Plan to Make 2022 a Blessed Year!

Plan to Make 2022 a Blessed Year!

Barbara’s Rules on how to live in God’s will for your life
& new “Do You Know” feature. This month,
Medical Records & Knee Joint Surgery

December 9, 2021 Brabec Bulletin

As the end of another year approaches, many of us tend to look back and ask ourselves where the year went as we ponder our accomplishments and lessons learned. But I like to focus on the new goals I hope to achieve in the New Year, and I no longer make “resolutions” that are so easily broken.

Covid-19 smashed many of our dreams and goals, forcing us to accept it as part of our daily reality, not only next year but perhaps forever, much like the flu. (The scary rising infection and death stats in my city pushed me to get the booster shot this week.)

Like you, I've found it hard to accept that decisions once simple to make must now be weighed against the danger we face if we associate with people who can make us sick, and even kill us if we have a weakened immune system. I’ll never again feel safe to step foot into an auditorium with thousands of people, and wonder if I’ll ever feel safe in attending a small theatre to see a play or musical performance. This is not a joyful way for anyone to live, and yet peace and joy is ours for the taking if we simply know how to find it.

Barbara’s Rules for
Living in God’s Will for Your Life

Many are searching for an answer to this question, but how to find it? As Jonathan Cahn, pastor at Beth Israel Worship Center summarized it last Sunday, “Seek God’s will for your life by beginning with what you already know. As your relationship with the Lord deepens, you’ll begin to understand exactly how He wants you to live” (James 1:5).

Here are some of my rules for joyful living: 

Do what you say you’re going to do. This is the foundation of your personal and professional integrity. (You’ll also like yourself better if you keep your promises to others.)

Do what needs to be done. If you can’t do it alone, ask others for help to accomplish specific tasks. (I would not be here today if not for the help of many business friends and associates.)

Be careful what you let into your mind. Stop listening to ungodly people. These days it doesn’t take much to kill one’s inner joy and peace of mind.

Ask God for wisdom about everything you need to do (James 1:5-6). Pray that He will bless you by working all things together for your good and for His purposes for your life (Rom. 8:28).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and also love your neighbor as yourself. These first two commandments actually summarize the Ten Commandments God gave to the Israelites—which Jesus confirms in Matthew 22-37 that we must obey today to be in God’s will for our life.

In summary, a featured article on the HOME page explains one reason why I count 2021 as one of my most blessed years. By leaving a church I’d long attended and joining another one God miraculously led me to in June, I found a new extended and loving Christian family five minutes from my door.

Treasure your happy memories, my friends. Be grateful for today’s blessings, and above all, pray for God’s guidance in all your tomorrows.

Do You Know …?

Do You Know . . . that doctors now keep your medical records for only five to 10 years? So you either need to keep very detailed records of your own or some day will have to request them from your hospital.

STORY: Before one of my sisters had knee joint replacement surgery, she asked me what kind of prosthesis I’d gotten for my surgeries in 2005 and 2006. Although I’d documented details about them, I didn’t note this info. I soon learned when I called my surgeon that, like my other doctors, he no longer has access to my records. But he said he has used Zimmer implants for years and considers them the best available today.

How long will a replacement joint last? I last saw my surgeon in 2019 after I’d banged up one knee after a fall. After X-raying both knees, he said, “If I didn't know better I'd think I'd done your surgery last month.” He again confirmed that I'd never need to have these joints replaced, no matter how long I lived. And my younger sister was told the same thing. (But I wonder if younger adults or runners would get the same answer.)

FACTS: More than 6oo,000 knee joint replacements are done each year in the US. If you need knee surgery, I suggest you find a specialist in this field who will answer every question you have. Get personal references if possible. I simply used the same surgeon my husband had success with. Discuss the type of prosthesis to be used. (For details on your options, Google “4 types of knee joint implants.”) Good luck to you!

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