From my journal
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. Apparently, 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 by 15% since I began working here 18 months ago. The hospital unit where I worked in rehab before this job closed a few months ago because of the 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 pray nothing major breaks in this 50-year-old house. I hope I don’t need 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 to know my dear Savior better. (Little did I know I would move 6 times in the past 4 years. God graciously hid that from me.)
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 flew in for a fun long weekend with me. We toured several mansions in Newport, Rhode Island built in the golden age by wealthy people over a hundred years ago. I enjoy viewing 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 at night.
Unfortunately, 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 now go to physical therapy. The copays have cost me over $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