I wrote last February about the stroke I suffered on August 19, 2014, noting my status from the Veterans Day Parade 2013original prognosis of the attending neurologist to my condition at the time of the article some 18 months later. As I was leaving the Claremore Veterans Center on Friday afternoon (July 1) I ran into one of the nurses. He commented on how well I am walking since we met a few of months ago. I no longer use my cane as I can get along without it now. I still hobble more than walk but am doing so much better. As I stated in the original article, I have no doubt that God is going to restore me fully, it is just a question of when He does so. August 19 is the two year anniversary of the event that has drastically changed my life. I have grown closer to God through this experience and my faith is even stronger as I have seen His promise working in my health situation. People have told me they have been inspired by my attitude throughout this and I tell them the attitude is the result of seeing God’s faithfulness in restoring me. I was raised by wonderful parents who were devoted to God and very strict but loving and fair. As good as they were I know my Father they are with in Heaven is even better and will give me back the health satan took from me in his attempt to destroy me. I know God has a plan for my life and a mission for me to accomplish. He will keep me able until I have accomplished what He has assigned me to then He will let me join Him in Heaven. I could refuse the mission but I won’t because when I do face the judgment seat the words I want to hear are “well done my good and faithful servant”.

God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to earth to suffer and die on the cross to pay for my sins and to Jesusprovide for the healing I need. Jesus came for everyone who will ever live, to provide a path to redemption from sin. I know He didn’t suffer and die for me alone but I know He would have gone through it even if I was the only person in history who needed it. I try to lead as good a life as possible and am quick to repent when I fail God and sin because I know He understands that my transgressions are human failure not blatant disobedience.

There are people I meet that think I am foolish to believe the way I do but I have seen faith and prayer do wonderful things and I know without a doubt that if I will keep my faith, pray, and do what I can to help myself that God will heal me completely. If I sat back and did nothing all the faith and prayer in the world would not do any good. God helps those who help themselves so I have faith but do everything I can to do my part.

I don’t know when God is going to finish the healing in my body but I know it is a question of when, not a question of if. My wife has often stated that there is someone who needs to see me disabled then see me healed to get the benefit from my situation in their walk with God. I agree and will be supremely happy when this phase of my life is complete and I can get back to full activity.   There have been several people who have been encouraged by my progress in the time since the stroke . The doctor first told my wife I wouldn’t live through the night and eventually told her I would live but would be permanently paralyzed on my left side and would be bedridden and a mental vegetable as long as I did live. Thanks to God the prognosis was incorrect and full healing is in sight, maybe not right around the corner but definitely within sight. My goal is to continue believing and doing everything I can to honor God and to be a blessing to others.

For all the people of faith who read this I ask for you to pray for the nation. Right now is a pivotal time, probably the most crucial time in our history since the early days of the Revolutionary War, colonial-minutemen-2-tnlike the winter at Valley Forge, when it looked like everything might fall apart any day. The government is controlled by evil people, barak obama being the most evil person to ever inhabit the oval office. Some so-called “Christians” embrace political Obama Malignant Narcissismcorrectness, islam, and homosexuality in order to be accepted by people that despise Christianity because it holds them to Godly standards that calls sin out for what it is, an affront to God. A good verse to pray is 2 Chronicles 7:14, “if my people, who are called by my name will pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear them from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”. Expect to see vote fraud at unprecedented levels to get hitlery clinton into the White House. IF Trump should get elected pray that he will be the man we hope he will be instead of the man I think he will be, a self-centered arrogant tyrant that will rule according to his own interests rather than the interests of the nation and its legal citizens. Pray for the USA, that we will actually have elections, that they will be honest, and that the nation gets back to honoring God.

I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.

Bob Russell

Claremore, Oklahoma

July 3, 2016

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Bob Russell

Graduated from Classen High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in May, 1968. Enlisted in the U S Army on December 11, 1968, serving 3 years in the 7th Special Forces Group as a Heavy Weapons Expert, attaining the rank of Sgt. E 5. upon separation went to work at Southwestern Bell Telephone on January 17, 1972 and retired on August 31, 2003. Also spent 1 year on active reserve as a member of the 14th Special Forces Group. attaining the rank of Staff Sgt. E6. started and operated a business installing wiring for telephone, data, and video surveillance systems from October 2003 until December 2011. Suffered a debilitating stroke on August 19, 2014. Now recovering and doing volunteer work at the Claremore, Oklahoma Veterans Center. Attends church in Claremore at CedarPoint and LifeChanger churches. Married to wife Marsha since August 2, 1989 with 4 daughters and a deceased son, 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

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