Everybody Has a Story

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Lord my God, I called to you for help,
    and you healed me.  Psalm 30:2

My friend Tina began to share her story in our Refresh Sunday School Class.  It was absolutely amazing.  Tina Hunt is a beautiful Lumbee Native American who is full of joy; in spite of the lupus she deals with on a daily basis.

                                                            Tina is a true overcomer.

She overcame lots of ridicule as a young girl.  Can I say some of the people who made fun for a season; became her greatest advocates?  That’s the kind of character Tina displayed, even as a girl in high school.

Six years ago; Tina needed a kidney transplant, as doctors watched her kidney function grow weaker and weaker.  The transplant would cost $250,000.00.  Tina organized a golf tournament to help raise money for the transplant.  While at the tournament; a “donor” came forward.

This donor was not the “real deal”.  She was an attention seeking young woman, who wanted the recognition; however, as Tina found out later; had no intention of donating her kidney.

                                                            God sized discernment:

prepared Tina for the news to come.  She was not shocked nor left in despair when she got the phone call.  This young woman was renigging on her promise.

Back on the donor list Tina went and waited for two full years for her kidney.   God knew that someone would have to give their life in order for Tina to live.  God’s ways are higher than ours.  I watched Tina struggle some in the waiting time; but true to her character, Tina Hunt surrendered her situation to her Lord.  She is:

                                                              a woman of great faith.

As she waited; God made her stronger.  She could have chosen to be mad at God but instead she ran to Him in prayer and clung to His promise in Psalm 30:2.  “Oh Lord my God, I cried out to You for help and You restored my health.”

Tina had to be ready at any moment to receive the call to come to the hospital.  She is known to be a prepared Proverbs 31 woman.  When the call came in, she was absolutely ready.  She even named her kidney; “Gloria.”  Gloria weighed a little over two pounds.  This life saving organ has allowed Tina to live and carry on her exciting life.

Tina continues to encourage her family, friends and those who work under her in Mary Kay.  Her life is never dull nor boring.  She exhibits joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Everybody has a story.  Will you thrive in the midst of your suffering?  Will you wait upon the Lord to renew your strength? He is able to accomplish what concerns you both now and always.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, I pray You will continue to use Tina all the days of her life.  May her latter days be greater than the former.  Grant Your faithful servant the desires of her heart.  “Bless her and bless her indeed.”  In Jesus Name.  Amen


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Libby Williams

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