Friday, April 19, 2013

Five Minute Friday-Jump

As I laid in intensive care, not knowing what the future held, I was secure in knowing who was holding my future. God, as always. I could not walk when I left my apartment on labor day 2011, having a stroke can do that to you. The day the physical therapist came into intensive care to get me, I was more scared than I had ever been in my life. I had been lying there fighting for my life for nearly two weeks. Blood pressure totally out of control, brain swelling, hooked up to several different machines. She walked up beside my bed, and said, Mrs. Oldham, are you ready to try to walk back into your life?? I took a great big gulp of Jesus juice, and jumped straight out of that bed, and began the journey back to walking into my life!! The journey continues today, still jumping for joy everyday here in my life.

43 comments:

LeAnn said...

Wow, I can relate to your description of the ICU. I was an ICU nurse for a few years. You were so brave and continue to be so. I so admire you faith and determination. You are a fighter for sure.
Blessings and hugs!

Elizabeth@Pray, Love, Learn said...

Thank you for sharing. I am both encouraged by your spirit and saddened by your difficult journey. Your outlook is wonderful.
Thank you for visiting my FMF post.

joy said...

That is an inspirational attitude:)

Debi @ DebiStangeland.com said...

Awesome! Thanks for sharing this today. I'm so glad you jumped back into your life!!

Megan Eccles said...

Holy cow. You have a wonderful attitude. My Grandmother had a stroke in the fall, and watching her recovery has been heartbreaking and inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

Joyful said...

Amen!

I love that "Jesus juice" ;-)

Jedidja said...

I love this. Very inspiring.

Leovi said...

Many congratulations. I wish you happy journey continue for many years!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

...and you're a pillar of strengths beyond words Denise!!

Mia De Vries said...

Dear precious Denise
Oh, how wonderful to know that He is walking with you every step of the way into your new life. And eventually it will lead only to Him in His Kingdom!
Much love
Mia

Lisa in Texas = ) said...

What a fantastic testimony you have! Thanks so much for your love and encouragement! Lisa :O)

Eileen said...

Beautiful, Denise! I can feel the gratitude in your words. My dad suffered a bad stroke nearly a year ago...it has left him bed ridden and paralyzed on the left side. His condition reminds me how precious the gift of independence and mobility are!

Denise said...

I'm glad I read this post because I've never heard that saying before.Even though I was a rehab.nurse and My unit was a stroke unit,I never heard that one.It can be used for so many situations.Thank you for sharing it.I love your devotionals too.Please E-mail Me when you get your package. Denise

Mel said...

What a beautiful testimony...thank you so much for sharing. Praise God for all He's done in you...you are an encouragement and a blessing to so many! Happy Friday, friend!

Statia said...

You are such an inspiration and an encourager. I am glad you decided to walk back into life!

Karrilee Aggett said...

Wow... I love that visual and invitation - of walking back into your life! And yes - "Jesus Juice" - LOVE that! Praying for you as you continue to walk it out and lean in to Him!

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

What an amazing story. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Paula Barnett said...

Such a beautiful post, Denise. Such a beautiful testimony to seeing beyond all limits to the unlimited One. Seeing Him. Hearing Him through your words today. Feeling His divine Presence right where you are now. So grateful to Him for you!

beyondchristianplatitudes.com said...

I have been looking for you ;) How you manage to read and love on everyone so much has impressed me. I am glad you are walking...blessing!!

Alecia Simersky said...

You are a fighter and an inspiration!

MyJourneyBack said...

Beautiful posts this week. I enjoyed your yesterday post!
I am off to visit Cocoa now.
I am trying to catch up after my hiatus. I'll get to the Saturday post. I need to email the bandana lady to let her know Cocoa won!
I'll get back to you.
Love ya.
S.

MyJourneyBack said...

Where's Cocoa's link.

MyJourneyBack said...

Where's Cocoa's link.

Amy ~ Seasons Change said...

Wow. What a testimony. Thank you for sharing this and reminding me of how I should approach my every day. Ready.

Amy said...

Jumping for joy with you.

Andrea said...

Such an inspirational post. Thank you so much for sharing.

Marcy Hanson said...

Wow, brave lady! I can just picture the nurse's face as you jumped out of that bed, ready to face the world! You go baby!!

Cathy said...

Aw, you are precious, my sweet friend. Thank the Lord for His everlasting joy. Love you

suzy said...

Thank you for sharing your inspirational story. I can't imagine how much faith you had to have and how closely you had to cling to Jesus through such a difficult time.
I'm so glad you have made such an amazing recovery!

Katie said...

i am always encouraged by you!!

Cheryl said...

Amazing. Not everyone has to relearn how to walk. I can only imagine the courage and strength needed. It is in your triumph that we can see the power to overcome adversity through trusting God.

Jennifer Peterson said...

So glad that your jumping!! Encouraging post Denise:)

Leah Marie, Unpunctuated said...

Wow, this is so encouraging right now. I just had a dear friend have a bad stroke, and I'm so hoping he can jump back this way. Thanks for this.

Wendy Meijer said...

Beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Wanda said...

What an inspiring testimony Denise!

Karen said...

You are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your faith.

Peggy said...

JUMP Denise and keep on walking this life with Jesus Christ! Great testimony and JUMP on life!

So precious, my dear JUMPer!
Let's go jump roping tomorrow, OK?

Have a fun weekend! Maybe you'll get a chance to see little man and do some jump roping. EnJOY sweet sis... jump like your dolphins... Peggy

Joy said...

I used to work in home health care... many patients are too afraid to jump back into life the way you did! Go, you!! :D

Terry said...

Oh wow, what a powerful story. You are one strong cookie!

s said...

love that!!

Beth said...

Great Five Minute Friday and inspiring attitude! Prayers for you!

Meredith said...

Jesus juice.... love that! :)

Brie said...

So happy you took that jump- and glad you've come through! I love your attitude about it all. So inspiring.