Choosing Faith Each Day, Isaiah

Day 6: Let Patient Endurance Have Its Perfect Result

We can plan as much as we want, God’s timing will prevail.

Yesterday, my mom’s surgery was rescheduled again. There was a vehicle fire at the Ft. McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore. Unfortunately, it must’ve been bad, because people were taken to the OR. Prayers for all of those people. My mom’s surgery was postponed again.

I dropped my kids off at camp, and when I got back in the car, my phone rang. It was my sister. She put me on speakerphone, so I could hear the Neurosurgeon. He said that my mom was doing much better on the medication and could talk and walk around. We could wait and have surgery very late, past midnight. We could hope a spot opens, and fast each day waiting for an opening. Or, she could go home and schedule a surgery for next week that could not be bumped, which was the preferred option.

So, my mom is released from the hospital. She is staying at my sister’s house, with a surgery scheduled for next week. I am surprised. Out of all the things that could happen, I would not have guessed this option!

God has put it on my heart to share all the prayers and my mom’s story. I am living in it and don’t know what to think. I just know God is in charge. God has made me hear new things, even hidden things, that I did not know. God is creating new things.

“You have heard;
See all this.
And will you not declare it?
I have made you hear new things from this time,
Even hidden things, and you did not know them.
They are created now and not from the beginning;
And before this day you have not heard them,
Lest you should say, ‘Of course I knew them.’
–Isaiah 48:6-7 (NKJV)

 Prayer from Pastor Jimmy O. at Cornerstone Chapel

The tragedy that happened in the Harbor Tunnel aside, God knew your mom’s surgery was going to be postponed and re-scheduled… and He has a purpose for it. Perhaps the next few days will reveal it. In the meantime, the familiar words of James have been brought to my mind. May God bring encouragement to you as you consider them —

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness and patient-endurance — leading to maturity and inner peace. And let patient-endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed in your faith, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4, amplified)

Encouragement from M.A. 

God is good. Don’t lose faith. He is able to heal and provide.

Devotional Shared by my Sister-in-law

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”
–Corinthians 12:9-10

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.”
–Philippians 4:6

Encouragement from R.S.

I truly believe God will give your mom the strength to get through this.

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