Losing This One Thing Saved My Life

It all started at the beginning of December. I had been feeling fine with all of a sudden I started running a fever. I had the covid test and it came back negative, but I was quarantined because I had been exposed to it. So that started two weeks of being very tired. Around the middle of the two weeks, our back gate blew open and the dog got out. I got her back in and went out barefoot to shut the gate. When I did, I stepped on something and got it in my big toe. I could not see what it was, but I could not go to the doctor due to running a fever because of the flu. It continued to look worse and became much more painful. Two weeks later, I finally got to go to the wound care doctor. But by the time I did, the infection had gotten into the bone. The doctor said I needed to be admitted into the hospital. So on December 21, 2020, I walked into the emergency room by myself with my life in the balance because the infection could have gotten into my bloodstream. So, at 8 p.m. they gave me a room in the ER. I stayed in there until 2:30 a.m., at which time I got my room. Later on in the day, they took me for a MRI. The doctor called me and told me that I would have to have surgery and I might lose my toe. It hit me really hard and I mourned my toe at that point. I called my friends, then laid down that night and went to sleep. When they woke me up the next morning, I looked at the nurse and told her, “Jesus is here. “. This was such a sweet reassurance to me. In the past, the anxious thought of no people that I knew would have overtaken me. But knowing Jesus was with me gave me the strength to face what was going on. In the end, the toe was amputated, the infection was stopped, and my life was saved. And with every breath I have, I will share of the love of Jesus and how He is there for you too. Blessings!!

Sweet Rest

“Come unto me all ye who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 KJV). Jesus knew that there would be times in our lives when we would get worn down and not want to go on with our interests. But, He also made a way for us to release that tired feeling to Him. There are three ways that we can feel tired. The first one is physically. During this day and time, we catch ourselves running from here to there and never taking the time to rest for ourselves. If we do this long enough, we run ourselves down. This can open the door up to other illnesses. We need to make sure we get a consistent bed time going and do things that are relaxing for us. You can take a walk, listen to music or anything that relaxes you. The second type of weariness is emotional. When you have been through many things at a time, it will take a toll on your emotions. Make sure that you stay in touch with your feelings and deal with them. I recently had to do that when I had a blister come up on the foot where my toe was amputated and had to go back into the boot. I was so ready to get the boot off and move on to walking and was so frustrated, but I pushed that emotion down and didn’t want to deal with it because I was “strong in Jesus.”. This leads me to my third point. When we become weary and don’t deal with our emotions, we become weary in our spiritual life. I had quit really being in the Word, or listening to what the Holy Spirit would have me say on here. But when I let go of those negative emotions, I received His rest. He gave me a fresh word and anointing to speak it. So if you are struggling with any of these areas, bring it to Jesus and lay it down. Then He will cause you to lie down in sweet rest.