give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

Episode 90

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In this Episode, I interview special guest. Lori Vober.  Lori is a walking miracle.  She is also an author, blogger, speaker, a wife, Mom of three adopted children from Columbia, and resides in Goodyear, Arizona.  She considers Texas her home is a  graduate from the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Marketing.  In our authentic conversation, Lori shares her inspiring God story of suffering an intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke and developing epilepsy due to the stroke. She shares how she felt called to share her story and to write her book, “Choices”, and also how her perseverance and faith carried her through her recovery.  She also shares her favorite verse Jeremiah 29:11 NIV, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  In closing, she shares encouraging words to help those who may be struggling with health and other setbacks and confirms how God has a plan for each of us, but leaves it up to us and our own free will to trust in Him through our struggles.

In This Episode:

  • Lori is a walking miracle.  She is also an author, blogger, speaker, wife, and mom of three adopted children from Columbia.
  • She shares her inspiring God story of suffering an intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke and developing epilepsy due to the stroke.
  • It is very important that we share our stories and our vulnerability with each other because we can all learn from each other. You never know until you are vulnerable how much you can learn from others. 
  • Lori shares her “God Always Has A Plan” God story. Her God story began on the day of her first major challenge when she was 29 years old. 
  • Three weeks into her new job at the church she had a massive stroke. After being in a drug-induced coma and being on life support her whole life changed. She had to learn how to talk, eat, and walk again.  She was in the hospital for two months. 
  • For the next seven years, she worked on her rehabilitation full-time and worked 6-8 hours a day. She was willing to do whatever it took to get her independence back. 
  • Lori and her husband adopted three children from Columbia. Now her son is a senior in high school and her two girls are out on their own.
  • Many times when we are on the journey we do not see God’s big plan and purpose. However, when you are outside of the journey or you are moving beyond that part of the journey, you can look back and you can see so much of what God’s plan and purpose are. Life rarely turns out how we ever expected it would. 
  • Now she is cancer free and she is a full-time volunteer at the cancer center.
  • Don’t be short-sided on what God’s plans could be. Always keep your eyes wide open. 
  • Lori shares about her childhood and growing up. 
  • World Stroke Day is coming up on Saturday, October 29th.  Be aware of the stroke signs: F(ace), A(rms), S(mile), and T(ime)
  • If you are ever called to do something even if it is scary,  take that leap of faith, say yes, and trust in God because you may never know what is around the corner. Do it scared. Take it one step at a time and keep moving forward. 

Quotes:

  • “God always has a plan and every time we think we have our own plan he surprises us.”  – Lori Vober
  • “It is very important that we share our stories and our vulnerability with each other because we can all learn from each other. You never know until you are vulnerable how much you can learn from others.”  – Lori Vober
  • “Many times when we are on the journey we do not see God’s big plan and purpose. However, when you are outside of the journey or you are moving beyond that part of the journey, you can look back and you can see so much of what God’s plan and purpose are.”  – Lori Vober
  • “Life rarely turns out how we ever expected it would.”  – Lori Vober