Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's day wellness

8:21 p.m. Today's project was to open our home to my dad, our children, their spouses, and grandson, as well as my sister, two of her sons and her oldest granddaughter. Quite a houseful, but our  pulled pork sandwiches had plenty of accompaniments brought by all attendees.

Steve did really well today. Even though he wandered around randomly, he was pleasant; was able to be guided into his seat and out to the garden when a group went out; stepped into the living room independently for a quick nap when things got a little too noisy; and ate his meal with very little mess. Even a little fuss from our darling 2 1/2 month-old Clark didn't faze him.

This morning before the church service, I stopped in at the bookstore to see how my friend Stephanie was doing after her tumble downstairs  and resulting concussion.  This was our text conversation regarding the way Steve  waited and listened to our conversation,

"Hi Dana--just wanted to tell you that Steve seemed so much more alert. Eye contact, and smiled at appropriate time--I noticed a big diff. Do u?"
"Yes we do!"

There is already a testimony of God's grace in the way that Steve loves his worship songs, stands when he is supposed to, and is now staying awake longer during the sermon.

God is for us in this dementia of Steve's, I know it! These improvements all came through the   prayers of many and the initiative initiative of our youngest son, our surprise 5th child, Steven. God brought him into the world to change people's health and virtually save their lives through diet, exercise, and pure organic supplements tailored to the needs of each individual who comes to him for help. Steven evangelizes very effectively from the platform of bodybuilding and fitness training that God has led him to pursue, especially with boys looking for role models. He has been given the gift of healing "which was given to [him] by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership" (I Timothy 4:14).

Next Sunday, Steven will be interviewed by the pastor at all three services at People's Church in Fresno as an example of discipline, and winning by choice, as all Christians should be disciplined, share the gospel and win souls. Paul wrote in I Corinthians 9:24-27:

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself  should become disqualified.

Steven came into our family in 1988, was led to be educated in the systems of the body--kinesiology. He avails himself of expert counsel from professional diet coaches for his bodybuilding, and even works in an organic health market, where he has access to healing supplements useful in natural  healing. Steven has now devoted himself to healing his dad's dementia.We most certainly would never have thought or planned anything of the sort!  This is all in God's perfect timing.

More important than anything that concerns our bodies is the offer of salvation given to all people. Galatians 4:4 that speaks of the perfect timing of the Son of God's arrival in this world at the precise moment in history when the Father willed it:

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His son, born of a woman...

Jesus was made like us, but without sin, that one day we will be like Him, and live forever with our Lord in heaven! So while we care for one another's mental and physical health, and praise God for any and all improvements, let us remember that we will be made whole one day soon, for eternity!

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