Whatever you face in life, God will take care of you.

Update: July 12th, my husband is returning to work at what he considers his dream job, because it’s 5 minutes from home and he will no longer be driving all day. The job came to him at just the right time. I’ve gained strength in my right arm and can handle a lot more things, now. Thank you, God!

FOREWORD: I tripped over a tree root, while running with Taylor.

When I hit the ground, I heard a tearing noise, and a loud crack: I felt no pain. The impact broke my shoulder, knocked out a tooth and I had a bump on the back of my head.

When the paramedics arrived, they brought a gurney in to the Dog Park to pick me up. They had a lot of trouble trying to lift me out of the grass, so they had to go back to the ambulance and get a scooper gurney, and they had trouble getting me on to that one, too. I was in pain by the time I reached the ambulance, and one of the paramedics offered me pain medication, and I accepted. Before they administered the drug, they took 5 minutes to explain the side effects. They kept emphasizing that it could stop my breathing, and then he said, “Don’t worry, we have something available to start your breathing again.” I let them administer it. At the ER, the doctor told me I needed to see a Surgeon within 3 days. He handed me his card.

One day, before my accident, I was thinking to myself, “God has blessed me with a Christian Website, 2 Christian Scleroderma Facebook Pages, and most importantly, I’m reaching people for Jesus. I was begining to wonder when the devil would be prowling around, causing trouble?”

1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV) says, to “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

On the morning of Tuesday, April 16th, I woke up late. I had one hour to get my Lab to the Dog Park, come home, shower, dress and go to a 10:30 a.m. doctor’s appointment. I take Taylor to the Dog Park because I live in a retirement community and the weight limit for dogs is 30 pounds. Taylor weighs 114 pounds and she frightens the elderly people when she barks at their dogs. She’s allowed to live in the community because she’s a licensed, Emotional Support Dog.

I felt stuck, so I asked God, “Do you get involved in these types of situations?” Five minutes later, my husband walked through the door: he had lost his job. Because of his unfortunate happenstance, I made it to my doctor’s appointment and Taylor went to the Dog Park.

That afternoon, I was running with my dog at the Dog Park and I tripped over a tree root. When I hit the ground, I landed on my face, shattering a tooth and I heared a tearing noise and a loud crack. I had broken my shoulder. I was taken to the ER by ambulance because I couldn’t move. At the hospital, they took an x-ray of my shoulder. The doctor confirmed that I had broken my right shoulder. I had surgery on April 30th.

Bone is growing over the implant.

June is upon us, and I still do not have full range of motion in my right arm. I am blessed to have physical therapists come into my home twice a week, to assist me in strengthening, and retraining the muscles in my right arm. I still have to have assistance with some things and I cannot lift anything over 10 pounds. I’m so grateful that on the day of my accident, my husband was with me.

Little did I know, my husband was going to be my caregiver for 3 months. I was incapacitated: I had no family or good friends in Florida; therefore, it was a blessing in disguise when my husband lost his job. I experianced one of God’s promises. I experienced God’s care, and how He strategically handled everything. I chose the following Scriptures to encourage you in your relationship with God:

“I will be your God through all your lifetime. I made you and will take care of you. I will carry you along and be your Savior.” Isaiah 46:4 (TLB)

Romans 8:28 (NIV) says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 34:19 (NIV) says, “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;”

I’m at peace, despite the circumstances.

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)

I know I will, at times, face discouragement. But I know to kept my eyes on Jesus and trust His promises. He is our mighty Savior who will sustain us during our difficult times. Nothing compares to the love He has for us. He is our strong tower and our hope in every storm.

Psalm 62:5 (NLT) says, “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.”


In † Christian Love, Susan Osten

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