On being post-surgical:
I could spend a long time on this, but the bottom line is that God healed my pain. After the two surgeries in December, I have the right side of my body back, and every day I praise God for something new I can do that I couldn’t do before. Like dig in my Bible again, underlining, highlighting, flipping pages…ahhh. Like drive my kids around & buy groceries & cook for my family. Like sit here at the kitchen table & type this blog post. Like start on thank-you notes (which may take my right hand away there are so many to write). Like sleep in the same bed aside my husband, & even on my side for short periods of time. I could go on, but you get it. Besides, I have to save some stuff for the “Praising” portion of the post.
On being patient:
I have a ways to go and a load of hard work to do…daily exercises, physical therapy, limitations on bending, twisting and lifting. It seems as though I can’t get back to normal fast…enough…keep it slooooow…depend on the Lord’s self-control. Statistically speaking, I add to the percentages of people that say if you pray for patience, God will most certainly give you the opportunity to depend on Him for it.
On being praising:
It would be really easy to stop here and say “thanks for your prayers & please keep ‘em coming.” But you know me. I’m not good at staying on the surface. The deeper & richer work that the Lord has done in me throughout this has taught me a slew of things already. And I hope I have been and continue to be an attentive daughter and student. John Piper once wrote, “We do not choose suffering simply because we are told to, but because the One who tells us to describes it as the path to everlasting joy.” And I’ve been walking that path. As Christians, we all are in one way or another…but our suffering is not meant to be wasted. It has purpose, as it leads us closer to Christ.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
On being & STAYING prayerful:
A handful of Scriptures I am praying (from NASB)…
“not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.” Romans 12:11-13
“With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,” Ephesians 6:18
“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;” Colossians 4:2
“To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power,” 2 Thessalonians 1:11
“and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake.” Philemon 1:6
My main prayer focus is based on another Scripture, the one God has laid on my heart as my core verse for 2013, and with it comes the persevering & purposefulness of this post-surgical, patient, praising & prayerful season. I’ll save it for next time…
Thank you for your prayers, not only for physical healing, but also for sanctification, for opportunities to share the gospel, for the humility to be a willing receiver, and every other way the Holy Spirit led you to pray on behalf of me and my family. Thank you to my husband & family for praying over me, bending, lifting, cleaning, grocery shopping, & wiping away my tears; thank all of you for encouraging emails & cards, for Scriptures, for insights & suggestions, for all the local friends & my church family who brought my family meals and provided transportation and other favors; And thank you to my big sister for coming to take care of me after my second surgery while my husband took the kids to give me a quiet house to heal in…
I am ever grateful and hope that I have been and will continue to be faithful to resonate His glory through it all in such a way that you are doubly blessed and encouraged.
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