Friday, March 9, 2018

God's Timing is Always Perfect

I seem to be talking about best laid plans a lot lately.
Remember the trip to Tennessee that didn't happen last month?
That was kind of like the tip of the iceberg.
Yes, there was sickness on both sides and it was God's perfect timing...
 ...because He already knew all about it.

God's timing is always perfect.

Anyone who reads my blog knows of the plans we have for our retirement.
They included selling our home here in NC this spring or summer,
moving to Tennessee and live in our RV for a while
while we build our farmhouse in Adam's meadow in Haywood Hollow.

Now I am not one to share a lot of health information about myself...
mostly because I have always been quite healthy and rarely had many issues. 
You know how at church when they ask for prayer requests?
Well, I really struggle when it comes to asking for prayer for myself.
I am really struggling just writing this post.
But I think of you as my friends and thought I'd share with you what's going on.

So back to best laid plans...
Without getting into all of the gory details (you certainly would not want me to share them),
just let me just say that a health issue from a decade ago has decided to revisit me.
Back between 2007-08, I had a very sick gallbladder that resulted in a biliary stricture.
That meant that bile was backing up in my liver and making me jaundiced and very sick.
Several stents in the bile duct and removing the gallbladder and I was all good...
...for ten whole years!

Fast forward to August 2017, right before my brother passed away.
I started getting sick and was all too familiar with the symptoms.
Another stricture had indeed formed, another stent was placed,
and then removed this past November.
So about a month ago when we all got sick, what I thought was a nasty stomach bug wasn't.
I knew I needed another stent so last Monday it was put in place...
...a different kind this time that can stay in longer.
(This is done by an endoscopic procedure, just so you don't think I was cut on all those times.)

get to keep this one for at least 6 months, maybe longer...
BUT...and that's a big but...I have to stick around a while, as it would seem.
You just can't up and leave your trusted doctor who has been there from the beginning...
and your insurance when you need it most!
Nope, can't do that!

I will know more after I see my doctor in six months.
Until then, we will continue on with the plan...
just knowing that the timetable is a bit off from what we had hoped for.

Here's the good gives us more time to get it all done. {{smile}}

God's timing is ALWAYS perfect.


  1. God's faithfulness and your faith in Him along with everyone's prayers will get you through.

  2. Wow,that is a lot to deal with.I do agree that God knows best just what you need and when.I pray that you will have grace to a accept this as His perfect plan.I know that's a whole lot easier said than done.Sending hugs your way.

  3. Sending you many a hug wrapped up in love, dear Debby. May you be comforted by God's faithfulness and love as you walk down this crooked little path. Praying for you, lovely lady. Xx

  4. Oh, Debby, I know that it is so disappointing to have your plans changed and your dream deferred! Even when we know the One who directs our paths and we trust Him fully with the plan, our human heart still has to adjust our expectations. I am praying for you that your heart will be at peace. {{hugs}}

  5. Debby, I'll be praying for you. Stay strong! As you know, God is there for you. Sending you big hugs.

  6. You will be in my prayers, sending you a hug in the hope it will be a comfort.

  7. Sorry to hear of your health problems and will certainly put you on my prayer list. I pray every morning when I'm walking.
    Wonderful Bible verses you shared and they are ones I know well too.
    You have a wonderful attitude and a great testimony.

  8. First I love all the scripture with the photography behind it--beautiful. Then, I'm sorry for your sudden change of plans. It's so good to know who holds our future in His hands and in Whom we can put our confidence. There is so much hope in trusting in our heavenly Father. I will pray that things improve with this stent and that you can eventually be well on your way to those wonderful plans--in His perfect timing. "tis so sweet to trust in Jesus ..."

  9. A plan and a back up plan. And a Default plan. That how I live.
    All the best to you Take Care.

  10. Aw, Debby. I am so sorry you have to go through all the health issues you are experiencing. I am like you- always healthy and when I have something going on I seldom mention it to others. It is too bad that your plans are postponed once again--but, just think, Fall is a great time to sell and take off for parts unknown, too.

    I will keep you in my prayers as you work through these changes in your life. xo Diana

  11. I am just so sorry Debby but you certainly seem to have a really good attitude about the situation. I'l sure be praying that at the end of 6 months you will be "good to go" and will get the "all clear" from your Dr. Hugs to you!

  12. You have such a positive attitude, dear Debby, and yes, it is all in God's perfect plan and timing. Sometimes we'd like to be in control, but we know God is all knowing and all loving. I love how you're looking at 6 more months of getting things done. God bless you, Debby.

  13. I'm so sorry that you're having health issues, Debby. I will pray for you. I needed to read this today and find all the Bible verses I need to remind me to Let Go and Let God. God bless you for this.


  14. I've missed so many posts lately but I'm glad I saw this one. I will be praying Debby. Sorry you are having these health issues. Bless you as you put your plans on hold for a little bit, and may the Lord be with you and keep you in His care. xo Deborah

  15. Oh, I am SO sorry to hear of this, Debby! Bless your heart! Not only are you having to deal with the sickness, but the disappointment that comes from having to delay your plans. My heart goes out to you, and I do trust that you are healed completely, and things will begin to fall into place for you. You are on my prayer list, and I pray for you every day...will surely continue to do that. Sending love and hugs to you!

  16. Always perfect timing, Debby. Sorry you are going through this again, praying for the perfect outcome.

  17. Beautiful graphics... Oh boy...having our plans thwarted is a challenging thing, but you have the very best outlook...there are reasons we just don’t know, which is where faith comes in. Trusting God with you that everything will work out in His time. So glad that you are on the mend!

  18. Debby, I am sorry to learn of your pain and the procedures you have been through. As I have aged though, I have come to realize there are reasons for every single thing that happens when we trust in the Lord. God bless you. xo Mildred

  19. God's timing is always perfect and He is an ON TIME GOD! Girl, I have been praying for you and will continue too. I know that when our plans get put on the back burner that sometimes it's so disheartening. I do try to remember that He knows best even If I don't. Most often I find out later just HOW BEST HE DID KNOW! Love you lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  20. Morning, I have been praying for you!! And you are so right God's timing is perfect. I do take such comfort in that very truth! Don't forget to wear something green on Saturday St Patricks Day or you might get pinched LOL
    Hugs, Roxy

  21. Aw...Debby!! I'm so sorry to read you haven't felt well. All these health issues are never fun. But, you are so right, God's timing is always perfect. You just keep carrying on and He will see you get through it all.
    I'll be lifting you up in prayer as often as I can.
    Thinking of you...

  22. Ahh Debby, thanks for sharing what's going on. Glad you have faith and hope to lean on. I hope this new stent works well for you, praying for that right now.

  23. I'm sorry about your health problems. I hope you are able to find healing soon. I am also in the middle of health problems that are derailing some of my plans. And I had the same hesitation you had to writing about it on my blog - but after I wrote it, I was so glad that I did.
    I'm sending prayers your way for a speedy recover.

  24. I'm so sorry to hear you're not feeling well, Debby. I will surely say a prayer for you. Yes, God's timing is perfect, and how very special it is that you know that. Love your pictures today. They look like Spring watercolors. : )


  25. Although it doesn't always coincide with our plans (it rarely does), God's plans are indeed perfect, even if we don't understand them. You have had so much to deal with. Thank you for sharing. It is a testimony of your faith. God bless you for your faithfulness. Praying for you.

  26. Wow that must be rough having so many stints even after having the gall bladder removed. I have had mine removed many years ago, and had no problems after that, thankfully. But I guess it's like you say, God's timing is always perfect and He will know the reason why you need to stay a bit longer. Your plans sound wonderful though!

  27. Hello Debby ...
    We have recently moved home and are settling in well but of course my blogging got a little behind.
    Sorry to read about your health issues, sending blessings and positive thoughts your way.

    All the best Jan

  28. I'm so sorry you are having to go through this, Debby, but so happy you have good doctors and powerful faith. I know all too well what it means to have doctors you trust and have confidence in. Sometimes it's more practical to press "Pause." You are in my prayers.
    Warm hugs, Carol

  29. Oh Debby! I can imagine how hard this post was to write. We want to be strong, and just carry on as best we can, but there are times we do need and covet the prayers of others. I will certainly be praying for you! God's timetable is best, even though it is never like ours! It certainly sounds like you have been through a rough struggle with the gallbladder and stents, and I am praying that things heal up quickly, and that you are back to yourself quite soon and on to the next adventure in your life! Praying for you sweet friend, blessings and hugs!


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