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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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Serenity

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Serenity   As I struggled to recover from my two strokes in 2007 I came to realize that I couldn’t walk, tie my shoes, squeeze a clothes pin, or remember a name after five minutes. A self-described Type A personality, my initial approach was to just put my head down and work as hard as […]

More than Once

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More than Once   I have mentioned previously that after I experienced my strokes in 2007, I was hospitalized for six weeks. When I awoke, my wife explained to me that I had also endured major brain surgery, and I had a long recovery ahead of me. You can probably imagine that when I was […]

Purpose

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Purpose   I attend Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax Station, Virginia. Our pastor, the Reverend Dr. Marshal L. Ausberry Sr. recently gave a sermon on “purpose”.  At Antioch, our purpose statement is “Loving God, Loving Others”. The sermon got me to think not only about our church’s objective but also about mine. I reflected on […]

Why

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Why?   In 2007, after I suffered the two strokes and had to endure major brain surgery, to say I was confused would have been an understatement. I was 46 years of age. I didn’t smoke. I wasn’t what you would call even a light drinker. I didn’t have high cholesterol. I didn’t have high […]

The Letter L

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The Letter L In 2007 when I suffered my two strokes, my very first thought was that I would simply work hard to overcome my situation. In fact, working hard had paid dividends for me in my life up to that point; so I had no reason to believe it wouldn’t work again. As I […]

Emotions

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Emotions As I struggled to recover from my two cerebral vascular accidents in 2007, I also found myself struggling to trust God. I must admit as I look back, I find that confusing because I attended church as a youth. On Sundays we went to mass at Saint Benedict the Moor Catholic Church in Queens, […]

He Is Special

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He Is Special   Recently I was speaking at a book promotion event; and I recalled that back in 2007 after enduring two strokes and major brain surgery, I found myself with significant deficits. After a month in a medically induced coma, I awoke to begin an intense rehabilitation course. I am here today with […]

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 […]

 

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