Thursday, August 23, 2007

Matters of the Heart

In my last post I boldly made a proclamation that I was not counting the days until we receive our SDA appointment and invitation to travel to Ukraine. After learning that our dossiers were not submitted in June but rather July I have kept my promise and it has kept me sane. That 9 week wait only to find out we were on a much different schedule and have a different due date resembled a long and grueling "false labor". Waiting for anything in life is tough for most of us, especially for those things we long for most. One thing is for certain though, it is ALWAYS worth it. So it is with greater peace that we hope for God's plan to unfold in the weeks to come.

Today I am also filled with a new sense of gratitude as another prayer is about to be answered. As many of you reading this chronicle of our adoption journey know, I have been a long time heart patient. For our new friends, I will give a super sonic, brief history to give light to this post. In 1991, at age 29, I underwent open-heart surgery to replace a defective mitral valve and at the same time had a cardiac defibrillator implanted to help correct arrhythmias. Do not let Lindsey Wagner and Hollywood fool you, I am the real Bionic Woman!! Since that time I have been blessed with the birth of 2 more sons (A testimony for a whole other Blog) and a life that I pray will glorify my Savior. I have also obtained, not by any personal desire, a plethora of arrhythmias due to a faulty electrical system. In the past few months one of those arrhythmias called Atrial Flutter (a reference for those of you who are intellectually stimulated by too much information) has increased. I let God know that I do not have time for this and if he really plans on blessing us with more children through the gift of adoption, I need him to remove this thorn in my side before we leave for Ukraine. The week after I had this conversation with Him, my cardiologist told me about a procedure called an ablation that has a very high success rate of "curing" Atrial Flutter. So here I am reporting from my hospital bed (I love WiFi) waiting for tomorrow's promise. I am scheduled to have the ablation about 12:00pm. It will take about 3 hours. I will be sedated. No general anesthesia -no cutting. Just lovely dreamland. God willing I will be home, healed and in tip top shape again on Sunday or Monday.

God Heals
Jeremiah 30:17"But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds," declares the LORD.

Jesus Healed
Matthew 4:23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people

God Calls His Disciples to Heal
Luke 9:1-2Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

God sends us out to heal others
Mark 16:15-20And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

Healing in the Atonement of Jesus
1 Peter 2:24Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness by whose stripes you were healed.

Everyday is a miracle!!!

Joy In Jesus,


Leslie said...

Thank you for sharing this specific prayer request, Theresa! Its important that you have peace and health before you depart on this journey. We will be praying for you!

Nataliya said...

Theresa, no kidding, you ARE are a real Bionic Woman! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you today - as you said, you should be in the top shape by Sunday (or Monday the latest)! Please post as soon as you can!

DoveFamily said...

Praying that God places His arms tightly around you during the procedure. Can't wait to read the good news that all went well & you are back home!!