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The Physically Challenged Ministry
PCM-01-05-2013 looking to God for help
Having a physical, emotional or spritual challenge is a prime opportunity to look for help from God.
I look at a 'challenge' as any issue that we face that causes us physical, emotional or spiritual pain. It can be a direct and concrete as a visible illness and as evasive and invisible as a mental illness that we personally or a loved one may be experiencing. I am sure that all of us can unfortunately relate and have personally experienced all or some combination of the above.
We have the Bible as a source to look into the heart and thinking of God. We can see some things from how Jesus interacted with the multitudes of sick or “challenged” [as we will refer to it] that lead us to conclude that God does not wish us to be inflicted and that all pain is contrary to how things are in Heaven. Otherwise Jesus would have been going against God and thus himself any time he was involved in healing even on a temporary basis. [Just a reminder that earthly bodies have their limits and are designed to expire.]
The issues arise when we want to take control ourselves of the timing, method and nature of the release from our 'challenges.' I prefer to take the faith approach and let God be incontrol of the details, seeing how little control I am able to exert.
We live in a world full of questions problems and issues, no one of us here have all the answers or solutions
Romans 4:5 [The Message Version] But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it's something only God can do, and you trust him to do it - you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked - well, that trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift.
This is a principal that can and should be applied to all that God is involved with. Whether it is eternal life or our release from our 'challenges'.
With this in mind, let's take the opportunity to act on the following verse found in Psalm 14:2 MSG
God sticks his head out of heaven. He looks around. He's looking for someone not stupid - one man, even, God-expectant, just one God-ready woman.
Or as it is translated in the new century version:
The Lord looked down from heaven on all people to see if anyone understood, if anyone was looking to God for help.
Let's be God expectant as we live out our days here on our temporary home, Earth. Be prepared to shed all the challenges we now face and to embrace life with God-expectant faith. The best is yet to come! Stop depending on yourself for all the solutions, you and I are just not equipped to take all the challenges on alone, we NEED God!
As with all things I write for the Physically Challenged Ministry, they are free of charge and encouraged to be freely shared. It is my passion to help those of us with physical, emotional and spirituL challenges grow in our love and appreciation of God. Share in this by sharing this.
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Bill, I received
today. It's absolutely beautiful. Thank you so
Tracy C. , 13 Jun 2013 10:07
It's beautiful. Thank you for sending a preview. Tracy C. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:56
Bill...thank you so
much for the information...I will keep what I original order with
just the water and cliff... thanks for having such a great idea for
my Irish friend.
Best regards...Barbara W. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:26
Thank you again for your assistance today.
I’ve ordered from you in the past and you have been wonderful (not to mention the fact that the people I gave the prints to loved them very much). I have a friend whose Mom passed away recently and I’d like to order the following.....
Thank you very much, Mary Y. 03/16/2013 6:17P++++++++++++Received Courtney's gift today. Thank You it's perfect!! 3/2/2013 9:22:40 AM Thanks, that looks great!!
Hi Bill. Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, but the 2nd package arrived yesterday. Once again thank you for your help and these beautiful items! Enjoy your holidays! John Dixon 12/17/2012 7:22:10 P.M++++++++++++
Bill thank you and Merry Christmas to you and yours. Kathy Dec 20, 2012, at 12:15 PM
Thank you so much as it is my mother's Christmas gift. Debbie Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 7:06
I am glad you were encouraged! You run an exceptional business! December 10, 2012 8:05 PM
I received our Irish Wedding Blessing Artwork today. It turned out beautifully!!! Thank you so much for your speedy response to my postal crisis. My niece and her husband will be very touched. I sent a photo of what you did to my sister (the mother of the bride) and she cried! Many thanks for your integrity, craftsmanship and kindness. May your business be blessed!!
Dawn G. California December 07, 2012 8:42 AM
It looks beautiful Bill…thank you so much for your fast response! December 06, 2012 3:48 PM
Thanks so much Bill, I really appreciate it. It looks great! Amy Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:44:
Is there anyway it can say "my Godson" instead of our? Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:02:08
nice!!! Thank you :)
God bless you!
Erika M. H. Monday, October 22, 2012
Hi Mr. Sullivan,
The order below was the second one of the same nature that I have ordered from you. I am a pet sitter and get very attached to many of my furry friends and their owners, over the years and feel their loss. When I came upon this particular Blessing after hours and hours of searching for just the right thing to help with their grief, I knew it was the perfect offering of sympathy.
But I wonder if I might make a suggestion? I don't know if you can do anything about it or not though. I was WISHING that there was a place on this beautiful and sentimental plaque for a small picture of the deceased pet??? Wouldn't that be nice to have on there? Maybe it could be inserted right next to the pet’s name and birth/death years? Maybe others would like to have a small picture of their loved ones (people J) on their blessings plaque. What do you think? Any possibility of that? Thank you for your consideration. Have a great day!
Oh that’s great Bill! Wish I had suggested it the first time! LOL Keeping your phone number where I can hopefully find it next time! Thank you! Saturday, September 15, 2012
Thanks so much J
Tails ‘R Us Pet Care Paw-fessional Care When You’re Not There
The picture arrived today! I can't express enough how beautiful the picture is! I am so thankful that you called me to get it perfect. They will love it so much. My husband loves it so much that I think I might have to get you to do one for us for our anniversary in July. You do very good work! Thank you again so much for working with me to get the vision for this gift.
Best regards, Monica D. August 20, 2012 Sent from my iPhone
Hi Bill, Everything
arrived 2 days ago - perfect as always! Thanks for the great service
- love doing business with you.
Leslie M. August 8, 2012
Yes that's perfect! Thanks, Gail Jul 16, 201
Thank you so much! The frames were well received. Very fitting and appreciated. GAIL Monday, July 16, 2012
Thank you, Bill for all your creativity and flexibility. I can't wait to see your works of art!
It's a pleasure working with you.
April 28, 2012
LOOKS GREAR. GO AHEAD WITH IT. THANK YOU FOR THE LINKS. I WILL
DEFINITELY LOOK AT THEM. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS
ROSEMARIE Fri, 18 May 2012
Thank you so so much . It looks wonderful! Again Thank you
Rosemarie Mon, 30 Apr 2012
Received your E-Mail and will be very pleased with the plaque, it is beautifully done.
Received the Plaque I ordered from you today. Thank you for sending me a larger plaque it was nice of you to do this, and we are very pleased with our order. THANK YOU!
The Marlows April 25, 2012
Thank you for the beautiful product and the quick delivery. It was a pleasure ordering from you. I love the blessing. It makes a lovely gift. 03/16/2012
Dear Bill, I just received my order and I have to say I absolutely love it, Its a wedding gift to myself and my husband for our 30th anniversary. Thank you I will definitely order from you again. Have a great day Pattie Dwyer 02/21/2012
Dear Bill, Thank YOU so much! Look forward to receiving the gifts! 01/24/2012
Bill, I received my order yesterday. I am extremely pleased with it, it looks great! I also can't believe how quickly it arrived. Thank you for great service. Barb Mahaney 01/18/2012
Thanks so much, she will love it! Have a wonderful Christmas.. 12/19/2011
Awesome I will go look!
This is the second thing I have purchased in 2 months! More to come ;) 12/12/2011
Thanks Bill-it came on Wednesday already and was beautiful! I am sure they loved it!
Wow, that is great! Thank you so much--you've been a pleasure to do business with!
I will definitely keep you in mind for future gifts!
Thanks again and have a wonderful Sunday.
Thanks for your help! This is for our God daughter so wanted a very special gift! Susan 11/05/2011
Bill, thanks for your prompt service. Can't wait to get it! My grandson's wife is Irish (Murphy) but we are not. She seems to love anything Irish. I'm sure she is going to love the plaque for their new home. Eileen 11/04/2010
Thanks so much for your quick and helpful response!! Eve M.
Denise wrote: "Beautiful...thank you so much!" 10/25/2011
Hi Mr. Sullivan, I received the new blessing and it is perfect. Thanks, Michelle Blumenthal 10/03/2011
Perfect! Thank you so much Jean10/03/2011
Dear Bill: The prints are gorgeous..thank you so much. The frames are beautiful & show off your work to perfection. I know our friends will absolutely love their gifts. We talked briefly about Brian Higgins Christmas cards so I’ll get ready with my Christmas order for cards & prints.
Thank you again for your terrific customer service..it was great chatting with you as usual
Thank you so much Bill! You are such a kind person and truly care about the work you do. I look forward to receiving my order :) Lots of love to you and your family. Jyoti 08/25/2011
Thanks Bill! I love the picture-it will be a perfect gift for my son and new daughter in law.
Besides-they are both Irish!! Appreciate the free card too! Sue 07/21/2011
I was impressed before, but now I'm in awe. I can see the slight shading behind the letters that make them look like they are embossed and standing up away from the paper.
This is awesome.
If forwarded this to the rest of the team and several have asked for the link to your website.
I think Dr. Marshall will be quite impressed. And it will give her a
beautiful and lasting remembrance of her Mom.
Thank You, Susan 06/30/2011
thanks bill- hopes are high that I get it in time! again thanks for your obvious extra effort
I will be sure to use you again- (I have two more daughters to marry and a third who might like this as an anniversary gift- I'll see how she reacts to it at the wedding)..06/01/2011........just so you know.....got it!! thanks again for all your help Joseph 06/02/2011
Thank you so much!! God bless you and your family!! 05/21/2011
My relatives love your art--thank you so much for sharing the jpegs so I could send them on!
Kind Regards, 04/05/2011 Nannette
It is beautiful, thank you. 03/08/2011
A thousand thanks sweet William, i have order off your site, and under their "In Memory". I would love it to say My Beloved Martin"
So many blessings to you and yours , the kindness of strangers never ceases to amaze me. God Bless you and yours, I will send prayers your way with love in Christ.
Happy New Year Bill! Just wanted to say thank you for sending the beautiful irish plaque back so quickly. I really love it with the silver frame. It was a gift for my future (Irish) son-in-law and he loved it also. I will definitely be using your website for future gifts. Not only do you have a nice selection, but the service is outstanding! Wishing you a happy, healthy new year!! Catherine W. 01/02/2011
Thanks for the very timely shipping! It was much appreciated. :D -Guy 12/20/2010
You are the greatest. I am so glad we got a chance to talk. 11/06/2010
Hi Billy, The mail just came & your delivery was w/it. We all thank you so very much for taking the time & gifting us w/the ‘Bobby cards’ and using your skills. I’ll be in touch soon but meanwhile, thank you from Jean, John, Den & me. Your very special gift is thoughtful & unique! OXOX, Jane 10/29/2010
Bill – I am so, so grateful and so moved. To say I’m moved to tears would be an understatement - but good tears. I guess everyone’s mum is special. That first poem, in particular, superimposed on Mum’s photo, is just so beautiful and so accurate. Gosh, that must have been so so tough when you lost your Dad. Losing my mum now, when I’m 40 and she’s 81, is a real loss. I can’t imagine what you went through. I’m going to assume you’re 2nd cousin, proof not required J I will be catching up with things during the week, looking forward to getting back online more and seeing more of you. Thank you kindly Bill, very deeply appreciated. You’re a great guy, and a great friend to have. All the best Sean 10/11/2010
Bill, Thank you so much, the gift arrived in time for me to present it to him on his actual birthday. He was very touched by it, thank you again. Teresa F. 10/08/2010
Bill, OH my goodness thank you so much she loves Ireland and just bought a new home. Thank you so much it looks like it will be gorgeous I will let you know what she says on Monday!...... 09/15/2010
Bill, Oh my goodness she absolutely loved it. It must be beautiful thank you soo much!! 09/20/2010
You are welcome, she was just ecstatic and very happy inside. I can’t thank you enough since I couldn’t be with her. I will shop with you again. 09/20/2010
Thanks...looks like it went out today. I may order another one soon. BB 08/19/2010
all the great letters I got in May, June and July got eaten by a computer virus...
Bill you do great work!!! 04/30/2010
THAT IS PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much...you're the best! Mary 04/29/2010
Posted by Bryn Grover 04/28/2010
Posted by James Hayes MBA 04/28/2010
Bill I love your
gifts on your website, there is definitely something for everyone. The golfing
ones are great.
Posted by Imelda McGrattan 04/24/2010
"Thank you Bill for sending me this for my cousin Peter O'Donnell. He will be missed. I will share with the family. Thanks again" John Duffy 4/23/2010
"Bill I love that you did this! It means more than you know! Thank-you so much. Remind me to share a story with you sometime on why this means a lot. " 04/20/2010
I just got home and Steve handed me the package from you! Its BEAUTIFUL!! The Irish blessing on Family! I LOVE IT!! He does too its right beside me staring back at me. Youdo GREAT work and Thank You again!!
Posted by Colleen L. R.N. 04/12/2010
Oh Bill we absolutely love that! I just made it my desk background, Beautiful work as always!!! Posted by Elaine. 03/17/2012
HaHaHa! Too funny : )) Looking forward to my order! It's for my dad as his present for being the "father of the bride"!!! Very special service you provide – thanks!! 03/05/2010
Yours is a heart-warm-breaking story, and as you have known, there is always those others harder hit. I will be looking out for them as I move ahead in my days. Thank you for sharing a piece of your life here. I will try hard to make sure those in my life know about your work here. Warm regards, Brian 03/03/2010
Bill that is absolutly lovely my wife fell in love with it...thank you very very much. Joe B. 02/28/2010 Ireland
Hi Bill, Thank you so much for taking care of the broken glass problem on our ordered item. We received the second one in perfect condition, and we absolutely love it! The Irish Wedding Blessing is such a unique gift. Our son and future daughter-in-law love the claddagh, so I am sure that they will really appreciate this gift. Again, thank you so much for such great personal service! Most sincerely, Kathleen Travis 01/28/2010
Dear Bill, Thank you so much for your compassion. I
didn't expect such a personal response, it is refreshing to know that companies
such as yours have a human side. Fondest regards, Kelli
Thanks so much, Bill...you made my "special people" gift giving so much easier with your beautiful Blessings!! Merry Christmas. Mary Quinn 12/18/2009
Thanks Bill, that's great customer service. I've
ordered a few things from you in the past and I'm sure I'll be getting more
stuff. Joe 12/16/2009
Hi Bill, Yes, the Irish prayer "God looked around his garden" was exactly the right thing to read at the memorial and it was comforting to everyone. Can't wait to see the plaque and thank you so much for your kind words. You are a special person! Regards, Mary 12/12/2009
Bill, Finally received your phone message...thank you so very much. The Blessing looks so beautiful, and what a generous thing to do!! I was at a loss about what to send these wonderful people this Christmas...they were our next door neighbors 25 years ago (quite the coincidence-having the same last name and not related!), and then I thought of your precious Blessings and the fabulous artistry you put into each one. I want you to know I have a few more that I intend to send this Christmas in the next few days. So, you'll be hearing from me again. Thanks for what you do...and a Merry Christmas to you and yours! With great appreciation, Mary Quinn 12/08/2009
Hi Bill, My Irish Blessing arrived the other day. I am very pleased with everything. Thank you.-Kevin12/26/2009
Thank You so much!!! Thank you again for doing these for me, I love them and so will they! Best Wishes, Leah Petro 10/05/2009
Sat. Oct.3 The plaque arrived! The other 11 Sisters in my Convent are amazed and impressed!Hopefully, I've drummed up business for you.THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU, BILL! S Barbara Lynch,csj 10/03/2009
No, thank you! I have been searching everywhere for this saying! I saw it once at an Irish Festival 2 years ago and haven't been able to find it since! You made my day yesterday! Taryn 10/01/2009
That looks fantastic! well impressed, but i was just wondering is the irish blessing going to be on it as well underneath the art work? If that could be done, it would be perfect. Really great products though, I'm sure with all the weddings that are happening I will be ordering some more :o) Hope your business is going well for ya! I'll spread the word for you with my friends. Kind regards, David 09/18/2009
Thanks so much, Bill, for your quick and kind response and for getting the plaque out so quickly. Regards. Patrice Hall, VP & Head of Global Equality, Diversity & Inclusion 07/27/2009
thankyou, i will try them both, also, i have been reading your bereavement plaques, i lost my husband last year on july 4th, he was 36 yrs old, im sitting here in amazement at how beautiful you have written these up, i would like to purchase for mine/his family members as gifts at holiday time, and i would like one for myself as soon as i find the right one, although they all look right, me and the kids are moving out of the home we shared at the end of next week and i would like to have something ordered by than, if you can suggest anything, as there are so many of them!!!!!! Kelly D. Sr. Client Service Associate Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC* 06/19/2009
My Sister called me tonight and said the package arrived already! Wow, that was incredibly fast.......Thank you! And she opened it and said that it looked super! I can't wait to see it next week myself! Thank you again for such super work and done so quick! I'm sure that you work will help to my our Parents anniversary even more memorable! I will call on you again, Pat 06/17/2009
Thank You Bill! I will shop again AND tell all the hundreds of Irishmen in my clan about your website! Pat 06/15/2009
have been a blessing. It has been so hard being in Tucson with Janet in New
York. The funeral Mass was this morning. Janet called me in a panic early
yesterday morning and asked me to type her Eulogy while she was at her Mom's
wake. She could'nt format it on her computer and needed help and was just so
sad. This is when I discovered, after 30 years of knowing them, I had the name
wrong. Sheila was a nickname and even then I had the i and e turned
I will remember you and will also pass your name on to my sisters, and friends. Your have been great. I will be in touch later this week. My husband is a firefighter and I did see a beautiful gift for the boys to give him for Father's Day. Off now on many errands.
Best regards, Kelley 05/26/2009
I received The Irish Wedding Blessing today and could not imagine anything so beautiful. I only ordered it Wednesday and received it today Saturday. I have never seen a web site as spectacular as yours. I bought this as a little extra gift to give to my cousin who is getting married next month. She lost her father and I felt I wanted to give her something a little special. This plaque will do more than words could ever say. You should be proud of all the work you do to make others smile. I will certainly will be back to order more. Thank you again for this very special and beautiful personalized plaque. Laura--New York 05/24/2009
Recieved the placque today thank you it is beautiful thanks for getting it out to us so quickly we love it. susie holler 05/29/2009
Thanks a bunch
Will let you know when they are received :) Barb 05/06/2009
Bill, thank you so much for your wonderful offer to include the card...next time I order, (and I will be reordering!!)
By providing such beautiful greetings and plaques, God must look lovingly on you and your family. I read your story and was touched. My husband's family has suffered greatly from MS. There is no less than 5 within the immediate family who have MS. My husband was diagnosed 2 years ago at the age of 58. I think I was directed by a higher power to find your site. God bless you! And, thank you. Mary Q. 05/03/2009
I was looking over your Irish Blessings web site and was impressed with the variety of blessings you use in your artwork. Beth W. Cheyenne Regional Medical Center 03/31/2009
Thank you so much! I have previously ordered from you and received high compliments from the recipient. This is so much nicer than ordering flowers for a funeral and cheaper!!!! Thank you so much!!! Jonelm 3/25/2009
I wanted to thank you for the wonderful framed Irish Blessings and Irish Maps that you've done for us and our children and grandchildren. They are really fantastic and wonderful quality. Also, thank you very much for your prompt follow through on replacing the one frame that had a crack in it. The replacement was perfect as were the rest of the items we received. I and my family will continue to purchase Irish Blessings from you in the years to come and refer our friends to your site. Thank you again very much. Patrick R Kennedy, Mercer Island, WA. March 17, 2009
I have had MS since 1986. My
wife Cathy has scoliosis and degenerative spine arthritis. We want to
help others with their faith in God through their suffering!
I started the Physically Challenged Ministry in 1989 because the need to encourage others was severely lacking in churches all over.
I have been writing faith based articles for the PCM [Physically Challenged Ministry]
Reaching out to others in similar situations to
help them as I was helped, has been the key to my faith, with the numerous faith issues we have
Irish Blessings is my personal company and it provides me with some internet space and time to write and encourage. Rather than produce a book and have to charge for it, I am totally funding all the expenses so that thousands may be encouraged to reach out to help others.
I have been publishing on "Patients Like Me", FaceBook , LinkedIn and looking to expand Blogspot
I have a passion to help other physically challenged Christians understand God's love for them. Irish Blessings is my company and I use it to pay for webspace so I can devote time to my passion.
I provide beautiful personalized blessings for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and memorials, along with a bunch of other ocassions.
Your purchase of these gifts for others enables me to do what I do ...without cost for those in need. Rather than charge for a book, right now I am going to depend on God for the business to provide the funds I need to survive.
You get a gift to give, your receiver of the gift is happy and I get to persue my passion of encouraging others. It is a win ~ win ~ win~ win solution!
Thank you all so much for your time! — at www.irishb.com.