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Guest Post – “Caught Up In His Presence” By Patricia Hines Mitchell

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It is amazing how people are brought together supernaturally to fulfill God’s purposes and plans.  One such occurrence recently took place in O’Brien, Florida, at Wellspring Healing Retreat Center, where Tom and Barbara Winslow are Directors.  I hope the vision that God let me experience will be a blessing to all who read it.

On the weekend of June 24, 2017, I spent time with my friends, Tom and Barbara, at Wellspring.  Tom had just been released from the hospital after miraculously surviving a severe case of Pancreatitis.  I was so glad that God healed him! After supper, Barbara and I were sitting outside for a few minutes with her chickens, which she calls “her girls.”  Around 8:30 pm, I told Barbara that I would like to go and spend some time in the Word with the Lord.

After reading the Word and praying, I began to drift off.   I thought I was dreaming but then realized that I was being lifted up out of my body.  As I floated, I also realized someone had my hand. I looked to see who had my hand and it was Jesus.  His face was so very bright that I could not see it clearly, but his eyes were so loving and kind, giving comfort to me.  We began to float toward the ceiling and I braced because I thought we would hit it. Jesus tugged my hand gently. I looked and could still see myself lying in bed.  We floated through the ceiling above Wellspring when I noticed the building was in the shape of a cross. I had no idea the building was shaped like a cross before this vision.

At the top of the cross were the most beautiful rocks.  They looked like white crystals in the shape of a circle.  Water flowed from the center like a fountain with rhythmic flowing – not splashing.  The water was very, very clear. It flowed up and back into the well. The water flowed like water within water like a cycle.  (It is hard to put human words on this vision.) We floated over the well and watched it together and then Jesus spoke to me and said:  “This is my mark.”   I looked upon His face.  The light on His face was bright, loving and peaceful.

(One year later, I was asked to oversee a special project of beautification concerning the well at Wellspring.)

He then led me back through the ceiling to where I was sleeping.  I laid back down in my body. Jesus looked back at me as He floated away.  The next realization I had was that I woke up completely awake and aware of what had just happened.I wept with thanksgiving for what I had just experienced.  I am so grateful for the love and compassion that I knew in the presence of the Lord.  Wellspring has become a very special place for me because I never had a revelation of God before my stay there.  What a Holy visitation that God made possible because of His Excellent Grace!

Patricia

You can take a virtual tour of the Wellspring facility by clicking onto

http://www.wellspringhealingretreat.org

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Making History

With all the racial conflict occurring nationwide, now seems the right time for a portion of Patricia Hines Mitchell’s bio to be told.  Patricia grew up hearing stories of her grandfather who made Suwannee County history. She was the first black woman, as well as the first black person, to work in that County as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).  During that time in the 1980’s, she faced racial discrimination and began to realize how difficult it must have been for her grandfather in those early years of segregation.

One day, her EMT unit was dispatched as a rescue call to a private residence where she encountered an “Archie Bunker” type of man.  When he observed that she was not white, he made a racial remark about it. Being a strong Christian, Patricia smiled at him and assured the man that she was well qualified and capable of taking care of him.  But, if he wanted to postpone his heart attack until the next shift, she was certain the EMT on the next shift would be white.

After carefully considering the options, he was more than happy to accept her services.  When the patient recovered, he and his wife submitted a letter of commendation on Patricia’s behalf.  She was recognized by the Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners for her work that day.

“For now we are all children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, and we who have been baptized into union with Christ are enveloped by Him.  We are no longer Jews or Greeks or slaves or free men or even merely men or women, but we are all the same we are Christians; we are one in Christ Jesus”

 Galatians 3:26-28 TLB  

Patricia believes it’s important to remember who you are and to pass that information on to the next generation.  She has been doing a lot of research for the following reason: “I want people to know that African Americans contributed to this county and history.  There are some parts of history that people never find out about, but knowing who you are, where you came from, gives you a sense of direction, a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose.”

( Information for this last part of the post was provided by both Patricia  & The Suwannee Democrat publication )

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Note:  Give Glory to God by sharing your testimony of His Excellent Grace  on our Guest Post.  Submit your story to blawyerlogos@bellsouth.net or mail to Logos Life & Light Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1732, Ormond Beach, FL 32175.   It will be edited and returned to you for approval before posting.

Anissa’s Story – Post #46- What Is Lennox Gastaut Syndrome?

What is Lennox Gastaut Syndrome (LGS)?  Through Anissa’s story, I have attempted to inform others how this syndrome can affect individuals, as well as their family and caregivers.  LGS is diagnosed when there is a mixed seizure pattern, especially if combined with a degree of developmental delay or intellectual impairment.  

Since there are so many different kinds of seizures and epilepsy, seeing is better than reading when it has to do with LGS.  But it is also very difficult to video tape some of the most dangerous kinds, or to even have a camera handy at all times. The video that I am posting of Anissa shows the more dangerous type which was taped in 2016 after a trial month of being on the medical marijuana (CBD).

Click below to watch the seizure

Anissa Seizure

Without any warning, she jackknifes (also called drop or atonic), then goes into a tonic phase causing her legs to go out straight.  The legs are stiff as a board and cannot be bent until the phase is completed. Her arms go into “fencing” motions and the torso twists uncontrollably in various directions, which have been diagnosed as psychomotor and myoclonic.  The total number of this kind of seizure that Anissa experienced during that year was 427, plus 640 of other less violent types. Absence seizures were not taken into account.

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Anissa just celebrated her 51st birthday earlier this month.  Going through the post-menstrual cycle with hormonal changes is creating a new challenge.  There seems to be more erratic types of seizures, so we take each day as it comes. Jesus told His disciples to not be anxious and worried about their lives . . .

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Matthew 6:26-27, 33-34 NKJV

I believe that we will succeed – but only by the power of His Excellent Grace!

To contact Anissa’s mother email her at blawyerlogos@bellsouth.net

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To take a virtual tour of the healing center go to http://www.wellspringhealingretreat.org

Guest Post – By Barbara Winslow… “We Walk By Faith!”

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I have a WONDERFUL testimony that I want to share.  Three years ago when my husband and I moved to O’Brien, Florida, I was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection (UTI), for which I was prescribed antibiotics.

Within ten days I was diagnosed with Candida albicans, which is a yeast and fungal infection.  When overgrowth occurs, it can begin as oral thrush with white patches appearing on the tongue, which then spreads to the throat and esophagus, and eventually through the entire body, including the organs.

I was constantly fatigued and could not sleep well.  I went to two infectious disease specialists and my primary doctor, but to no avail could they help me.  A special diet for the candida was pursued, along with an antifungal medication, Diflucan. Also, a Nystatin rinse was prescribed for my coated tongue.  None of the therapies seemed to be working.

Candida is called an “infectious disease” because it ravishes throughout the entire body.   Being a Registered Nurse, I was aware of the danger when various symptoms began to manifest in my body.  I was beginning to be very discouraged and began crying out to my Lord for help.

It was in early May of this year that I requested special lab work to again be done for the Candida albicans.  The report came back negative — but the symptoms would not leave. After a great deal of prayer for weeks, it was on Saturday, July 14th, that a healing Anointing was present in our Prayer Chapel.  I asked my husband, Tom, and one of our team members, Missy, to pray for me.  I was healed and delivered of candida!!

“Jesus answered them … ‘Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. “

John 8:34, 36 NKJV

The Lord JESUS is our Healer and our Deliverer!  By His stripes we are healed. God is such an awesome Father to His children.  I am so very grateful to Him for healing me! I gave testimony at our church on Sunday and it changed the entire church service.  Glory to my Father!

By His Excellent Grace, everyone came to the altar to receive their healing!  

YES, LORD!!  TO WHOM THE SON SETS FREE IS FREE INDEED!!

(Barbara and Tom Winslow are directors at Wellspring Healing Center)

Feel free to take a virtual tour of the Healing Center by going to http://www.wellspringhealingretreat.org

    

Anissa’s Story – Post #45 – Every Rose Has Its Thorns…

Ten years ago, while Anissa was going through a difficult time of severe seizure activity, the following revelation was given concerning my “focus”:

AS YOU GAZE UPON THIS MAGNIFICIENT

PINK ROSE, DO YOU SEE THE THORNS OR

THE BEAUTY OF THE PETALS?

People who know about the growth of a rose can look

at the thorns and tell the condition of the weather while the rose was springing forth ~ whether it was a dry or wet season.

The same principle can hold true as one meditates upon the seasons of an individual’s life.

 

ODE TO ANISSA G. LAWYER

(Inspiration given to Anissa’s mother)

June 15, 2008

Like the rose, my Anissa, seems the story of your life,

Though plagued forty-plus years with thorns of strife.

As fragile as rose petals ~ pink and soft to the touch;

 Then seizures erupted; alas, no medical cure for such.

But the day comes forth when a trumpet shall sound

Of God’s voice from Heaven causing you to abound!

‘Rise up, my fair one…come,’ and with the birds sing,

Ever filling the earth with praises, gloriously to ring.

Free at last to run ~ as you recall those past scenes,

Of walking on beaches, and in lush valleys so green.

Never again shall limits to love’s fragrance be closed

You’re out of the wilderness, able to bloom as a rose.

 

The Word of God reveals how Jesus kept a positive focus and how we are to look to Him as our example in struggling times:  “… and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.  Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy He knew would be His afterwards, and now He sits in the place of honor by the throne of God.  If you want to keep from becoming fainthearted and weary, think about His patience as sinful men did such terrible things to Him. After all, you have never yet struggled against sin and temptation until you sweat great drops of blood.”  Hebrews 12:1-3 TLB

Upon reviewing the previous Blog Posts in sharing the story of Anissa’s life, I stand amazed as to how many times a messenger of Satan was sent to buffet my faith.  The many seizures continued to be “a thorn in the flesh,” yet my strength was made perfect in weakness – similar to what the Apostle Paul wrote about in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9.  We are overcomers – only because of His Excellent Grace!

 

(On the next Blog Post of Anissa’s story, it is my hope to have several videos of her for others to better understand what kind of seizures she has experienced.)

Note:  Give Glory to God by sharing your testimony of His Excellent Grace on our Guest Post.  Submit your story to blawyerlogos@bellsouth.net or mail to Logos Life & Light Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1732, Ormond Beach, FL 32175.  Your story will be edited and returned to you for approval before Posting.   

 

To contact Anissa’s mother email blawyerlogos@bellsouth.net

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To take a virtual tour of the healing center go to http://www.wellspringhealingretreat.org

 

 

Guest Post – Experiencing God’s Grace . . . by Tom Winslow

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About this time last year, 2017, while in Pensacola, Florida, I became extremely ill after eating dinner.  My wife asked me if I wanted to go to the Emergency Room, knowing I would always say: “No way!”  But to her surprise, I said, “Yes!”  Not really knowing how sick I was, my family rushed me to the hospital.

Upon entering the E.R., while they started examining me, my blood pressure fell to 50/30.  The pain was so great that I passed out. A lot of what went on after that I did not remember, but I did recall having an Ultra Sound and being put into the MRI tube for a scan.  I was diagnosed with a condition called pancreatitis.

I was pretty well out of it for a couple of days and did not remember the family and friends who visited me, except my wife, Barbara.  One afternoon, Rude’, a friend from many years before, who helped us get our ministry building into decent looking order, came into my room and said he was there to pray for me.

When you have been so sick for those couple of days before, I was ready for healing of my body.   How God works for us is sometimes extraordinary. Rude’ is from Louisiana, and just happened to be in Pensacola visiting at the time.    

“Now there was in Damascus a believer named Ananias.   The Lord spoke to him in a vision … ‘Go over to Straight Street and find the house of a man … He is praying to me right now, for I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying his hands on him so that he can see again!”  So Ananias went over and found Paul and laid his hands on him and said, ‘Brother Paul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you may be filled with the Holy Spirit and get your sight back.’  Instantly (it was as though scales fell from his eyes) Paul could see, and was immediately baptized.  Then he ate and was strengthened.” Acts 9: 10-12, 17-18 TLB

We know that the Lord sent Rude’ with the Anointing to pray for me that afternoon.  I believe that prayer started me on the way to recovery. I was very thankful for the many prayers that had been sustaining me prior to his visit and the care I received at Sacred Heart Hospital.  I know that Doctors promote healing, but it is God who is the Healer. His Excellent Grace is sufficient for us when we need it the most – of which I am very thankful!

— Tom Winslow

 

Anissa’s Story – Post #44 – A Steady Diet Of Keeping The Balance…

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While experiencing various trials and errors for control of seizure activity in Anissa during the past year, it also brought more researching on my part.  As occurred in earlier years when the doctor prescribed a higher dose of the anti-seizure drug, Keppra, it happened again. There were more seizures, along with profuse urination, confusion and panic attacks.  Also, I discovered that Tegretol, which Anissa had taken since her teen years, and Banzel for seven years, are reported to cause atrophy of the cerebellum.

At the beginning of January, 2018, my hopes arose when Anissa had no seizures for six days, then wham-o, they returned with a vengeance!  At the end of the month, she was attacked with a viral flu that settled in her sinuses and bronchial area. On the first day of the attack, she experienced 16 hard seizures, but for the next 10 days Anissa had no sign of any – her longest period to be free in the past 25 years.

   No matter how much coughing, sneezing, congestion, lack of sleep, off schedule eating, etc., she never had even a symptom of a seizure.  To my way of thinking, I believed a miracle was taking place and she could be free for a lifetime – until the violent seizures returned. Upon discussing the situation with several doctors, there could be a scientific explanation.  When a virus invades a system, the brain is not exempt from an alteration of the chemical balance. In Anissa’s case the effect was positive. But, like the doctors said, who wants a viral flu to in turn get only a temporary reprieve of seizures!  While I agree, it certainly was a great help to have her free of seizures during that time of sickness. My faith seems to be stronger as a result of that experience.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Ephesians 2:10 NIV

The latter part of March, I began supplementing Anissa’s diet with Beta Hydroxybutyrate (BHB), a Ketone Powder that could hopefully get her body into a state of ketosis.  Since she was never able to tolerate the high fat, low-carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet, nor withstand long periods of fasting which could induce ketosis, this supplement seemed ideal.  BHB salts has 12,000mg in one scoop, composed of Sodium beta-hydroxybutyrate 1190mg, Calcium beta-hydroxybutyrate 690mg and Magnesium beta-hydroxybutyrate 315mg.  All of the ingredients seemed perfect for Anissa’s optimum health.  It has been noted that Beta Hydroxybutyrate can cross different important barriers to be able to be turned into energy at all times.  One of those barriers is the brain, which seems to know to let it in, creating a heightened mental acuity.  Whether ketosis is taking place can be checked by using special urine test strips such as Ketostix.  Also, the breath may have an acetone odor.    

Just two weeks after Anissa began taking the supplement, a news bulletin was published by the Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy.   It stated:  “Thomas Sutula, M.D., Ph.D., and his team found that the administration of 2-Deoxy-D-Glucose (2DG), following a traumatic brain injury can significantly reduce the subsequent development of post-traumatic epilepsy in a rodent model.”  Since Anissa has experienced so many blows to the head due to seizures, I researched the composition of 2DG to compare it with the BHB supplement.

Basically, they seemed identical in performance.  It let me know that I was on the right track in the time of experimentation with my daughter.  After being on the BHB for one week, she had LAB Testing done.  It was perfect – first time ever since she was born.  Seizure activity remained but the duration of the worse kind that lasted 9 to 12 minutes was shortened, lasting 2 to 3 minutes.  I kept her on the BHB supplement for just two months.   Hopefully, the positive change will remain stable until God fully perfects Anissa’s brain from ALL seizure activity by His Excellent Grace!

Note:  Now that I am in a waiting period with Anissa, it’s a perfect time to share your personal testimony of His Excellent Grace on our Guest Post for others to see.  Glorify God!

Submit your story to blawyerlogos@bellsouth.net or mail to Logos Life & Light Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1732, Ormond Beach, FL 32175

To contact Anissa’s mother email her at blawyerlogos@bellsouth.net

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To take a virtual tour of the healing center go to http://www.wellspringhealingretreat.org

Anissa’s Story – Post #43 – High Hopes Thru Many Trials…

Medical marijuana (cannabis – CBD) was a controversial subject throughout 2014 in the state of Florida.  Since Anissa’s condition complied with the Doctrine of Medical Necessity, it was a year of experimenting with various strains of cannabis.

 Always on the first day of dosage, she would experience a positive sign of mental alertness.  By the second or third day, negative signs occurred with greater seizure activity which altered the uplift and created a more depressed state.  Evidently, the THC, which causes the hype, must be as low as 1% compared to a higher percentage of CBD as is used in the Charlotte’s Web formula to successfully treat children suffering with uncontrollable seizures.  

The designated legal care-grower supplying Anissa with the CBD said that seeds of the Charlotte’s Web strain were nearly impossible to find.   It was his opinion that breeders knew the value of those seeds so were limiting the release of such. Finally, in 2016, Charlotte’s Web was approved by Florida’s Governor and made available in mid-March for Anissa when the seeded plant was secured from a grower in California.

 It was a trial and error treatment throughout many months – always hoping for a positive breakthrough! After several weeks, when her seizures began to escalate in number and velocity, it was evident that much research needed to be done concerning adults suffering with LGS (Lennox Gastaut Syndrome), as compared with a child or adolescent.  One thing I have learned from personal afflictions, as well as from people coming for prayer at our Clinic, is that compassion for others is a key to healing.

“What a wonderful God we have – He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials.  And why does He do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass onto them this same help and comfort God has given us.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 TLB

Since it had been over nine years when Anissa had an MRI, I decided to start the process in June, 2016, for the scan be done.  Because she had to be anesthetized for the MRI, it required a doctor who could admit her to the hospital, so this meant changing to another neurologist.  Finally, the scan was ordered for December 28th which revealed the following :  The MRI was with and without contrast – a multiplanar imaging of the brain before and following the intravenous administration of 6ml of gadolinium.  IMPRESSION: No significant change since 6/01/2007. No acute intracranial abnormality visualized. Redemonstration of severe, diffuse cerebellar and vermian atrophy.

In other words, severe atrophy of Anissa’s cerebellum and vermis is most likely the cause of her unsteadiness of balance and need for assisted help in walking.  The neurologist prescribed an increase of the anti-seizure drug, Banzel (rufinamide), to 1200mg daily. The total number of various seizures that she experienced during that year was 1,113.  Absence seizures were not taken into account, but the Jackknife-Tonic-Psychomotor-Myoclonic totaled 1427  – which are the most violent with an increase in velocity, lasting 9 to 12 minutes duration.  

After being on the increase of Banzel for six months, uncontrollable seizures, one to two minutes apart, plus a grand mal erupted on June 30, 2017.  For the first time of Anissa’s life, she had to be transported by ambulance to the hospital where she was given an injection of Ativan. Upon discovering a dangerously low sodium level, due to the increase of Banzel, she received only saline solution with meds for several days, which also included 500mg Keppra (levetiracetam).  Anissa remained in a semi-coma state for several days but on the fourth day she came alive and was able to take pureed food by mouth.  She returned home on July 3rd and three days later, celebrated her 50th birthday – a Jubilee.  God’s timing is always perfect!  What a blessing it was to have my grandson come early for the Daytona 400 races.  He was a great help when the ambulance came for Anissa, as well as running errands while I stayed at the hospital.  Praise be to the faithfulness of our Lord and His Excellent Grace!

To contact Anissa’s mother email her at blawyerlogos@bellsouth.net

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To take a virtual tour of the healing center go to http://www.wellspringhealingretreat.org

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