There has been a lot of ups and downs lately which I’m sure you’ll experience often too. After lifting weights (250 lbs bench press age 73) in the gym a few yrs ago my family Doc said he heard some leakage from one of my heart valves. He recommended I go see a Heart Doc at the local Heart Hosp. The Doc ran tests and said come back next year. That went on for a couple years until April 12th this year. He said it had become serious and that I should see a valve specialist for treatment with one option being open heart operation. Like King Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20:1-11 when God said, “Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live,” I didn’t like the idea of an operation either. Being an engineer, I decided to include walking up and down four flights of stairs that lead to our gym each day to strengthen the “flapper muscle.” The heart is or is like a big muscle and there must be some part of it that causes the continuous opening and closing of the valve. I increased to 10 sets of the four flights, or 580 steps daily until my appt with the specialist on May 18th. I was scheduled for 8 tests that day: breathing, EKG, Echo and several others which included a camera into the heart from up through the groin and one through my nose down to the heart. Well, when they finished the first 6 easy tests the Doc came in and said I was too healthy to take the other two tests to view the heart. He said my heart was working so good that taking the two camera tests were more dangerous than the condition of my heart. He told me there would be no cost for the first 6 tests, gave my wife and me a free lunch and sent me home. My valve is still leaking a little but not anything like it was when the first Doctor saw me. My prayer was answered because I had been praying that when I got there the Doc would say that I was too healthy and or didn’t need the surgery and God helped me do it. So as the Scripture says in Philippians 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Don’t wait like a lot of people who finally say, “Well, all we can do now is pray.” Let what causes you to start becoming anxious be your trigger to immediately set your self to prayer like King Hezekiah did in 2 Kings 20:1-11 and King Jehoshaphat did in 2 Chronicles 20:1-26. PS: In 1987 when a Doc said on the phone, “Mr Hardin you have melanoma cancer,” the Lord took care of that too without even one treatment.
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