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July 30, 2014 by Melissa

 

 

You are Worthy

Slowly but surely God has raised me up. I’ve fallen many times over and over again, but just as a baby falls when they are learning to take their first steps…God was there for me every step of the way. I still find myself pondering on the past.Thinking back to all my regrets and on this day last week I was driving to work listening to KSBJ and feeling so sorry for myself and then the perfect song…God was speaking to me this worthless person.  Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave came on.  As I listened to the words I felt his Love…I know he was talking to me.  He was there to pick me up again.
With these words…I know he cares for me like no one ever has.

All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head”
I remember oh God, You’re not done with me yet

I don’t have to be the old man inside of me
‘Cause his day is long dead and gone
I’ve got a new name, a new life I’m not the same
And a hope that will carry me home

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July 30, 2014 by anna

 

 

dream

In May of this year my immediate family was devastated when my 38 yr old daughter was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. A week later my oldest sister, 75 yrs old, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. We’ve all been in a shock mode. My daughter had a mastectomy and is undergoing chemo at this time in the valley. She is a strong believer in God and knows she will survive this. My sister as well is a believer.

Long story short, my husband told me one day that me and my other 2 sisters should get together with my oldest sister and take a trip some where. I told him how it would be impossible for all of us to do this simply due to finances etc. How the Lord works things out, I had asked my youngest daughter of when she might be able to drive me to San Antonio to see my sister. Well, she calls me and says mom you still want to go see Tia, I said yes, she said well I’ve been invited to a bridal shower in SA this weekend, so if you want to go, here’s your chance. So I got my other 2 sisters to tag along, So long story short here’s our little vacation all together to go see my sister. To me this was an answered prayer from God. We may have not been able to go far but we will be together with her.

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July 30, 2014 by Ali

 

 

I’ve Always Loved You

I fell in love for the first in 0-60 in no time flat after a divorce! Eight months later, the same way he came into my life, he was gone and I was absolutely soul-crushed. I imagined my soul lying on my back in a darkened alley and only able to move my eyes back and forth scanning the darkness all around me and wondering how I could still be alive.

The night after he left, it all came crashing down on me. I kicked and screamed like a tempter-tantrum-throwing two year old. I stopped long enough to find a “Jesus music” station and proceeded to scream at God “LOVE ME!!! LOVE ME!! LOVE ME!!!” over and over again. At some point, mid sob, I heard the lyrics “I’ve always loved you, even before there was time, though you turn away I tell you still.. Don’t you know I’ve always loved you.”

And harder I sobbed. Those sobs, however, were not of rejection and pain but the realization that God loves me still and His is the only love I’ll ever need.

In the weeks and months that followed, I clung to Him and His love, and slowly, after each prayer He revealed Himself in my pain.

I am thankful for that man who taught me to love so that I could love Jesus. I am thankful for that man’s rejection so I could be so broken that only God could put me back together perfectly in my scars.

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July 30, 2014 by Isela

 

 

Telling my heart to beat again

I just wanted to share my own personal story with you all regarding the song, “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” by Phillips, Craig and Dean.

I am a proud Christian, I love listening to KSBJ while driving and my Christian station on my iTunes Apple TV while I am home. And every time I hear any one of Phillips, Craig and Dean songs, it always manages to touch me in some way or another.

9 years ago, while pregnant with my middle child, Sebastian, it was discovered that I have a heart condition. I was diagnosed with Myocarditis, which is inflammation of the heart. After being treated and spending many nights and several occasions in the hospital, I was diagnosed with PVC’s (Premature ventricular contractions) and V-tach (Ventricular tachycardia). PVC’s are normal, in which some people feel them and some people don’t. V-tach is the first stage of a heart attack and my heart is literally racing about 6 - 8 beats per second. In order to deliver my son, I had to have a c-section. My whole pregnancy with my son was very stressful. The father of my son was violent with me before the pregnancy, during our marriage, and at the very beginning of my pregnancy, but we soon separated after finding out I was pregnant. I had my family support to help me feel better and to take care of my daughter while I was in the hospital. Thank The Lord; my son was born perfectly healthy.

I was told that I would have to always be on heart medication. So after my son, Sebastian, was born, I would have to switch my heart medication approximately every year because the medicine would stop working. After a few years, I started having pain with the PVC’s and complained to my Dr., but he wouldn’t do anything about it.

After Sebastian was approximately 10 months old, I started a relationship with someone that I had fallen completely in love with. We were together for 4 years when I became pregnant with my youngest son, Eric. My Cardiologist and Obstetrician had warned me after delivering Sebastian that I should not have any more kids because of my heart condition. He and I separated too shortly after I found out I was pregnant again. After our separation, I went into a bad depression and turned to God again. During my depression, my heart condition started to worsen. I had already been feeling the PVC’s, but now I was able to feel each and every v-tach. I was having them every few weeks and my Cardiologist got angry with me and didn’t want to help me out again. Thank the Lord again; Eric was born very healthy by cesarean section.

After Eric was born, everything was wonderful and I was feeling better from my heart. I was even off of my heart medication for almost nine months. I started working again to provide for my children since I couldn’t depend on my ex-husband to pay child support. But even with Child Support, it wasn’t enough to provide for my family. My kids and I have been living in my apartment since I started dating Eric’s dad.

After I started working again in HR for several months, I received a new manager. She and I got along really well and I cared about her a lot and she would often give me her kid’s hand-me-downs. I was a very efficient employee and loved my job and was a very hard worker. On May 13, 2013, I was attending CPR training and had just finished practicing on a dummy, I had a bad episode of v-tach almost to the point of passing out. I was shaking, very weak and having debilitating pain with each PVC, which was quite often. After being assessed by our CPR trainer, she made the call to 911. The paramedics were trying to convince me to take me to the hospital after realizing that my heart was not slowing down. Everyone there at the hospital would not believe me that I could feel the PVC’s with pain and the V-tach’s as well. During the night, while hooked up on a heart monitor, they realize I was telling the truth after having a bad episode of v-tach. I ended up staying for many days and didn’t feel any better when I went home. Stress at work was really bad and got worse with each passing day and with each hospital stay. I had two unsuccessful heart procedures and the day I returned to work after my 2nd procedure, I was fired from my job. My cardiologist was happy that I was fired since I was under a lot of stress at work. During several stays at the hospital, many tests were run. It was discovered that I have scar tissue about the size of a quarter in the middle section of the septum. My specialist is under the impression that I got the scar tissue when I had Myocarditis while pregnant with Sebastian, 9 years ago. Also with every hospital stay, the PVC’s were more painful along with the V-tach’s. I literally had no energy, my heart rate was high and my blood pressure was low.  My daughter, Raelynn, and Sebastian eventually moved in with my parents since I was not getting much sleep at night due to the pain and so that I could relax as much as I could, while I stayed at the apartment with Eric. After having my last procedure, my health got worse again. I kept complaining to my cardiologist and he did blood work STAT and also ordered an Echo. During the Echo, the technician said that everything looked good to her and hardly had PVC’s. The blood work came back normal and I was happy but I didn’t understand why I was having difficulty in my deep breathing and just had chronic chest pain. I went to my Dr.  to get the results of the Echo and was told that now I was going into heart failure…

Now I am waiting for my insurance to switch over my insurance provider since the Dr., that I have been seeing for 9 years, is no longer on with my previous provider. Also, I am waiting to see a new PCP since the heart failure specialists that are highly recommended, do not accept my insurance. The new PCP will have to write letters to the new insurance providers to see if they will approve the heart failure specialists that I need to see and hopefully won’t have to pay for my treatment plan, since my first appointment was $752.00, of which I have only paid $5.00.  LOL!

Two days before my last procedure, I was able to hear “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” on KSBJ. I cried like a weeping baby during and even after the song finished. The night before the procedure, I kept telling myself that my heart will beat again and even as I was being taken to the procedure room. I was very blessed during the procedure. For the first two procedures, I was awake during both procedures. The EP Specialists basically send electrical shocks to your heart to stimulate PVC’s and V-Tach’s. The poor anesthesiologist kept talking to me to get me to calm me down, but I could not speak because the pain was so severe and only tears would come out from my eyes. During the third procedure, my heart did not slow down a bit with the anesthesia and, I was able to be knocked out completely without feeling any pain, thank God! Yet again, the EP Study and ablation was unsuccessful. As of right now, the condition/diagnosis that I have is one in every six billion according to my Dr. I should apply for disability but he’s not positive that I will get approved.  Basically I have been living off the Grace of God for the past year since getting fired from my job and probably not being able to work again ever.

I will admit God has given me a great talent of making party printables and due to that and several candle fundraisers, my kids and I have been able to stay at our apartment but not sure for how much longer. As my condition worsens, many of my FB friends have mentioned that I am an inspiration to them because even with all the bad news with my heart, I still have my faith and I know that God is right here with me. ALWAYS!

PCD’s song “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again”, to me, is God telling me that everything is going to be OK and just to hand it over to Him and I will be healed. Although, I am very scared since I am a single mother of three great kids, I am afraid that one day, my heart condition will have a point of no return. But I know that it’s His will and not my own. I just need to let go and let God. He has a perfect plan for me and my children.

KSBJ, please keep up with wonderful work / minister that y’all do in God’s behalf. You all are a blessing to me and I know a blessing to many other people who are like me.

With my gratitude in my heart,
Isela Garcia

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July 30, 2014 by Joanne

 

 

Finding God again

July 15th 2012 I lost the love of my life of 35 yrs. I was so angry at God! Paul collapsed, as I performed CPR on him as he slipped away suddenly. I was in shock, the rest of 2012 thru summer 2013. Life was crazy: teaching full time, closing a business, selling large equipment, clearing out our lake house, rebuilding a whole master bath. Murphy’s law kicked in, everything that could break in the house my did ( thank goodness for YouTube), an uninsured driver hit my car,  finances in a whirlwind, where was God? What else? I was not reflecting on my blessings in life at that time. At the end of 2013, I found a bereavement group which led me to attending that church again. My family and God were watching over me through it all. I finally reflected on my blessings: 2 new grand babies, Paul died at home not on the freeway therefore not killing someone, having peace of mind at his death for just a moment, I had 3 memory quilts made for the kids, and finally my friends and family realizing to spend more time with their family, for life truly is a blessing. In May 2014, I lost my mom to leukemia that she had battled for 18 yrs. She knew it was time and she wanted to go and we told her it was okay. Three weeks and just 4 days in hospice her soul left this world. This time I felt the peace of God surrounding me. I realized grief changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. I love listening to music! In 2013 I found KSBJ radio station as I was flipping through the radio the song Blessings by Laura Story, and and Overcomer by Mandisa and Press on by Building 429 seemed to speak to me. Bereavement, your songs and church have lead me back to God. Here’s to a new chapter in my life! <3 Jo

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July 30, 2014 by Mayra

 

 

Finding God

During the recession my family and I lost our home. The loss I felt was heartbreaking and it only added the personal problems I already had. Feeling lonely, depressed and lost I heard a song on ksbj: Josh Wilson’s Before the Morning played the lyrics “cause the pain you’ve been feeling, can’t compare to the joy that’s coming”, filled my heart with hope. That night I rededicated my life to God. I found my comfort, strength and home in God. No matter what happens I can always turn to my Heavenly Father.

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July 30, 2014 by Elena

 

 

In our time of trouble

My daughter and I went to my grandson’s appt. @ Texas Children’s Hospital and found out he has hearing loss in both ears. This is something that took us by surprise because we have never experienced anything like this. Never the less with my first grandson and she is my only daughter with 4 brothers. We didn’t speak the whole way home and just sat in silence. I listen to KSBJ non stop all day long at work and I chose to turn her station to KSBJ at that moment someone gave testimony of how her husband had this illness that they never expected but realized that God’s mercy is bigger than his illness and that they were doing so much because of His mercy! and the song Press on came on TWICE.. back to back!!!!!!! I told my daughter that God had answered her and me. That we have to “PRESS ON”... Jay is our life.. he is an incredible little boy. (3months) and he has gone through so much but I thank God everyday because we have him! Thank you for your prayers!

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July 30, 2014 by Alan

 

 

A strangers kindness…......

I had heard many stories especially during post it month back in February about doing acts of random kindness to others for no reason and I had been on the giving side of that before but never on the receiving side. Well, yesterday I stopped off at HEB in Pearland on my way home from work to get a few items for my daughter. After standing in the check out line for a few minutes, the clerk started to ring my items up and then came the total. I reached into my pocket and pulled out my wallet. Well, low and behold my Debit/Credit card was not in my wallet and it was then that I had realized I had ran off and left in the restaurant that my daughter and I had eaten at the night before. So I told the clerk that I had ran off without my card and that I was very sorry and I was not going to be able to pay and as I started to walk a way, I heard a voice behind me say “I’ll get that” and I was kinda shocked and I said that I could not allow her to do that but she insisted so I let her and I said “Thank You very much and God Bless.” I am truly Blessed by The Lord by this random act of kindness and I know this unknown lady will surely be blessed by God. I Praise and Thank The Lord and this unknown lady who had done this for me!

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July 30, 2014 by Erica

 

 

A mountain of stress

The past few months have been really testing my faith. Everyone has normal life stresses. A few of mine include finances, relationship issues, and relocating from one house to another. Well my baby brother Sergio, 23 years old, was born with a brain tumor and started having seizures at the age of 5. Unfortunately they seem to be happening more frequently. This past Saturday he had a really intense one and luckily my fiancé and I were there. It started in his bedroom and as he was walking into the living room get my mothers attention he stumbled and fell hitting the right side of his face on the floor and began to seize. We quickly rushed to his side and as his lips turned blue we had to call an ambulance. Thanks to God’s grace he is ok now. Being someone who tries desperately to trust God, I still have strong control issues and the mentality of holding the weight of the world on my shoulders. This incident with my brother completely just broke me into pieces. The little slice of control I thought I had just slipped thru my fingers. Like some, I am the type of person that takes my anger, frustration, stress and shoves it deep down inside myself where no one can see it and keeping myself from confronting or dealing with it. My fiancé Kyle, bless his heart, is so patient and strong when I need him to be. He was at the end of my aggression when I felt lost, and I noticed that I shut him out when things seem to pile up thinking I can handle it all alone. Well this morning I finally broke and it all came pouring out on our way to work. Kyle and I had a deep conversation addressing our issues that made me feel so much better. After I dropped him off and was on my way to work, the first four songs I heard were chosen just for me. The four were My Heart is Yours, Strong Enough, 10,000 Reasons and Beautiful. As I’m trying to dive thru my tears I could feel God’s presence in my car, his arms around me letting me know that I can not do this alone and even in the darkest of times he is with me. I can not tell you , Dear KSBJ, how much I appreciate everything you do for our community and how much I needed that message this morning. I honestly do not know how I would make it thru my life without this station. And let the glory go to God for making it all possible and touching these artists souls to write these songs that become the saving grace in our darkest times. My fiancé told me he nor God can stand with me if I’m trying to stand alone. That completely changed my perspective and I will never forget that. A million thank you’s KSBJ and praise God!!

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July 30, 2014 by Martina Tak

 

 

30 day callenge

I visited houston for the Ad Deum dance company almost 30 days in May. I listened to KSBJ every day for 2,5 hours in my rental car on my way to the dance studio.  It was my time of worship prayer and being reminded of Gods enormous love for us. I am in Cleveland now and will return home to the Netherlands in August. KSBJ goes with me online! Thank you!

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