On April 25, 2016 I had open heart surgery at Mayo hospital Jacksonville, Fl. This was not on my bucket list of things to do. On April 29 I was moved to Brooks Rehab for recovery and on May 14 I came home to continue recovery.
See Lee Greenwood version below and Christy Lane with One Day at a Time played over 1.4 million times.
I focused on these five thoughts and scripture while I was recovering.
1.God is faithful and good to us as we claim His promises one day at a time. Most days I listened to the above song “One day at a time sweet Jesus” by Lee Geenwood. I also played for dozens of dedicated workers who helped me in Mayo and Brooks. Here is Christy Lane with One Day at a Time played over 1.4 million times.
2. Do the will of God Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2 HCSB
3. Produce much fruit “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NASB
“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,” Ephesians 5:15-18 NASB
“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.” John 15:5, 8 NASB
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20 NASB
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; “ Galatians 5:22-23
4. Look forward to a better future on earth and then in heaven
Psalms 37: 1 Do not fret…3 Trust in the LORD and do good;..,cultivate faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
7 Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret…
8 Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.”
5. They are not mine, but yours! As I prayed for my family, Sunday School Class, FBC church and our country.
Henry Luke August 30, 2016, revised 2/25/2018