One Day Atta Time Sweet Jesus

I’m truly grateful for God’s grace. Praise the Lord! My physical/occupational therapist gave me good advice, and a “fit-for-me” plan of action regarding non-aqua exercises, as well as managing the chronic pain in my body.

One day atta time sweet Jesus

She stated that I literally have to take beginner’s steps, and to pace myself. What, pace myself? I’m an overachiever: Overachievers know that pacing one’s self is not a part of their constitution. We have no limitations. We are bound to take risks and challenge ourselves—that’s where the excessive dedication lies. Yeah, true. But excessiveness in anything can also lead to [everyday] pain-related stressors.

One day atta time sweet Jesus

Anyway, the debilitating condition that attacked my body caused me to lose muscle strength from lack of exercise. Did I mention the primary culprit, chronic pain? To sum it up, that amounted to weight gain, amongst other conditions. Was Father God’s affliction, signals, intended for me to slow down?

One day atta time sweet Jesus

This evening I with apprehension, thought, “well, let me resume using the treadmill in my exercise diet.” Previously, this type of exercise would’ve caused extreme bodily pain beginning at the neck, then travailing down the back, spine, and legs. From the legs it reached the bottom of my feet. This pain was unforgiving.

Moreover, during that time, I hadn’t yet received the (ESI) or epidural injection. For degenerative disc disease or [as of 1/21/14 upgraded to] spinal stenosis sufferers such as I, this is one type of remedy that could be used to minimize chronic pain.

From a medical or pain management point of view, pain creates stress, and emotional and physical tension. According to the “American Pain and Wellness” or APW article online, the epidural injections release chemicals [glutamate and or endorphins] that helps pain signals reach the brain via neurotransmitters. These chemicals either turn off, reduce pain, act as pain blockers or manipulates the pain.

Therefore, ESI’s are temporary treatments. They are just manipulators of chronic pain. APW stated, “chronic pain is caused by a malfunction of the nervous system—either in the nerves or brain. The endless onslaught of pain from either the nerves or brain, is a cycle of message signals.” When the pathways of neurotransmitters to the spinal cord is constantly opened, cyclic chronic pain [messengers] continues, asserted the APW.

Whew! It’s no wonder why I rejoice and am grateful for feeling free—temporarily relieved of chronic pain. Hallelujah!!

One day at a time sweet Jesus

Needless to say, after the ESI, my ambulation had improved, along with doing other activities. For the most part, much of the assailable pain subsided. I was set free! However, I’m still taking the nonaddictive meds which help block arthritic and nerve pain.

One day atta time sweet Jesus

Now I understand, just in part, why Father God would afflict me. That is, the Lord God has rightly dealt with me in love, for my good, and much better than I deserve. I went from overachiever to humble believer. Aha!

One day atta time sweet Jesus

More importantly, Father God desires that my obedience, faith, trust in His statutes, and promises be honed. The One who invades my life, the lover of my soul. He who strengthens me in my weaknesses—beckons intimacy.

One day atta time sweet Jesus

I believe afflictions are necessary for higher levels of promotions. They come not from the north, south, east or west, but from the Lord. My Redeemer has elevated me from glory to glory to glory. David said it like this:

It is good for me that I have been afflicted; That I may learn thy statutes. Psalm 119:71

I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me. Psalm 119:75

In line with this, part of Sarah Young’s, “Jesus Calling” devotional book reinforced my faith and trust in Father God as He once more had signaled to me. She wrote,

“Thank Me for the conditions that are requiring you to be still. Do not spoil these quiet hours by wishing them away, waiting impatiently to be active again. Some of the greatest works in my Kingdom have been done from sick beds and prison cells. Instead of resenting the limitations of a weakened body, search for My way in the midst of these very circumstances. Limitations can be liberating when your strongest desire is living close to Me.”

One day atta time sweet Jesus

The photo will show the results of my first beginner’s round of non-aqua exercises. Will I continue going to the Natatorium? Most definitely. What I’ve experienced for the past year has indeed driven me closer to Father God. I’m humbled and truly grateful. Thank you Jesus.



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