Today I had dental surgery. And since this was my 4th time having it, I knew what was coming. And I don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous as this time. I really prayed for peace and to stay calm. I had an amazing doctor doing it. And I prayed through the whole procedure for God to guide the surgeon’s hands so that he would do a good job. And lo and behold, we were done 5 min ahead of time! I got 7 stitches! I had hoped for 2 or maybe 3 at the most. But no, it’s 7! My favorite number, but also the number of completion! So I pray this will be complete for a looooong, looooong time.
I have got only a little bit of swelling right now, and the freezing is finally totally gone. But apparently the swelling is worst in the morning and it peaks 48 hrs after surgery. So there’s still quite a bit to come. I don’t think this will be any different than with previous surgeries. So I just have to be patient and trust God that it will all work out. It will all heal. I had to think about Jeremiah 17:14, that I had memorized a few months ago: “O LORD, if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone.” I was really glad I had memorized this verse, it comforted me this morning a lot.
I also had to think back to my first dental surgery. It was in Mannheim, Germany. I was only 15 years old. It took more than 4 hours with two doctors and at least two nurses. My parents were sitting in the waiting area and were more nervous than I was. A lot has changed since then. There have been so many improvements in the area of dental surgery. I should know, right? I’m very grateful for all the medical advancements that have happened in this area, very thankful!
Well, here we are, another Bible verse to choose to memorize. I’ve been doing the “David – A Heart Like His” Bible study by Beth Moore, in preparation for January 2012. And so in one of the homeworks, Beth Moore was suggesting to memorize Romans 6:6. And after reading through it I decided to memorize verse 7 as well. So here it is, Romans 6:6-7 (NLT):
“We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.”
So, let’s hear your Bible verses, family and friends! Post your verses. Don’t give up! Even if you dropped the ball for a while, this is the time to get on this train again!