Thanksgiving Day 112813

I pray that all will have a blessed day of Thanking the One who alone is worthy of thanksgiving, worship and praise.  It is one thing to be thankful; it is quite another to know whom to thank.

Thank the LORD our Maker, Saviour, Redeemer and Friend.

-tim

The Beating Heart

This machine that the Creator placed in my body, and nearly all living beings, including those who have often been referred to as “Having no heart” do have them too.

It is a marvelous machine; regulated by the brain, electrical activity, and most importantly by its Creator.  I do not know all the things involved; not nearly; but I do know one thing and that is that it is a marvelous invention.  We men and women of earth think we are makers of intricate, detailed, and beautiful, magnificent machines.  When you stop and think about it though; what is there that compares with the human body?  You could say, “Maybe the universe”, but we did not make that.  The Creator did.

We have our computers, our V-8, V-10, V-12, V-6, four cylinder gasoline combustion engines; and they are quite remarkable.  There is also the diesel, and jet engines too.  Still cannot match up to what GOD has made.

I guess I have needed to stop and take a look at things a bit differently lately.  You see, I just returned home from having stentz placed in my heart arteries.  About 2.5 years ago I had five put in my heart, and it really gave me a boost, a pickup, I did not know I had even been missing.  Then, as I wrote a week or so ago — I had a heart attack, and it was due to one of those stentz becoming 100 percent blocked.  While the surgeon was examining that situation, he found another blockage in another arterie.

Yesterday I went in and had that one taken care of.  I just returned home, and feel like I am doing quite well.  I did just receive a call from the Cardiologists office that I could not return to work until November 25 though.  I was a bit disappointed, but realized that it is probably necessary.

The Beating Heart.  That is something you cannot live without.  Something else  you cannot live without and for all eternity is to know the One who gives you a beating heart.  That is possible through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ; God’s holy Son.

-tim

Forever Thankful

I realize that it has been some time since I had a personal post here on Flat Creek Rolling.  There have been some events to take place in the life of my wife and I that could have been very horrific were it not for first of all our Lord GOD and Savior Jesus Christ; secondly family – all our kids, their spouses which we really view as our kids too; our grand kids, other family, and a wonderful hosts of friends.

This past Friday November 1 I was weedeating around the fence of our yard.  It had not been cleaned out since about June; so it really looked rough and needing it bad.  I was feeling pretty good, full of energy; so I grabbed the weedeater, filled it with gas, filled the head with cutting cord, and started to do just a bit of it.  Well, when I got that bit finished, I still felt pretty good, so I proceeded to work the bigger part.

I went all the way down to the creek, then started back up the hill toward the road.  About three fourths of the way up I started experiencing chest pains, but tried not to pay attention to it thinking it was a heart burn at first.  Since I was so close to finish I kept working.  Running out of gas in the machine I walked down the hill where I had left the fuel container, picked it up, took it back to the weedeater, filled it, then proceeded to the end of the fence at the road.  I finished.  Went and put the machine away, then fed the dogs, and went in the house.

After stopping the work the pain increased greatly, and spread to my arms and once in awhile to my upper back.

After all of this I ended up in the Emergency Room in Mercy Hospital in Springfield.  When we arrived there the nurses, doctors, and others proceeded caring for me, asking questions; and when I was questioned by a doctor on the floor; suddenly our youngest daughter cried out, “Mom, What’s wrong?”  I turned to see my wife passed out, then a nurse ran over, he could feel no pulse, rolled her in the floor, did some chest compressions, and after two or three of those my wife (I was told) knocked his hand away.  By this time they had rolled me into the hallway to care for my wife (Madge).

I was blessed when a nurse who had earlier entered my room mistakenly, came to my bed, in the hallway, and asked if she could pray with me, speaking comforting and encouraging words.  Now my wife was admitted to the hospital, and they are caring for her, trying to find what had caused this collapse.  This was all Friday night.

On Saturday morning they took me to the Cath Lab, and did an angiogram on me finding a stent I had done in April of 2011 with 100 percent blockage.  The doctor repaired that one, and found some more clogged arteries.  For those I am scheduled for more work on Monday.

I was released from ICU on Sunday morning.  Then went directly to Madge’s room and spent the rest of the day with her and the kids.  It was pretty much determined that her collapse was due to her allergies, asthma, and other oxygen issues.  Madge did not get released until Tuesday afternoon.  We are now home FOREVER THANKFUL for God’s wonderful presence, power and glory through all of this.  He is our Healer, Sustainer, Friend and Savior.

Thank GOD for the doctors, nurses, aids, housekeeping, and all who were there in our time of need.  May God richly bless you all.

-tim