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I am really struggling after experiencing unexpected health challenges.

I've had my share of ups and downs over the treatment for my hip disease. It is a major adjustment to go from living your life and then all of the sudden your life changes and having to re-learn how to do almost everything. This is what happened to me when I lost my mobility again in 2006. It can be over come. When you are re-learning how to live never under estimate the value of "baby steps" and take time to celebrate the things you are able to do.

When you are facing health challenges the goals you set for yourself can be adjusted. Sometimes things take longer than expected. It is important to think about it this way. It isn't a failure if you don't complete a goal by a certain time frame. You are still working towards the goal and because the effort needed to complete it is so great it will be all the sweeter when you do finish what you are working on.

I am in the crazy situation that the recovery from my 2015 surgery was expected to be 4 months. Then it was changed to 8 months. Now it has been changed again to a year plus 8 months. I've been thankful for what else I've been able to do during this season of my life that I would not have otherwise been able to accomplish. I get a lot of joy playing with the youth in the swimming pool while I do my physiotherapy. I bet if you look there is a silver lining to this that will bring you a whole lot of joy. It could be as simple as having the time to reflect on your life and finding a new direction to take.

I get that going through surgery and the healing process makes people feel vulnerable. We are reminded of how fragile life is. Medical treatment isn't suppose to be an end in and of itself. It is so you can live your life. Sometimes we experience setbacks and the treatment needed takes on a life of it's own. I've been this route. The three surgeries I had between 2007 and 2009 to restore my mobility utterly failed and put me in a wheelchair. Now I've had both my hip joints replaced and I am still in a wheelchair.

But I am here kicking around and doing my thing. I wouldn't choose this life for myself. But I am in the situation. I can't circumvent it. I am trying to make the best of it. Besides the swimming pool I learned how to wire solar panels and purchased 6 for my home in 2014. I had a buddy install them on the roof for me after I prepared all the wiring. This years major goal is changing the thermostat on (2) chest freezers so I can use each one either as a refrigerator or a freezer. Then I can ditch my dying refrigerator next week. Using a chest freezer for a refrigerator uses much less electricity. It is taking a step towards my ultimate goal of going off the electrical grid.

I know time is needed to grieve when your health fails. Sometimes there is even an extra "speed bump" when extra steps are needed during the medical treatment. I realize it makes a person feel weak and vulnerable going through these things. We weren't meant to do life alone. Share your burden with friends you trust or your online social network. You'll be surprised who will take an interest in you and offer support as you work to improve your situation. If you look at Jesus He had three disciples He was especially close to and leaned on during His earthly ministry.

Personally I get very weak every evening before going to bed for night. I don't have near the endurance I once experienced. I have a whole bunch of concerns I am dealing with related to my own medical treatment. Some how this will all work out in the end. Those who have endured hardship will become a stronger man or woman for having faced adversity. You will become a rock for your peers as they face their own challenges.

We all need support. If you will pray to the Lord Jesus to send you both comfort and encouragement He will answer. Something very special will transpire. The Lord is near those who are broken and confess their need for Him. He hasn't forgot about you in your present situation.

Prepared By: Ron Piggott

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TODAY'S EDITION

The Verse of the Day For
Friday, December 15, 2017

  • Bible Reading
  • Luke 1:26-38
  • In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin\'s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of his father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end." "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God." "I am the Lord\'s servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.
  • NIV
  • Devotional Reflection Thought
  • God's gift for mankind is Jesus. Have you opened this gift yet?
  • Name Of God
  • Psalms 19:14
  • One Year Bible Reading Guide
  • Haggai 1 & 2; Proverbs 29
  • Bible Trivia Question
  • Category: The Four Gospels
    Question: Was John the Baptist kin to Jesus?
    • True
    • False
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    • bibleTrivia349TriviaAnswer4
    See Answer