Walking and Leaping and Praising God!

Today was Steve’s 11-week checkup. The Dr. originally had said it would be three months before ANY weight could be put on his pelvis. Then at 7 weeks, he was healing so well the Dr. said he could put 50% of his weight on his leg and pelvis. The therapist gave him the go-ahead to graduate from a walker to crutches a week or two ago. And today, he was given the green light to walk FULLY! His pelvis is fully healed! To say we are excited is a huge understatement.

Here we are just leaving the Dr’s office this morning…

We are magnifying the Lord and His mighty healing hand! It made me think of the childhood song I used to sing as a little girl that is based on Acts 3. “He went walking and leaping and praising God. 🎶 🎶 “

Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 9And all the people saw him walking and praising God: 10And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.

We continue to feel blessed by the prayers of God’s people. Steve’s cartilage is still staying strong and healthy, which is a good sign, although the Dr. said he will breathe easier if it still looks like that at 12 months. So a continued prayer request is for the health of the cartilage.

Also, please keep continuing to pray for Steve’s therapy. It is VERY, very hard and painful. I am so proud at how hard he is working. It actually makes me feel motivated to go to the gym. 😂 Steve has an excellent PT, and we have a new appreciation for that field of expertise. The therapy is really helping too. The other day he was hooting and hollering from the bedroom while doing his exercises. Suddenly, he went from not being able to lift his leg straight up while laying on his back – to a couple of days later doing it with ease!

Another reason to praise the Lord is that this Lord’s day, Steve feels like he is strong enough to go to church for BOTH services. He is also driving and more and more back to himself. Here is a fun video where he is playing with Weston (this is the other day before he could throw his crutches. 🙂 )

I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have my husband back. Yes, he still has a lot of pain. Yes, there are still hurdles to jump (excuse the pun), but to have his cheerful, energetic smile and attitude back is amazing!

All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee?” Psalm 35:10

In closing, we would commend unto you the sermon “How Can We Give Thanks in Everything?” by William Cooper. Below are a few excerpts:

How to give thanks as a Christian…

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”—1 Thessalonians 5:18.

QUERY: WHY AND HOW WE DO GIVE THANKS IN AND FOR AFFLICTIONS?

We must give thanks for good: afflictions are not evil, but good—David tells you so: (Psa. 119:676871), which every child of God also finds. To this agrees that of the Schools, that crosses are not evil, but good:

1. because inflicted by the Lord, who is the Chief Good;

2. because suffered by the Lord Jesus, who is the Chief Good;

3. they conform us to the Lord, who is the Chief Good; [and]

4. they prepare us for communion with the Lord in heaven, which is our chief good. Therefore, be thankful for crosses.

…We must give thanks in everything, even in and for afflictions, under the rod and cross because thereby the Lord doth discipline us and [teach] us much which else we never would have learned—by this David learned God’s commandments, and they became dearer to him “than thousands of gold and silver” (Psa. 119:7172). 

…Happy children, then, who have the Lord for their Father and for their Physician! This He takes for one of His eminent titles, “The Lord thy Physician” (Exo. 15:26). He doth it skillfully, easily, safely, quickly, thoroughly, according to all the properties of the best artists. Therefore, thank Him.

…Upon all these accounts and many more such, we are to thank God for crosses and corrections, because the good of them doth flow from God’s goodness, not from their nature.

…Look on thy mercies as answers to thy prayers and bless the Lord for them on that account—for that is double mercy: (1) that God hath inclined and directed thine heart to beg such a mercy; this is a special act of the Spirit of adoption (Rom. 8:2627); (2) that He hath answered such prayers; for this is a sign [that] He accepts thee in Christ. Many blessings come unasked for and unlooked for, yet these require thankfulness. But when the Lord is inquired of for the things we have and doth grant them to us, this is a blessing upon His own institution and a seal to His promise. Hear David: “Come and hear,” saith he, “and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue” (Psa. 66:1617), as if he had said, “This was a signal favor for the Lord to grant what I petitioned Him for and therefore deserves a special acknowledgment.” 

How Can We Give Thanks in Everything by William Cooper

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