As I discussed in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I am very grateful to God, for helping me over the past few days. Without His help, I couldn't have physically done all that I felt I needed to do, before going into the operating room for my rather dangerous, but needed surgery.
Yes, I am hurting. Big time. Every joint, every bone, every muscle in my body is aching. Of course, that is in addition to my gut pain, from where my ABSCESS and open incision is located.
With not having much muscle strength, I have suffered. Still, I felt I needed to do what I did.
Some people have told me they think I've been negative while making remarks about wanting to not leave things unresolved, in case of my death. To me, this is absolutely not true.
Even though I am trusting my Lord, for total restorative healing, through this surgery, I feel that I need to be prepared both physically and emotionally, in case of my death. So, I've worked hard to make sure all info my daughter P will need, is organized.
You see, I am the type of person who believes that I will pray for and trust God for the best. Yet, should prepare for the worst.
After all, no one knows what God's will is for our lives. Not me, for mine. And, not you, for yours.
I must admit that I was grateful God gave us travelling mercies yesterday. My daughter P, drove me to London, Ontario to the hospital where I'll be having my life-threatening surgery, on Wednesday.
The hospital staff checked my heart. They did some blood tests. My lungs and breathing was checked. And, a rather lengthy discussion was had with a representative of the anesthetic department, in addition to a nurse, who needed to take information about my allergies and past medical history.
How grateful I am that my daughter loves me enough to do things for me. Especially, time-consuming things that are hard for her, both physically, and for her family.
God provided. Not only had we arrived on time, but He also took control over what appeared to be the start of a terrible snow storm, and made it stop, shortly after I silently prayed. Thank You, Lord!
When I think back about what I was asked during my medical discussions, it clearly blows my mind. I've never been asked this question, before. And, I've had over a dozen surgeries!
I was asked how I cope with the stress of this health problem and the consideration of the upcoming surgery.
Had I been given time to think about it, I probably would have gone into more detail. Instead, I just explained how when I find myself getting upset, I begin to pray. And afterwards, I feel more calm.
After all, God provides for us, His children.
Thinking about this, reminded me of John 10:25-30, "Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.
26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
30 I and my Father are one."
Works do not save us. What we do for others is confirmation. It proves that we belong to God. That we are part of His family.
God knows who belongs to Him, and who doesn't. Please understand, that not everyone belongs to God. Just as you read in verse 26.
He knows that we who love, adore Him, and are truly trusting in Him, want to follow Him, in every aspect of our lives. Including being obedient.
How grateful I am that He rewards us, His children.
Once we belong to Him, we can never be removed from His hand. We are part of His family. Forever.
And, as I mentioned recently, nothing can ever separate us from Him.
I praise God for this. Thank You, Lord!
After all, He not only provides for us here on earth, but He provides for us after our life ends. For this is when we will be blessed by spending eternity with Him.
Please know that I pray for you. For I truly want God to provide for you. And, for your family, as well.
If you are not yet saved, you may not understand what you need to do.
There is nothing you can do, in and of yourself to gain salvation. Salvation is of the Lord. It is a gift that is freely given to us.
All we have to do, is to believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ. And, we shall be saved. (Acts 16:31).
Please, trust in/believe upon Jesus, today. Tomorrow may be too late.
Until next time...
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