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A Stroke of Faith

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My name is Mark Moore and I’ve started this blog so that I could share some incredible stories with you. As crazy as this might sound, I’m here to tell you that I was “blessed” with a stroke when I was 46 years old. I know you’re probably wondering how a stroke could ever seem like a blessing. The stroke, actually two strokes in succession, that nearly took my life several years ago actually worked in my favor. I gained a new perspective. I was reminded of what is truly important. I was strengthened by faith in ways that I might not have believed possible before.

A Stroke of Faith, is my new book that you’ll be able to read soon and it will share the details of my experience. Through the blog, I hope to help you if you ever have a stroke yourself or if you care for someone who is a stroke victim. I’ll share some of the things I learned through my process of recovery and even things my wife, Brenda, and I learned as she cared for me.

Along with that, I want to share with you about my life now. I want to tell you what motivates and inspires me. After the stroke, when I finally woke up four weeks later in the hospital, I was shaken to learn what had happened to me. I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to make the effort it would take to do the work to heal and get better. I wasn’t sure until I recalled something my mother had told me years before. She said, “God never gives you more than you can handle.”

Well, I wasn’t so sure I could handle this, but I hadn’t recalled those words until that very moment and they began to shine a light on what I needed to do. That’s why I am writing this blog, to help you understand how to deal with a stroke, to remind you that you can depend on your faith, and to offer ideas about how you too can make a difference in the world.

What I know for sure is that God cares about each one of us and when we accept His love and surrender to His will, He can do amazing things. We won’t always talk about matters of faith here, but we’ll always trust that God won’t give any of us more than we can handle. I look forward to our time together.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
~ Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)

Be blessed today!
Mark Moore

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Thanks for the Storm

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I know some of you are probably wondering why I would even suggest that we can be thankful for the storms in our lives, because after all, storms usually bring chaos. When I first suffered strokes back in 2007, I can’t say that I felt immediately grateful.  In fact, I wasn’t sure what life would […]

At the Heart of Giving

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Anyone who has the gift of serving should serve. Anyone who has the gift of teaching should teach. Whoever has the gift of encouraging others should encourage. Whoever has the gift of giving to others should give freely. Anyone who has the gift of being a leader should try hard when he leads. Whoever has the […]

No Ordinary People

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When critical events bring change into our lives, they do so in every arena.  If you have strokes or other major health issues, that event effects your body in every way.  The thing I learned was that my body had to work hard to recover and I had to be willing to work on it […]

The “Fix-it” Guy

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As we grow from childhood to be mature adults, we adopt modes of behavior that others come to expect from us.  We may be the answer man or the listening friend or the problem solver, or something else.  I was the “Fix-it” guy.  I was the one my family and friends depended on to clear […]

Letting Go of the Old You

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One of the effects of having strokes or any health crisis is that you quickly realize that the “old” you is gone. It’s a little strange to wake up, in my case, after several weeks in a coma, only to discover I was no longer the Mark I had been before. At first, I grieved […]

NMAAHC—A Museum for Such a Time as This!

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Over the past few years, my wife and I have had an opportunity to donate and be involved with the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian.  It has been an amazing privilege to see its fabulous collections and archives come to life, and since it’s Black History […]

The Call to Love

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You may wonder what a guy who spent years as a CEO and CPA may know about love, but trust me, I learned some things in my stroke experience. God knows how to help you be a better partner and He can shine a light on your marriage. Since it’s Valentine’s week, I wanted to […]

The Blessings of Storms

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When you’re going through a storm, there is very little that feels good, much less anything that feels like a blessing.  When I first started getting a handle on what it meant to do the work of recovery after my strokes, I don’t think gratitude was my first thought.  Anger, uncertainty, and “why me?” were […]

A Perfect Storm

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A “perfect storm” happens when a rare combination of factors come together at precisely the right time to create an extraordinary event. When you think of perfect storms, you may imagine hurricanes and tornados, but for me, the perfect storm of my life happened when I had two strokes at the age of 46. The […]

Faith, Family, Friends and You!

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One thing I tell everybody is that you can’t recover from a stroke, or any debilitating illness without the help of your family, your friends, and your faith. It can take days, weeks, or months to see any real change in the things you are able to do physically.  That means that mentally and emotionally […]

 

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