An Angel Escort - by Becky Schumacher

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Patti's sister, Becky, was with their mother when she was escorted home to heaven by two angels. I have asked her to share the story with you so you may also be comforted and encouraged.

Thank You, Lord, that leaving this earthly body is just the beginning of our heavenly existence!


Sitting carefully on the bed, I picked up her hand and gently began to trace it on the paper I had brought from home. She always had such beautiful hands. Yet those were the hard-working hands of a farmer's wife and mother of three girls. These hands had canned fruits and vegetables, kneaded bread, sewed matching dresses for Easter and Christmas, tended her colorful flowers, brushed our long curls, and were often folded in prayer over her open Bible on the kitchen table.

Beautiful hands.

Though at 85 Mom had been aging, suddenly a week ago she had collapsed and no longer could compete against the cancer that had taken over her body. Cancer -- a diagnosis that had surprised all of us. We had been at her bedside constantly. She had stopped responding yesterday and my time with her was almost gone.

Her life story was one of poverty, humiliation and loss, but also strong faith. Her father dead from WW1, orphaned at 16, she was torn from all that was familiar. As a young woman, she met our father, whom she adored. The last 22 years she had lived without this godly man of integrity and faith, and she missed him. His motto from Joshua, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord," had shaped our home growing up. We had been raised with love, discipline and the immeasurable gift of a Christian heritage. We served, we worshipped, we understood eternity. Death was not to be feared. The family rejoiced that soon she would no longer be alone. Jesus, her mother, and her husband were waiting. Until then, I would be there.

It was a stormy night so I had urged the rest of the family home earlier while I kept vigil and remembered. As the thunder rumbled overhead, her breathing became less regular. Being a nurse, I knew Mom would soon be with Jesus. For a time, I would rest on the couch in the adjacent room, then slip into her bed to hold her and tell her what she meant to me, my husband, and our children.

As the clock approached four a.m., wearily I left her room and lay on the couch. Drifting off, suddenly I was jerked awake and sat up. It seemed someone had called my name. There before me I saw two white fog-like figures pause, then cross the small room and fade away at the door. Mom had said "good-bye." And she was not alone!

What a gift to her, and to me. A sense of peace and love so beautiful settled in my heart.

How about you?

Thank You, Father God, that we are never alone. Thank You for Your presence and that Your company of heaven is always with us - comforting, encouraging, protecting and strengthening us. 

If you would like to learn more about these heavenly hosts God has assigned to you, we invite you to explore our resources on Everyday Angels - How to Encounter, Experience and Engage Angels in Everyday Life. Both hard copies and e-learning module are available.

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4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice

4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice

by Mark and Patti Virkler | 305 Pages

Have you ever wished you could just sit down and have a long talk with the Lord? Wouldn't it be wonderful to move beyond having a theology that states that God loves you to actually hearing Him whisper words of love into your heart? When you're worried or confused, wouldn't you love to see the situation from His perspective and hear how He wants you to respond?


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4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice (hard cover)

by Mark and Patti Virkler | 305 Pages

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For the first time EVER! Hardcover copies of 4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice. This is a magnificent, beautiful gift to give for any occasion. Retailing at $24.95, you can purchase it through our website at only $15.00! Bless people with the gift of spiritual intimacy with the Lord Jesus Christ. Get a souvenir copy for yourself. Only 600 copies produced, so order while supplies last!

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4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice Audio CD Package

4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice Audio CD Package

By Mark Virkler | 4 Keys book | 10 hours of CDs | LEARN notebook

Have you ever wished you could just sit down and have a long talk with the Lord? Wouldn't it be wonderful to move beyond having a theology that states that God loves you to actually hearing Him whisper words of love into your heart? When you're worried or confused, wouldn't you love to see the situation from His perspective and hear how He wants you to respond?

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4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice DVD Package

4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice DVD Package

By Mark Virkler | 4 Keys book | 10 hours of DVDs | LEARN notebook

Have you ever wished you could just sit down and have a long talk with the Lord? Wouldn't it be wonderful to move beyond having a theology that states that God loves you to actually hearing Him whisper words of love into your heart? When you're worried or confused, wouldn't you love to see the situation from His perspective and hear how He wants you to respond? When things don't seem to be going your way and your prayers aren't answered the way you had hoped, wouldn't it be great to hear Him tell you where He is in the midst of it, and what He is working out in your life? Are you ever just a little bit jealous of others who say with such confidence, "The Lord said...."?

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Dialogue with God

by Mark and Patti Virkler | 296 Pages

This top seller for 30 years from Bridge Logos provides a narrative, right-brain presentation of the principles of how to hear God's voice. Especially enjoyable for personal use, it makes a great gift for introducing a loved one to the voice of God. This book teaches the four keys to hearing God's voice in readable style, and also devotes two entire chapters to moving samples of people's journaling (i.e. their two-way dialogue with God).

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Hear God's Voice Guaranteed Package

Hear God's Voice Guaranteed Package

9 Books, 10 CDs, 10 DVDs now at a $30+ savings

Have you ever wished you could just sit down and have a long talk with the Lord? Wouldn't it be wonderful to move beyond having a theology that states that God loves you to actually hearing Him whisper words of love into your heart? When you're worried or confused, wouldn't you love to see the situation from His perspective and hear how He wants you to respond? When things don't seem to be going your way and your prayers aren't answered the way you had hoped, wouldn't it be great to hear Him tell you where He is in the midst of it, and what He is working out in your life? Are you ever just a little bit jealous of others who say with such confidence, "The Lord said...."?

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How to Hear God's Voice

by Mark and Patti Virkler | 317 Pages

We recommend that you order the newest revision of this book titled 4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice. It includes 95% of the content of How to Hear God's Voice but is reorganized so it fits perfectly with the 10 DVDs on this subject by Mark Virkler. In addition, it gets you started using the four keys earlier in the book and gives you more journaling samples and exercises. Since we have removed the large margins, it is a smaller and less expensive book.

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LEARN 4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice Notebook

LEARN 4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice

by Mark and Patti Virkler

This 49-page Life Enrichment And Review Notebook (previously called a "Seminar Guide") is designed to go along with the CD/ DVD series and/or PowerPoint presentation. If receiving training in a group, we highly recommend that EVERY member of the group have their own copy. It offers you the following four benefits:

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Prayers That Heal the Heart

Prayers That Heal the Heart

by Mark and Patti Virkler | 320 Pages

Prayer counseling that breaks every yoke! Everything you need to experience deep healing of your soul and spirit.

Did you know that you don’t need to be continually plagued by negative thoughts, feelings, pictures or memories?

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Counseled by God

by Mark and Patti Virkler | 146 Pages

Have you ever been defeated by negative emotions such as anger, fear, guilt, inferiority, condemnation or depression? Have you tried to fight them off unsuccessfully? Is there an answer that is deeper than simply trying to mentally reason yourself out of these emotions? Is there a way that Jesus can speak a word of life into the depths of your emotional despair and bring healing on a deep level? Is there a form of Christian counseling that begins and ends with the movement of Christ within your heart, rather than simply with the words of man?

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