Three weeks ago, I visited Urgent Care when my cough wouldn’t respond to over-the-counter medicine. It hurt to breathe, and I wondered if I had fractured a rib from the violent coughing. When I developed a fever, I realized I needed to see a doctor. An x-ray revealed pneumonia. (By the way, I had gotten a pneumonia vaccine, but learned I needed a booster —
which I will get).
I knew "Ebenezer" would be published in July, but could I “walk the talk” and think of ten reasons to praise God the day after I learned my diagnosis? It took A LOT of thought, but YES. These things were on my thank-you list: the doctor, her wisdom to order an x- ray, antibiotics, God's presence with me each day, no fractured ribs, the crackers and coke I had for supper that evening tasted good, clear communications with the doctor, a short wait at the clinic, we weren’t traveling when I got sick, and I didn’t need to be admitted to the hospital.
Saying, "Thank you, God," for ten things each day helps me recognize God’s blessings, mercy, and grace. When I say to myself, that’s going to be a thank you tomorrow, I automatically say thank you right then.
God tells us to ask for what we want, so I don’t hesitate to ask. God can fix anything — big or small. If you want to be reminded of that, maybe you also want to keep an Ebenezer journal. It can be a great reminder of how God handles everything. God is faithful indeed!
Want to learn more about me? Check out the two blogs on my website. Yes I Can is about living with macular degeneration. Although legally blind, my mom lived independently until her death at 92. A New Me is about how we change with a serious diagnosis. For me, this meant a benign brain tumor. The steps there with promises from the Bible help others with their diagnosis.
I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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