Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thankful Thursday

Call to Me, and I will answer, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

  • I am so very thankful for my Bible and how God speaks to us through His scriptures like the verse quoted above. This verse reminds me that I have a direct line to our Lord. For He says in His word - "Call to Me" - therefore, I can use my direct line of prayer to Him anytime of the day or night and He is there to listen! Each of us has that same direct line! Just pray! God is so good!

  • I am ever so thankful for my dear hubby's renewed health. God was ever so present with my hubby during the heart event of this past weekend. We sing praises to your name, Oh Lord ... praises to your name, ... for God is great ... and greatly to be praised! See my blog post of March 27.

  • We are so thankful and blessed with a very loving church family and pastor. They are so full of hugs and smiles for each and every person. This means so much to us especially this past year, as my hubby's dear mother who lived in our city passed away and we were left feeling a little empty with no other family near. But not anymore, as we realized God gave us this loving family of God ... and what a blessing they are to us!

    What are you thankful for this week? I will be right here posting each Thursday to share my thankfulness. I hope you will consider joining the Thankful Thursday group of bloggers. Just add the code found at the Thankful Thursday code page to your blog, and then add your blog to the Mister Linky list.

    If you have posted a Thankful Thurday on your own blog, please add your link below as I would love to visit your blog and read your thankful posts.
    Many Blessings!

  • Tuesday, March 27, 2007

    God Bless My Dear Husband's Heart

    Husband and Doctors

    My sweet husband and I have been married almost 38 years and I love him dearly. He is one of those men who ab-so-lute-ly hates going to doctors and will tell you he is well or feeling great when he really isn't. Do you know someone like this? Oh my ... it is like pulling teeth to get him to the doctor. It wasn't until his younger brother suddenly needed a quadruple bypass in February that my DH became concerned and decided it was time to have his heart checked. His family has a strong history; both parents having passed away due to heart disease, his dad at the early age of 55.

    First Test Scheduled

    A cardiac stress test was scheduled for March 16. After the test, we met with the cardiologist who stated his heart 'appears' strong. We were so thankful to hear this great news and thought nothing further would be needed, however, his cardiologist felt differently. Due to his symptoms as well as family history, she felt a cardiac catheterization test was necessary to rule out Coronary Artery Disease. His symptoms included shortness of breath, some chest pain on exertion, along with sweating more than normal - all of which had been going on approximately three months. For these reasons, a Cardiac Caththeterization Test was scheduled March 23 the following week.

    Cardiac Catheterization Testing

    The day of the cardiac cath test the cardiologist prepared us by stating, if during the catheterization she found any blockage in the arteries, she would immediately change course and take the appropriate action to correct the problem. DH of course signed papers agreeing to whatever the cardiologist deemed necessary as we trust her opinion. We had both been praying about this and had a definite feeling of God's presence the entire time and felt at peace knowing God was in full control.

    A Long Wait and Much Prayer

    The nurse showed me to the waiting room and told me the Cardiologist would come there after finishing the test to let me know how it went. It was expected to last about one to one-and-a-half hours. I was praying and my faith was strong. I began reading an inspirational book I had brought and sat there praying and reading through the first hour, then two hours passed and I became concerned. I feel this is a normal reaction when the love of your life is having an extremely important health test. Still in my heart I felt totally aware of God's presence. I went into the nurses area and asked if they had heard anything from the doctor regarding my husband. One of the nurses proceeded to ask me if the doctor or her nurse had called me in the waiting room. I stated "no, I had not received any calls". The nurse then stated the only thing she could share was the doctor had found something during the testing, but that was all she knew presently ... and I would need to wait for the doctor to discuss the details. So... off I went to the waiting room again for more time in prayer. During this time I continued to feel strongly God was in complete control.

    The Call Finally Came

    About an hour later a nurse called the waiting room phone to ask me to come into the recovery area. There I saw my husband already awake, alert, and telling me he felt great. LOL I KNEW he would say that! This is coming from a man who hasn't taken a sick day from work since 2001. God bless him, he loves the work he does; considering it a ministry instead of work.

    Doctor Report

    Our Cardiologist came in and shared with us her findings. She stated there was an artery behind his heart which was 99% blocked. The blockage was found in the left anterior circumflex artery. She then used a stent procedure with balloon angioplasty. The procedure involves placing a mesh-like metal device into an artery at a site which is narrowed. The stent is mounted on a balloon-tipped catheter, threaded through an artery, and positioned at the point of blockage. The balloon is then inflated, opening the stent. The catheter and deflated balloon are then removed, leaving the stent in place. The opened stent keeps the vessel open and stops the artery from collapsing. His cardiologist used one of the newer stents which are medicated that help keep the artery from closing up again. These are called coated stents or drug-eluting stents. He was admitted to the hospital and was able to go home the following day which was a Saturday. We were so worn out we came home and slept until late that evening. On Sunday morning I wasn't sure he would feel up to church, however, he definitely wanted to go, and we did. He's sore from the cut in his groin and still a bit weak, but doing great otherwise.

    Praises to God

    There is a Christian song entitled "I Sing Praises to Your Name". The words express our feelings completely. We are filled with so much thankfulness and praises to our Lord. He is always there for us - not only when we have mountaintop experiences but also in the valleys or uncertainties of life. I have to say though, neither of us felt we were experiencing a valley of uncertainty. We felt God's presence so strongly it was awesome. God is so good, and greatly to be praised!

    We would enjoy hearing from you through comments, and I'll be sure to share all prayers and good wishes to my husband for his continued good health. Thank you for your time and concern. May God bless YOUR life today with HIS eternal love!

    Dear Lord, We give you ALL glory and praise for your constant love, peace, comfort, and joy, not only through this experience, but throughout our daily lives. For YOUR name IS great and greatly to be praised! In Jesus' blessed name, Amen!

    American Heart Association

    Please visit the American Heart Association site to take a simple risk assessment test.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007

    If God had .......

    If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.

    If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.

    He sends you flowers every spring, and a sunrise every morning.

    Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen.

    He could live anywhere in the universe, but He chose your heart.

    Friday, March 16, 2007

    US Navy Ejects Chaplain for Ending His Prayer ...

    ...the SAME as our family ends our prayers ...



    See full story here.

    Monday, March 12, 2007

    Are you a Grace Giver? Captured by Grace?

    Grace Givers: Amazing Stories of Grace in Action

    NOTE: I hope you are blessed by "Grace Givers" and "Captured by Grace" books, as much as we have been. I've included the author's introduction for your review. We have several of Dr. David Jeremiah's books and CDs and have always been blessed.

    Excerpt By Dr. David Jeremiah:

    Someone has written that grace is a five-letter word that is often spelled J-E-S-U-S .... He was the once-and-for-all perfect human image of grace, of love, of truth.

    "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God .... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth .... For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." (John 1:1, 14, 17)

    In the Greek tongue of Paul's day, the word for "grace" was charis. It carried the connotation of graciousness or favor. But the term evolved in the Greek world until it meant the actual gift, the concrete expression of kindness. Grace happens. As Paul explained it, "The free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many." (Romans 5:15)

    Grace happens, and it acts, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God". (Ephesians 2:8)

    Such grace can come only from God. It is the gift unsought, unmerited, unlimited. For no matter what we have done, no matter the depth of our transgression, the darkness of our hearts - grace overrules them all. God pursues us relentlessly. He will not give us up, and once He has captured us, He won't let us go.

    When grace happens in our lives, it cannot be contained. It must spill into the lives of those around us. May you find yourself Captured by Grace and transformed into a Grace Giver.

    © Author Dr. David Jeremiah

    Captured by Grace: No One Is Beyond the Reach of a Loving God

    Sunday, March 4, 2007

    March is DVT Awareness Month
    Deep Vein Thrombosis
    Pulmonary Embolism

    March is DVT Awareness Month

    Why am I blogging on DVD and Pulmonary Embolism?
    Not only is March DVT Awareness Month, it is also a medical condition which is personal to me due to my own frightening experiences with DVTs and pumonary embolism. I've experienced it at least three times in a two year period. The first time it almost killed me as it made its way to my lungs. The doctors thought it was asthma, however, breathing treatments did me NO good! Finally I was diagnosed, but it almost killed me waiting. The doctors then stated I had peripheral pulmonary embolism which adds up to multiple blood clots in both lungs.

    During my last hospitalization with blood clots, the doctor placed a Greenfield Vena Cava Filter. I call it my little umbrella. Check out the picture. It's a cool little device and it is saving my life. In addition, I will be taking 1 mg of Coumadin/Warfarin once a day the rest of my life to keep my blood flowing through the filter so that it does not clog.

    * Did you know complications from DVT blood clots kill up to 200,000 people in the U.S. each year?
    * According to the American Heart Association, DVT occurs in about 2 million Americans every year.
    * More people suffer from DVT annually than heart attack and stroke.
    * Up to 600,000 patients are hospitalized each year for DVT.
    * Pulmonary embolism causes more deaths annually in the United States than breast cancer, AIDS and highway fatalities (combined).
    * Fatal PE may be the most common preventable cause of hospital death in the United States.
    * Only one-third of hospitalized patients with risk factors for blood clots received preventive treatment, according to a U.S. multicenter study.
    * Without preventive treatment, up to 60 percent of patients who undergo total hip replacement surgery may develop DVT.
    * Cancer patients undergoing surgical procedures have at least twice the risk of postoperative DVT and more than three times the risk of fatal PE than non-cancer patients undergoing similar procedures.
    * In the elderly, DVT is associated with a 21 percent one-year mortality rate, and PE is associated with a 39 percent one-year mortality rate.
    * PE is the leading cause of maternal death associated with childbirth. A woman's risk of developing Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is six times greater when she is pregnant.

    What is DVT?
    Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot which can form in your legs and sometimes move to your lungs, where it could be fatal. In fact, complications from DVT blood clots contribute to more deaths each year than AIDS and breast cancer combined. And cancer and certain heart or respiratory diseases increase the risk. But the good news is, in most cases, DVT blood clots can be prevented.

    For more information on symptoms of DVT please click here.

    March is DVT Awareness Month

    DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) Awareness Month by Marie B. Walker, Editor of Clot Care

    Below you will find information on some activities going on in support of deep vein thrombosis awareness. If you are hosting or know of a DVT Awareness activity that is not listed, please email the Webmaster at Clot Care using this email link to let them know so they can add it.

    Tell a Friend About DVT
    You can help spread awareness of deep vein thrombosis by sending an email to your friends, family, and colleagues. Clot Care has created an email form to help you spread the word. Click here to complete the email form to start spreading the word about deep vein thrombosis.

    Post DVT Awareness Month Fliers
    Please help spread awareness by posting fliers about Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month on your blogs, websites, and in your communities. Please only post these fliers in places where you have permission or authority to do so. The flier includes important facts about DVT and Clot Care's Web address so that interested individuals know where to get more information. Click here to download the flier. Note that the flier is a pdf document. If you have any trouble with the download, please let the Webmaster at Clot Care know by using the email link here.

    Please click here for Deep Vein Thrombosis Helpful Links.

    The Vitamin K Registry lists foods and beverages which are high in Vitamin K. For anyone on anticoagulants such as Coumadin or Warfarin, this list is invaluable!

    Saturday, March 3, 2007

    God Showed His Love

    God Showed His Love at Calvary

    Written in Red

    In letters of Crimson
    God wrote His Love on a hillside
    So long, long ago,
    for you and for me Jesus died
    And Loves greatest story was told

    I love you, I love you
    that's what Calvary said
    I love you, I love you
    I love you
    written in red

    Down through the ages,
    God wrote His love with the
    Same hands that suffered and bled
    Giving all he had to give
    A message so easily read

    I love you, I love you
    that's what Calvary said
    I love you, I love you
    I love you
    written in red

    Oh precious is the flow
    that makes me white as snow
    There is no other fount I know,
    nothing but the blood,
    The blood of Jesus

    I love you, I love you
    that's what Calvary said
    I love you, I love you
    I love you
    Written in red

    ©Words and Music by
    Gordon Jensen
    Beautifully sang on the CD of Janet Paschal entitled
    "Songs For A Lifetime". See the latest on Janet Paschal
    and Gordon Jensen at the links above.

    Friday, March 2, 2007

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