Perhaps some of my readers may have wondered where I have been.
Well… I underwent surgery. All in all it was a fairly serious ordeal. (which I suppose surgery in itself carries the word serious in itself)
But PRAISE GOD I can report that I feel so much better now that my problem has been fixed, and the pain which I was enduring on a daily basis is gone.
Having this surgery taught me 3 Life Lessons, which I wanted to share with you.
1. God is still in the miracle working business.
My surgeon (who was a true Man of God that believed in the power of prayer) had prepared me for the worse case scenario because thats part of his job requirement. He was happy to report to me after the surgery that “it appeared that someone had already started to clean up the mess that my abdomen was in.” We knew it was nothing other than the hand of God.
2. The Lord will use anything or anyone to speak into your life at any given time.
At my first post-op visit, 5 days after surgery. My surgeon let me know that he had to remove my “suspicious” appendix, because he would hate for me to be somewhere in Thailand and my appendix decide to burst.
3. Never take your health for granted.
I did not realize how much daily pain I had been enduring since the beginning of this year. Nurses are usually the worse for seeking treatment when something goes wrong. Yep that would be me. Even as a Christian and as a nurse, I do firmly believe in the divine power of God to heal and restore. Sometimes we are to do the practical things in addition to believing by faith that we are healed. I did both. I encourage you to do the same.
In the END… I learned just how critical it is to make each moment of your life count. You never know when tomorrow could be your last day.
Live on purpose with the END result in FOCUS. Make your mark on this world.
Make things happen. Bless others. Give and give some more.
And whatever you do…do it in love.
Here’s a few candid shots from the major ordeal which is now behind me! Praise God!
Today I came across a quote that I wanted to share.
“Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to FOCUS it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy.” — Denis Waitley
There are only 24 hours in a day. It is important that we be good stewards of the time God has given us. So whether you work in ministry or in a 9-to-5 position, goals will help you maximize the life we have been given.
I went many years wandering aimlessly, and wondering why I was not getting anywhere. One of the main reasons was because I did not have any set goals. I had good intentions. However I had no recognizable “fruit” as evidence that I was doing what the Lord had given me to do. More importantly I felt as if perhaps I was short changing God, and not using the giftings He had placed inside of me.
A very wise and anointed Woman of God (who happens to be my Spiritual Mom-Co-Pastor Elena Robertson) once explained to me the importance of having different goal categories. For instance, have personal goals as well as family goals. Also, she shared the importance of not having too many goals to try and FOCUS on at one time. Start with three goals, and FOCUS on completing just those three. Then once those first three goals are complete, then you can set three more goals to work towards finishing
So I put her wisdom into practice.
This is what I learned.
A goal must have 2 things:
1. Be Specific: write out exactly what you aim to do
2. Be Measurable: have a target completion date
Once you start working on something, then God can get in there with you adding His divine assistance. If you’re not working on anything or pursuing anything, how can He assist you?
In the END, I came up with my own motto.
~Do your best, and God will do the rest. ~
So far this is working out pretty good for me. I challenge you to set three goals of your own. Then let others know by commenting below. Or if you have other tips or suggestions regarding setting goals, share it here.