MEET LESLIE Part 4

BLOG 40 May 15, 2017 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world? Read and you’ll find new insights.

When Leslie began hearing angels, the idea complicated her sense of stability. Consequently, she went to psychologist Dr. Jonathon Cargill to make sure she was not off the track. After a battery of psychological tests, the psychologist certified her as balanced and normal. The same results were later affirmed. There was nothing wrong with Leslie.

The ministry began to unfold because she wanted to comfort the afflicted. With unusual sensitivity, Leslie helps strugglers find direction and support. She is keenly aware that the ministry is never about her.

Her ministry is fundamentally the restoration of damaged souls. Leslie’s goal is to bring wholeness to anyone in need. Leslie’s ministry is not divination or some form of predicting the future. She understands herself to be operating in a biblical framework as the book of Acts describes (Acts 2:17-18). Leslie believes her primary gift is obedience. The unusual ministry flows from fidelity. Her encounters with angels is an expression of the gifts of the Spirit.    Leslie believes that everyone has a guardian angel. Through prayer and meditation, her experience has been that anyone can get in touch with this resource. She believes we will discover that they have already been at work within us as the still, small voice offering guidance. When a message abruptly floats through our minds and we have no idea where it came from, she believes our guardian angel might be offering guidance.

Such an experience occurred when the Draper family lived in Glen Rose, Texas. She hurried out the door to pick up her daughter at school. As she was backing out of the driveway with her three-year-old daughter in the back seat, she saw money in the driveway and believed it had fallen out of her purse. At that moment an angel showed her a disturbing image of her falling out of the car to pick up the cash. She put the car in park and collected the money, thinking about how little money they had. After she got back in, Leslie saw other money on the grass and opened the door to lean down and get it. The car started to roll.

The inside panel gave way and she tumbled out, falling under the car. What followed only took seconds, but felt like an eternity. Leslie was abruptly upright in the car seat with no idea how she got there. For a moment, she thought maybe she was dead and was in shock. Two hands had grabbed her and put her back in the car. Leslie felt the imprints on her arms and looked for the stranger that saved her. No one was there. Suddenly, she remembered the warning and felt the angel Michael warned her to be careful.

In retrospect, she discovered that angels have the capacity to intervene but do so only if it is for the highest good and honors free will. They never interfere with free will and only offer guidance. 

MEET LESLIE Part 2

BLOG 38 May 1, 2017 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world?

Read and you’ll find new insights.

We’ve been exploring individuals who have on-going practices involving numerous divine interventions. Decades ago, I discovered observing such ministries can teach us a great deal. Unfortunately, churches often hurt people. Leslie Draper’s own childhood is an example. Families can also hurt people, leaving behind damaged souls. Her ministry is fundamentally the restoration of such damaged souls. Leslie’s goal is to bring wholeness to anyone in need. She has become a bridge to the wounded.

As Leslie reflects on those earliest years, she now realizes that her angelic experiences were actually preparing her for the future and a ministry. The problems had a purpose, but it took time to understand what this difficult period meant.

When she was in the third grade, the angelic appearances began again (reported in Part I). Leslie wasn’t sure what to think, but her “friends” had returned. When she told her Sunday School teacher about the angels, the teacher responded in a totally unexpected way. “They are demons!” she scolded. If you don’t stop encouraging these appearances, you’ll be damned to Hell!”

Leslie was shocked and retreated in fear. No more talking to the angels in case they really were demons. At age 10, her father was killed in an oilfield accident. The night before he died, the angels came into her bedroom again, but Leslie was apprehensive. This period in her life was highly emotional. When the oil boom broke, the family struggled to survive.

Leslie began to think that God hated her and turned into a biblical “Job” of sorts. As a result, Leslie developed an auto-immune disorder. At age 20, she was diagnosed with multiple Sclerosis with secondary Rheumatoid arthritis and later developed Fibromyalgia. By age 32, Leslie was in deep physical trouble. A chemo-therapy cocktail was prescribed but fortunately, the doctor checked her liver function before she took the fourth dosage. If she ha received, the medication would have destroyed her liver’s capacity and she would have died.

Sitting in her car, Leslie struggled with the idea she might die and who would care for her children. She prayed, “Please God, open the door and I will walk through it.” Immediately, the angels returned and her life changed in that moment. Her illness ended.

Always highly intuitive, she has natural insight. For a period of time, Leslie worked as a Social Worker with the Child Welfare Department in Oklahoma. But that was only a backdrop for what she does today.

Leslie receives angelic messages and passes them on to struggling people. Multitudes have been significantly helped through what she hears the angels telling her to say. A divine intervention indeed!

What do we learn? Our struggles and pain can be the prelude to God’s finest work in our lives.

WHAT DO WE LEARN?

Blog 36 April 17, 2017 MEET SUSAN

Before we start, I need to inform you of a change. Cancel the internet radio show! I had too much trouble in getting an acceptable quality of sound – among other things. So, I turned off the radio. Moreover, this summer, I am beginning a new website that will fascinate you to no end. The time required for these efforts makes the radio broadcast marginal. Stay tuned for future information on the new website.

For several weeks we have been exploring the divine interventions that Susan Conway experienced. They are particularly instructive because Susan is someone you might meet in the grocery story. Remember Susan Conway is a Mom and Real Estate agent. She lives her life like anyone else – except she allowed the power of God to guide her through the difficult trials. She wanted to love her heavenly Father with all her heart, mind and soul.

What do we discover?

  1. Susan was open.

Nothing in her past conditioned her to believe that an encounter with the Virgin Mary was possible. Protestants generally don’t believe in such an experience. However, when Mary appeared as Susan rocked her baby, she embraced the encounter.

The first lesson Susan teaches us is that we must be open. Jesus knocks at the door of our lives, but we’ve got to turn the key and open the door. Our heavenly Father is far more concerned with our openness than whatever we want Him to do

The miraculous walk begins when we say a simple “yes” to Him.

  1. The Lord used a means of communication that was natural for Susan.

Susan grew up believing the Lord speaks through his Word. To her surprise that conviction became more personal than she could ever have expected. While it is important not to wander off the track and try to make the Bible speak in a “hit and miss” fashion, Susan still witnesses that the Holy Spirit speaks through the scripture.

When the Lord chooses to speak to us, He uses means that are often out of the ordinary. The ordinary can become extraordinary. Susan immediately knew when the passages spoke to her. Her advice is, “pay attention in such moments.”

  1. Divine intervention comes in the midst of despair.

In Matthew 5:3, the writer records Jesus first beatitude. “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” While this is often used to endorse the value of humility, the meaning is more profound. Jesus was saying that when we have reached the end of our rope and all our capacities have been exhausted, we are at the place where we can most effectively access heaven’s resources. The den of despair is where God does His best work.

When we are certain all hope is exhausted, that’s the best place to find a miracle. Open the door and invite God to come in. He will.

HAPPY EASTER!

TAKING THE NEXT STEP

BLOG 35 April 10, 2017 MEET SUSAN

On day after her husband left the family, Susan strolled down the street. With each step, she felt more rejected and discarded. The feeling of being disclaimed kept growing. Susan kept looking at these trash bins lining the curb and feeling like she had been dropped into one of them.

Suddenly, Susan heard, “You are rejected, discarded.” She realized a person she didn’t even know was her mortal enemy. Another woman wanted to destroy her. Never in her life had she had such a feeling, but she knew some specific person wanted to demolish her.. Her heart filled with fear.

Susan turned around and ran through her garage door and into the den. When she fell on the rug oppression swept over her. Once again, Susan wept profusely. Finally, she grabbed her Bible and cried out, “Help me.” When she opened the scripture, she read, “For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you’.”

She instantly knew the Lord was speaking and present in her despair. Susan read again, “I will help you.” She looked at the page twice. “Those who contended with you, those who war against you shall be as nothing, as a nonexistent thing.” Susan stared in amazement. Nothing could be clearer. God had spoken.

As had been true in the past, the Lord used the words of scripture (often out of context) to send her a clear, decisive message. The heavenly Father used the Bible to speak and bring reassurance in the midst of her despair.

Susan realized never had she been more free. She had received a miracle.

When she reflected on what had occurred, Susan recognized God had reversed the order of what she experienced strolling down the street. She walked, felt rejection, saw trash cans, ran, and knew she had an unknown enemy. However, when the Holy Spirit intervened she discovered she was chosen, not rejected. Her fear and rejection were reversed. When she cried out for help, he answered with a Biblical promise. To combat this unknown enemy, the scripture promised strength. The enemy would become nonexistent.

Later she learned the name of the women who was chasing her husband. This person had blatant disregard for his marriage.

Susan sat up and raised her hands in air. She began shouting, “I love you God! More than anything in my life, I love you!” She kept praising God as the realization settled in that she had also crossed the bridge from loving the idea of God to loving and adoring Him in the deepest possible personal way. The divine intervention had taken her to an entirely new place of personal relationship.

As the years have gone by, Susan has rebuilt her life. She is highly successful and continues to walk a path in which God can speak and does.

THE PATH THROUGH TRAGEDY

BLOG 34 April 3, 2017 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world? Read and you’ll find new insights… MEET SUSAN

The last two blogs have explored the divine interventions in Susan Conway’s life. She and her three children lived a normal, every day life. Her physician husband Jim left everyday for work –but there were problems that Susan couldn’t quite identify. He seemed agitated and disconnected. Only later did she realize that he had a full blown addiction.

One morning Jim didn’t come back. Chaos fell like hail.

That night, Susan sequestered herself in the closet and began sobbing. Throughout the entire night, she prayed and cried. The agony in her heart felt unquenchable. At moments, Susan felt like she might be dying, but she did not cease to pray and cry out loud. As the first rays of sunlight signaled a new day, she looked up. The Lord Jesus Christ was standing in front of her.

Susan gasped. The sight overwhelmed her. Was it really him?

As Jesus gazed at her, the risen Christ revealed the pain that he suffered when he was betrayed. Jesus showed her the agony he had carried to the cross and the anguish from the sin of the world he borne. As he revealed his torment, her pain began to dissipate and disappear. Because of her earlier experience of God speaking to her before her mother’s impending death, Susan knew this encounter was real and genuine.

During this experience, new insights raced through her mind. Susan realized that Jesus was saying that is was acceptable to experience pain. Suffering was part of the human experience and the anguish would soon leave. He told her it was alright to cry, but she never again cried like she did during that night. Jesus confirmed that he had been human and pain was a part of the human experience. Susan sensed that he revealed himself for some purpose, and at the very least, he came to comfort her broken heart.

Once again, Susan opened her Bible. It fell to Nahum 1:7. “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; And he knows those who trust in Him.” Susan walked out of her closet a new person. In addition to hearing the voice of God, she had encountered the risen Christ.

When Susan and I talked about this experience, I noted that she is not a highly emotional person. Susan is quite rational. She said “almost too rational sometimes” (her words). Her nature is analytical and Susan is good with numbers. She naturally interprets what is happening around her. The encounter in the closet was contrary to everything that was normal for Susan. Nevertheless, her life had been restored.

Susan was walking down a path of divine interventions.

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MEET SUSAN THE NEXT CHAPTER

Blog 33 March 27, 2017 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world? Read and you’ll find new insights.

Last week, I shared Susan Conway’s first encountered divine interventions. A hard-working, mother of three grown children, she is now a successful businesswomen. However, her personal life continues to be open to whatever her heavenly Father wishes to bring. Her experience of divine gifts continues and is an encouragement to anyone seeking the door that opens for discovering the miraculous dimension.

Susan became aware that she loved the attributes of God, but didn’t really love the person of God. While she didn’t know how to reach further, she wanted more of a relationship. Often she cried about her limitation. Susan wanted to be honest but wasn’t sure how to proceed to a more loving connection.

Unexpectedly, Susan’s mother was moved to the hospital because of her serious heart trouble. Susan’s spiritual struggle was becoming even more intense. She wrestled with the possibilities of what might be happening to her mother. In the middle of the night, she awoke. Going into the bathroom where she could be completely alone, she got down on her knees and cried out, “I need to hear from you, Lord. I have no qualifications for you to talk to me, but I must know what is ahead. Please tell me.”

This was her first experience of talking directly to God in such a straight-forward manner.

Because Susan grew up in a church that put a strong emphasis on the scripture, a Bible was at hand. She picked it up and it fell open. Susan immediately read Isaiah 14:3, “It shall come to pass in the day the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow and from fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve …” Another translation said, “her hard service is completed, comfort, comfort …”

Susan knew her mother was going to die. And she did.

The voice of God had come to her through the printed words of scripture. She had been taught this was the way God continued to speak, except this incident was different and far more personal. The words were out of the biblical context and yet they fit her perfectly. She knew God Himself was speaking directly to her. Later she realized that as strange as it sounds, she had actually given God permission to speak. Another passage came to her mind. In Revelation 3:20, Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in …” Susan realized that people have free will and the Holy Spirit waits for us to use that capacity of invitation before He enters someone’s life. We have to open the door. She had invited God to speak and He did! Another new dimension of spiritual insight had been give to her.

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MEET SUSAN

Blog 32 March 20, 2017 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world? Read and you’ll find new insights.

Susan Conway is one of those beautiful persons that as you get to know her you realize she is even more beautiful on the inside. Today she is a highly successful real estate agent and utterly devoted to her three children.

As she was playing with her infant son James, Susan abruptly realized the Virgin Mary was standing in the room watching her. Growing up in a conservative evangelical church, such appearances did not happen! No one she knew believed in the possibility. But, there she was.

Mary said to Susan, “As I held my baby, I knew he would die a horrible death.”

Susan remembered the Bible said, “But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Did this mean that Mary had a sense of what would eventually happen in the crucifixion? Susan worried that the Virgin Mary was communicating that she did. As unexpected as she had come, Mary was gone.

This experience both startled and inspired Susan. For the first time, she sensed there was much, much more going on in the Christian faith than just showing up on Sunday and being moral. The door had been opened to a dimension Susan had never known. The appearance of Mary was miraculous. Thirty-one-years later that experience came back to her.

James, now a grown man, had gotten himself in a bind. He was struggling financially and his faith had gone south. He owed $4,000 in a building situation and saw no way to pay it back. James was at the end of his rope and didn’t know what to do. Susan’s first concern for her son was that he needed a restoration of his faith. How could that happen?

Susan’s encounter with the Virgin Mary came back to mind. Remembering that appearance of Mary, she began praying for a restoration of James’s faith as well as the resolution of his debt.

Susan’s prayer was different this time. In a new way, she wasn’t simply telling God about a problem. She was focusing divine energy on a need. If the Virgin Mary had been able to perceive the future, Susan reasoned she too might in someway reach ahead into a need that at that moment didn’t appear to have any resolution. With a different focus of her prayer, Susan began interceding for James’s.

On Easter morning, the contractor sent James a note telling him that he was canceling the debt as a witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Not only was James’s financial issue solved, his need for faith was addressed. James was profoundly touched.

Susan knew a miracle had brought a new approach that opened the door.

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LIFE!

BLOG 31 March 13, 2017 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view.
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          What happens when gifted people pray for intervention and recovery in an ill person? When people pray with such intent, they are actually sending life to the places where destruction has been at work. I have never found anyone who could tell me what “life” is because death is easily described but defining life is elusive. Nevertheless, with new life in our bodies, we can fight off cancer; without it, a simple infection can destroy us.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” In an indefinable way, Jesus was the embodiment of life. The people I’ve interviewed who experienced miracles discovered that his life was conveyed through his promises and by prayer. Keeping those promises constantly before them, imparted vitality. The healing eventually followed. What we have labeled as miracles are experiences infused with the substance we call life. The recipients are filled with new possibility.

Life is also embodied in many additional entities that are all around us. Flowers, trees, nature are alive because they contain life. A walk through a primeval forest energizes one because the shrubs, ancient trees, animals, all contain and convey life. As people age, it is important to stay in touch with such living entities. Those who lock themselves up in empty rooms are allowing life to slip away. The opposite is true with people who play with children, hug pets, and revitalize themselves with on-going sources of vitality.

We grow up hearing people talk about “the God world” as if it is up there, beyond the clouds, or “way over there.” Eternity is always someplace far, far away. Fortunately, the stories of the resurrection of Jesus give us a different picture. As he abruptly appeared to the apostles and then disappeared, Jesus demonstrated that heaven is “right here,” in our midst (John 20:19-23). On the Emmaus road, Jesus appeared and talked with the two men. After breaking bread (Holy Communion), when the men recognized him, Jesus disappeared. (Luke 24;13-31) The resurrected Lord moved back and forth between these two realms, heaven and earth.

I conclude that these stories demonstrate that eternity is always in our midst. The God world is constantly present to us when we know how to access it. In these blogs, we explore a number of different ways people have found entry. In order to access the power of God, one must discover the path that leads to these entrances. The final entry into this ultimate and transcendent world comes when we die. Death becomes like waking up from a nap only to discover that what we called life was actually living in a dream and now we have come into the full reality of existence where there is no time, but only eternity, no shadows but only light. A miracle occurs when we access this same eternal reality while still living in this dimension of time.

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