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Crushed Grapes Newsletter - Paddled Awake

February 13th, 2015

Dear Friends and Loved Ones,

Let God have His way with you. His way is the way of love, He is love. His way is the way of blessing and peace, He sees everything through the finished work that brings us salvation, peace and every blessing. His way is the way of Eden, He relates to us more intimately than He did with Adam and Eve before the Fall. It is not just a walk in the cool of the evening He lives in us and never leaves us. It is a restored life in the image and likeness of Almighty God, who is our Papa. Have Your way with us Father.

Last Saturday morning I awoke about 3:30 am. I was very restless, and had trouble going back to sleep. I dozed off and then WHAM! The defibrillator implanted in my chest went off and paddled me. I thought I was dying. In some ways it was like the call into ministry sixty years ago, but with more emphasis on dying rather than ministry. I was alone as Betty had been staying at Sarah’s helping her recover from surgery. I staggered into the office and dug through all the old health stuff and found the file they gave me when they put the device in me.

It said if you feel fine wait and call the Doctor the next day. I called Saturday morning and the operator said she would let the doctors know and if I had any problems, get to the hospital. Otherwise, call Monday morning. I did, they set up a time for Tuesday morning and checked the device and me. They also informed me that the defibrillator had paddled me on January 13, at 11:00 pm. It’s amazing what they can put into these mini-computers. They confirmed that my heart had stopped and I would have died if the thing hadn’t paddled me.

When I got home I checked out January 13, and found that it was the busiest day I have had in a long time. I left Orange County about 5:30 am, had breakfast in San Marcos at 6:30 with a son and suitor for one of my granddaughters and another granddaughter came by. Then several errands, and lunch at Green Oak Ranch. In the afternoon I visited a young man who broke his back in a truck accident, took a nap in the car and taught the men at Brother Bennos who are in the first phase of the re-hab program. Then back to Green Oak for dinner and a couple of counselling sessions. Then to the Hubers for my weekly overnight stay. Jim had just procured a hot-tub and I got in with him. The water was tremendously hot, so we didn’t stay too long. Went to bed around nine and slept so deep and sound I wasn’t aware of the episode with my heart at eleven.

Last Friday was also quite busy with some physical work and a long drive in the evening. I will be more careful in the future about not overextending myself, but always with the caveat that “though my heart and my flesh may fail, God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26.

Time during this final millennial day is to be marked with all work flowing out of rest and non-exertion. Our only real labor is to strive to enter into His rest. Jesus did all the work, and still wants it that way. Through us as His body, yes, but not from our individual efforts. “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord Almighty.” Zech. 4:6. These are the two witnesses, the two olive trees, and the two lampstands of Revelations 11.

What an awesome day to be alive, and by the grace and goodness of God, I am still alive to fight another day. I’m glad we are in this war together. I love you and thank God for you.

Love, Frank

Crushed Grapes Ministries

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Frank Smith
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