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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.

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Oh No Nemo


IMG_2176Friday January 22, 2015 5:30am. The house was quiet and I was in the early stages of waking up before my 6am alarm. As I lay there trying to steal just a little more sleep the silence was broken by sudden loud yelping coming from the living room.

Jumping out of my bed I headed toward the horribly painful noise. Entering the living room I saw Nemo in the middle of the floor yelping and yelping with Bob standing next to him. It appeared that Nemo tried to jump onto the couch but did not make it.

I approached Nemo carefully and tried to pick him up, but he would not allow that. So after he calmed down a bit I coaxed him down the hall into his bed. He lay there for a while and calmed down. When he got up his body was curled into a “C” shape while he walked due to the pain.

After praying for a while I realized I had some pain medicine from when he had hurt himself another time.  I got the pill and his other medicine that he takes every day, but he was not interested in taking either. Finally I sat down next to him with the medicine covered in peanut butter and convinced him to take it.

My first reaction was to immediately take him to the vet, but I realized I had an appointment at work and could not take time off for this. It took all the faith I had to leave him at home in his cage and hope he would be ok for the day. Before I left he was sleeping from the pill.

This is one of the scriptures that helps me get through times like these.

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

This scripture is based on faith in Jesus and all that he did on this earth. Jesus came to this earth showed us his perfect life of healing and deliverance, bled and died on the cross and rose to eternal life. If Jesus can do what he did and the same Holy Spirit that He had lives in me, then there is nothing in God’s will that cannot be accomplished in my life.

I had to trust that God would take care of Nemo when I could not be there with him and that I would be able to not worry about him all day.  I made it through the day without worry. He was still struggling when I got home from work but was a bit better on Saturday morning. I took him to the vet to make sure he was ok and she gave him some more medicine and told me to make sure he takes it easy for a week.

As I write this blog Nemo is walking better when I let him out to walk, so I believe he will be totally healed soon. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Fear Will Not Win


holding hands onlyImagine with me if you will the following scenario. You are anxious the night before you have to do something that terrifies you. Then while lying in bed trying to sleep you have a sudden fear attack. You know in your mind that what you are thinking is unreasonable. You seek help and someone tries to reason with you over your fear. You look them in the eyes and say, “This fear is unreasonable. I know there is no reason for this ridiculous fear but I need help to get out of it.” Then you remember there is something stronger than any fear. You remember that God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. You need a sound mind. So with help you go to the scriptures and find all you can that relate to fear. And as you begin to read them and pray for strength you feel a peace overwhelm you. Suddenly you know in your mind and heart that the fear you had was worse than what you will go through the next day.

I have experienced this first hand and I wanted to share some scriptures this week that have helped me overcome fear.

(All scriptures are New Living Translation)

Isaiah 41:13

For I hold you by your right hand—
    I, the Lord your God.
And I say to you,
    ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength,
    always ready to help in times of trouble.

Isaiah 43:2

When you go through deep waters,
    I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
    you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
    you will not be burned up;
    the flames will not consume you.

Psalm 91:4

He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Isaiah 49:16

See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.
    Always in my mind is a picture of Jerusalem’s walls in ruins.

Nahum 1:7

The Lord is good,
    a strong refuge when trouble comes.
    He is close to those who trust in him.

Philippians 4:6-7

 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Philippians 4:13

 For I can do everything through Christ,who gives me strength.

John 8:31

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 12:27-28

“Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! 28 Father, bring glory to your name.”

Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again.”

Enjoy your week and remember that God is in control. I’ll be back next week with more.

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