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The Refs Said If He Points at God Again, Hes Done. Thats When His Sister Slipped Him a Note

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The officials were ready to kick him out, but God had a different plan…

As a junior in high school, Luke Keller was ready to end his life.

The teen sufferedfrom depression, suicidal thoughts and separation-anxiety disorder. To top it off, his dad left him when he was only 10, his grandmother just died of cancer, and his grandfather was sent to prison.

With the whirlwind of negative circumstances and wavering mental health, Luke was at a breaking point.

He can pinpoint the exact day when the thoughts of suicide became so real that he was finally ready to kill himself.He just couldn’t take it anymore.

Lukejust got back from school and took a look at the chores list his mom left him. To clear his mind, he went out to cut the grass in hopes that the hum of the mower would calm his thoughts.

…But it didn’t have the effect that he had hoped.

With the urge to commit suicide still flooding his mind, Luke decided to finally reach out tosomebody he’d never talked to before:God.

He said, “God if you are real. If you are what people say you are, then tell me something because today Im going to end my life. I need you now if youre real.”

As Luke continued to make his way through his chores list, he heard God say, “I want you to follow me.” Taken aback by a voice he’d never heard before, Luke asked God to repeat himself if that was really Him. Again, the voice confirmed, “I want you to follow me.”

It was clear as day. And Luke dropped to his knees and wept at the realization that the Maker of the universe cared enough to answer his broken plea.

Luke told IJ Lift that the experience was unexplainable. It left him in “complete shock” after he went through an excruciating year that left him feeling death was his only way out. Instead, God showed him that He was the way out.

Suddenly, his thoughts of suicide, anxiety and depression were all gone. It’s like he was a new person. He didn’t recognize himself…and it was beautiful.

The only words that Luke could find were, “Thank you. Thank you.”

He repeated those wordsincessantly, as they were the only ones that his tongue could formulate.

Ever since that moment, Luke decided he wanted to show God gratitude in everything he didincluding the football field.

So after every touchdown his senior year, Lukewould bend a knee in the end zone and point hisfinger toward thesky to give God creditfor his accomplishment.

But not everyone approved of his touchdown routine. As his team headed into round 2 of the play-offs, Luke was told by the refs that if he did it again, he would be taken out of the game.

I was completely devastated, said Luke.What I play for is to glorify God. I decided I was just going to do it and if I got thrown out, then I got thrown out. I wouldnt even be here right now if it wasnt for God saving me.

But to encourage him at half-time, his sister slipped him a note that simply read: “Be patient and let God work.”

So that’s what he did.

When Luke scored the next touchdown, he didn’t point his finger up at God, but to his amazement,he turned around to see the 7,000 people in the stands doing the gesture for him.

Luke said, I felt like God said, Listen Luke, I told you Satan would come at you and I would separate it.

And hisstory still wasn’t over. Because of his amazing play, Luke was recruited to play for Morehead State University in Kentucky.

Atthe beginning of his sophomore season, he suffered a severe ankle injury that required surgery. But the doctor who operated on him, accidentally performed surgery on both of his ankles.

Luke laterbroke his wrist, which required another surgery, and he ended up contracting MRSA from an infection related to theprocedure.

Doctors told him he would probably never get to wear his uniform again.

Then6 weeks later, the doctor called with news that floored him:

He said, Hey, are you sitting down? Im thinking oh no, what else is going to come up, Luke says. He said, I just wanted to tell you that God has blessed you. Your blood work is perfect. Its completely back to normal.

Luke couldn’t believe his ears.

On October 10, 2015 Lukesuited up for his team, and as he made his way onto the field, he was taken back to that day he was mowing the lawn.His God showed up today, the same way He did then.

Amidst it all, Luke Keller has reached one final conclusion:

“I know God is real. Its the same feeling I had when I got saved while I was mowing my grass. Its the same feeling I had when the crowded showed their support that night and gave credit to God. Its the same feeling I had when I stepped back onto the field against Butler.

What he was looking for in suicide he actually found in His Saviorthe way out of the pain and into peace.

The same God who spoke to him them, is still looking out for him now. And He cares about the little thingsabout the gesture he wasn’t allowed to make without being penalized,the broken ankle, and the infection that could cost him his sports career. It may just be another old football game, but Luke knew God cared how big it was to him.

So He let himplayand Lukeplayed his heart out that night, once againfor the One who made it all possible.

Read more: http://www.faithit.com/the-refs-said-if-he-points-at-god-again-hes-done-thats-when-his-sister-slipped-him-a-note/


This Grandma Greeted Soldiers with Hugs for 12 YearsWhen She Wasnt There, They Had to Find Her

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She had given them over half a million hugs…

Since 2003, Elizabeth Laird has made it her mission to hug soldiers as they deploy and return to Fort Hood/III Corp Installation.

Affectionately known as the “Hug Lady,” the 83-year-old has developed a band of loving followers over the years as she goes to the airport to pay her respects to each military member with a warm embrace.She’s even got her own Facebook page.

It’s a small act, but it’s had massive impact.

Over the 12-year span, the local hero has actually given over half a million hugs. The troops had come to expect her.

But then one day, she wasn’t there…

What many didn’t know is that Elizabeth has hadbreast cancer for the last 11 years. Recently, she’s been admitted to the intensive care unit as she fights yet another round in her cancer battle.

Even though she’s been at war with her own health battle over the last decade, she’s still made it her goal to send off and welcome home our brave troops. And so they wanted to return the favor.

Because she couldn’t come to them, the men and women of Fort Hood are coming to Elizabeth, giving her the warmest bedside hugs in return for the thousands she’s handed out over the years.

“It brings a little life to you that somebody actually cares enough to love you. And a complete stranger at that,” said one of the visiting soldiers.

It would be my honor to give her a hug in her time of need, Staff Sgt. Jarvez Wilkes told NBC. I made it my business to get down here and show her a little love because shes shown me plenty of love.

In addition to the hugs, the troops have collectively helped raise more than $80,000 for Elizabeth’s medical expenses in less than a week.

In response to the amazing kindness, her son Richard Dewees said, The outpouring of people, the comments coming in, its amazing. Shes touched this many people in that way with just a simple hug.

If you’d like to help with Elizabeth’sexpenses too, you candonate to her GoFundMe page here. Or just spread a little “Hug Lady” love by sharing her amazing story.


If you liked this post, you’ll also love our story on the “grandma in the window.”

Read more: http://www.faithit.com/this-grandma-greeted-soldiers-with-hugs-for-12-years-when-she-wasnt-there-they-had-to-find-her-inspirational/


25 Things Every Woman Should Have By The Time She Turns 25

1. Enough confidence to no longer feel the need to justify what she eats, who she dates or what she wears, not only to other people, but

2. The goal of a bank account with a fewmonths’ living expenses in it, if she doesn’t have that already. Just in case.

3. Only the phone numbers, Facebook friends, weekend plans, and roommates she actually wants.

4. A best friend who islike a sister.

5. A space of her own.

6. A good idea of what she in a romantic relationship, not just what sheor what she she needs, and the willingness to explore different people and other ideas to find what exactly that is.

7. A closet of what considers to be her “staples,” and among these things, something to wear to an interview, funeral, wedding, impromptu Friday night drink at a casual bar and dream date if ever someone were to call out of the blue.

8. The tact and grace to ask for a raise, a promotion, a change in a relationship ora date with someone she’s into.

9. The faiththat she deserves those things.

10.A favorite coffee order, go-to restaurant for when friends visit from out of town, hairstyle that takes less than five minutes in the morning, “thank you” cards in her desk drawer,the print copy of her favorite book, and bedding that she is proud to show off.

11. A hobby that has nothing to do withdrinking, shopping or somebody else.

12.The recipes for a number of easy meals memorized.

13. The desire and discipline to actually cook for herself. (Just herself.)

14. A trip she tells awesome stories about and a trip shehasawesome plans for.

15. A sense that she’s let go of resenting other women for what they do or don’t have over her.

16. Enough of a healthy relationship with her body that her contentment no longer hinges on comparison, or what her partner would think.

17. At least one date in her memory with the kind ofpartnerwhowouldn’tcare about those things anyway.

18. Forgiveness if she’s dated men who haven’t quite matured as quickly as women tend to in their early 20s.

19.The knowledgeof what she wants in bed and the confidenceto ask for it without feeling uncomfortable.

20. Adrill, a non-stick pan, a credit card line nobody else has access to, a bra that she was measured for at the store and working knowledge of how to change a tire, unclog a pipe, make an investment and find shoes on the 40% rack.

21. A relationship with her mother, even if it’s the decision thattheir relationship will be at least functioning, if not familial.

22. A passport, a sturdy piece of luggage, and the ability to pack the essentials at a moment’s notice should she be offered the chance to get away for a weekend, a week, or a whole new life.

23. The following emergency kit: Tylenol/Advil, eyedrops, a tampon, hand sanitizer, a fresh pair of underwear, a travel sized toothbrush,hydrocolloid bandages for blisters,$20 cash, a condom, and Plan B.

24.Forgiveness for who she was.

25. An idea of who she wants to be.

Brianna Wiest is the author of, available here.

Read more: http://thoughtcatalog.com/brianna-wiest/2014/06/25-things-every-woman-should-have-by-the-time-she-turns-25/


Youre Allowed To Leave

“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave. Mo Willems.

Youre allowed to leave any story you dont find yourself in. Youre allowed to leave any story you dont yourself in.

Youre allowed to leave a city that has dimmed your light instead of making you shine brighter, youre allowed to pack all your bags and start over somewhere else and youre allowed to redefine the of your life.

Youre allowed to quit the job you hate even if the world tells you not to and youre allowed to search for something that makes you look forward to tomorrow and to the rest of your life.

Youre allowed to leave someone you love if theyre treating you poorly, youre allowed to put yourself first if youre settling and youre allowed to walk away when youve tried over and over again butnothing has changed.

Youre allowed to let toxic friends go, youre allowed to surround yourself with love, and people who encourage and nurture you. Youre allowed to pick the kind of you need in your life.

Youre allowed to forgive yourself for your biggest and smallestmistakes and youre allowed to be kind to yourself, youre allowed to look in the mirror and actually the person you see.

Youre allowed to set yourself free from your own expectations.

We sometimes look at leaving as a bad thing or associate it with giving up or quitting, but sometimes leaving is the best thing you can do for yourself.

Leaving allows you to change directions, to start over, to rediscover yourself and the world. Leaving sometimes saves you from staying stuck in the wrong place with the wrong people.

Leaving opens a new door for change, growth, opportunities and

You always have thechoice to leave until you find where you belong and what makes you happy.

Youre even allowed to leave the old behind and reinvent yourself.

Rania Naim is a poet and author of the new book , available here.

Read more: http://thoughtcatalog.com/rania-naim/2016/07/youre-allowed-to-leave/