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So today is the last day of 2018, and me, like many others I’m sure, have been thinking about this last year – the highs and the lows, the memorable events and the immediately forgotten events, the friendships strengthened and those posted missing.

I discovered that in my first blog post of 2018 I said:

We may not know what lies ahead of us this year, but whatever 2018 may bring our way, I pray you will find the love, strength and support to face it all, both from your family and your friends, but even more so from God.

Little did I know when I wrote these words, what 2018 was going to have in store for me! 2018 for me has been a very unusual year, as having not felt great since the start of the year, I was told at the start of June I needed major surgery, so from then until my surgery it was a struggle as I didn’t feel great and had to watch what I wasn’t overdoing thing. Then since my surgery at the start of October I’ve spent the remainder of the year off work recuperating and gradually trying to build up my strength and get back to my ‘normal’ (whatever that is!).

So for me this had been a difficult year health wise, however on other levels it’s been a great year, as my faith has probably never been stronger.

So now as I look forward to 2019, I pray for a health and happiness in this coming year for myself, my family, my friends and each of you who follow and read my blog.

At the heart of life #1

Posted: October 29, 2018 in GP, Health, heart, hospital, life
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One thing many of us think of when we think of an important organ in the body that needs to work is the heart. Our heart is an amazing organ.

From the moment it begins beating until the moment it stops, the human heart works tirelessly. In an average lifetime, our heart will apparently beat more than two and a half billion times, without ever taking a rest.

The amazing thing about our heart is that it provides the power we need to live. That’s probably why this life-sustaining power has, throughout time, had an air of mystery surrounding it. However technological advances over the years have found out so much about the heart that it’s not such the mystery it once was. So much so, that these days, when we find there is a problem of some kind with our heart, doctors/surgeons are able to either repair or fix many problems without even needing to put the patient through major open-heart surgery.

There are of course still some heart problem that do still require the patient to undergo major open-heart surgery. But even that is not the huge risk that was in the past because, as I said earlier technological advances mean techniques and equipment used allows the surgeons to achieve so much better results for the patient than they used to.

Yes, open-heart surgery is still a very major and complex operation, but many procedures/surgeries done these days as far more common place than they used to be, so the chance of a good outcome for the patient is far more likely than once it used to be.

So if you find you have to undergo heart surgery, you can be assured that improved techniques and equipment, and recover strategies mean you will likely make a full recovery.

Your heart is a complex and amazing organ, so do all you can to look after it, as it needs to last your life-time.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. Mug
  2. Hospital
  3. School
  4. Music
  5. Rose
  6. Paper
  7. Milk
  8. Jump
  9. Smart
  10. Bagwords

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Coffee
  2. Sick
  3. Exam
  4. Emotion
  5. Love
  6. Book
  7. Shake
  8. Blue
  9. Watch
  10. Laptop

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

When you need help with a burst pipe in your house, you can a plumber.

When you feel ill and need medical help, you go to a doctor or a hospital.

When you’re car breaks down and you need help fixing it, you take your car to a garage.

How about when you’re going through some difficult times in your life, who do you call?

God alone can give us the strength we need to face each day, and face each trouble head on.

What’s the purpose of a hospital?

Here’s the dictionary definition:

A hospital is a health care institution providing patient treatment with specialized medical and nursing staff and medical equipment.

What’s the purpose of a church?

Here’s Nicky Gumbel’s definition:

Churches are not museums that display perfect people. They are hospitals where the wounded, hurt, injured and broken find healing.

Does your church feel more like a museum than a hospital for the hurt and broken? If it does, is it really the church you want to be part of?

When we think of someone who gives life to those who are dying, who do you think of – A doctor, a surgeon, a physician?

All these answers are of course correct when it comes to our physical health, but what about our spiritual health, who gives you spiritual life?

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. ~ 1 John 5:12 (NIV)

We often hear God been called ‘the great physician’, that’s because he looks after our spiritual health just as doctors, surgeons look after our health.

So is the Son, Jesus at the centre of your life? If not, let the great physician help you improve your spiritual health today.

When we are physically injured or ill, we go and see our GP or go to the hospital to be healed.

When we are injured, hurt or spiritually broken, where should we go, and who should we seek?

God is the one who an heal the broken and give the lost direction. While we can seek God anywhere, we must tell the people in our communities that

Churches are not museums that display perfect people. They are hospitals where the wounded, hurt, injured and broken find healing. ~ Nicky Gumbel

None of us are perfect, and therefore we are all in need of a place, a church, where we can find healing.

Have you found your church?

Healer

Posted: February 16, 2017 in GP, Health, hospital
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Just as we go to the doctor when we need a prescription to help with a medical condition, so we need a prescription from God to help us through our life – He’s also ready and willing to give us further prescriptions to help us through difficult circumstances.

Don’t just think of doctors or medical professionals as healers, as God is the greatest healer of them all.

under-the-weatherWhen you’re feeling ill or unwell, you seek medical advice, by either going to see your doctor or attending hospital.

But what about when you’re struggling with life or struggling spiritually?

Funny how when we’re struggling, God is often not the person we turn to even although he is “The Great Physician”

Mark 2:17 (NIV)

Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit.”

So if you’re feeling under the weather, always remember Jesus is there for you.

In so many ways I wish this wasn’t the end of 2015, as once again I find myself looking back over the last year with great sadness.

Mum 70thWhile 2014 had not been great as Mum was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, she had coped well with the chemotherapy so I had certainly started 2015 full of hope that 2015 would bring good news for Mum. Sadly my hopes were dashed early on, as we got the news in January that while Mum’s treatment had helped to a certain extent, the lymphoma had continued to progress so were told they no longer hoped to cure Mum, but still hoped to get her illness under control for as long as possible.

Despite a course of radiotherapy and then starting a course of oral chemotherapy, it was clear in July, Mum’s illness was progressing, and so Mum was admitted to hospital for further tests/treatment. after further scans/test we were summoned to meet with the doctors and Mum, and were told there no further treatment they could offer Mum as her illness was continuing to progress quite aggressively. After a few days of discussion with Mum and the palliative care nurse, Mum agreed to go to the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, initially just for a couple of weeks so we could all be sure she was going to be able to be safe if she went home. Sadly though, Mum never got home, as on the 6th on September she passed away peacefully in the hospice.

TiggerMum wasn’t the only member of my family to pass away this year, as in April we also had to get our cat of almost 20 years, Tigger, put down. We got Tigger as a wedding present on our 1st wedding anniversary, so he would have been 20 years old this July. There was a huge emptiness in our home after Tigger died as other than the first year of our marriage, he was part of our married life, so it was a big change for us not having Tigger around the house anymore.

That wasn’t the end of things either as another member of my family passed away from dementia/Alzheimer’s – my Aunt Vida, passed away in August less than 3 weeks before my Mum died.

I’m not quite sure how I’ve got through these last few months, particularly as this included clearing out my Mum’s house, which had not only my Mum’s belonging, but also many of my Dad and my Aunt Mae’s things too (they both died in 2013) – This was one of the hardest and most upsetting things I’ve ever had to do. I feel that in these last few weeks, that Mum’s death has really hit me hard, as prior to that I was so busy clearing her house and getting organised for hubby and I moving to my Mum and Dad’s house, I don’t think I really had much quiet or alone time to stop and think about all that’s happened this year. One thing I do know though is that my world fell apart when Mum passed away. Other than my hubby, Mum was the last of my immediate family who remained, so now Mum’s gone I feel so very alone – Mum knew how I was going to feel when she passed away as I remember her saying to me just a few weeks before she died, that she wasn’t ready to go yet as she wanted to be here for me. I really wish Mum was still here for me, but sadly her time here on earth was up, however I am reassured in the knowledge that Mum will now be with her Lord and Saviour, and that we will be reunited one day.

Just as in previous years, it’s not only been the bereavements that have been on my mind this year, as there have also been several other ongoing life issues to cope with this year which have added to the stresses and strains of 2015.

I’m finding life quite tough just now, as I really miss my Mum and continue to miss my Dad too. After my Dad and my Aunt Mae passed away 2 years ago there was one song that stuck in my head for a few months as it reminded me that no matter what I’m facing, and how bad life seems, God is there for me and He will always be there for me, and that song has once been going through my head again – so here is Kutless with Promise of a Lifetime:

So as you can see 2015 has been an awful year for me. I really hope and pray 2016 is a happier year for me and my family!

I hope 2015 has been a far happier year for you than it was for me, however if it wasn’t, I hope you have had the love and support of family and friends to help you through the year.

I pray that as we look ahead to 2016 you may go forward with confidence knowing that whatever situations you have to deal with, God is by your side not just during this Christmas season, but all year-long.

The Promise of a Lifetime by Kutless
 
I have fallen to my knees
As I sing a lullaby of pain
I’m feeling broken in my melody
As I sing to help the tears go away Then I remember the pledge you made to me  I know you’re always there
To hear my every prayer inside
I’m clinging to the promise of a lifetime
I hear the words you say
To never walk away from me and leave behind
The promise of a lifetime Will you help me fall apart
Pick me up, take me in your arms
Find my way back from the storm
And you show me how to grow
Through the change I still remember the pledge you made to me
I know you’re always there
To hear my every prayer inside
I’m clinging to the promise of a lifetime
I hear the words you say
To never walk away from me and leave behind
The promise of a lifetime  I am holding on to the hope I have inside
With you I will stay through every day
Putting my understanding aside I am comforted
To know your always there
To hear my every prayer inside
I’m clinging to the promise of a lifetime.
I hear the words you say
To never walk away from me and leave behind
The promise of a lifetime I know you’re always there
To hear my every prayer inside
I’m clinging to the promise of a lifetime
Looking back at me
I know that you can see
My heart is open to the promise of a lifetime