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A Long Commitment


IMG_1605I am in the midst of experiencing pain, excitement and down time. After years of problems with my foot and months of trying everything short of surgery I was told that surgery was my only option left to relieve the pain. So, somewhat reluctantly, I got on board and started this process for healing. My surgery was on Friday May 5th and I am at home for a while healing. I have a three sided hard cast with a soft top on for now and then I will wear the boot again and then slowly back to normal walking with physical therapy. I have been told that it could take up to a year before my foot feels normal.

This is a long commitment but not any longer than the pain that I have experienced in the past. The doctor says that what he did should give me relief from the pain after I heal from the surgery. I will be honest with you, I did not hear him say this because I was out of it but I trust my husband and what he has told me.

As with anything, preparation is the key to making it work. I thank God that my husband agreed we should buy a knee scooter two weeks before the surgery,  which enabled me to get used to it. It made a big difference. I am not going fast or far but I am able to go around the house as needed. I also had to prepare my mind in order to be able to make it through this time.

  • First I had to realize that the pain in my foot was getting worse, all my other options had been taken and I was willing to put up with temporary pain in order to achieve my goal of healing.
  • Then I had to decide that I believed the doctor could do what he had promised.
  • Then I had to spiritually embrace the surgery and possible long road to recovery knowing that GOD is in control and I can trust Him. (Believe me I had been praying for a miraculous recovery all the way up to surgery, but since that did not happen I moved forward. Just like I am now praying for a miraculously quick recovery.)

These decisions parallel my salvation:

  • First I had to decide that I wanted to be saved from my sins and gain eternal life no matter what that meant in my daily life.
    • John 3:16 (NASB)For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
  • Next I had to decide that I believed Jesus could save me no matter what I had done or was doing.
    • Luke 1:37 (NASB)
      For nothing will be impossible with God.
  • And lastly I had to spiritually embrace the life changing decision, give up my control and know that I could handle anything that came my way because GOD is in control.
    • Philippians 4:13 (NASB)
      I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

I hope my journey is an encourgement to those who read this blog. My main purpose is to share real life experiences that could encourage others to continue in their faith. Enjoy your week and I will be back this weekend with more.

I Want it My Way


footsteps not shoesIt seems that life rarely goes “my way”. Lately more often than not I am finding that the way it used to be, the way I liked it to be, are not the same as the way it is now. Life changes daily and I get frustrated with the changes. Here is an example. I used to be able to wear fashionable shoes that matched my outfits. Though I am not a “fashionista” I do want to look coordinated in what I wear.  Due to my ankle and foot issue I can only wear athletic shoes. Do you know how frustrating it is to feel like you look stupid everywhere you go? It is a challenge to try to figure out what I can put on that will look business like and still wear the athletic or walking shoes. 

Do you ever wonder if Jesus wanted to do things differently than He did? I think He showed great restraint in personal preferences by following the lead of His Father God.

John 5:19 (AMPLIFIED BIBLE)

19 So Jesus answered them by saying, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself [of His own accord], unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever things the Father does, the Son [in His turn] also does in the same way.

But there was a time when Jesus did try to get out of something and do it a different way, right before going to the cross. In his anguish He asked God for an out, but He did not get one.

Matthew 26:39 (AMPLIFIED BIBLE)

39 And after going a little farther, He fell face down and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible [that is, consistent with Your will], let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”

As I sit and write this blog I realize that my fashion problem is nothing compare to what Jesus had to do. My worry about other people thinking I just don’t know how to dress properly is wrong. All the little things that have caused me frustration are nothing in the big scheme of things and I need to learn how to expect them to happen and deal with them and move on. This is just like bad news, I need to understand and prepare myself for the worst case scenario while doing all I can to change the situation. It helps to get a HIGHER PERSPECTIVE on life by reading the Bible.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

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