I posted here at the end of December ("Hope Is Right In Front Of You!" 12/31/14) that I had been diagnosed with Gallbladder Disease and I was considering getting my Gallbladder removed.
After much prayer, doctor's visits, research, and more prayer, I have decided to go ahead with this Gallbladder removal surgery.
I have also decided to get my appendix removed at the same time (because of family history). My surgery is tomorrow morning.
This surgery may or may not fix the symptoms I've been having. The majority of people have complete resolution of symptoms. A moderate number of people will have resolution of most of their symptoms. A small, but very real percentage of people have no relief of symptoms at all.
(Isaiah 41:10) "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My Righteous Right Hand."
for KING & COUNTRY's song "Shoulders" has really meant a lot to me in this season of time.
"My help comes from You
You're right here, pulling me through
You carry my weakness, my sickness, my brokenness all on Your shoulders
(Psalm 121:1-2) "I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."
"My help is from You
Don't have to see it to believe it
My help is from you
Don't have to see it, Ďcause I know, Ďcause I know it's true"
I serve a God greater than all that could afflict us on this Earth. "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all." (Psalm 34:19)
God carries my weakness, my sickness, my brokenness; He carries ME on His shoulders. ^^
"Shoulders" by for KING & COUNTRY:
He Wants You As You Are
God wants you as you are. Not as you ought to be. He doesn't want you to make your life perfect before you run into His arms. He wants you even in your deepest, darkest, and most broken state.
"Drops In The Ocean" by Hawk Nelson, from their new album, "Diamonds" (available everywhere March 17), speaks of how far God's love for you goes.
"If you want to see
How much you mean to me
Look at my hands, look at my side"
John 20:27: "Then He said to Thomas, 'Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side...'"
Jesus invited Thomas to see the scars He endured by dying on the Cross for him, the same scars that are there to pay for the sins of you and me.
"If you could count the times I say you are forgiven
Itís more than the Drops In The Ocean"
Because, "...If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31) ^^
"Drops In The Ocean" by Hawk Nelson:
Reaching Out To Broken Hearts
"It's not a flag on a field
It's not a sign in my yard
Not a cause that I join
Not a phrase on a coin
It's the change in my heart"
"Evidence" by Citizen Way talks about being the change you want to see in the world.
"Mercy, Grace, and Compassion
They're only words without action"
Our words can build up or break down, that is true (Ephesians 4:29). But using only our words,and not backing them up with our actions, we cannot truly display God's love to the world.
"I need hands that are open
Reaching out to broken hearts
Cause that's the only way this world
Will ever know who You are
Love is the evidence
Love is the evidence"
Reach out to someone who is broken today. Offer them hope, and show them that there is a God who loves them. ^^
"Evidence" by Citizen Way:
Take Me To Your Great Unknown
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phillipians 4:13)
Contrarily, without God you can nothing. "In over my head keeps me countin' on You," TobyMac sings in his newest single, "Beyond Me."
"You gave me the stars put them out of my reach; Called me to waters a little too deep...You keep on making me see; It's way beyond me"
Matthew 19:26- "Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'"
Luke 1:37- "For nothing is impossible with God."
God calls us to do things that are way beyond what we can accomplish on our own. But with His power, you can do all things. If you are facing something today that seems impossible, trust in the Lord, He will direct your path. (Proverbs 3:6 "In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.") My prayer, daily, is this: "Lord I know, I know I need You; So take me to Your Great Unknown." ^^
ďAh, Sovereign Lord, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for You." (Jeremiah 32:17)
"Beyond Me" by TobyMac:
It's Day 1
Even though it may seem sometimes that your family, friends, coworkers, and society is keeping count of your mistakes, God is not keeping score. God gives us a daily chance to start over. Every morning, He gives us a clean slate.
"My best days are not behind me." Matthew West talks about your good days not being ruined by just one bad day in your life. A bad season in the eyes of God has no value to the good He is doing and will continue to do in your life.
Wherever your yesterday has got you, you don't have to stay there.
"The Sun's coming up. The beginning has begun." Make the most of today.
Everyday God's mercy is new, which makes today, "day one"! ^^
"Day One" by Matthew West:
The Beginning of Forever
John 9:25, "He replied, 'Whether he is a sinner or not, I donít know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!'" I was once lost, but now I'm found. In order to be found, you must make a decision. A life-changing decision. A decision to follow Christ.
"Now let the old die, 'cause there is new life."
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, and the new has come!"
If you need someone to talk to about this decision, if you need questions answered about Jesus and His love for you, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you already belong to Christ, make a decision to do more for Him. I challenge you, as 2015 gets in full swing, to go out and do something outside your comfort zone for God. A new hobby, volunteer opportunity, whatever God places on your heart. I'd love to hear all about what you did.
Are you tired of leading a life that leaves you wanting more? Tired of chasing after things that leave much to be desired? Forever starts tonight. Your time is now. ^^
"Our Time Is Now" by Colton Dixon
You Are Made Of Light
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never overcome it." -John 1:5
When Christ lives in you, you glow with His blinding Light. As it says in 1 John 1:5, "This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all."
You shine through the darkness of the world when God makes His Light shine in your heart just as He does in the hearts of each of His children. Our Light makes the darkness of the world stop dead in its tracks.
"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of Godís glory displayed in the face of Christ." -2 Corinthians 4:6
Be that Light unto the world! Matthew 5:14- "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." ^^
"Glow In The Dark" by Family Force 5:
You Can't Stop You!
You are your own opposition. Satan's got you right where he wants you. The Devil gets inside of your head and uses your own thoughts and disapproval to try to hold you back.
Self doubt. Insecurity. You can do better. Lies.
You're good but not good enough. Partially true. You will never stack up, that's where Jesus comes in.
Christian Rapper Andy Mineo struggles with himself in his own mind daily.
"You're my biggest opponent; you know me, I know you, we know it; Whenever I fail, you've always been there to simply remind me I've blown it."
"If I listen to you, and everything you put in my ear; I'd be living like woulda, shoulda, coulda; I'd be paralyzed by fear."
But there's hope.
"My biggest enemy is me...and even I can't stop me!"
When you catch a fire for God, He puts inside of you a burning flame that even your innermost arguments with yourself can't control.
Never let ANYBODY (including yourself!) convince you you're not worth it. You can't do it. Even God doesn't love you. You'll never be worth anything.
You ARE worth it. You CAN do it. God LOVES YOU. In His eyes, you are PRICELESS. <3
Don't let anyone stop you from going out and telling the world there is a loving Savior who wants to save them from themselves. A loving Savior who sent His Son Jesus to DIE on a CROSS to save YOU from YOURSELF. To save you from your sins and all you've done. Because you're worth it. John 3:16- "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life."
You're a force to be reckoned with. You and God. You can do it all. Philippians 4:13- "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." You can't be stopped. ^^
"You Can't Stop Me" by Andy Mineo:
Hope Is Right In Front Of You!
I'm back! It's been a LONG time. Too long.
I've been busy!
Dj'ing has taken a lot of my time, but I have also been diagnosed with Non-Functioning Gallbladder Disease. My health has also taken a lot of attention recently, as well as a toll on my body, mind, and Spirit.
When you don't have your health, what DO you have? The list is very short and simple. You have your family, friends, and you have a God who loves you dearly.
"But I know in my soul no matter how bad it gets, I'll be alright." Danny Gokey has lived this first hand. He lost his first wife unexpectedly a month before he tried out for American Idol. It was last year to qualify to try out for Idol, and he didn't let tragedy stop me- he made it a point to honor his wife by focusing on the hope in front of him.
I have had a rough two years. In October 2012, I slipped down a ditch in my Grandparents's pasture and severely broke both my ankle and my leg. This caused me to miss my Second Degree Black Belt test in Tae Kwon Do that was in December 2012. I had 8 screws and a metal plate put in my leg, and didn't walk on my own for about 4 months. It was during this time I developed acid reflux. The hardware in my leg caused pain and limited my mobility to a point where in July 2013 I had a second surgery to remove the screws and plate. After this surgery, my reflux got more severe and soon more troubling symptoms developed. Only when I got too busy DJ'ing did I inquire of a Dr. Many uncomfortable medical tests soon found my Gallbladder was only functioning at 6%. In October 2014 I was told, at 18 years old, I needed my Gallbladder removed ASAP. Earlier this year, however, I was notified of my second chance at my Black Belt test, which was to be in December this year. The Dr told me that it wasn't dangerous for me to hold off surgery until after my test as long as I could withstand the symptoms. As miserable as every day life had become, I had been dealing with the symptoms for two years and wasn't about to let that stop me. I was also told by my Dr. that restricting fats in my diet may help. So I have been eating as low fat or fat free as possible since October. This has made the Holidays, often centered around food, not easy for me this year. But I made my aforementioned list and checked it twice: family, friends, and of course God have been my primary focus this Holiday Season. And that's not a bad thing either. When life gets busy, hard, or both, refocus your priorities! Luke 12:29-31: "And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well."
"I might be down, but I'm not dead." If you or someone you know have experienced what it's like to have a Non-Functioning Gallbladder (That just means I don't have Gallstones!) or if you've had Gallbladder removal surgery, I wanna know what your experience has been like. I would especially be interested in conversing with people my age, but I'd love to hear your story regardless. Email me at email@example.com
As we enter the New Year, I ask you to reflect. Reflect on what God's done in your life. Your struggles and your blessings. I'd love to hear about your 2014, as well as your plans for 2015. Tell me all about it at facebook.com/IceBerg365Ministries
Hope for me has been a struggle, but I've always known right where to find it. Don't look down, look straight ahead...hope is right in front of you! ^^
Oh, and if you're wondering, I successfully tested December 20th, 2014 for my Second Degree Black Belt!