Pastor Russ Update - Boy In The Plastic Bubble? NOT!

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There was a movie that came out in 1976 (hey, the year I graduated high school) called The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.  It was about a boy who lacked an effective immune system.  The actor was John Travolta.  In no way am I John Travolta,  nor do I plan to live in a plastic bubble.

First of all I want to thank you for your prayers during this critical time. As most of you know I was stung by a yellow jacket last Wednesday, August 30th in my temple area.  I am allergic to the venom and went into an anaphylactic reaction.  My throat began to close up and thanks to the Lord, the reaction of my family and those in the medical field,  I am alive today.

I have so much I want to say concerning the events of last week.  Each and every decision, the timing of those decisions were SO CRITICAL.  The decisions that my personal family made to those moments leading up to last Wednesday, the decisions that our Freedom Family made to those moments while I was in the ER and OR.  I believe every moment and every decision made is the reason why I am still alive. It is why we must continually be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s nudging in our lives moment by moment.

I have taken the week to rest.  The doctors have put me on meds to come down off the meds so my sleep pattern is out of whack.  After writing three blogs on Monday morning at 3 a.m. to updating you Thursday morning at 6 a.m. my body is in a recovery mode. The energy level can come and go so quickly. 

Thank God for a strong wife and family.  While my body was fighting to stay alive Lisa carried a spiritual and emotional load that cannot be comprehended.  You can imagine that her sleep pattern is out of whack as well. As a family we are still processing through this, but know that the determination and focus to build His Kingdom if anything has only intensified.

We will begin a new series in August called Random Thoughts.  I will take a few Sundays to  share the things that have come out of the events of last week.

As Freedom Family we have definitely had a summer of Eating Together, Playing Together and NOW Praying Together and Growing Together!  I’m ready for the fall and to find a routine to move forward.

PLEASE LISTEN TO THESE LAST WORDS!

We were not just made to survive.  We were made to do something significant.

WE WERE CALLED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

·      WE ARE FREEDOM CHURCH!

·      WE ARE FREEDOM FAMILY!

·      WE ARE FREE!

It's time for all of us to come out of our plastic bubble.  Thanks again for your prayers!  Hope to see you Sunday as we begin our new series "Random Thoughts."  

Russ