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Speak Life

The tongue has the power of life and death ...
Proverbs 18:21a

Yesterday I wrote about my husband's heart attack. Today, I'm going to tell you what made the difference between life and death (or at least heart damage).


Yes, modern medicine played a huge role too. But we wouldn't have gotten to modern medicine without words.

Words from Christians who spoke life to my husband.

"Please take care of yourself. I need you to be my doctor," 
said my husband's last patient on the day he went to the ER.

"Just get yourself checked to be sure it's not cardiac,"
said a dear friend.

"I'll drive you to the hospital,"
said another close friend.

All words that ended up getting my husband to the hospital in the nick of time. Let me explain.

After four days of chest pain, Glen reflected on those words at 10 p.m. that Thursday night. The patient's words especially echoed in his ears. She didn't know he hadn't felt good. Were those words a sign?

So he decided to let his friends take him to the hospital -- just in case. I stayed home with our two boys, who were now sleeping. 

Glen arrived at the hospital about 10:30 p.m. His EKG indicated an abnormal heart. The lab tests over the next few hours showed elevated cardiac enzymes, which confirmed a heart attack.

Early the next morning, the cardiologist performed a cardiac catheterization, which showed one artery 99 percent blocked. He placed a stent in the artery immediately.

As far as we know, my husband's heart shows no damage.

God's protection is evident at every turn. How? Through God's people. He sent just the right people at the right time to deliver the right words and to take action.

Who is God calling you to deliver words of life to today? You may not think the words are anything special. But God specializes in turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.


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