Prayer request

Brad Lilly

Moderator and Awards Boss
My apologies for not being more active in 2019 but its been busy to say the least. I'm hoping that you guys can add me to your prayer list. I have a couple small health issues that I have to deal with. I have a hernia repair dec 4th. Hopefully the surgery and recovery goes well. My other issue is a messed up knee. I have been declared medically impaired due to a work accident (no recovery). The issue has I have been trying to work through it and I'm hitting a wall. I know God always provides and his provisions are better than I can imagine. I have had a job in one form or another for over 30 years and it's tough to quit without a plan. God always pulls through in the end but he let's me sweat for a while
 

Chris Railey

KNIFE MAKER
Father God, please be with Brad during this time as he heals and transitions into what you have in store for him next. I pray peace over him, A-men.
 

soundmind

Well-Known Member
I know God always provides and his provisions are better than I can imagine.
I was just going to like your post to let you know I'd pray for you, but I thought I shouldn't hold back a testimony of His faithfulness to provide for me.

I injured my knee either by jumping off a tractor trailer or hustling up and down stairs for a moving company. Too much time on it now and I can't walk - same with my lower back - too much lifting too long and the next day or two I'm worthless. And that's what life requires for me either by getting meat, packing wood, etc. I know I need to build a shop in order to keep working in the long run.

In 2012-13 I thought I was going to make/sell knives to supplement my missions support since it was low. But I wanted to keep good standards and learned I couldn't make them well enough fast enough. The governor also cut the our PFDs so I couldn't afford to build up a shop. I realized it wasn't going to work out the way I thought right away. I'm a pastor and it says "even so God has ordained that those who preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel" (1 Cor 9). This verse stood out to me last year, especially the word "ordained." It reads like it means, "decided/appointed." Around that time I experienced some unexpected financial giving, groceries, etc. I think God was showing me a few things. One was that He'd take care of me and my wife and kids even if my hands couldn't. (Another, at least in my life, was that He wanted the credit for providing for His own work and was faithful to me as someone working for Him).

Anyway some thoughts I have are that His faithfulness to take care of us is tied to 1) the credibility of His word (His promise) and 2) His truth as a part of His nature. He can't do anything else except to be faithful to us - He's too true. I think he not only takes the responsibility because He has to (truth as an aspect of His nature), but because He wants to (love as an aspect of His nature). And those things don't ever change - just like His nature. :)That's a little sermon I preach to myself sometimes. His help will come. I'm only one person saying it but there's lots of others who have stories, too. I don't mean to be preachy - just want to encourage you and be a blessing. I pray you get a strong testimony of how He took care of you on the other side this.
 

Self Made Knives

Well-Known Member
I just had a big knee surgery 6 weeks ago, sucked, but on the mend now. Better talk to a good knee guy, losing ones mobility is a quick way to go downhill in my opinion. Good luck.
 

Brad Lilly

Moderator and Awards Boss
I just had a big knee surgery 6 weeks ago, sucked, but on the mend now. Better talk to a good knee guy, losing ones mobility is a quick way to go downhill in my opinion. Good luck.
Unfortunately knee replacement is my only option. The surgeon strongly suggested I avoid replacement for as long as possible. Apparently artificial knees wear out rather fast and they can only replace the same joint twice. Im waiting to see if workers compensation will foot the bill for an orthopedic brace, hopefully I will find out next week, after my hernia surgery.

Thanks guys I appreciate it. Southmind it's great to see what it looks like on the other side of this.
 

Sean Jones

Well-Known Member
Unfortunately knee replacement is my only option. The surgeon strongly suggested I avoid replacement for as long as possible. Apparently artificial knees wear out rather fast and they can only replace the same joint twice. Im waiting to see if workers compensation will foot the bill for an orthopedic brace, hopefully I will find out next week, after my hernia surgery.

Thanks guys I appreciate it. Southmind it's great to see what it looks like on the other side of this.
My wife had knee replacement surgery about 4 years ago and is going strong. Her surgeon said the artificial knee should last about 20 years.
 

C Craft

Well-Known Member
Prayers going your way! This has been a tough year for my wife and myself dealing with her cancer!! Somedays it has only been my faith and good words from friends! Hang in there back in 97 I was hurt in a five car pile-up and had back surgery in 98. Which subsequently failed it was a tough time!! But our faith and a loving wife got us through it!!
 
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