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10/14/19 9:18 A

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The Old Testament yields a lot of His promises to us. I gained a new appreciation for it when I was collecting verses in anticipation of my surgery. Books I wasn't as familiar with (i.e. Micah and Ezra, Jeremiah, and Zephaniah too) quickly became favorites.

However, I'm going to share one from the New Testament today: "And He said unto me, 'My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." II Corinthians 12:9.

Paul prayed 3 times to have the "thorn in the flesh" removed, and this was God's response to him. It also was His answer to me, regarding surgery vs. miraculous healing. There were many factors in my health. I had lost over 100 pounds which made it a lot easier to go through the surgery, made me a lower risk, and made it easier to recover. It also made it easier on my caregivers to take care of me. In fact, one nurse practitioner (before I had the surgery) told me my weight loss may have led to an earlier diagnosis! She said they may have finally heard my heart murmur and realized it was worse than originally thought.

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I am a strong believer in my religion, but I am not very versed in the Old Testamen. My dadís mother knew the Bible from front to back. Keep sending me this topic.
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10/9/19 9:04 P

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Thanks Lily! I was beginning to think this was becoming a "dormant" thread. I realize everyone on this team may not want to discuss religion or be believers. That's why I use individual threads so those who don't want to discuss it, don't have to by simply not participating in discussions that don't interest them.

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10/8/19 11:36 P

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Here's one that was especially comforting to me when I was facing surgery: "The Lord God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 (b)

This reassured me He would be with me, even in the operating room.

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9/28/19 11:06 P

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"The Lord's compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul, therefore will I hope in Him." Lamentations 3:22-24

Knowing God was compassionate toward me in my health and that we have a new "dose" of His mercies every morning strengthened me for my journey toward heart surgery. He is our portion.

This is the Scripture upon which the hymn, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" is based. It's one of my favorite hymns, and I've enjoyed hearing it before other surgeries too. It's also a favorite of mine at this time of year.

We can also take heart in our fitness journey when we mess up one day. We can start in the next day. Each day is a new day. God even cares about our fitness quests and our health. I'm a strong believer that we need to do our part, but I know He prepared me for this surgery by putting the right people in my path to help me along the way, the right tools in my hands so I could be more successful, and the will/drive to get it done. He knew I was going to have this surgery, so He got me ready. That's an example of His faithfulness, and He does give us a new portion each day.

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9/19/19 10:59 P

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Glad to hear that, Lily! I don't like to think where we'd be if His hand wasn't on us.

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Thank you for todayís scripture. I feel His hand on me also. Lily

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9/17/19 10:20 P

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Here is one that I relied on heavily for a few months before surgery (and then afterward during the healing process): "Because the hand of the Lord my God was on me, I took courage." Ezra 7:28 It was God telling me He had His hand on me, and I could take courage as I was taken into surgery.

Sorry it's so short and sweet this evening. However, I think this verse speaks enough for itself and doesn't need too much commentary. Yet, it meant a lot to me when I was facing the surgery.

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9/6/19 9:58 P

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You're welcome! Glad you're enjoying them. Writing about Scripture helps me too.

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Thank you Perry, for the religious thoughts today.
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Okay, it's been a week or more since I posted a Scripture. I want to keep this thread alive. Here goes: "I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14

I find a lot of comforting, strengthening verses in Psalms. When we think about one of the authors of the Book of Psalms (David) and all he went through, it's no wonder they bring us comfort too. That's what is so wonderful about the Bible. It's just as applicable to us, today, as it was to the inspired writers when it was written.

In spite of having a defective heart valve, I am still fearfully and wonderfully made. God knew when I was formed inside my mother that I would have this. My surgeon called it bad luck, but I don't believe in luck. Everything happens for a reason. While I may not yet know the reason, there is one. Maybe I won't know this side of Heaven. This also applies to the verse I quoted/discussed earlier in this thread. When the young man who shared at the concert about realizing God wasn't mad at him because of the physical ailments that happened to him, the leader of the singing group quoted this verse to him.

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Hi Lily!

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Everyone have a blessed day.

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Thanks, Lily! You're welcome, too.

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Thank you for the uplifting scripture. I have read it twice. I am saving all of them as Scripture Journal.

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8/20/19 1:25 P

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This is a well-known passage by many: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

While I had memorized this as a child, it had new meaning for me when I was facing surgery. The cardiologist said they didn't want to replace the valve before necessary. That way, I'll have it still as an older person. They also monitored me closely to ensure they replaced it in time. At times, I grew inpatient and wanted to get it over with. Still, I had to wait and trust God to show the doctors (and me) when it was time. Honesty about how I was feeling, without overstating my symptoms, was vital. That's where this portion of Scripture really applied to me in a way it never had before.


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8/20/19 1:19 P

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Yes, Lily, it was a wonderful weekend. Thank you.

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I am glad you enjoyed your trip for your class reunion. Meeting old friends at your home church was even more to add to your trip.

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Thanks! I'm back, but it was an awesome time. I even sang Karaoke (with 2 other former classmates). I've never done that before, but it was fun. The two-night reunion was a blast; I saw some former classmates I hadn't seen since graduation 40 years ago. This was my 3rd reunion. Our class is blessed with a great reunion committee. While the class reunion was the main reason for the trip, I also visited my home church where my father was pastor for 10 years. I hadn't been back to the church for services in 37 years! I did see some of the people 10 years ago when I went for a class reunion the first time. That was just as nice as my class reunion.

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Have a great trip. emoticon

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Wow! I am fortunate I did not have cancer as well as all this. I'm sorry for those of you who've had to deal with both, pretty much at the same time.

I'll be away from my desktop computer for a few days, so I may not be doing as much this weekend. It's a very special weekend for me (40-year high school reunion). Prayers for a safe trip appreciated.

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Hi Lily,
I was very fortunate also. I was late going in for my mammogram due to itís timing being the week of my heart surgery. After the heart surgery, my husband wanted me to reschedule my mammogram, but I kept telling him it would hurt so much. I am so glad that my husband was persistent. I did not find a lump. I had radiation and chemo. I am on the "five year" pill also. I have a new appreciation for hair. emoticon emoticon

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emoticon Mary Ann, when I had my cancer everything happened fast too. I was fortunate I had lump left breast cancer. The lump was removed and a month of radiation I was done. I take Hormone therapy for five years.

Lily

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emoticon For todayís Scripture.
Lily, I am so sorry to hear that cancer has affected your life so much. emoticon
The same year that I had my heart surgery, I was also diagnosed with cancer. emoticon
Everything seemed to happen so fast that year for us that I did not beat myself up.
The biopsy of the aneurysm revealed that I had a rare autoimmune disease that causes aneurysms, and the aneurysm caused my leaky heart valve.
I am so thankful to God for giving us strength and peace.

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emoticon for todayís scripture. My first husband died of cancer. We had a baby, now that grown son has cancer. I also had cancer surgery a year and half ago. I have been beating myself up too. Did we both cause my sonís cancer? It is hard to put into words the thoughts running through my mind.

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8/14/19 11:31 P

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Okay, here is one of my favorite Scripture verses that helped me when I was facing this surgery: "The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you but will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17

I was at a concert last year (or the year before), and a young man shared his testimony about his own medical problems as well as his life story. He is almost young enough to be my grandson! Yet, his testimony helped me so much. One thing that stood out to me, and made this verse even more meaningful was when he shared that he felt God was mad at him because of all his problems. So, I knew the verse above was indication that God was not mad at me either. That's not why this heart problem happened. Not long after that, my surgeon (when I met him the first time) told me my problem wasn't a result of anything I'd done wrong or neglected to do. It was genetic. That's true because my father, and maybe my great grandfather, had this same condition. Yet, I was still beating myself up for it.

Between that young man's testimony and what my surgeon told me, I was able to get past the idea it was my fault or I was being punished somehow.

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I, too, had a wonderful team at the hospital. The surgeon was tops, his partner was wonderful, his PA's were awesome, the nurses, OT's, and PT's all worked together to provide wonderful care. His partner actually operated on my father and father-in-law 25 and 8 years ago, respectively. The surgeon remembered their names! When he operated on my father-in-law, he definitely remembered my dad. I'm sorry you had an aneurysm! I'm thankful you had your surgery quickly. My neighbor lady had the same thing, and she had the same surgeon as I. He pulled her through it in 3 hours. One of my night nurses had open-heart surgery done by the same surgeon. She was my favorite. I could not have faced this without my family, church family, and friends. God used them to help me through it.

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emoticon I had a very leaky Aortic Valve and an Aortic Aneurysm. Thankfully, I was able to have surgery just a couple of weeks after diagnosis. God, my hubby, Church family, and medical team took good care of me! It feels great to be able to share that. emoticon

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I look forward to future posts on sharing some Scriptures.
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8/12/19 10:01 P

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Thank you Lily!

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I shared in my bio in another thread how faith has played a role in my recent health and overall fitness quest which I began 6 years ago. If any of you feel faith has played a role in your fitness, please feel free to share in this thread. As I stated earlier, I was diagnosed with a heart murmur 2 years ago which was the result of a bad aortic valve. I was feeling pretty low one day and sort of prayed, "why, when I did all this, did this still happen?" I felt clearly that God told me, "I knew this was going to happen to you, so I put the right people in your path, the right tools in your hands (Spark People website and app), and the determination to do this in a narrow time span. At that point, I realized if He brought me to it, He'd bring me through it. He also brought several Scripture verses and others' testimonies to encourage me. I knew I would come through the surgery. However, the waiting period was more of a trial than the surgery and recovery. Not knowing when I'd need to have the surgery was more of a test of faith than the actual surgery. Well, I do believe in prayer and its power, but I also came to realize how much my fitness played a role in my surgery survival and recovery. I've finished my cardio-rehab too. Hey, I even lost some inches and body fat! That was a plus, even though the main goal was to strengthen myself after surgery. They were amazed at how much I accomplished. Well, I still give God the credit for that! In future posts, I'll share some of the Scriptures He gave me to get me through. I even had a chance to share one of the "major" ones with one of my nurses in the hospital.

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