Good morning! It is raining again in the sunshine state–but that’s okay. I know some areas have had their fill–but it’s been so dry here at the house, everything was getting crunchy.
First-let me share the awesomeness of our God! I got my drain tube out yesterday! HALLELUJAH! You probably heard me shout from Dothan – (naw- I didn’t do that) – but I was so relieved- I just KNEW I would go back to sleeping like normal! But that didn’t happen. Still propped up and only sleeping bits and pieces every night–but hey– it’s a good time to read the Bible on my phone, or talk to the AUTHOR….of course, if you are a pinterest follower, you will see that I do a bit of pintresting –you know, for when I am 100% and getting ready to move to Bolivia!
The ARNP that saw us was amazed at the progress– she would ask me questions– then look at Jeff as if to confirm I was telling the truth! HA! Imagine that. She unbandaged, complemented my nurse/daughter, April on the good job she did- and examined the incisions. The one for the tube was the most painful, but I guessed that was normal….but then I don’t think it was. She asked me about my meds, pain levels, and she did a double take when I told her I had stopped taking the pain meds a few days prior. WHAT? She didn’t say it LOUD like that implies, but she stopped writing and turned around and looked at me.
Every question she asked, I could tell she didn’t believe my answer…she kept saying, “are you telling me the truth?” HA! Of course I am! I repeatedly told her– “THIS WAS ALL GOD!” and that I had had LOTS of prayers going up! To break that down, I took only 2 days of pain meds. I am not bragging on me–I AM BRAGGING ON GOD!
When YOU prayed for me–didn’t YOU EXPECT RESULTS??
Well friends, YOU GOT RESULTS!!
The pathology report is not in yet, but honestly I expect to hear GOOD things. They said initially I would have 5 days of radiation–I don’t expect it to be any more than that. She even reiterated what the surgeon had said in the beginning, “you should have no trouble meeting your deadline to leave for the mission field”.
Before you think I’m all that and a bag of chips—stop right there. I voiced my concerns (worries) to Jeff that morning– I was afraid I would pass out when they took out the drain. I could feel it in me and I am not a nurse–nor do I like anything to do with medical stuff. he assured me I’d be fine–and I know that as he went about his day–he prayed. I didn’t pass out.
I deal with the same worries -(probably) anyone else does, I just follow a rule–I hand it over to Jesus. I learned that a LONG time ago. I don’t do a Scarlett O’Hara, you remember the statement, “I’ll worry about that tomorrow”….
I hand it off to the Team Leader to handle. HE CAN.
Elaine Olsen’s book has been such a powerful instrument in keeping my mind geared right. Letting God use this to do things in my life that I need. If He allowed it, He is going to USE IT. Can you keep that in mind the next catastrophe that strikes your heart/home/life/family? If He allowed it…He will work it for YOUR good…and for HIS GLORY… If you keep your faith and trust in HIM.
I will not kid you and tell you it will be easy. Likely, it won’t. It will be a hard lesson to learn, a high mountain to climb, or deep water to wade….BUT, He will take us through it!
Let me share with you what I read this morning–God has been taking me to different strengthening passages:
“This is what the LORD says: Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind, who makes human flesh his strength and turns his heart from the LORD. He will be like a juniper in the Arabah; he cannot see when good comes but dwells in the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land where no one lives.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence indeed is in the LORD. He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit. Jeremiah 17:5-8 HSCB
God has opened my eyes and heart in a way that I might otherwise have missed. I could break that passage down and share with you what it does in my heart–but I won’t for blog lengths sake. God has brought us to this place–and I can guarantee you–HE will see us through it! We have ministry to do.
Another cool thing that happened yesterday in the doctor’s office, the ARNP wanted to know how SHE could get involved in our mission! Well, of course I DID NOT have a single prayer card on me–but next visit I will be PREPARED! (Side note: if we had every single contribution from every single person who said they “wanted to be in on what God’s doing”, we could be 100% at this point….but people tend to get excited then forget. My prayer today is, LORD, remind those who YOU have purposed to help us get there. The devil wants us to think it will be harder–medical expenses now added on to the normal stuff, but you know what? God is in charge. And it’s exciting to watch Him work His wonders.)
Friends….GOD IS FAITHFUL. If you don’t know Him, or don’t have the relationship you wish you had, it’s easy to change right now. Simply tell Him you want Him in your life. That you recognize your NEED for a Savior and that you believe that His only Son, Jesus Christ was sent to this world -as a ransom to pay for our sins. Jesus is ready right now to accept you as His beloved. He wants to come in and have a relationship with you– He wants to restore your joy! Talk to Him as if He were right there….HE IS.
Can I pray for you?
Father, right now I come to you on behalf of this reader. I have no clue who they are or where they are right now, but YOU do. You know every intimate detail of our lives and the longings we have inside for more of You. LORD, I ask that you would draw Dear Reader close to You, speak into their hearts/minds and let them know that You have a purpose and plan for their lives… Receive glory LORD for everything in our lives– help us live in such a way that YOU are seen, and not us. Bless them today and allow them to see something special–from Your heart to theirs….in Jesus’ most holy name I pray, Amen.
Interested in missions? In helping? Go here: www.tinyurl.com/sendjeffandangie, then simply scroll down to find the “commitment” or “give now”. Thank you in advance if God so leads you. No worries if you don’t feel so led or inclined. He has a plan. And He’s working it.
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