The Miracle Car

Today I experienced another blessing. First, let me share the backstory.

About 8-9 years ago, I had to give up driving. My health was in major decline and physically I could not safely drive anymore. So Laura and I gave my truck to one of my nieces. No since in having a perfectly good truck sitting around. During this time, family/friends would usually take me where I needed to go. Then Uber and Lyft were born and that became another option. Then “The Miracle” happened.

On November 3, 2019, I received a beautiful healing from Jesus. Part of that miracle was the ability to drive again. Since December 2019, I have borrowed my wife’s vehicle when I needed to get somewhere. It has worked out for the most part. When I started driving again last December, I felt God telling me he was going to provide me with a vehicle. He instructed me to not even look for a vehicle. Well today, four months after experiencing my miracle, a unknown family decided to bless me with the below vehicle. It is a 2027 BMW. I am blown away. I just wanted a cheap little vehicle to get me around town, but God definitely had different plans. I am totally overwhelmed by His goodness. I will use this vehicle to do ministry work wherever God sends me. I am blessed!!! ~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

Ten Years In the Making

In March 2009, I ran my last 5k. A few weeks later, I was told I only had 24 hours to live. For the next ten years, I would be fighting for my life. On November 3, 2019, I experienced an incredible miracle healing from God. This morning, I completed my first competitive 5k in over 10 years. The Miracle continues. ~OC

Happy 2020!!!

Happy New Year everyone. As we move into a new year, my Facebook Lives will be hosted on my The Blessed Overcomer Facebook Page. I encourage everyone to follow me on that page. Some amazing plans are going to unfold this new year. I cannot wait to continue sharing the story God has given me with the world.

I pray everyone is excited about the possibilities 2020 will bring each of us. There will definitely be some challenges as we navigate this new year. I encourage you to hold on and reach out to God during those storms. But I believe 2020 is also going to be filled with Miracles, Healing and Revival. Are you excited? I am. Are you ready? I am. Let’s go! ~OC

How To Help

During my 17 year crazy beautiful health journey, I was often asked how people could help Laura and I. Here are a few suggestions:

Stay in Contact: Nothing brightens a patient’s day more than hearing from friends. It could be a phone call, visit or a simple text. Even when I could not eat or drink, I loved the interaction with friends. So never be afraid to call that loved one or friend. Also the doctors have shared keeping a person’s mind active is very important. So, when you are thinking about someone, take that opportunity to reach out to them. Do not miss out on a beautiful memory.

Remember to Check On The Caregiver: The caregiver can get lost during the journey. As my caregiver, Laura had the toughest job. Working full-time and taking care of me could be overwhelming. And remember, she did this for over 17 years. So, make sure you are asking about the caregivers physical, mental and emotional well-being. One of my main concerns during my journey, was that Laura take care of herself and enjoy life. A caregiver can always use a night out.

Don’t Start a Pity Party: Dealing with health issues is tough enough. At times people want to go crawl in a hole and isolate. Don’t let them do it. Offer some words of encouragement. Get them out of the house. Go make some memories. My journey was a tough one, but so many people had it tougher than me. Remember, a lady gave birth in a tree. True story!

Just listen: Sometimes hurting people just need someone to listen. Not to fix. Not to have all the answers. Just listening is a beautiful gift.

Be Flexible: The one thing about illness is everyday is different. My health issues bought new challenges each day. Sometimes each hour. So be flexible when dealing with a family member or friend struggling with health issues.

Learn About the Illness: Some people are dealing with illnesses we have never heard of, but asking questions and maybe a quick Google search can help. This can help you better support that loved one. Just don’t believe everything you read online.

Be Available: People dealing with health issues face different challenges. So be available to help when possible. That help could come in the form of bringing someone meals, sitting with someone during their treatment, visiting them in the hospital or transportation. For years, I could not drive based on my health issues. So, having rides to my appointments were important. I am thankful for my team of drivers during my journey. Getting out of the house and enjoying live is so important.

The Long Haul: Be there for your family and friends. Did I ever think my journey would last 17 years? No way! But what I learned was that some friends put an expiration date on how long they could endure my new normal. Having friends that have stuck it out and supported me has been a true blessing.

Acceptance: Stop comparing who someone was before they got sick, to the person they are now. Simply accept that who someone was and who they are now has changed. So when that family member or friend has a life changing experience, embrace the new them.

I hope this helps. There is really not a blueprint for this stuff. So don’t beat yourself up, if you say or do the wrong thing. The most important thing you can do is be present and engaged. ~OC

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