“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.” 1Peter 5:10-11 NIV
I nicknamed Pat Riddlebarger ‘the energizer bunny’. Pat was the wife of Dr. Statt Riddlebarger, pastor of Pearsall Road Church in San Antonio and both are my very dear friends.
Almost three years ago, Pat was told she had cancer and was given just a few months to live. The doctors did not know Pat and her faith in GOD. Her faith turned a few months into years.
Regardless of her health struggles and the negative assessment by the doctors, Pat kept coming back again and again. Six months ago, she was back playing the piano at her church. Like the energizer bunny, Pat kept coming back and kept going and going and going.
She told me a few months ago about when she was originally told she was terminal. She did not want to give up. She told me: “I chose to live and you can’t live if you’re thinking about dying!”
With a beautiful smile up the end, Pat kept going and going and going. Like the advertised energizer bunny, Pat had a battery pack that kept her going. Her battery was the HOLY SPIRIT, whom lived inside her. Pat was a real born again believer. Her Christian faith is to be admired.
You can be like Pat, ‘the energizer bunny’, with the HOLY SPIRIT living in you as well. It’s easy. Ask JESUS to forgive you of all your sins. Tell HIM you want HIM to be your personal SAVIOUR. GOD will bless you and HIS HOLY SPIRIT will live in you. Accept JESUS and in time you will meet Pat in Heaven.
Today’s prayer: “Thank YOU, JESUS, for rescuing me from the pains and sickness of this earth. Thank YOU for forgiving my sins so that I may live with YOU eternally. Help me today to share YOUR good news with others. Amen.”