May 7, 2012

* A Gift - Update

I mentioned on a previous post, called "A Gift", that I began to suffer pain and discomfort from varicose veins in the same places that they had popped up in the last half of my last pregnancy.  I have been seeking the Lord and praising Him, for He is definitely worthy of our praise, and I have been thanking Him for all of the healing that He has given us.  I have asked the Father, in Jesus' Name, to heal my varicose veins completely, and I have been thanking Him for the healing.  I confessed sins that I was aware of having committed, and I thanked God that He does not let me continue in sin and that He guides me in paths of righteousness.  I have asked Him to enable me to forgive others in the same way that He has forgiven me, and He is faithful to have filled my heart with love and compassion for those who have done me wrong.  Yesterday, I had very little pain in my leg and in my pelvic area.  I did not need to wear the support hosiery.  At the end of the day, still little to no pain.

Today, I woke up and praised God for all of the good things that He has done.  I got up out of pain.  I went to the pain.  I got dressed (no support hosiery) and went for a 30 minute pain.  I keep praising God for this kindness to His child.  I have been on my feet doing chores and caring for children all morning...still no pain.  I have sat at the computer for a little bit to write, and...still no pain. Praise the Lord!!!  There is no explanation for such a sudden and complete improvement, except to acknowledge that God has heard my prayer and has answered with a resounding "YES".  I give God the glory for His healing touch!

Also, I mentioned that I have been on bed rest for all but one of my children's pregnancies because of pre-term contractions.  In the past, I have had lots of strong contractions starting as early as 15 weeks.  I was put on meds and bed rest at 24 weeks for my first pregnancy, 21 weeks for my second pregnancy, 20 weeks for my 3rd pregnancy, self-imposed bed rest (on and off) for my 4th viable pregnancy, and at 30 some weeks for my 5th viable pregnancy.  My contractions were strong and came every 5-15 minutes even when on meds and bed rest.  I am currently 19 weeks pregnant (today) and I am not having contractions.  My tummy is pretty nearly always soft and squishy.  I declared, in Jesus' Name, that contractions were not going to be a problem in this pregnancy and I have been thanking God for no pre-term contractions.  Praise the Lord - indeed, contractions are not going to be a problem in this pregnancy.

I was walking and talking with the Lord this morning, with my Bible, and the Lord showed me these verses.  John 16:23-24, 26-27 "I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name...Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be will ask in my name.  I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.  No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God."

God is not a Genie-in-a-Bottle that He will just give us everything we ask for in Jesus' Name.  We must seek Him, believe in Him, obey His command to love others as He loves us, and keep His words in us by spending time with Him in His word and in prayer.  I have so much more to learn, but this is some of what God has taught me so far through His word.

Seek the Lord!  His word tells us that if we seek Him, we WILL find Him!  He has given us His word.  He wants us to seek Him.  He wants us to find Him.  He rewards those who earnestly seek Him!  He saves those who believe in His Son, Jesus!

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