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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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 #38 – The Silver Lining In God’s Plans…

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The beginning of 2006 was off to a very bumpy start for Anissa.  After taking the prescribed medication, Lyrica (pregabalin), she could only tolerate a 50mg dosage due to stomach distress.  The higher doses caused her greater mental confusion besides having a very negative effect in controlling seizures.

Upon hearing a speaker say, “A survivor is one who finds meaning in the suffering,” the following scripture describes a meaning for Anissa’s survival . . .

“We are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.  For we walk by faith not by sight. We are confident, I say, and well-pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.  Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well-pleasing to Him.” 

2 Corinthians 5:6-9 NKJV

Since Anissa enjoyed and prospered during many sleepless nights from special scenic videos with calming music, our ministry began a project to create a one-hour video geared for the profound, mentally challenged person.  The acoustics at the retreat center was great for recording a Messianic Psalmist, whose gifted voice can soothe a troubled soul. And with the Lord’s provision of a multi-talented engineer supplying his computer knowledge, as well as audio equipment, the video was completed and has been a blessing to many.

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At the same time music therapy became recognized by the medical profession as a therapeutic treatment for dementia and other types of mentally challenged patients.  The doctor prescribed such therapy for Anissa, so I video-taped each session. There were some very positive signs but the unpredictable seizures would divert her focus, besides creating an interference of schedules.   As in years past, a positive program had to be suspended due to Lennox Gastaut Syndrome – the multiple seizure saga.

In May, one of Anissa’s teeth abscessed.  Remembering those past grueling experiences in setting up visits with a pediatric dentist, anesthesiologist, neurologist and orthodontist at the University of Florida Hospital, as well as the tremendous expense of such, my prayers were fervent for a reprieve.  After several appointments ended with negative results, finally, a brave and compassionate dental surgeon came to the rescue! He and his staff were so efficient and commendable in giving the IV sedation and extracting two of Anissa’s teeth that took less than one hour.  Also, the fee was very favorable, saving us at least $7,000, which was the cost at UFH ten years earlier each time she was admitted.

Another miracle was how a couple, who worked with disabled persons, just happened to have a day off at their jobs and were going to be in our area.  They were most willing to help and what a blessing it was!! Anissa healed rapidly and maintained excellent health for the remainder of that year – except for seizures.

Several months later, a vision came before me of a picture of Anissa’s face on the cover of her Book of Life  – Revelations: 20:12 – with these words written:

ANISSA

CHILD OF DESTINY

CALLED BY GOD AS HER MOTHER’S HELPER

TO BUILD HIM A HEALING CENTER WITHOUT DRUGS

“For you see your calling, brethren that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.  But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.  But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who was made to us wisdom from God … that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.’”

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NKJV

I have seen just how much God can achieve in using such weak things, according to His Word and by His Excellent Grace, so that He alone receives the Glory!

 

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 #27 – Discerning Doctors…

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Reaching the age of 25 was a victory for Anissa, especially considering how seizures had increased in volume and velocity.  “Red tape” had blocked the release of Felbatol (felbamate), an anti-seizure drug for which she had been approved the previous year.  Her neurologist hoped to obtain it as a “compassionate drug” rather than experimental, to avoid the strenuous testing otherwise required by the FDA, which could worsen Anissa’s frail condition.

Starting felbamate therapy was further delayed when it became apparent Anissa needed her wisdom teeth removed.  This required general anesthesia with monitoring of seizures during the operation (x-rays, cleaning, extractions, etc.), which had to be done at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.  Throughout the summer of 1992, we met with the four doctors in charge – an oral surgeon, pediatric dentist, anesthetist and neurologist. In order to keep Anissa strong enough to survive the operation, we took extra precautions, protecting her from colds and viruses.  The timing of the operation was uncertain, due to coordinating the schedules of the doctors, but finally the date was set for November 18th.

Evidence of answered prayers occurred the day before surgery when all the preoperative tests were done from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Anissa had blood work, urinalysis, chest x-rays, several mouth exams, blood pressure and pulse rate, a general exam and lots of waiting, while sitting in a wheel chair the entire time.  She did not have her regular naps, or receive her food and medication on schedule, yet only experienced one mild tonic seizure. She was very happy, peaceful and cooperative – truly a miracle!

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We knew Anissa was in good hands when Charlotte White, the oral surgeon, came out from the operating room to discuss with us what the x-rays and exam revealed:  Anissa’s mouth was very healthy with no cavities, abscesses or gingivitis, but two of the wisdom teeth were impacted and the other two were shoving some teeth and could present future problems.  Then, looking straight at us, Dr. White asked, “Are you Spirit-filled?”  After receiving our affirmative answer, she replied, “So am I.”  Another reason for the peace that passeth all understanding we were experiencing!

 “For He [Christ Jesus] Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of division between us.”  

Ephesians 2:14 NKJV

After the operation was over, Dr. White explained that gauze was placed in Anissa’s throat to prevent the blood from going into her stomach, as well as a special type of disintegrating sutures and gauze-like packing to alleviate dry sockets.  She hoped it would keep Anissa from vomiting – and it did! Even with the strong anesthetic, her EEG showed seizure activity in the brain but she did not outwardly convulse.

During the following week, Anissa required one-on-one supervision night and day to restrain her hands from digging at her sore lips and gums.  Puree foods were a steady diet for a season. At the final checkup, she was given a clean bill of health!

We survived the great challenge due to the many faithful intercessors keeping us in prayer before the Lord and overshadowed with 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 – Shared by Laura O. – “Deliverance”

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Prior to meeting the Lord Jesus, I did a lot of really stupid things.  I may still do some stupid things, but extra stupid back in that day. Things I thought funny and harmless had very real consequences!  And they came to collect at a time I thought would be the least likely of times.

If you are not a born again believer, then you are under the sway of the wicked one. “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.”  1 John 5:19 NIV

And while under the sway, I said things, did things that entrapped me.

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  Proverbs 18:21 NIV

So, during those séances, tarot cards and Ouija boards, I didn’t notice the darkness setting in.  When I spoke curses over myself, and others, I had no idea what I was doing. But I opened myself up to the enemy.  Like a foreigner being taken advantage of due to not knowing the language; I had signed up to be in chains to the evil one.

And when I had my born again experience, when Christ forgave me, I became alive.  During the day, I was filled with joy and the fruits of the Spirit. When I went to bed, it was a different story.  For about a month, I was tormented – but only at night. Paralyzing fear entered and I was not alone in that room. I could feel the dark creatures line up around my bed.  I didn’t see them, but I felt them. I could not talk and felt like I was choking. My only aim was to say the name of Jesus and it took so much effort to try to even mouth the word.  Over and over I would attempt, but no sound. I couldn’t understand why I was experiencing this when I had just met God. But I knew that the word of Jesus was my only weapon. After much endurance, I would be able to say, Jesus, and the darkness would leave and I could rest.

Like I said, each night, I would have this experience.  I tried sleeping with a light on. Turns out, these guys did not have a roach-like nature.  They could stay with me and my lamp. I kept music on and the music did not stop them. I was afraid to tell anyone as I would seem crazy.  At the time I went to a kind, warm Baptist church. I could not even picture any of those folk saying the word demon, never mind believing they existed!

Approximately a month after these nightly hauntings, I had a different experience.  This time, I felt like I could see eyes. It was extra scary. I started calling, crying Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus … over and over again, fervently.  After about ten minutes, which is a very long time in this state, I felt something on my head – an electric bolt that went throughout my entire body.  It felt amazing. My entire body was tingling, my tongue started vibrating, a sensation I had never felt before, all within the inside.  I was not fighting this battle by myself anymore. I was protected. I was loved – and the room was clean. I wanted to laugh. I was in awe.  My body felt lighter, like the feeling of not being sick anymore and the appreciation of an appetite. So was the presence of God in my room. My entire room was free of evil.  My mind was free of tormenting thoughts. I didn’t want to move a muscle in case it would make the peace leave. That was the last night I ever experienced that kind of torment!

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I was bold enough to tell a charismatic friend the next day.  I felt it wouldn’t freak her out. She believed every word. She listened and afterwards said that I experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit and had a deliverance.  She showed me in the Bible where it speaks of being baptized in the Spirit. I believed that is exactly what had happened. Now, after much learning through my Heavenly Father, I understand that I had given my enemy access to me in those divination practices – and he was not leaving easily!  Sometimes we can love Jesus and walk by faith but still need deliverance – I am proof!

“There was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit.  
And he cried out, saying, ‘Let us alone!  What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth?  Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are – the Holy One of God!’  And Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be quiet, and come out of him!’ And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him.”

 Mark 1:23-26 NKJV

By His Excellent Grace, I now stand on the victorious side of this battle.  Christ was able to defend and scatter those demons that came against me.

Christ destroys demons.  Christ delivers His children.  Christ is Jesus of Nazareth. Christ is the Holy One of God … and He sweetly came to my rescue!

“His banner over me is love.”  Song of Solomon 2:4 NIV

Shared by Laura Ogrodnik

Email:  lalabythesea@gmail.com

Anissa’s Story – Post #24 – Victorious Survivors & A First Lady’s Favor…

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While driving home from Tulsa, my thoughts turned to eight years earlier in 1978, when I had been impressed to write Anissa’s story, or at least compile the facts —   suddenly, I heard:  “Shelve Anissa’s book for a time and put together a book of victorious survivors you’ve met along the way with situations similar to your own.”  

When the Almighty God wants something accomplished, He also provides!  One of our neighbors had a daughter-in-law who often visited them and we became close friends.  Previously, she was on an editorial staff of Christian Life Magazine and had written three books.  Then one day, she felt a “nudge” to write Anissa’s story.  In 1985, the words, “Victorious Survivors Along the Way” became indelibly imprinted across her mind.  Since a year had elapsed, during which time I met other victors along the way, and by the confirming word that I heard, we had a better understanding of how to pursue the project.

“For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”  Proverbs 2:6

We were instructed to use Anissa’s story as the lead, followed by 15 families who accepted our invitation to contribute their own stories.  It was to be a handbook of hope and encouragement for parents and other concerned individuals. We rejoiced the day when a renowned artist offered to sketch portraits from snapshots the parents had sent of their afflicted children.   

Members of Logos Life and Light Foundation prayed with us regarding a publisher and helped with the final editing.  The Board of Directors unanimously agreed that LLL Foundation should be the publishers of the book. The first printing of Victorious Survivors took place in August, 1988, and was given as a “first fruits offering” to individuals, medical centers and organizations connected with various handicaps and afflictions.  The leader for a Pastor’s Conference that took place in Washington, D. C., requested 800 copies to be given each attendee.  Believing every Pastor could benefit from the stories, the leader planned on using the book as a reading assignment during the conference.

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One year later on August 3, 1989, I answered the LLL ministry phone and was taken by surprise when I heard the voice on the other end of the line say:  “The White House.” It was “First Lady” Barbara Bush’s secretary, Cathy, calling to say that she and Barbara were both “favorably impressed” with the copy of Victorious Survivors sent to them.  They recommended for us to contact Dr. June Jordan of the Council for Exceptional Children, who then requested several copies of the book.   I could hardly believe that really happened, because the night before, I had a dream in which Barbara Bush was talking to me on the phone, saying, “I just want to let you know that you’ll be receiving a favorable report regarding your book.”

“What is faith?  It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen.  It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.”  Hebrews 11:1 TLB

Here we are, 30 years later, still sharing Anissa’s journey, as well as stories of others who have experienced His Excellent Grace, in an outreach to the world that at one time seemed impossible.

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