But my God shall supply ALL your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
I thank God that things are going well at the nursing home where I continue to work as a Nurse Practitioner in Geriatrics. I was shocked when they increased my salary by $6000! I think they are rewarding me for good charting on a patient last spring that spared them a huge fine from the state. I still remember my nursing instructor telling us 30 years ago, “If it’s not charted, it’s not done.” My salary has increased 15% since I began working her 18 months ago. The hospital unit where I worked in rehab before this job closed a few months ago because of low patient census. So once again God has provided and delivered me. How I praise Him!
Only God knows what this new year holds. I’m not planning on taking any big vacations, because I am trying to save up enough money to remodel my old kitchen. I hope nothing major breaks in this 50 year old house. I hope I don’t ever have to switch jobs or move to another house ever again because my body can’t take the stress anymore. I just want to set my affection on things above and grow in my dear Savior to know Him better.
Therefore if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above, not on things that are on the earth (which only have temporal value). Colossians 3:2 (Amp.)
My sister, Marsha, flew in for a fun long weekend with me. We toured several mansions in Newport, Rhode Island that were built in the golden age by wealthy people over a hundred years ago. It’s fascinating to view these places, but I would never want to live in a huge place like that.
The following day we took the train to New York City and walked for hours. We waited in line to go to the top of the Empire State Building, took the subway to the South Street Seaport, saw the remnants of Ground Zero, and finally took the bus to Lincoln Center and Central Park. We were exhausted by the time we arrived back home late that night.
I’m afraid I developed severe right heel pain after walking all over Newport and New York City and have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. I have been to three doctors, had two cortisone shots, wear a night splint, and am now going to physical therapy. The copays have cost me about $500 with no relief yet. I can’t walk or drive without pain, so it has been a good exercise to trust God and try to learn all the lessons He has for me in this trial. I am trying to thank God every day for the pain because I know He is allowing this for His glory and my good.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing this, the testing of your faith works patience. James 1:2-3
I just saw a new podiatrist for my continuing heel pain. He said since physical therapy and two cortisone injections haven’t helped, I need to immobilize my foot with a boot, use crutches so I am non-weight bearing, and take three weeks off work. He said I could try acupuncture which two of my friends have had success to relieve their foot pain. I feel bad about taking so much time off from work because I know it puts a burden on all the other providers to cover my patients. But God always provides and I know He will this time also.
Two weeks ago, my Dad sent me a check so I could buy a new furnace for my old house. I started crying because I never asked my Dad for any money. God just laid it on his heart to send it to me. It was a gentle rebuke from the Lord to show me that He can use anyone or any way to provide my needs even when I am unable to work physically.
God also provided a part-time job on Fridays and Saturdays at a clinic at a pharmacy, I almost finished my orientation. I’m having fun giving all the flu shots and the pay is good, but the 12-hour shifts from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. are long. I’m looking forward to working on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. which should be easier. I have had over $14,000 in house repairs this past summer that wasn’t in the budget. I’m trusting God for the strength to work two jobs for a while.
I decided to do a word study on “feet” in the Bible, and God blessed me with these verses
“…sitting at the FEET of Jesus.” Luke 8:35
“Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ FEET, and heard His word.” Luke 10:39
“He will keep the FEET of His saints.” I Samuel 2:9
My right heel pain continues despite all the treatments I tried since last June. I saw another podiatrist at the University who has a 90% success rate of doing surgery where he makes a small incision in the sole of my foot to release the plantar fascia. He said I don’t really fit the typical picture of a person with resistant plantar fasciitis since they are usually very overweight. Sadly, I have to take another three weeks off work with no weight bearing. My boss has been so gracious. I just hope they don’t let me go because of being absent again.
The occupational therapy department also kindly loaned me an electric scooter so I can make my rounds in the huge building every day. It has given me a new bond with my patients who also have mobility problems. I have had a few scooter races in the hallways with my patients which gives everyone a good laugh!
The surgery went well and I managed to stay off my foot for three weeks at home. I rolled around in my office chair to give me a break from the crutches. How I thank God for relieving the heel pain!
I have never had trouble with right heel pain again after I had the surgery. But last September, I developed left heel pain and plantar fasciitis after excessive walking during vacation. I went through many treatments again and finally had relief after six months by having chiropractor adjustments, stretching, Heel Bar orthotics, and using plant oils to the area. Now that I’m retired, I am thankful that I didn’t have to call in sick to a job since I was on crutches again much of the time. Nurses in particular seem to be prone to this because we spend so much time on our feet.
I thank the Lord so much for His comfort in the midst of trials and that He filters every exercise through His loving hands. I long for that day when I will see Him face to face in heaven above and worship Him for all eternity in my new body. What a wonderful promise He has given all those who have received Him as their Savior.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more PAIN; for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4: