“I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth  a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.” Psalms 40:1-3


A few days ago I was released from a 6 day hospital stay that was designed to last only two days.  My stay included 4 days in intensive care.  I have had 13 previous orthopedic surgeries, so I expected this last one to go as they did.  It didn’t, as a large loss of blood caused my blood pressure to drop, and my kidney functions begin to shut down.  My body reacted terribly to the 6 hour surgery, which required the intensive care time.  My time there was a bazaar escape from reality, as my mind and body tried to cope with what was going on.  It was the most difficult physical challenge I believe I have ever had.  I don’t believe I would have made it out of that discouraging time without God’s presence in that lonely room of isolation, and the prayers of so many of you who held me up before the Lord.  I am writing you collectively to say to you how grateful that I am for those prayers and well wishes.  When I emerged from my time in the “pit” I was able to read the many blog entries, emails and texts that you sent and they encouraged me, and reminded me of God’s love for me.  One cannot have this kind of outpouring from brothers and sisters in Christ without another message from God being included with it.  His message says, “See how much I love you?”

Today I rest and tomorrow I return to Little Rock to have staples removed from an incision about 20 inches long down my hip and thigh.  After the slow process of rehab begins, I expect to improve every day. I have already had great relief in the pain at the broken bone site.  Right now is the soreness following surgery.  Although my stay in the hospital was very challenging, I feel more hope and promise than I have in a long time that I have been given something new and strong that will allow me to live without the pain I once had.  Best of all, I feel I am being prepared for a new run to the finish line in serving my King.  I am excited about that thought.

Once again, for those of you who prayed, wrote, and encouraged in many different ways, I think you for being the voice, hands and heart of Christ to me during a very challenging time.  May God bless you for what you have done.

To His glory,


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