks you about it. Tell them about the God Things you’ve witnessed lately, and ask them if there’s anything you can do to make their day better. If you don’t there are still plenty of other ways spread God’s light and be a positive force—a counterbalance—in the world. Here are a few ideas:

  • Testify with your T-Shirt
  • Go ALL POSITIVE on your social media accounts. Post and reply only in a positive fashion. You will be amazed at the difference this can make in your life, as well as the life of those around you!
  • Check out CharityNavigator.com and donate to a worthy cause.
  • Ask the first person you meet each day if there is anything you can do to make their day better.
  • Smile at everyone you see today!
  • Check in on a neighbor you haven’t seen in awhile. Ask them how they are, what they’ve been up to, or if there’s anything they need help with.
  • Volunteering is positivity at its very best. You can find plenty of opportunities to volunteer that suit you at VolunteerMatch.org

 

Do you have any ideas you think should be on this list? Comment below and we would be happy to add them!

Never Forget To Send A Christmas Card Again

My God Things Christmas Card Record Keeper

You’re My God Things Christmas Card Record Keeper will help you keep track of who you received Christmas cards from and who you sent to. You know what it’s like when Christmas comes around. There’s lots of activity between church activities, shopping, parties, school shows, family gatherings, Thanksgiving and the list goes on and on. Oh yes, sending Christmas Cards is on the agenda too!

Your Christmas Card Record keeper doubles as a handy address book. Yes, you can keep track on your phone but not everyone on your Christmas card list is on your everyday contact list. Besides, when you’re writing out your cards you can leave your Record Keeper with your cards so you don’t lose track of where you left off. It’s simple to use and easy to keep up to date.

Tip: We suggest using a pencil to record the address for those friends who move a lot.

Other features include:

  • Columns for 6 years of received and sent records
  • 4 pages for gift ideas
  • Priced at only $7.99

Available Now on Amazon Prime

My God Things Journal

My God Things Journal is also available on Amazon Prime and Kindle. The My God Things Journal is a beautiful 365-day journal to help appreciate God in your life. Every day starts with a quote for inspiration and then asks three questions: 1) What God Things did you witness yesterday? 2) What are you looking forward to today? 3) What is your hope for tomorrow? Fill your life with joy and appreciation – Order the My God Things Journal today!

Do You Believe In God Things?

Faith In God

Difficult to Explain

There is no doubt in my mind that God Things exist. God Things are those things that happen in your life that just can’t seem to be explained any other way. And, they are difficult to explain to others. Have you ever had something happen and when you explained that it was a miracle people just look at you with disbelief? Yet others look at you and know that what you’re saying is true because they also believe in God Things. To me, it’s all about faith. Knowing that God is watching over us and sometimes makes things happen that otherwise would not have happened

For more about faith and understanding read this article from the Pioneer Journal

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