On Pins and Needles… God’s Healing Through Acupuncture

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Every Tuesday I take the train to Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto for an acupuncture sessions with Dr. Huang. Now this is a miracle. I was always one to doubt Eastern medicine, figuring it was ‘phu phu’ stuff, involving centering your energy and ‘Chi’s’. Until I injured my hands, arms and shoulder from overuse. In pain, not able to write, paint or bike, or even get to the grocery store without a friend taking me, I found myself in a humble spot with the Lord.

My conventional doctors could only give me cortisone shots and the possibility of surgery, which I did not want. Physical Therapy did not help. So when my pain doctor suggested Acupuncture, I prayed about it.

“Really, Lord, acupuncture? Isn’t this dangerous to do spiritually?”

Hearing the Scripture over and over, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6), I felt God was leading me to try this, so I made the appointment. Wondering how I would pay for it, as my insurance did not cover it, I was offered a 80% discount by Stanford, a welcome surprise.

And so it began. Dr. Huang, with his Chinese accent and sense of humor, studied the practice in China before he began practicing at Stanford 20 years ago. I was a bit nervous, as I did not know what he was doing, placing up to 14 needles all over me, but I trusted God would use his hands to help heal me.

They say acupuncture works for some and not for others, but my very first session, I felt its magical effects. I felt my life force or ‘energy’ as they call it, move and center me. I felt a deep peace and calm come over me. After the very first session, for which he was treating my carpel tunnel in both hands, with pain radiating up to my neck, I was able to write on the computer without pain for 15 minutes, which believe me, was a miracle.

To work on my frozen shoulder, he asked me if I could take a ‘big’ needle. I assured him if I could take a cortisone shot in my wrists, I could take this needle.

“Now don’t kick me,” he said, as He placed the needle in my right shin.

“O.K. I won’t” not knowing what to expect. He turned it twice, and i felt my nerve travel into my foot and my foot kick up, luckily missing him.

“Now, move your shoulder through all the pain points for one minute.”

I did this, and low and behold, all my shoulder pain was gone! I could move my left arm. I was pain free for four days! When I told my orthopedic doctor, Dr. Roh, he exclaimed;

“I don’t believe it, I don’t believe it…but give me his name as I have a patient who want to try it.” I laughed all the way home from the doctors office.

images-2The best part happens while I lie on the table for 45 minutes after the needles are placed in various places. I hear the Holy Spirit whispering to me above the relaxing Chinese meditation music. I hear words of comfort, as He also moves through my soul, healing it from past hurts and trauma. I feel deep peace and calm come over me and all my worries float away. I see Jesus in a vision, sitting at my feet, touching my body as His healing power flows through me. Tears spring from the sides of my eyes, as my heart expresses my gratitude to the Lord for this provision of healing to me: body, mind and spirit.

Dr. Huang puts two needles in my head and he tells me this aligns and balances my energy. Do I believe it now? Yes, I do, as I have seen how my emotions have stabilized and my mind is clearer and calmer.

God works in mysterious ways. He can take an unbeliever like myself and turn me into a believer, when I see His power and majesty move on my behalf. Dr. Huang jokes with me by saying, to heal my depression he would have to sick a long needle into one ear and out the other, to which I laugh. But it is no laughing matter to be able to type this whole blog post, to be able to ride my bike again on occasion and to paint with my pastel crayons. images

God is in the business of restoring broken parts and places with whatever means He chooses. I give Him all the Glory. I share my testimony with you today, hoping you will trust Him with your broken places, asking Him for His healing touch in whatever way He brings it, including ‘pins and needles’. Amen.

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Luck or God’s Grace?

Today, I was reflecting on St. Patrick’s Day which is tomorrow March 17.  Being part Irish, I am familiar with the custom of wearing green and pinching those who don’t.  My thoughts turned to how as a Christian, nothing is left up to luck, but God’s grace.

The Scripture that comes to mind is, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, but lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).

It is by God’s grace, his unmerited favor, his love, his provision, that my life unfolds.  I have given my heart to Jesus as my Lord and Savior and I belong now to Him.  He promises to give us His free gift of grace, of salvation, forgiveness of our sins and eternal life.  If only we believe.

You might say it was ‘luck’ when in the throes of a clinical depression, at the lowest part of my life, that I found Jesus.  Or really, He found me. He saved my life and my soul from the darkness of a life of sin and deception.  When I surrendered my life to Him, I found my life, one I live by faith and trust in God now.  For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it (Matthew 16:25).

Which leads me to the Scripture in Proverbs.  When we trust God and turn over our problems and sorrows to Him, not counting on our own understanding about the issue, but acknowledging Him as the answer, He will direct our paths. I have seen this so many times in my life, once I gave up control of my life, and let Him lead.

Recently, I trusted Him to help me raise the money to attend this year’s Christian writing conference at Mt. Hermon Conference Center.  I felt his lead to write a letter to those close to me from my church family and God was faithful. I received the sponsors and donations I needed to go. In His timing and His way.

Do you trust God with your heart and your life?  Have you let go and surrendered your will to His will?  If you want the beautiful plan God has for your life, you need to do so.  If you are relying on ‘luck’, then you are at the mercy of this world, not of God, and He is the safest place to be.

Often, what you have thought of as ‘luck’ and coincidence has really been God operating on your behalf and goodwill.  You just didn’t know it. I even suggest it was not ‘luck’ that brought you to read this blog post, but God’s grace directing your path to find Him.

So, I am here to ask you today to consider how He has been wooing you to come follow Him, to allow Him to be your Lord and Savior. He has two beautiful gifts that don’t require any luck, just grace. A forgiven heart and a life spent in eternity with Him and your loved ones.

Can you trust Him right now?  If so, pray this prayer to turn your ‘luck’ into God’s favor in your life.

Dear Jesus:  I admit I am a sinner and need your free gift of grace.  I have been searching for luck when in reality I should have been searching for you.  I want to surrender my life to you as Lord and Savior, asking you to forgive my sins and give me eternal life.  I ask you to help me trust you and live by faith in you.  I trust your promise that by trusting in you, not in myself, you will guide my steps and life into your perfect plan.  Thank you Jesus.  Amen.

Congratulations!  Angels are dancing in Heaven to celebrate you being born again into the Kingdom of God!

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