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She’s got a lot of gall…STONES!

Posted by admin in January 13th, 2009
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I’m going through life, humming a praise and worship tune, loving Jesus and thinking only happy thoughts when BAM! I fall down the stairs and break my stinkin’ ankle. Yes, I know I’ve mentioned this already. But I was on my big rear for eight weeks. EIGHT WEEKS! By October I could walk with a limited amount of weight on the ankle, but November was my time to be free and wild and back to normal. My time to shine! Yippie io ki e! I’m walkin’ Mama. Look! I’m really walkin’. Oh Praise the Lord!

To celebrate, my friend Margo and I decided to go eat at Lidia’s–our favorite restaurant! (Big D was out of town and well, the mice DO play). Margo and I are having fun, fun, order, fun, talk, eat, uh oh, not so fun, excuse me I have to go…bad, not fun, really not fun; up all night. Pain (heart attack or gas, can’t decide). Go to doctor, go to ER, end up in the hospital AGAIN! I had my gall bladder taken out. I was in the hospital three nights. Right before Thanksgiving when 25 people were coming to my house to party like it’s 1999. Oh, yes, we had to cancel Thanksgiving. There are not enough words in the English language for sad.

I guess my biggest shock was that when the surgeon opened up my belly button to do the laparoscopic surgery…um, well…I didn’t deflate. I was sure that would happen. You know like with balloons? I have always thought that balloons tied look like belly buttons and when I didn’t deflate I was very disappointed. The doctor, some professional he is, had NO explanation as to why I didn’t deflate. “Just doesn’t work like that.” Oh, really doc? I am so glad you explained that to me. Because I really thought my belly was a balloon.

Yeah! And this was all right before Christmas–so of course we didn’t mind those extra medical expenses. What’s a few thousand dollars among friends? Yes, I now consider Overland Park Regional Hospital my new home away from home. BTW, the staff there was absolutely fabulous and both times (August and November)I was treated so kindly. Best hospital ever. Is that why I keep going back? Do I have an innate need to be cared for?…uh…Mommy…uh…Sorry. Anywho…

Christmas was fabulous. We decided this year instead of giving expensive, over-the-top gifts, we’d all share the stomach bug and for those who didn’t get a big fat tummy virus, they got an upper respiratory thing that, well, was really quite nice. Christmas Day Daryl and I had to cancel our trips to OKC and Lowry City to be with family because well, I spent most of the time on the throne and Daryl hacked up half his body weight. Fun times. Massltov. Really a special holiday to remember. Honey, could you pass the vomit pail again? I have seconds. Thanks. Where’s that extra box of Kleenexes?

Whew. It’s nice to be back in the saddle again. Who knows where this pony will take us in 2009? But I’m ready. I’m ready to live, laugh, love…sorry, uh, I just read a plaque on my kitchen wall. Wherever this pony goes I have peace that my God is still in control. I STILL believe that all things work for the good of them that love God (that’s me) and are called according to His purposes. Understand it? Nope. Don’t even try to anymore. I just praise the Lord anyhow.

Let me leave you with these amazing words of Paul (the Apostle, not my brother-in-law):

2 Corinthians 4:1-18, “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every person’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, unless the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our bodies. 11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death works in us, but also life… 13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believe, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14 Knowing that He which raised up the Lord Jesus from the dead shall raise us up also by Jesus, and will present us with all of you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many be echoed and reflective to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Blessed be the name of the Lord and His Word which is forever true. Peace. And may 2009 be the best year of your life!

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44. Jon Hogg said,
January 13th, 2009 at 11:21 am

It is so nice to have you back. I’ve truly missed your inspiring, encouraging, and last but not least, entertaining words. Keep ’em comin’

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45. big sister said,
January 13th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Isn’t God good? Aren’t Pauls’ words inciteful and of comfort? Sis, it’s great to have you back in the saddle again – I’ve missed your great words of incite into this life we live on earth – being ever so grateful that it is only temporary and during this temporariness we have our Sweet Saviour to walk with us, carry us and be with us…I can’t wait to see what He has in store for our family in 2009 – as you said, “2009 is going to be fine.”

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46. admin said,
January 13th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Thanks for the kind words guys.

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47. texas sister said,
January 13th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Sweetheart,you have had a rough 6 months!!
Glad that you’re posting again. I’ve missed you and know you have no clue who I am but you know me.
I look forward to your God perspective as I have for the last 22 years or so.

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