I continue in the medical journey you can find in earlier posts. It seems my week's schedule is filled with doctor visits, therapy sessions, exercises at home and exercises at the gym. And last week and this week I started adding in office time at CIU. I worked about five hours a day for two days each week. I plan to continue that pattern for the remainder of January.
I have been challenged by this quote. WHAT IF YOU ONLY HAD TODAY WHAT YOU GAVE THANKS FOR YESTERDAY!
HERE ARE SOME OF WHAT I LIFT UP IN THANKS.
I AM THANKFUL FOR BEING ABLE TO GO TO APPOINTMENTS; INCLUDING MY EXERCISE TIMES. IT REMINDS ME OF WHAT A GIFT IT IS TO HAVE A BODY IN MOTION!
I love moist heating pads and extra pillows.
I love cream of wheat and oatmeal.
I love the new salt substitute.
I love a good cup of Dunkin Doughnuts coffee that I can brew at home!
I love blue sky and bare tree limbs I see as I lay on the floor exercising in our sun room
I love all of the chances to witness to the love, mercy and grace of Jesus that a walking stick and moving slower open up.
I am rediscovering how much I love music. I am enjoying Aaron Copeland's APPALACHIAN SPRING as I write this update.
I am loving using a digital Bible and Note taking Apps on my phone and Kindle Fire (both recent gifts) to capture what God is teaching me.
I love feeding our two dogs and laughing at how glad they are for my attention. (God, is my tail wagging for you?)
Today I am enjoying working on the first sermon outline since this medical experience started Nov 4.(And yes it is being done in Evernote)
I am enjoying learning to lay down on the sofa and close my eyes for 15 minutes and just rest… while my mind runs through prayers and praises.
I am thankful for blood thinners and dorky compression stockings ( I mean socks!) to protect me from blood clots.
I am thankful for sweat, being thirsty and wanting to eat.
I am overjoyed with a wife, daughter, son, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter who bring me gifts of love, laughter and a sense of God's goodness.
Speaking of my granddaughter — some of my deep joy has been holding her, giving her a bottle,having her look me in the eyes, put up with me singing softly, and watch her go off to sleep for her nap. O that I could throw myself into the arms of God continually aware of his nourishing, tender, protective heart — giving me a safe place nothing, or no one can touch.
A moment I will treasure – My first lunch back at CIU all of the faculty and staff and several students who know me applauded as I walked in and across the room. It was somewhat embarrassing, very humbling, and hard to hold back tears.I pray it was one way God was getting thanked and praised for the healing mercy he has shown me. (I think Larry & Jane Huss started it!!!) Rob McDole was my lunch partner and he leaned over and whispered, "I don't think they are clapping for me."
People who know what I have been through, and seeing me for the first time in several weeks, often comment that I look very good; 'almost normal', or 'better than they expected me to look'. I know what they mean and give God the glory for the renewed strength. Living inside this body — I tend to see how much further I still need to go. I guess I need both views — You are looking good…AND… Keep showing up every morning and putting extra effort in the exercises and pushing with the therapy. That is just like most aspects of my life… Because of God's grace and redeeming truth I am surely not what I was AND with him going with me as I give full intention to showing up with what I have to contribute — we take the next step.
God has made us to receive and then give LOVE. Yet to love you have to possess something to give. You have to have a way to contribute, offer up, make your vow count — and He gives us words (like the ones I am attempting to arrange on this screen) and everything else we possess SO THAT we can choose to GIVE/LOVE!
What has God given to you today so that you can make love gifts to Him and those he brings across your path and into your thoughts?