In the months following my heart attack and open heart surgery I’ve taken a lot of time contemplating how I got such serious heart disease and what I could do to prevent it worsening in the future. The greatest factor is probably heredity and it’s a little late to do anything about that.
Other significant factors that I can influence are diet, exercise and stress.
1 Kings 18:22-24 “Then Elijah said to the people, ‘I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it. Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.’ So all the people answered and said, ‘It is well spoken.’”
For the last year or so these questions and statements have plagued my heart and mind. How else should I answer questions and statements like that but with an emphatic “Yes!” But that’s not how I feel at all for the most part.
I’m a little nervous about being out all morning for the orientation. The longest I’ve stayed out since my last hospital stay has been about two hours. …And that has been mostly sitting around. Read the rest of this entry »
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When I first got the text from my grandpa about going with them to work in a conference in Thailand I had already been thinking and praying about going overseas with them again. Working with missionary children when I had gone to Slovenia a few years earlier had been such an encouraging, eye- opening experience.
I’ve never recovered from open heart surgery before and hope its something I never have to experience again. I always thought during recovery you progressively started feeling better. Although previous knee and back surgeries have been difficult, nothing has compared to the “roller coaster” recovery this has been.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” -Galatians 6:2
This passage has come to my mind in many years past as I have sat with a friend who is crying, struggling, in pain or going through depression. I know what it is to carry someone else’s burdens, but what does it mean for someone to carry my burdens?
David recently had emergency triple bypass heart surgery after significant blockage was found in three major arteries surrounding his heart. While the need was a shock and recovery is no fun, we are extremely thankful for God’s grace and mercy in leading us to the heart catheterization test that revealed the blockage.
David’s goal for New Tribes Mission’s Facebook page in the month of May has been to reach 20,000 fans. Its is not for the sake of numbers, but because the numbers represent more people who are being informed about what God is doing among unreached people groups.