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Thirteen Days From Eternity

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Thirteen Days From Eternity

At 3:00pm today, the nurse at the nursing home called Phyllis Crandall’s daughter and told her that her mother had just died. They had last checked her vitals and her oxygen mask at 2:15. She was 65.

Phyllis had been in failing health for a while. She was also a backslider. No one seems to remember for sure how many years she had been away from God, but she hasn’t attended church in over 20 years. That much everyone agreed on.

She had been a member at several Pentecostal churches in the area. For one reason or another, her and her husband had changed churches several times over the years. When he died, Phyllis somehow became unconnected with church and stayed that way.

Then to make matters worse, her health began to deteriorate. After stays in the hospitals, she was sent to a nursing home for her final days.

She lived with an oxygen mask on her face. Her weight problems no doubt worked against her too.

She had called her daughter almost two weeks ago and said, “I feel like I need to pray.”

Her condition was not good. Pastor Kenneth Bow was called to come and pray for her.

When he came into the room Phyllis said, “Bro. Bow, I just don’t know if I could ever speak in Tongues again.”

(Besides her health limitations, she was fearful that God wouldn’t let her because of lack of faithfulness to Him.)

“Yes you can speak in Tongues again, you’re still God’s child!” Pastor Bow said to encourage her.

He laid his hands on her, and then like he’d used Paddles that restart a stopped heart, Phyllis physically jerked and sat up in her hospital bed. Her hands in the air. In 10 seconds she was clearing speaking in Tongues. They pulled the mask aside as she prayed. She continued to speak in Tongues.

That was 13 days ago.

Death walked the corridors of her nursing home today. But 13 days ago, Mercy got there first.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

March 6, 2010 at 11:34 pm

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  1. This is the beauty of God’s unconditional love for His childrens! that’s why i am still inlove with Him from the very momento i felt His Spirit touching my in that church in California in 1990!!! I love You Jesus and I pray to keep loving You more in more every minutes i still have breath in me!

    sister Gloria Dahlke

    March 6, 2010 at 11:53 pm

  2. Psa. 66:20 Blessed [be] God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me. His mercy endureth forever!

    RS

    March 7, 2010 at 6:49 am

  3. In this case it was the mercy of God. However, it makes me think of Matthew Chapter 25. We don’t know the exact time we are to die or that the Lord is coming! We have to be ready and stay ready!

    David Hartzell

    March 7, 2010 at 7:06 am

  4. Thank you Jesus. The Word says that when the prodigal came home, the father RAN to him. I feel that backsliders often forget this in their self afflicted shame. Praise the Lord. In your FACE devil…

    lani ellingsworth

    March 7, 2010 at 8:59 am

  5. The Sweetest words He ever said were I forgive. God is so merciful, even when we don’t deserve it. Psalm 116:15 To the Family!

    Joshua Jensen

    March 7, 2010 at 9:43 pm

  6. Oh what another lie the devil has told so many
    backsliders! It is so good to hear this victory
    report of a renewal of one who has strayed!
    HIS MERCIES ARE NEW EVERY DAY! We pray that many
    more will find their way back and be ready to face
    eternity …prepared to meet God!

    Faye Walton

    March 7, 2010 at 9:45 pm


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