Challenges

Today’s a new day! You will face challenges today. Some will be small, but some will feel overwhelming. I encourage you to overcome those challenges. I encourage you to look at past victories. You have overcome challenges before and you can do it again. It will not be easy, but I believe you can make it. Don’t back down. Don’t give up. Keep believing. Keep pushing forward. God is in control. He will be with you every step of the way. God can turn your challenges into opportunities. Embrace those opportunities. Keep Overcoming! ~OC

Memories

Memories. They can make you smile, laugh and cry. Sometimes memories just make you sit back and reflect. That happened to me this morning, as I scrolled through my Facebook page and a memory from May 13, 2009 jumped out at me. It took me back. On this date in 2009, I went back to work after a month in the hospital and recovery at home. I did not realize at the time that life would never be the same.

As I went back to work that Wednesday morning, I thought things would go back to normal. Little did I realize that my life would never be normal again. Several days after going back to work, I would end up back in the hospital. This scene would play out many times over the next few months. I would work a few days and end up in the hospital for a few weeks. Finally after seeing this Groundhog Day moment several times (Google the movie Groundhog Day), my medical team shared it was time for me to retire and go on disability. Retire? Disability? I was only in my early 40’s. I was not real excited about this new normal. But this new normal was now part of my life. Little did I realize what a crazy beautiful journey God would allow me to experience.

As I have walked this new normal since 2009, I have become a full time Abolitionist, a Missionary and a published Author. I doubt any of my teachers or professors would have ever guessed I would write a book. During this new normal, my faith became so much stronger. My wife Laura and I have experienced so many amazing adventures. I definitely would not have chosen this new normal, but I would not change a thing. My new normal has become a beautiful gift. Thanks Facebook for the memory. ~OC

A Night of Prayer and Healing

Hello everyone. Here are a few photos from this past Sunday’s Prayer and Healing Encounter. The Holy Spirit showed up in a big way. If you enlarge the one photo of the tent taken at night, you can see angels. That photo was taken as Dr, Chauncey Crandall was inviting the Holy Spirit to come into the service. A powerful night! ~OC

Never Stopped Believing

The picture below might just look like a bunch of running shoes to most people, but the story goes much deeper. These are a collection of my miracle shoes.

In 2009, my health declined to such a level, that some doctors only gave me 24 hours to live. At that time I was told I would never run again. But as I was fighting for my life, I always believed God would allow me to run again. That believe ran so deep, I used to buy a new pair of running shoes every year. This photo is just a few of them.

On December 1, 2019, after ten years of believing God would allow me to run again, I ran one mile. Then I completed my first 5k in ten years. Then a few weeks ago, I completed my first half-marathon. God is so good.

So I want to encourage you to continue believing in your dream, even when people tell you it’s impossible. Nothing is impossible with God. Won’t He Do It! ~OC

The Miracle Journey Continues

The miracles continue in my life. I continue to be blown away by everything God has done and is doing in my life.

This past Saturday morning, God woke me up at 4am and shared he wanted to do something special in my life. No, I did not hear the audible voice of God, but he did speak to my heart. I was ready for whatever special thing he wanted to do in my life. At least I thought I was ready.

I was already planning on running Saturday morning. I thought I would knock out 5 miles. God had other plans for me that morning. As I approached 5 miles, I felt God encouraging me to keep going. Great I will get 6 miles in today I thought. But God had bigger plans than 6 miles. I just kept running until I had reached 13.1 miles. A half-marathon! Are you kidding me? I had not run that distance in 11 years. I have only been able to run again since December 1, 2019. What a beautiful gift from God. I was filled with so many emotions at that moment. God is so good.

I do not know what storm you are facing at this time. You might be in the biggest fight of your life. I want to encourage you to keep praying. To keep believing your miracle is one prayer away. I had a lot of people praying for me for almost 18 years, before I received my miracle. Never give up! ~OC

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