Truth for Today: God is Faithful

One year ago today God saw my mother through triple bypass heart surgery

Being 55, a little over weight and a smoker for over 30 years all odds were against her

but God was for her

Super Bowl Sunday 2014 My mother had both a stroke and heart attack

Laying not even two feet away from her family we had no idea what was going on

She kept saying that it was gas built up in her chest

So no one thought much of it until days went by and all she wanted to do was sleep

Speech beginning to slur my oldest sister began to worry

It was Friday night before we could get her to go to the hospital

We didn’t wait a good 30 minutes in the urgent care facility

The nurses ran a EKG determined that she had a heart attack and immediately put her into a room

Everyone was in shock!

You never think something like this could happen to the person you love the most

I didn’t get much sleep that night

The next morning they moved her to their sister hospital for better care

On the way to the hospital all I knew to do was blast my favorite gospel songs

All I could do was thank God that we got her to urgent care when we did

Being the strong woman she is

My mother put on a brave face for us

She showed us that no matter what things look like

We have to keep our faith

Faith was all I had left

Faith was all she had left

For years I’ve heard that God is faithful but it wasn’t until this happened

I saw just how faithful he is

Running several tests the doctors kept my mother for about two weeks

We were told that the procedure would be simple and that the surgery would take about an hour

She was released to come home and had a follow up appointment

When she got back home she still was a little sluggish but seemed to be doing better

When it was time to go back for her follow-up no one told us that she would be staying and being prepped for surgery

She wasn’t pleased or prepared

Throughout this time I had been praying, calling ministry’s that she has supported to get prayer,

reading my bible trying to feed my spirit

During her weekend prep my mother told her children and her husband that she was at peace with having the surgery

Finally I was at peace

Monday March 10th came and I went to work

Thankful, Joyful and at peace

I got the text right before lunch from my oldest sister that the surgery went well

ALL IS WELL!

I screamed as loud as I could without the clients thinking I was crazy

There was no doubt in my mind that my mom would pull through

I never considered the alternative because God told me he would keep her

She told me that God would keep her

I went to see her the next day and she was in the ICU unit

We learned that she needed to have a blood transfusion and that the surgery turned out to be much more

complicated than the doctor had expected

because of the heart murmur my mother had and her heart waives leaking

Triple bypass heart surgery was needed

Days following her surgery there were therapist working with her on her speech

We also discovered that the stroke affected a part of her brain that told her when to swallow her food

The next couple weeks after her surgery were just as hard on us as they were on her

Seeing someone who had been such a strong person not just for herself but for everyone else

need to be bathed and reminded to swallow food and more

got the best of me

As her youngest daughter I never in a million years thought

I would be sitting at my mother’s bed side reading healing scriptures to her

Each day I saw my mother I was grateful to have another day with her

I was grateful to see her smile and light up when I surprised her

I was so grateful that God was faithful

She was kept in ICU longer than expected

The nurses later discovered that her kidneys took a hit during the surgery

It felt like soon as we got over one hump

There was another one

Every time i would get calls about what this doctor and this nurse said

I would go away and thank God for being so faithful

I knew that if she survived heart surgery she would survive anything

I would constantly keep my mind on what God said and not what everyone else said

God is faithful!

The week leading up to my mother’s discharge

We were told that she might need to be on dialysis and need a speech therapist

We listened to what the Doctors had to say but we stood on God’s word

God is faithful!

My mother had told us ever since we were little kids that God would never leave us nor forsake us

After my mom was released from the hospital and found a doctor closer to where she lived

She went in for a check up and it was decided that her kidneys were fine

Her speech was back to normal

and she hadn’t smoked in about three months

God is faithful!

Now exactly one year later My mother is able to hold and play with her only granddaughter,

Walk at almost the same speed as before

I’m so grateful to have her here

I’m so grateful that God is faithful!

When I was younger and would be at church I used to wonder why people

would stand up and worship for 30 minutes straight

Now I know

Now I know why the choir sings songs like ‘Be grateful’

Now I know why my grandmother has an alter in her house

I’ve always loved gospel music but I didn’t know what it was like to truly worship and praise God until this happened

I didn’t want to stand up in church before because I didn’t know who could be watching

Now I don’t care who’s watching

I don’t care who hears me sing or see’s me clap my hands

God is faithful

Now I know why sometimes people run all over the church

or shout louder than others

God is faithful

I now know true worship

I now know that God’s promises are true

God is faithful!

Bucket Lists! Do you have one?

For years I have been asked why I didn’t have a bucket list and until now it really didn’t matter to me whether I had one or not. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my life and what all I still want to do. So today, March 3rd 2015 I made a bucket list. The list isn’t in any particular order I just wrote down things as they came to mind.

1.  Visit Argentina- For about three years now I have been interested in visiting Argentina. I did a term paper and a presentation on Argentina for one of my electives while in school. I instantly feel in love with the culture and have been dreaming about going ever since.

2. Visit Africa- There are two countries in particular that I would love to visit, Egypt and Madagascar. Being African-American going to visit the mother land had been instilled in me at a young age.

3. Become a New York Times Best Sellers If I would have created a bucket list five or six years ago this would have been the only thing on the list. I love to write and will be writing several books on various subjects.

4. Purchase land for my mom’s farm- My mother is a real country girl and has dreamed about owing a farm her whole life so I would definitely make that possible for her.

5. Disney World- As a kid i never had the chance to go to Disney land or world so I would love to be able to take my youngest nieces and nephews.

For now that’s all for my bucket list, how about your’s? Any traveling? Book writing or new adventures? I would love to read about them.

Happy Monday 3/2/15

Happy Monday!

I decided not to post a long blog today but instead post a positive calming image. Here is a picture of pool overlooking the beach in Bali Indonesia. Isn’t it beautiful!? I’ve said many times before that I believe that we should surround ourselves with images that we would like to see for ourselves one day. I plan on taking a vacation to Bali within a few years but for now I’ll stick to these beautiful images. I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!