(Video of yesterday's test socket appointment below!)
Today I came across a verse in the Bible that I have read before, I remember posting something about it on Facebook, a couple years ago. So I went back through my timeline and found what I had wrote and was very encouraged. Most mornings (not all, sometimes when we have early doctors appointments I don't get up early enough to do this), I read the daily devotion in the Jesus Calling book, and then read the corresponding verses at the bottom that are tied to the devotion. I write down in my journal, verses or part of the devotional that I find interest, encouraging or I have questions about. Then I write sort of a prayer at the end where I talk to God, maybe I write that I don't understand, or maybe I thank him for his words of encouragement, most days I apologize for falling asleep while I'm reading and ask him to give me more energy in the morning :). I end the time with my prayer list and pray for the people and things I have promised to pray for, or has been put on my heart to pray for. Sometimes I leave the time feeling like I didn't really "get that much out of it". Today, as I was reminded of this scripture, I realized again, that even on the days when I don't feel inspired, encouraged, challenged, etc., God's word is still working in my life. Here's what I wrote on this scripture almost two years ago...
So I was talking to a friend about the power of God's word, even when we struggle to "feel" it or desire to read it. And I found this scripture, I always knew a part of it but reading more of it this morning really painted a picture of what God's word does. Just like the rain falls from the sky and doesn't get evaporated right away but waters the earth, helping things grow, God promises that his word does not return to Him empty, it waters us, helps us grow!
"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:10-11
Today I am thankful that God's word is helping me grow, even when I might not "feel" like it is. I am thankful that there are days, more rather than less, where I do get encouragement, inspiration, peace, joy, etc., from God's word.
I am also very thankful for how far God has brought me over this last year. Yesterday was a very big day in my adventure to walk again. I had my "second" first test socket fitting. Before I got my infection in May, I had been casted, and had my first test socket fitting for my prosthetic. Thankfully, yesterday, we were able to just pick up from where we left off, because my previous test socket still fit. There was a chance I was going to have to be re-casted, which would have meant weeks more until I could get my prosthetic. Now we are only about a month away from being able to try our my first prosthetic, and yes WALK on it!!
Yesterday I posted a couple pictures to Instagram and Facebook of the appointment and me trying on the test socket, putting my full weight on my stump for the first time. I received messages and comments saying I was inspiring, and encouraging, etc., and while I'm so grateful for the wonderful messages, I just want to say that I could never have gotten this far without the strength, peace and hope God has given me. I could not have done this on my own.
Though you guys might like to see a video from yesterdays appointment. You can see me put on the test socket, and then put my full weight on it. The prosthetist is trying to modify the socket to fit just right; so that the prosthetic fit well and does not cause any additional pain. During the appointment she had me try it on three times and then left the room to modify it by heating it up and then making the adjustments with a machine and their hands. It really is almost like an art, and she is very good at it. Here's the video. Enjoy! God Bless!