Moving Forward

 Today was the first full day back at home. Debbie was off early to work and back in time for my late afternoon doctor’s appointment. The visiting nurse came by to change my PIC dressing and to draw blood. She will do this on each Monday over the next few weeks. My infectious disease doctors will get this report on a regular basis to stay on top of my progress.

I anticipate appointments this week with both at-home physical and occupational therapy. This will provide a continuation of care from this past week of in-patient therapy. (Pictured above is me and Misty one of the PT’s at NCRH who helped me get on my feet – literally) My primary care physician today thought he saw some significant improvement in my arms range of motion. He also gave us a referral for a cardiologist that I will need to see sometime over the next two months.

I have had several individuals who have expressed appreciation for my daily posts. Many have said they have shared some of my posts with family, friends or co-workers and have received positive feedback from the devotional thoughts and messages of encouragement. Many (besides my mother) have suggested I consider writing a book. I’m not sure about that venture, but in the mean time I have established this website as a convenient place for people to check out my blogs, follow my progress and connect with my writings. If you have been sharing some of my blogs with others please refer them to If they want to find past posts and learn more about my illness and road back to recovery the can checkout


Bible Verses for Today…I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms  far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. (Eph. 1:18-21)

I love the Apostle Paul’s prayers and benedictions recorded in the New Testament. I think of the ones in Romans and in Ephesians especially. The verses above point to the need for revelation in our hearts and minds to truly understand what Christ has done for us, the resources of His strength and the power  for our life.

I have talked a lot about hope, so I want to focus on the statement “incomparably great power for us who believe.” It is amazing to me what is available to us and in us based on our faith in Christ and His Word. There are many who “work” to attain a level of spiritual or supernatural power. There are those who believe that being used by God requires some kind of veteran status or superior insight into the ways of God.

However, Jesus said simple faith can result in “mountains” being removed. (Mark 11:25) Paul says that unleashing resurrection power in and through our life is a matter of faith; available to those who believe; to those who understanding that the Holy Spirit dwells in them and works through them to bring God glory and work out His plan for our life.