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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Anissa’s Story #42 – Times May Change – But God’s Word Remains…

The victories seen in 2012 had more to do with the ministry rather than Anissa, but both are intertwined.  Having experienced over 821 seizures that year, with 407 being the worse destructive kind, each lasting four to ten minutes, the stress factor hit a record high.  The amazing thing is how well she always looked and stayed physically strong — yet my hope for a miraculous change remained!

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Hopes for a change in 2013 concerning Anissa were high.  It began in January when I first learned about Fuel For Thought (MCT-Coconut Oil), which was proven to raise Ketones.  Anissa began two ounces daily but in order to keep a 24-hour balance, the dosage needed to be increased to four times daily.  In doing this, she developed a severe digestive disturbance and the dose had to be lowered to once a day. Even so, there remained a change in her alertness and recognition, as well as less allergies.  The autism characteristics were also miraculously altered, but no change in the seizure activity.

With the greater challenge in caring for Anissa 24/7, the Prayer Clinic open four days a week, and searching for a couple to oversee our retreat center, I was ready for the joyous breakthrough that came forth in June.  It was a definite answer to our fervent prayers when contact was made with Tom Winslow, an ordained minister for over 20 years, and wife Barbara, a Registered Nurse.  Since they were Directors of Pensacola Healing Rooms for seven years and Regional Directors of the International Association Southeastern Healing Rooms, we thought they might know of a responsible couple to oversee our healing center.  When they could not recall anyone who might be interested, I said, “What about you two?”  Tom sort of laughed as he mentioned about their plate being already full.  But God had other plans! After a time of fasting, with prayer and a commitment to know and do the Lord’s will, it became evident the Lord was calling them to be our new Directors.  

“You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”

 John 15:16 NKJV  

Within a month’s time, I heard a news report concerning magnetoencephalography or MEG Scan — an imaging technique that identifies brain activity and measures small magnetic fields produced in the brain to pinpoint the source of seizures.  After receiving word that Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando had the MEG Scan and was opening its doors to adults suffering with seizures, Anissa at age 46, was accepted and evaluated.  Without hesitating, the neurologist said: “She needs a corpus colostomy!  It may not alleviate all seizures, but it could lessen the severity of them.”  I was very disappointed when he said the scan would only be used during the surgery and not prior to an operation.   When I responded that a corpus colostomy [also called “split brain”] operation was not considered in the past due to her combatant behavior, the doctor looked at Anissa and said:  “Well, she’s no more than a zombie now!”  Shocked to hear such words, I asked if he had looked at the video previously sent to him.  When he answered in the negative, the nurse presented the video to him. He became more irritated when his computer refused to work properly.  I offered my camcorder that was already set to view, just in case there was a mishap during the consultation. He said that it wasn’t necessary and instructed the nurse to answer any questions concerning an operation, then he quickly exited the room.  The nurse suggested more prayer before making a decision. The following week, Anissa experienced some very combative episodes, plus an entire day of tonic seizures – the type referred to by the neurologist that may not be alleviated by the surgery. I wondered if it was God’s way of showing how difficult it could be after such a surgical procedure?

“Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.  Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.” James 1:16-18 NKJV

It was during that time period when CNN had a special report regarding Charlotte’s Web, a constituent of marijuana/hemp with less THC and higher CBD, being used to control seizures in children with LGS.  Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, hosted the program with special guest, Dr. Alan Shackelford, a Harvard trained physician and one of the nation’s foremost experts on medical marijuana.  After seeing a video of Anissa’s seizures and viewing her medical records, as well as reading her story, Dr. Shackelford wanted to personally meet her. As I prayed to know God’s will concerning the request, the Holy Spirit led me to Isaiah 43:21 “This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise.”  That Word gave me great peace of mind that I was going in the right direction.

The visitation was set up by Consumer Law Services.   Their firm worked in collaboration with expert physicians and to assist patients in determining whether they are complying with the Doctrine of Medical Necessity.   It was important to have a valid legal defense before using medical marijuana, also known as cannabis/CBD. On Sunday, December 15, 2013, Dr. Shackelford made a “house call”, along with the legal team, to see Anissa.   The doctor’s attitude greatly impressed me as to how he listened very carefully to every detail in my answering of his questions. Before the visit ended, I was privileged to pray with them and give each one a copy of Isaiah 43:21.   Since that day, it is my understanding that this doctor spends much of his time in Israel, working with a pharmaceutical company concerning the production of cannabis/CBD.  Their visit greatly encouraged me to pursue that open door to try the CBD with Anissa. In my heart, the faith I had was in the Lord’s pathway of healing for Anissa and not the CBD, so any success would depend upon 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

  

 

 

 

 

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 #25 – Major Medical Decisions And Listening Prayer = Good Results.

As a follow up of yesterday’s Post #24 and the awesome experience I had in connection with “First Lady” Barbara Bush’s compassionate heart, my prayers now go out to her beloved family in feeling the loss of her gracious life.

“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens … therefore 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 … and well-pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”

2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-8 NKJV

Sometimes a lack of knowledge can cause those still living to suffer in their mortal body.  After exhausting all pathways of treating the seizure activity in Anissa with anti-epilepsy drugs, we were advised to consider a surgical operation of her corpus callosum.  This procedure, known as split-brain, would separate a broad band of nerve fibers that joins the two hemispheres of the brain to keep a seizure isolated and from spreading throughout her brain.

Upon hearing favorable reports from other parents who took their child for such an operation to the Augusta Medical Center in Georgia, we decided to take Anissa for an evaluation.  In 1987, an appointment was made for her with the neurosurgeon, Dr. Donald King. (Since one of his patient’s story was in our book, Victorious Survivors, he had previously ordered 15 copies to share with others.)  Therefore, Dr. King was sensitive to our need to work closely with a physician who is compassionate to our needs and willing to try various types of therapy.  It was his opinion that Anissa would not be a good candidate for the corpus callosum surgery because of her combative behavior.  He told us that in the meantime, he’d keep her name on his special list for any new experimental drug program that might be beneficial for the types of seizures she was having.

Because of the extreme behavior problems that Anissa experienced after the severe drug reaction just several months before, Dr. King prescribed Mellaril (thioridazine HCI), in minute doses, in hopes to correct her loud screaming, explosive excitability and impulsivity.  After several doses, we realized she was making the same kind of “pointless” motions which had originally alerted us to the reaction she had at six months of age to the drug Phenergan. After researching the chemical makeup of those two drugs, we were shocked to learn that both contained the same antipsychotic component – phenothiazine, which should never be given to a child under two years of age!  It was then we understood that Anissa’s brain suffered seizures as a result of the drug causing a chemical imbalance rather than structural damage.

“When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil.”  Proverbs 2:10-12 NKJV

This knowledge that I gained only made me more adamant in finding a formula that will counteract what that antipsychotic drug might have caused in the chemical balance of Anissa’s brain.  Evidently, God wants the same results and could be the reason why we are recipients of “open doors – signs — wonders” through 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

 

 

  

His Excellent Grace Post -Guest Post – “The Gift Of Healing”

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God is good, all the time.  His timing, however, is not our timing.  Several times in my Christian walk I have found myself sick, with no answers, and as I screamed out to the Lord, He has answered my cries.  These answers have come in the form of wisdom and understanding of my body.

“The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.” 

Psalm 34:17

The latest episode started in October 2014, with a cough and shortness of breath that I could not get rid of.  Eight months of antibiotics and still the cough and shortness of breath would not go away. I had a temporary rest, and the cough started again.  June of 2016, I was diagnosed with asthma and given all the medications: three different breathing pumps, prednisone and strong cough medicines.

By October the asthma seemed to have become chronic and I seemed to get worse instead of better.  Increasing the prednisone would help, and as I decreased the dosage the symptoms would return, but worse.

December 3, 2016, I barely made it to the hospital where I stayed for seven days.  Still several visits to the ER for the several months following, and weekly visits to the pulmonologist, and allergists, without improvement.  I was tested for all kinds of allergies, but my triggers were innumerable. I lived in my safe space, my home, and rarely ventured out.

December 2017, I was well enough to go to church and that day we had a wonderful service.  I felt in my spirit that I had received my healing. Finally, after months, years, I felt the Lord release me from the bondage of this illness that didn’t let me breathe, or sleep, and that had changed my lifestyle.  That week, however, I was really sick and disappointed.

My husband, Jorge, who watched me like a hawk, realized there was a connection between the food I was eating and an asthma attack.  After much research, I figured out that everything I was eating, in my attempt to eat healthy, was in fact, making me sick: sulfur, sulfites, sulfates.

  • Sulfur is in some foods like onions, garlic, asparagus, etc.
  • Sulfites are in water, and as a processing agent in much of what we eat.
  • Sulfates are in shampoos and soaps.

That realization, took me from really sick to healed.  Within 24 hours, I was off all my medications and healed!  Once again, the Lord didn’t deliver a miraculous healing but instead guided me to the cause of my illness – my body does not process sulfur properly.  Thank you, Jesus, for your wisdom!

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom.  And in all you’re getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.  She will place on your head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory she will deliver to you.” Proverbs 4:7-9 NKJV

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There are no limits when it comes to His Excellent Grace!

Marta Delgado