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Our Immediate Trial Directly After Ordination !!!!!!!

16 May
Our Immediate Trial Directly After Ordination !!!!!!!

Last Friday, I began the story of God calling me into the ministry and my preparation and ordination. This week I will tell of a major family trial immediately after ordination.

Immediately after leaving Springfield, Mo. where I graduated in biblical studies we went to my parents home in Oklahoma before moving on to Denver, Co. This is where I would be ministering as an associate of a church. We were excited at our future prospects in ministry there.

While in Springfield, our third child, Caleb, had been born. During our stay at my parents home Caleb got the sniffles one day. During the night he began throwing up and we thought he probably had a virus. I had gone to visit my grandmother the next morning and Linda, my wife, called informing me that Caleb had started turning blue from his waist down. She quickly took Caleb to the nearest hospital emergency room in Bartlesville and I rushed to meet her there.

After a quick look at the symptoms, and performing some tests, we were informed that he had contracted spinal meningitis. The news was shocking enough for us to hear, but our faith was really challenged when we were told by the doctors that he had survival chances of 50%. Should he survive, they said, he would more than likely be deaf, mentally challenged, or both. Wow! Within 24 hours only slight sniffles had turned into a life threatening situation. I felt like Job must have felt to an extent. We were resting and looking forward to our move and suddenly driven to our knees, helpless in ourselves, trusting in our great triune God like we never had before.

We prayed, as well as many many others for our Caleb. The doctors told us that we would know within 48 hours or so if he were to survive or not. The next 48 hours seemed like forever. Hospitals tend to do that to most people. We pleaded with The Lord that His will be done and asked that if He would be pleased to heal Caleb.

Caleb’s condition did not worsen in the next hours, and as time slowly passed he slightly began to improve. After 48 hours or so the doctors brought us the great news that he was expected to live. Praise God!! At that time it was not known what his condition would be until he had regained strength and improved more.

Caleb remained in the hospital for 2 weeks or longer. (It’s hard to remember exactly after 35 years or so). When he was released to us to leave the hospital God again displayed His mercy to us. He was neither deaf or mentally challenged. Before the illness he had been not only walking, but running every where. Upon release, he could not even sit up by himself but was like a very young baby again. We made the move on to Denver when he was able to do so. As the weeks went by his strength began to reemerge. He first learned to sit up on his own, then he began to crawl, and after a few months our son was walking on his own again. He had to relearn the same process all over again. But he did!!!

I’m pleased to tell you that today Caleb is the father of 5 children, a journeyman electrician, and a believer in The Lord Jesus Christ, along with his household. Only God can receive the glory for this. It was a trial for us, but our faith again was strengthened in how awesome our God is, and of His loving kindness toward us through it. What Satan meant for evil God meant it for good. What Satan meant to detour us from God’s work The Lord strengthened us in it.

Until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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59 responses to “Our Immediate Trial Directly After Ordination !!!!!!!

  1. Lionel Sneed

    May 16, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Great testamony!

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 16, 2014 at 6:03 am

      Faith is a gift and He dispenses it a little at a time.

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  2. demilhadey

    May 16, 2014 at 5:33 am

    The faith trials God puts us through; always for our benefit! 🙂

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 16, 2014 at 6:05 am

      They always are. Since faith even is a gift of God He gives us the trials to build it little by little. Have a great day!!!😀👍

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  3. atimetoshare

    May 16, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Each of life’s trials makes us stronger In the Lord. Your love for Caleb and your faith in God prove that.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 16, 2014 at 7:16 am

      Life is a series of trials to build our faith but never more than we can bear. Thanks for your encouragement!!!

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  4. Sue C.

    May 16, 2014 at 7:58 am

    It is in suffering that faith is tried and built. Praise God for your faith and now Caleb’s faith and his own testimonies.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 16, 2014 at 8:02 am

      You’re right Sue. Little by little we learn through life. Have a great day!!!

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  5. wingedprisms

    May 16, 2014 at 8:21 am

    What a great testimony. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 16, 2014 at 9:20 am

      You are most welcome. Life is full of trials which allow us to grow. He proves Himself over and over. Have a great day😀😀

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  6. Heather

    May 16, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Amen! What a beautiful blessing!! Thanks for sharing! I feel like the devil is trying to detour me here lately during serving on my church’s pastor search committee. I have to keep on praying and remembering who’s really in charge. God bless ♥

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 16, 2014 at 9:32 am

      It is difficult to know if it’s satan or The Lord. The Lord should give you that desire for such a great responsibility. If it is only fear I would prayerfully go for it. Thanks for commenting. Have a great day😀

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  7. windleg

    May 16, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Beautiful testimony! We too have faced a life threatening illness with our daughter, and God has blessed and strengthened us at every step. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 16, 2014 at 11:58 am

      It is a trial going through it and a real faith builder looking back. I’m happy your daughter The Lord brought through as well. Thank you😃

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  8. Elaine

    May 16, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Wonderful testimony Levi! What a wonderful blessing from the Father who truly loves us and takes us through the trials that strengthen our faith!

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 16, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      He does little by little. Never more than we can bear.

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  9. Michael

    May 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Praise the Lord! (That’s all I can say. Isn’t he good?) I see why you choose Abraham.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 16, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      He is good but I’m no Abraham. Thanks Michael have a great weekend!!

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  10. johnmarkmiller

    May 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I can’t imagine how scary that must have been, but what an amazing testimony to the Lord’s provision and care!

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      He always provides the grace to get through these situations no matter what the outcome. Thanks John!

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  11. mastersamwise23

    May 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Great testimony of faith! Praise God!

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 16, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Thank you. He is faithful always. He takes us through these steps a little at a time to prove how awesome is is. Thanks a bunch. Have a great weekend!!!

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  12. Denise DeMarco

    May 16, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Just amazing! God’s plan is always the best plan.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      It is always the best. He is absolutely faithful even when we aren’t. Thanks for the great comment. Have a nice weekend!!

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  13. james1948

    May 16, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Reblogged this on James1948's Blog.

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  14. Denine Taylor

    May 16, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I do believe, Lord: help my unbelief… (For myself) I like that verse in times like these… Awesome testimony! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 16, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Dennie, we all have times of doubt. You aren’t alone. But He is merciful. The Lord is faithful even when we aren’t. Have a great weekend and thank you!!

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  15. "light and salt"

    May 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    A very loving story, Levi…God’s love! He will never tempt us, but He allows us to be tested in order to mature us in the faith. As we grow, we can see the love of a Father, a heavenly Father who has an amazing concern for each of us.

    May His blessings always be on you and your family, my friend…Enjoy your weekend!

    Steve

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 16, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks Steve. I hop your weekend is a good one as well!!

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  16. Skye @ TheSanctuaryofMyHeart

    May 16, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    What an amazing testimony of faith, Levi. Thank you so much for sharing with us. As always, you bless.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks for reading. It wasn’t our faith but His faithfulness and mercy to us. Thanks for reading and commenting. You’re a real blessing!!😃😃

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  17. SLIMJIM

    May 17, 2014 at 2:36 am

    What an amazing testimony…what a miracle.

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  18. savedbygrace

    May 17, 2014 at 5:11 am

    indeed grace super abounds in every trails.

    wow! at the end of the day God gets the glory.

    you are blessed bro!

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

      You said it. He receives the glory and we were blessed. Have a great weekend!!

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  19. vwoods1212

    May 17, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    lovely demonstration of the love of God. vw

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Thank you young lady. He just proves to be faithful even when we aren’t. Isn’t Christ wonderful?😀

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  20. gagner de l'argent

    May 18, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Hurrah, that’s what I was searching for, what a stuff! existing here at this
    web site, thanks admin of this website.

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  21. Heather Mertens @ 40YearWanderer

    May 18, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Levi,
    This a wonderful miracle story! Praises to God!
    May I share a story about my husband surviving a firm of meningitis in 2008? It’s the second link here on my page:
    http://40yearwanderer.com/blog/our-story/

    It too was a miracle that we grew closer ~ very close! ~ to The Lord and closer as a family.
    Blessings to you Levi for sharing Gods greatness.
    Heather

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 18, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Heather, thank you for sharing this. I shall read it in a moment. This was a very big trial at the time, and as always, God proved Himself faithful. Blessing to you as well 🙂

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  22. Sheila

    May 19, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    God is good! And you’ve got those 5 grandchildren as proof of his loving mercy! 6 miracle lives!

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  23. teresapoetry

    May 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Encouraging and inspiring!!

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 20, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      The Lord was gracious to us. Thanks for the kind words. I find your poetry inspiring as well. Have a great rest of the day!!!

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  24. charlypriest

    May 22, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Wow, that must have been one of life´s worst challenges. And I can´t imagine what a roller coaster ride of emotions for a parent to experience in such short amount of time. While I was reading the beginning I was quite certain this was going to be a tragedy. Glad it ended well.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 22, 2014 at 6:31 am

      Thanks Charly, at the time it was quite a huge event in our lives and it did happen just that quick. Have a good day man!!

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      • charlypriest

        May 22, 2014 at 6:38 am

        You too Mr. Levi

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        • Levi Thetford

          May 22, 2014 at 6:40 am

          You can drop the Mr. Unless you want me to call you Mr. Charly. Lol

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          • charlypriest

            May 22, 2014 at 6:42 am

            I tend to put Mr. up with people I respect, but I´ll drop it because I can´t bear someone calling me Mr. Charly.

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            • Levi Thetford

              May 22, 2014 at 6:44 am

              Sounds good. Thanks for the respect and I respect you and your honesty from what I read from you, Mr. Charly. Lol. I’ll drop it next time.

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  25. comment gagner de l'argent

    May 28, 2014 at 4:13 am

    It’s very easy to find out any topic on net as compared to books, as I found this paragraph
    at this site.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 28, 2014 at 6:19 am

      It is very easy. The net is wonderful. Thanks for reading.

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  26. jovisgoes

    June 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    We are often surprised in our lives Levi. I’m so glad that this trial had an endurably good ending. My beliefs may well differ from yours Levi, but I do believe in the power of utter goodness, and your blog clearly shows you do too. ❤

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 13, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      I am sure we agree on many things. No one ever agrees exactly. The main points that are essential is the Gospel. All the other stuff is small stuff. Thanks for the great comment. I do believe in goodness.

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      • jovisgoes

        June 13, 2014 at 3:11 pm

        Simpatico my friend, we are simpatico. 🙂

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