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Hearfelt Thanks and Updates

Gods love

1 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

  1. Mandilyn’s ultrasound showed the current treatment is not working.  This tumor is not the same as the previous one.  Her doctor said “It must be removed as soon as possible.”  When she called me, the fear and sadness in her voice was apparent, only broken by her tears.  She has no insurance with her current job, which only adds to her sorrow.   The Lord is working in some marvelous ways to relieve her of the financial burden.  She spoke to me Tuesday evening and said “Mom, I KNOW that God is in control and sometimes things like this happen and we wonder why, but someday in the future we find out.”  Her heart belongs to Jesus Christ, her faith in God is there… but she’s still walking in the way of the world.  I ask that if the Holy Spirit brings Mandilyn to mind, pray as lead.  I am so grateful to all of you my brethren for sharing this burden of mine.
  2. Today JoJo sees her original pediatrician for a referral to an orthopedic specialist from Children’s Hospital.  Missy (my daughter) also knows God is sovereign in all things and is trusting Him with this strange condition.  I know Missy is most grateful to any and all that are praying for little JoJo.
  3. Me— my shoulder is a mess.  I have a tear in one of the  three tendons in the rotator cuff, much swelling around the joint itself–add tendonitis and bursitis with all three of the tendons.  It is also possible there is a tear under the cap that covers the ball and socket itself.  As for the fall… quite a lot of bruising, nothing broken, just a few bruised ribs.  A few minutes ago I received a call from my nurse, I am scheduled to see an orthopedic surgeon on Feb. 6th.  If this requires surgery, I am going to be “out of commission” for some time.  But I KNOW that “all things work together for good…” and I can’t wait to see what wonderful things He has planned for me– meeting new people, sharing the love of Jesus Christ.  I must say, our Father is comforting me in miraculous ways.  My deepest thanks to all for your prayers. 

The Lord is able to give peace to the troubled conscience, and to calm the raging passions of the soul. These blessings are given by him, as the Father of his redeemed family. It is our Savior who says, Let not your heart be troubled. All comforts come from God, and our sweetest comforts are in him. He speaks peace to souls by granting the free remission of sins; and he comforts them by the enlivening influences of the Holy Spirit, and by the rich mercies of his grace. He is able to bind up the brokenhearted, to heal the most painful wounds, and also to give hope and joy under the heaviest sorrows. The favors God bestows on us, are not only to make us cheerful, but also that we may be useful to others. He sends comforts enough to support such as simply trust in and serve him.  (Matthew Henry Commentary)

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Posted in Listening To God, Living in Today's World, The Power of Prayer, Time for Sharing

I am F.R.O.G.

F  ~~ freely

R ~~ relying

O ~~ on

G ~~ God

Some time ago, I didn’t blog for a time because of my health issues.  I’ve mentioned some of them in my ‘about me’ page and in a few posts, but I’ve never given a full picture.  I would like to do that today, as the Lord is leading me to share, and you’ll see why.

First I’ll start with my anatomical issues– I have degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, bulging discs in my lumbar region, the discs in my neck are almost gone (causing much pain), bone spurs on the cervical discs.  Next there are the complicated overlapping conditions caused by these anatomical problems.  I have pinched facial and neck nerves, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic lyme disease, arthritis in my knees..neck..shoulders..and hips.  To add to this I have neuropathy in my hands and feet.  I suffer from muscle spasms 24 hours a day in every part of my body.  I’ve had thyroid cancer;  had the right lobe completely removed and cryosurgery for cervical cancer.

Two years ago, out of the blue I had a gall bladder attack, was rushed to the ER and immediately sent to surgery for an “infected” gall bladder.  I didn’t have any issues with my gall bladder before this.  They tried to laproscopically remove it, but it was extremely enlarged so the doctor made a 7 inch incision diagonally from just under my breastbone to about 4 inches above my hip.  My hospital stay was 4 days, I was sent home and my daughter who is a CNA came twice a day to dress the wound.  When I returned 10 days after being sent home, I returned to the surgeon so he could remove the staples.  He started and the wound opened.  It was 1 1/2 inches deep.  He stopped after 3 or 4 staples and for the next 2 weeks I had visiting nurses come in and stuff gauze, etc in the wound, clean it and bandage.  When I returned to doctor for the second time, he said the wound was infected and he had to remove the other 9 staples.  Wow–what a mess I was.  The entire ordeal was very painful, especially trying to sleep.  Anyway, for 6 months I had nurses twice a day, 7 days a week.  I kept developing infections.  They tried everything.  Finally in the beginning of the 7th month I started making bi-weekly visits to a wound care clinic.  Eventually, the wound care specialists had it controlled, but they used pig skin to fill in the remaining wound area.  Oh and one more thing about this wound, it left a football size abdominal hernia.  Enough of this…

I am allergic to everything from household dust to all the pollens, etc outdoors.  Asthma as you would imagine. 

I have pernicious anemia, my digestive tract does not absorb B-12 which is essential for red blood production, so monthly I go in for an injection.

I have digestive issues (irritable bowel, etc) so my primary doc scheduled a colonoscopy and an endoscopy.  Looking inside from both ways.  The day I was scheduled for the tests, I ended up in the ER with a very serious infection on the left side of my face.  I was admitted, quarantined and put on 4 IV and one oral antibiotics.  It was painful and I was seen by two infectious disease doctors.  You see by the time I went to ER (this was the 2nd time) my face was blistered and my left eye was almost swollen shut.  After a 5 day stay they determined it was cellulitus.  Now I know all about cellulitus because I’ve had it 3 times in my left leg and 3 times in my right leg.  Because of that, I have major discolorations…but hair doesn’t grow on them either.

Almost immediately after getting out of the hospital from this I developed constant nausea.  I woke up with it, had it all day and went to bed with it.  It actually felt like morning sickness.  The prescription medicine did nothing.  I started eating crackers constantly.  Before a meal, after a meal.  It never stopped, it was just another adjustment the Lord helped me deal with.  Add nausea to my above issues…I was so tired–but never once did I complain. I still keep away from people and cried to Lord a lot for rest, which He always faithfully gave me!  I know that everything works for God’s glory to those who love Him… and that I do!  He’s my everything and I love Him so deeply I have no words to tell you how much.  During this time I started this blog.  One thing about me is I am a prayer warrior, I truly love entering into the Lord’s presence and make requests for those in need but never for myself, except for spiritual desires. 

Well, one early afternoon I was sitting in my living room after reading the Word, listening the Lord.  And I prayed ” Heavenly Father, I want to do your will, to do the work you have for me.  I am so tired and sick…if you could just take ONE of my afflictions from me I could do your work and bring glory to your name.  Thank you Father…in the name of Jesus.  Amen!”

Ready for the FROG??  Here it is.  Miraculously, the next morning I awoke without nausea.  I could eat right.  I didn’t want to tell anyone I believed it was a healing…but now 7 weeks later I can expound it to all!  Praise Him–Praise Him!!  I HAVE NO NAUSEA!   I am eating better, have lost 8 pounds and have more energy than I’ve had in a long time.  My loving Father knew which affliction needed to go. 

Now as I finish this my eyes are filling with tears.  For any of you who may read this…know this one thing.

Matthew 7: 7-11 ” “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent ?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

Luke 11: 9-13  “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 0 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  If a son asks for bread  from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?  Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

I’ve tried to live the Christian life on my own, adjust to my circumstances on my own and tried to serve the Lord on my own.  But I have learned  that each and every day, if  “I freely rely on God “~~He will never fail me.  He is all we need!  His LOVE is perfect!  For those of us who have trusted Jesus Christ as our Savior and made a commitment to serve Him~~He DOES ALWAYS PROVIDE AND CARE FOR US, His children.