Spiritual Development

Walking in Grace, Stepping out in Faith

God continues to teach me how to walk in grace and step out in faith.  This has been true over the last couple of weeks especially.  I wanted to just share how God continues to grow the faith of His children through all circumstances…the small and the big.

After months of on and off tooth pain, following a weekend of intense pain, I called the dentist, Tuesday morning, June 7th and they were able to work me in that afternoon.

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wisdom tooth
This is not my x-ray, but mine looked similar. My wisdom tooth was turned down more as well as part way through that back molar

It was revealed I had a fourth wisdom tooth that had never been removed.  Having already had three cut out, each while pregnant mind you, I did not think I had any left. So I turned around and sure enough there in plain sight on the x-ray was my last wisdom tooth almost upside down ramming into my back molar and already partially through the root. They gave me some prescriptions and said that I might not be able to get into the oral surgeon for up to a month. As soon as I got out to the parking lot, I called the office and they had just had to change an appointment and could see me the next morning!!

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That night I stopped off at the Tuesday night bible study and the ladies prayed over me.

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Wednesday I headed to the oral surgeon where they confirmed with their own x-ray what my dentist had seen. They scheduled my surgery, but it would not be for another week and a half.  This was a praise because I would not be waiting a month.

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Wednesday night I went to church and they prayed over me.

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Thursday, June 8th with children and husband at youth camp, I sat down in my chair to work, but the pain was still there.  I did not want to take the pain medicine if I didn’t have to so I took the Ibuprofen and cried out to God. Here is my journal entry:

June 9, 2016
Lord God, You know the pain that is in my mouth because it compares nothing to the pain You endured on the cross. Heavenly Father, forgive me for putting and sending You to the cross for my sins. Forgive our nation for turning our backs on You. Oh Father, in Jesus Name, and through the power of His cleansing and healing blood, I ask that You would take the pain away from my mouth. The pain that was not originally here on this earth as You created it. Relieve this pain to bring glory to Your name. To allow me to focus on You. To write Your words today and so others might be drawn closer to You. Open Your word to me today. Speak to my heart and help me to understand and obey. In Jesus name.

I then opened my bible and began reading through my bible reading plan. The next words recorded in my journal include:

Oh, Father thank You for the reminder that those who believe in You will also do the works that You do and even greater works than these because You are at the Father’s right hand. The reminder that whatever I ask in Jesus name, You will do it so that God our Father would be glorified in the Son, Jesus Christ. If I ask anything in Jesus name Your word says You will do it. For nothing is impossible with You God. (John 14:12-14) Father God, In Jesus name, raise this wisdom tooth up off of my nerve. Stop the pushing forward and relieve the pain for Your glory Father. As You increase our faith You are glorified. Thank you for Your healing touch as the God, Jehovah Rapha. I love you, Lord.

Faith

drybonesFriday morning, I was headed back to camp to bring the van back and to ride with Scott to a men’s retreat he was to speak at the next day. On my drive, the thought came to me that if God could take dead bones, put skin on them, and then make them alive, He could surely raise my wisdom tooth off of my nerve. So I prayed right then and asked Him to do it in Jesus name. I had taken 8 ibuprofen on Thursday and one on Friday. I took another one that night. Saturday, I took only one as well as on Sunday. I only had to take 1 each day during the week and a few of the last days towards the end I didn’t need any. I truly believed that God had lifted my tooth off the nerve. The prayers of all the people around me and the laser treatments I was doing had reduced the pain to almost non-existent even though I was not chewing on that side.

Faith

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I spent the full week with hardly any pain.  Sunday morning the Lord encouraged me through the words of Becky during our Sunday school class.  The verses from Colossians reminded me of the peace I have in Christ, the gratitude for all that He is, and to do everything in His Name.

“And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful. Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing, psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:15-18

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My prayer going into surgery was for God to back the wisdom tooth up and allow the surgery to be an easy case and not a hard one. For their to be no nerve damage. God’s glory. I had multiple texts and messages from friends and family with their prayers for me as well.

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The surgery went well. I prayed for the lady that was in surgery ahead of me since mine was delayed until she was through. I prayed that the doctor would not be distracted by any complications he may have encountered while in the surgery with her. I prayed for clear wisdom and understanding for him as well as Brandi and Umarie as they were to work on my mouth. I told them I had been praying for them and I prayed for God’s presence to fill that room. I also told them that I had a tendency to pass out when my blood was drawn and that I have never had a surgery before. Needless, to say I did begin to feel like I was about to faint and get sick. They gave me some medicine and I started to feel better. Then they tested the sleeping medicine and that is the last thing I remember.

IMG_6490I don’t remember how I got in the van. I only remember slightly opening my eyes to see two smoothie drinks in the drink holders at one time and then one time holding my hand out to be received by the touch of my amazing husband. When we got home, I literally slid out of the van because I remember sitting on the footboard and then Scott and Nathan trying to walk me to bed.  I do remember asking Scott what they said and hearing him tell me that the tooth was not on the nerve and it was easy!! Oh, praise!!

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I got to bed and I just slept. I asked Scott again later what they had said and he restated that the doctor said the tooth was not on the nerve and it was really easy to remove!!! By 9:30 last night I was feeling better and was able to eat some mashed potatoes and meatloaf.

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I slept well and today began on Ibuprofen again instead of the pain medicine. Today I have had no numbness which equals no nerve damage!!

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A portion of my bible reading today included this verse:

“Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed,’ and immediately he got up.” Acts 9:34

How cool is that!?! I was able to get up and make my bed today, even though I am still on it because I am weak. :0 I was also encouraged by a dear friend with this text message this morning: “But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, says the Lord.” Jeremiah 30:17a.

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Just wanted to share what God has done in my life over the past two weeks. While it is small compared to others, it is the joy of our Father to carry all His children through small as well as big things!! To see His hand move and to bring Him glory is worth everything.

Faith

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