He NEVER Leaves Us!

 

Chronic Pain
Chronic Pain

As followers of this blog you may have noticed I haven’t posted anything since my April 7th message “Are we a people of the WORD?” .   We, as Christians have all heard or made the statement “If you’re going to talk the talk; then ya better walk the walk”.  I say with honesty I will not post anything on this blog that I don’t live by myself.   Thursday April 4th as I studied in John chapter 10 (The Good Shepherd), Scofield referenced Jeremiah 23:1 with John 10:1 so as I often do, I went to Jeremiah 23 and began reading.  I got so caught up in the message, I read through the 28th chapter.  I looked up at the clock— WOW  1:10 pm — I missed my noon medications and snack.  I got up quickly from the couch (too quickly I realize now), my feet went toward the kitchen and my torso stayed in a forward position.  I heard a snap; like a rubber band being stretched to its limit, ready to pelt someone across a room.  I walked two steps before I experienced a twisting, tightening muscle spasm.  Down the leg on the outside, across the toes and up the inner thigh– one humongous ‘Charlie-horse’ (have no idea why they call it that).  I attempted to walk it off and stretch, but nothing helped.  No let up… this thing was constant.  Anyone familiar with the 1-10 pain scale… this was a 12!  I’ve birthed 7 children, and this was like being in labor.  By Friday evening I knew something was wrong (duh) so a friend drove me to the ER.  One of my herniated lumbar vertebral discs decided to “pop”… diagnosis  lumbar radiculopathy.  After giving me 2 shots (dilaudid and tordal–the strong stuff) the doctor wrote out 3 prescriptions for some heavy-duty stuff, let me rest some and sent me home with a referral to my family doctor on Tuesday.  My family doc sent me for an MRI, scheduled an appointment with a specialist and I had to retrieve any previous MRI s to take with me to that appointment.  Now, I am not a pain wimp; but even those super meds did very little to alleviate the constant,  excruciating muscle spasms and loss of feeling in my toes and lower leg area.  For two full weeks I lived in sheer agony with little sleep (maybe 24 hours total) until I saw the neurological pain specialist last Friday the 19th.   The specialist I’d seen 7 years ago for my back issues, so he remembered my condition.  He looked at the new MRI, did some reflex and feeling tests and told me “Well, I don’t like to do surgery until we try shots”.  So the next thing I knew I was in the surgical pain unit of the hospital being prepped for a ‘epidural steroid injection’.  The entire procedure was like an out-patient surgery.  They sedated me, used an x-ray machine to locate the precise spot for the injection, and kept me until I ate a cookie (smile) and drank something.  I was given a follow-up appointment for May 3rd and told by Doctor D. that I’d be back to normal within 2-3 days.  Whoopeee…  I would be able to take care of myself again!  I must tell you I have wonderful neighbors and amazing children.  One neighbor loaned me a recliner and brought me a few meals, another gave me a special pillow and checked up on me 2-3 times a day.  My daughter’s called often  and even helped me out with washing my hair.   I must stop here for today because sitting on this office chair is quite uncomfortable, so I’ll finish up tomorrow.   I learned three very important lessons during this time about our flesh, our faith and God’s caring love.  I will share them with you (hopefully) tomorrow.♥

During that time, my prayers were simple… Father I love you!  My Bible reading was nearly impossible because of the pain and medications, but I did read John 10 everyday on my phone’s KJV app. 

Genesis 28:15 ” And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest , and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.”

Hebrews 13:5 ” Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said , ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.’ “

May your day be blessed with the power and knowledge of His continual presence in your life as His adopted child through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ! © Streim

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Streim

There is great peace and joy in knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. I am blessed to serve our Heavenly Father through Him. Everyday is a new day to share the the glorious Gospel message of grace and forgiveness; the blessings of hope; the Father God's eternal promises; and the importance of living daily in the will of God according to the Scriptures, especially now with the world in chaos and uncertainty. My life before I asked God to forgive me of all my sin through the blood of Jesus Christ and I repented (turned away from it); was one of utter selfishness in all aspects of my life. I partied, I lived for ME and only me! Now, I live for Him, with great joy daily. I want to share the Gospel, encourage other sisters/brothers in Christ through prayer and do as He leads by the faith He's given through His abundant grace! Read more on my "About Me" page at my site.

11 thoughts on “He NEVER Leaves Us!”

  1. Been there, done all of that and ended up in surgery. Not a fun time at all and the pain is unbearable . . . at least after labor pain you end up with something that brings much joy . . . not so much with back pain. The best thing I did for myself was to get the KJB on Cd’s as I too could not sit up long enough to hold my Bible and read it. Praying the Lord will place his healing hand on your back and ease your pain. ~ Blessings ~

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    1. Thank you so much Debby for your prayers and compassionate comfort.
      I read all your poetry and I must say, as you continue to write… your themes and the message of love and obedience you have toward our Father and Lord Jesus is exciting. Thank you for sharing! 🙂
      May you be blessed as you bless others!
      Stephanie

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  2. It’s so good to have you back Stephanie. I was getting worried about you (and I have been praying for you) after not seeing you post on here for so long. I’m glad that you are recovering (although the pain doesn’t sound pleasant at all) 😦 I’ll be keeping you in my prayers. Be blessed!

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    1. I thank you with a heart filled with His love for your concern and prayers for me Anna. Your posts are becoming more and more inspirational to me ever time I read them. You are a dear little sister 🙂
      Be blessed
      Stephanie

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  3. I was thinking about you in my prayer time this morning . . . and then one of the first emails I receive is from you.
    Stephanie, I wish I could do something to help, but be assured I am praying for you, and for the medical team that they will be given understanding and will be enabled to give you the treatment you need.
    Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your Refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

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    1. Your prayers sister Angela are the greatest comfort you can give me. I know our Lord has a definite purpose for this… and I thank Him for it and praise Him for His everlasting care and love.
      Praying as well for you and your husband… this life is short… but we shall spend an eternity in the presence of the Holy God.
      Sending my love in Christ
      Stephanie

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  4. Hi Stephanie…..thank you for the light of your faith in spite of your circumstances…….may God’s Kingdom come and His will be done in your Body, Mind, Soul and Spirit……..may His healing power rest upon you and His grace abide in you until such time…….KIm

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