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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Well, these last few weeks certainly have been interesting for me. On December 8 I went to the ER with chest pains and then on the 18th I wnet in to the hospital for a heart cath to see if I had any further blockages. No blockages were found, but during the procedure, my heart stopped and the nurses had to do CPR to get it going again. When I came around and gained consciousness, the doctor told me that I would be a candidate for a pacemaker, but probably not for a year or two.

At 1:30 Christmas morning I awoke with some really strange things happening in my chest. My heart was racing really fast then pausing for long periods of time. We finally called 911 and I went to ER in an ambulance. When I arrived my heart rate was only 28 and I was taken to the Cathy lab and had a temporary pacemaker installed. The day after Christmas they installed the permanent pacemaker and I was able to return home after 24 hrs.

Now I am feeling much better and going on with my normal activities. Martha and I are planning to go to Guatemala for 10 days of ministry on March 1.

Why did all this happen? Only God knows the complete answer, but one thing stands out in my mind. As I was praying some time ago and studiying 2 Corinthians 12 I was focusing on the phrase "
My strength is made perfect in weakness." As I read this I said, "Lord, maybe I'm not weak enough for Your strength to be made perfect in me; if that is true, make me sufficiently weak for Your strength to be displayed in me."

Almost immediately the series of events described above began to unfold.

How am I to react? I am to praise His Holy Name and thank Him for the plans that He has for me, because His plans are always for my good and for His glory! Now, I am waiting for my next assignment with great anticipation of what my great God will do.
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