I am very excited to be moving again!! It’s the best feeling to walk around and do my everyday tasks on two legs. I am adjusting well to my prosthetic. I go to Physical Therapy two times a week and I love learning new things that I can do with my new leg. It’s hard to believe that I am finally on the “other” side of some of the hardest days I have faced thus far. I’ve been able to go on walks down the road with my kids and even play ball with them in the yard, I can go shopping on my own and WALK through the store, I cook supper and move around the kitchen on two legs instead of a wheelchair and I even got Jared to dance a few steps with me. These are things I have longed to do and God has given me the ability to do these things again WITHOUT PAIN. I continue to be amazed and grateful for answered prayer. Thank you Lord! One of the sweetest things for me is to see how excited others have been to see me up and walking. One dad came up to me with his two little girls by his side and said “you don’t know how good it is to see you walking and moving around”. They had prayed for me as a family along with so many others and now are rejoicing with us in our answered prayers. God hears our prayers and cares. He knows what is going on and His timing is always perfect. One of my favorite sayings is “ And if not….. He is still good”. The “And if not” can be different timing than what we thought or an answer to our prayer but in a totally different way than we would have ever imagined. How sweet to look back on this journey and begin to see a glimpse of the “big picture” of what God had planned when I first found out I had a tumor 15 years ago. I understand more and more as time goes by God’s purpose in this for me and how He is working it for my good. I have had so many opportunities to speak of the Lord and share His love and be His light and hopefully give encouragement to those I have met because of my situation.
I have seen many that are suffering and going through extremely difficult situations as I have sat in waiting rooms at the hospital and Physical Therapy. I’ve seen young men that are hardly able to walk or are bound to a wheel chair that would probably give anything to work and be active. We have also met a sweet couple that after a successful heart surgery the husband had a stroke and has left him hardly able to use the right side of his body. I also think about all the friends I know that are going through some of the hardest of trials as they are facing cancer, recovering from major surgeries that will forever change their lives and others that deal with lifelong diseases that only get worse. I take comfort and peace knowing that “this world is not our home”. On this earth we are going to have trials and heartaches but what hope and joy to know we are promised an eternal home with our Savior where there is no pain, suffering or tears. Our Great Physician knows our every heartache and suffering and is there to give us the strength and help we need. What hope we have in Jesus, because He took our place on the cross and paid the price for our sins we have a home in heaven waiting for us where we will be forever with the Lord.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are, yet He did not sin.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Heb.4:15-16