Did you know?
“Your heart is one giant pump. Every minute, your heart pumps about five quarts of blood through a system of blood vessels that’s over 60,000 miles long, according to the Cleveland Clinic. That translates to about 2,000 gallons of blood every day.” – Everydayhealth.com
The heart is such an intricate muscular organ, it is life.
I left the Florida sunshine and headed to New York. My mom was going to have surgery. Mom has had AFib. This means the heart flutters and it doesn’t pump blood through the chambers to meet the needs of the body. She would wake up in the middle of the night with a racing heart.
After a lot of preparation for my parents and my mom’s doctor in Florida, mom was scheduled to have robotic surgery at NYC Langone Medical Center. A six-hour heart surgery procedure began as soon as I arrived. The Surgeon and his team put my mom’s loving heart on a ventilator for over an hour. Another procedure was to freeze a section of her heart so this wouldn’t occur again.
Dad and I didn’t know about the transfer of life until the day before! If we would have known that all the months leading up to this already monumental moment, I think I would have been more fearful. Worry, stress and anxious thoughts would have filled my days. The knowledge was given to us at the proper time and not a moment sooner.
The Best Kind of Heart Surgery
On a spiritual level, how much “surgery” do I need? On a daily basis, I lack patience, grace, and compassion. My own imperfections scare as I am about to embark on the journey of full-time mama.
Thankfully, there is my perfecter. Jesus. He is there for my continual transformation. Like my mom’s Doctor who freezes off certain inner parts of the heart so they don’t act up again, this is what Jesus gives us the strength to do through Him.
Cleansing and sanctification is a continual work until eternity.
I’m not going to get it all right on this side of heaven but Jesus is gracious enough to help me through and to guide me with The Holy Spirit. When I reflect on all Jesus has done in my life, He continues to change me. He changes things.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26, NKJV).”
One of my favorite prayer verses I pray is found in the Psalms;
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me (Psalm 51:10, NKJV).”
Preparing For A Newborn Baby
My husband and I are just a few weeks away from the arrival of our baby girl! The precious preparations continue. I hope we will get it all get done before she arrives. The list seems endless! Doctor’s appointments, important decisions, hospital bag, car seat instillation, nursery, birth plan, vaccine information, a new life schedule and a name.
I thank God as my baby kicks her little foot into my rib. He continues to prepare her and my body physically and spiritually.
My personal heart surgery leads me to admit my need; to trust in God and depend on Him daily. Moment by moment.
His word continues to remind me to do so.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3, NKJV).”
Has a particular “surgery” taken place recently in your life? I would love to hear about it!
Check out my last blog post here What I Learned About Love While Expecting Baby