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Dr. Michael Youssef wrote about; “The Spiritual Test” We can all remember our school days when we were faced with exams. These exams and tests were for our benefit. We must examine ourselves with the guidance of the “Holy Spirit” and always be ready to be tested, always being ready for exams is foundational to a positive life in Christ. Throughout 2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul wrote about all that God tought him and what gave him power to live positively in Christ in the midst of fear, Trepidation, imprisonment and flogging. In his conclusion to this letter he says, “Test Yourselves to see if you are in the faith, examine Yourselves!”
(2 Corinthians 13:5, NASB)

Where Dreams Soar

Juanita Barnes
Moreno Valley and the Inland Empire, I was asked to write the first part of this story.
Me! And I, am very, very humble to just be asked to do this for this young man and his family. To encourage us all no matter how long it takes, God is still an on time God. I can only just imagine how this mother and wife felt. This is not my story it is his, his name is “LUVELLE KENNON.” The Name of his story is “A THANKSGIVING BLESSING AND A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE.”

I got up that morning and headed off to work thinking the day would be just like any other. Mid-way through the day I started having trouble breathing. I called my wife and told her I was going to stop by the hospital urgent care prior to coming home that evening. I had being to the hospital pretty regularly approximately two to three years prior and each time the physicians couldn’t find a problem. Dizziness and fainting spells resulted in my being diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

I was told my thyroid would have to be removed, but after undergoing the operation I was plagued by the same symptoms. This is where the story begins: My name is Luvelle Kennon and I am writing in hopes of encouraging you to stay focused and never give up on God. That day I thought would be like any other wasn’t. I walked myself into the hospital emergency room that evening.

The last thing I remember I was being placed on life support that night. My heart was failing.
The doctors discovered I had Cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart is enlarged and cannot pump strong enough to deliver blood and oxygen to the body. As a result, my heart and lungs filled with fluid and I could no longer breath on my own. Remarkably, God brought me through.

A few days I was released from the hospital. Months later I had a pacemaker placed to assist my heart and returned to work soon after. I continued working and going back and forth to the hospital with my original symptoms.

In mid- October 2008 I was taken to the hospital yet again with breathing complication
and chest pain. I was admitted immediately. Tests revealed my heart function was 5% - normal heart function is 50% - 60%. The physicians stated my heart function was so poor that I would need to receive a heart transplant in order to live.

The transplant team informed me that my blood type could make it harder for me to receive a heart. My blood type is “O” which is very hard to match because this type can only receive other O’s and O’s can be given to all other blood types. This meant there would be lots of competition for an available heart. I was placed on a list to receive a transplant and told the wait could be weeks, months, or longer if at all. Of course, it all depended on a heart becoming available and it being awarded to me (a whole process within itself). My family and I determined we would pray and we asked everyone we knew to pray as well. A sermon I once heard asked, “Who’s report will you believe?” We determined to believe God’s.

When I was released from the hospital I came home with a portable I.V so I could stay on the medicine needed to keep my heart pumping strong 24/7. I was home just six days and received a phone call saying that a heart was available for me! On the seventh day I received my blessing.

Your blessing may take days, months, or even years. Don’t give up on God! I pray this
encourages you and helps you face whatever challenges are rising in your own life. Whatever your situation, hold on. Help is on the way! It’s true… extraordinary challenges bring extraordinary blessings!

Be Blessed

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