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  1. Duane Arnold says:


    You have loads of people praying for you…

  2. Michael says:

    Sometimes I feel like a prayer hog…like I should share with others.:-)
    I appreciate it greatly as it confirms in my mind that whatever transpires is indeed the will of God…and the prayers certainly upheld me in a tough week.

  3. Linn says:

    Michael-that’s so much in such a short span of time. But I continue to pray for you! As for being dependent, although my issue is just orthopedic (and I”m blessed since I was never supposed to walk, and I get around pretty well with the walker), I often need to ask for help. If I drop something and I don’t have my reacher handy, if it’s too heavy, too high up/too low in the grocery store…and on it goes. I’m very independent, but I have learned so much more about God because he has made me dependent in some really obvious areas. May you depend on him as you get ready for your surgery!

  4. Michael says:


    Thank you for the kind words and comments over the course of all these trials…I’m not always in a position to respond, but I have read and fed on them all.
    We’re all glad you’re here.

  5. Michael says:

    This was a roller coaster to the end…at my consultation the surgeon was clear that couldn’t do the non invasive surgery because of the contours of my valve. I demanded he look at the new fangled pictures they had just taken and he was surprised to see that actually they could do it.
    I was starting tears of joy when he checked again…and found I didn’t qualify because my risk of death from the surgery isn’t high enough.
    I will just have to be happy that they think I have a 98.6 % chance to survive.
    If you only have a 92 % chance…you’re good to go…

  6. Nina says:

    Sending prayers up for you, my brother.

  7. Michael says:

    Thank you, Nina!

  8. Em says:

    I recall when our toddler son was dying we were attending a United Brethren church, a country church with a long history. It was a good sized church, rural salt of the earth folks and could they pray! ! !
    I see some folk here that remind me of those people. Sadly, though, there aren’t too many of you left.
    So very glad that dear Michael has you all praying for him. Hopefully, praying that God will say, ” Michael, your work on earth isn’t finished yet! ”
    Praying with all here that the coming surgery WILL be a success.
    God keep

  9. Captain Kevin says:

    Continuing to pray, Michael.

  10. Michael says:

    Thank you, Em!

  11. Michael says:

    Thank you, CK…praying for you too…I know you are familiar with suffering…

  12. DavidM says:

    A “prayer hog”! Now that made me laugh out loud😂. Who among us does NOT need prayer?

  13. brian says:

    Its funny and sad given the “theology” I have been poisoned with. I was tested for several issues due to some symptoms and I was terrified, not really of death, pain, any of that. I was literally terrified of being a burden, on anyone for even a second, even less then a second. It was so demonized when I was in faith communities to be a burden, outside of leadership. I am thankful my tests came back ok. I am sorry Michael U R going through this and know I am sending good vibes though I desire to pray I often think that will tick off God. But that is another post.

    Ur correct about people who are unhoused. There are folks living all over the street in my area. I have tried to help for about 40 years with this particular aspect of our community and I believe I have failed miserably. I disgust myself that I cant do more. This nation is so divided, granted “news agencies”, political figures on all sides of the isle have made bank during this issue. That alone will always and I do mean always justify what ever they do and it always will. That cant change.

    There is a more pathetic and disgusting side of me that thinks it can, how vile is that? Back to the phone calls and emails for advocating, I know doing so is utterly useless even stupid but its all I got now.

  14. Michael says:


    I should probably explain that…
    I’ve spent a lot of time lately in hospitals…and saw thousands of homeless people trying to survive on the streets on this trip.

    They don’t have a “platform”…and I wonder who prays for them as I am carried by so much from so many…

  15. Em says:

    !Michael @ 12:02 that is convicting… Must remember to pray for those who’ve settled for being homeless….

    brian, have you considered that the standard you’ve come to set for yourself can ONLY be met by God, Himself? ? ?

  16. Michael says:


    Thank you for the kind words…people are both better and worse than we think, but God is good all the time…

  17. sarahmorgan says:

    You’ve been in my prayers, and I will continue to pray for you….medical stuff is rough, but we lean on God and keep going.

  18. Michael says:

    Thank you, Sarah…we keep on going indeed…

  19. pslady says:

    Praying for you I may have mentioned before, I feel as though I know you personally through this blog. I have gleaned more than you’ll ever know through your “make your own applications “. I also read them to my husband. You are in God’s hands…the best place to be. 🙏🏻

  20. Michael says:

    Thank you, pslady…we’ll all meet someday.

  21. Dan from Georgia says:


    I think I may have missed it, but I wasn’t aware that you had a heart attack. Prayers continue. Like pslady said above, I feel like I know you well.

    Very interesting thought number 6 is….normally I hear the typical “sometimes God says no” as if he’s standing there with his arms crossed and a stern look on his face. This is a nice visual you presented.

  22. Michael says:

    I didn’t understand what happened until later that night. Had a bad tachycardia attack…was pegging 220 with pain. They stopped my heart and restarted it with a shot…this one did some damage.
    You are like an old friend and I’m glad of it…

  23. JD says:

    Micheal, may God continue to hold you close as you continue on together.

  24. Michael says:

    Thank you, JD

  25. brian says:

    Actually Em I always felt I held myself too a very low standard.

  26. Em says:

    ahh dear brian, your posts make me wish i could talk with you, but…. you must accept that we all have shortcomings and not be discouraged by being merely human…. 🙂

    God keep

  27. DH says:

    Every time brian posts a comment I open a beer before reading it.

  28. Linnea says:

    Michael…still praying for the best result for you. I sure get how having to rely on other people is hard, and yet such a blessing that God has placed those people in our lives. My hands are practically useless now, but I am so grateful for the people God has placed to open jar or turn a key, or who offer encouragement through the church.

  29. Em says:

    Oh Linnea (i have a dear cousin with that name), i am so sorry. The thumb on my right hand has no strength in it. After reading your 7:22, i won’t feel sorry for mself anymore.
    God keeo

  30. Michael says:


    It’s tough and I’m sorry that you’re going through it.
    It’s even tougher if you’re stubborn and proud as I can be…but it teaches reliance on God…who provides through His people.

  31. Muff Potter says:

    Count me in too.

  32. Chip Lusko says:

    Mike, I know we are far from friends.
    You have been brutal.
    But we are brothers in Christ.
    So, a word of encouragement.
    I went through a heart attack and triple bypass 10 years ago in Miami.
    The Lord has been gracious and I am better than ever.
    Praying you recover for a long life.

  33. Michael says:


    I’m a hard man to surprise…but this shocked me in a good way.
    Thank you for reaching out and encouraging me.
    May the Lord bless you, as well…

  34. Just one of His lambs says:

    Chip and Michael…….your conversation……This is what the kingdom of God should like like. God bless you both.

  35. Michael says:

    Just one of His lambs,

    Newer readers won’t understand…but that was a minor miracle that occurred here yesterday…

  36. Just one of His lambs says:

    Yes, it was!

  37. Captain Kevin says:

    Chip and Michael, my jaw is still hanging on the floor. Your exchange made my day!

  38. Dan from Georgia says:

    That was a wonderful exchange yesterday and a total God-thing (pardon my evangelicality there).

  39. Deacon Jones says:

    Praying for you my brother.

  40. Michael says:

    Thanks, Deacon…good to see you again!

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