His grace is sufficient for Me

imageTomorrow at 7:30 I will have surgery. A little known fact about me is that in the same year I had my youngest daughter Hannah, I also had a hip replaced. At that time I had what the doctor’s called an acute form of arthritis. There was nothing cute about it. It started when I was 29. For ten years, I would wake up with swollen and achy hands, feet, knees, shoulders…you get the picture. I took some pretty high powered meds that really didn’t make a lot of difference. During this time, I had one joint to go bad: my right hip. The only answer was a replacement. The days leading up to the replacement were sometimes very dark. Lots of debilitating pain was involved, and well, I’d actually like not to remember it.
The replacement itself was great. And after ten years of this form of arthritis, the disease went away. I am a walking miracle. God healed me of it. I do not know why or how, but He did.
Not tomorrow I will be having a “tune up”, and the recovery time is extensive. I will be on a walker, then crutches and then a cane for 2-3 months. During this time, I will of course not be driving, but I will also kinda fly low if you know what I mean. I am awful at asking for help and I cannot stand sympathy towards me when I will be fine.
So…no whining is my motto for the next 3 months. I have friends and family dealing with so much worse than this. Pray for my recovery and that I will not let Satan lead me down a road that we all have no business going down. The ” why me”, “poor me” road. If I say this all publicly, maybe this will encourage you in some way with your journey right now. When you get that feeling that I really want to whine, you can remind me,” NO WHINING!” We will never quit fighting and never give up.
As my wonderful friend Teresa Layne said not long before she went to be with the Lord, pray for lost people. When you think to pray for me, let that be a trigger to think of one person that you will commit to praying for diligently.
God has given me a vision and a passion for a new class/ ministry to start in the Fall. So, I will be back with a vengeance. I am excited about great things God is doing and will do. I will trust in my gracious, Almighty, Sovereign God Who can do all things.

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Thanks in advance sweet friends,


  1. Ever since I have known you, I have admired your faith in Christ. Your love for HIM is evident on your face, and the way you show HIS love to others. I will be praying for you and your family, as your recover. I know that God will use this to HIS glory, as he has done in the past with your condition.
    In Christian Love,
    Mary Jane Belton


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