Hanging By a Thread ~ God is Still the Lifter of My Head

Drooping Daffodil ~ hanging by a thread

Drooping Daffodil ~ hanging by a thread

Symptoms hanging by a thread.

Unsure of what lies ahead.

Devastation now widespread.

Giving all to God instead.

By His power I will not dread

God remains the lifter of my head.

“But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.” Psalms‬ ‭3‬:‭3‬ KJV


Hello dear blogging friends.  I trust you are each well and that 2015 is already blessed.

Very obviously, I have dropped off of the blogging radar.  There’s a reason for my infrequent posts.

After my neck surgery last spring, my recovery was slow.  As time progressed, many of my original symptoms improved, but several new ones appeared and grew increasingly worse.

Sadly, a set of X-rays done at the end of the year revealed why.  Two of the three cervical discs fused completely; however, the lower one did not.  And one of the screws on my titanium plate is loosening.  As a result, my neck is not stable and a disc below the surgical site is now showing stress.

I say all of this to explain my blogging absences, but also to send encouragement your way.

Despite admitted times of sadness, discouragement and fear, God has again proven Himself faithful and good.  He continues restoring my hope, lifting my head and getting me through.

He will do the same for you.  The same God who brought you this far, will carry you through whatever still lies ahead.

Trials rarely make sense.  But we can know that God does not allow these fiery situations into our lives because He is mean or uncaring.  He loves us and has reasons for it all.  When we cry out to God in the midst of our broken, torn lives, He will always be there to lift us back up and once again show forth His glory through us.

Taken last spring

Photo taken last spring ~ at times, I feel as droopy as these daffodils!

If you are interested in similar posts of mine, see Poetry Corner.  I used to blog more often!


38 thoughts on “Hanging By a Thread ~ God is Still the Lifter of My Head

  1. rsvendsen07

    Beautiful poem. I’m so sorry for your trial. Your words of encouragement though you’re struggling show that God is using even this to grow you. That is beautiful for everyone who sees it. Thank you for giving glory to Him. ❤️

  2. Hope

    Sue, this report makes me hurt for you. Please know that you are in my prayers. Just a reminder of the lines of an old song. It won’t be long and we’ll be leaving here…

  3. Lauren Heiligenthal

    Wonderful post! I’m sorry for your trials, and I pray for God’s healing and relief in your body. Thanks for encouraging all of us and teaching us what you’ve been learning through this process 🙂 Have a blessed day!

      1. LightWriters

        1 Peter 5:10 – And the God of ALL grace, after you have suffered a little while, WILL Himself RESTORE you, and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. To Him be the glory and power forever and ever. Amen. 🙂

  4. Heidi Viars

    You are truly missed, dear friend… please know how much you are loved (and prayed for)… Thank you, for sharing this inspiring post and most precious poem. Your trust in Him is evident and inspires me today on my walk. Sending you much love

  5. deborah ann

    Oh Sue, as one four-level neck fusion to another, you have my constant prayers before you. I know what it is like to have a neck that is too heavy to hold up and if it were not for the grace and mercy of the Lord, I would be in bed most of the day with my head on a pillow. But, that is another problem . . . finding the right pillow. I feel like Goldie Locks as I have had about 20 pillows and none are just right : ) May He continue to give you His strength for each day. ~ Love you, Deborah Ann ~

    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Thank you, Deborah Ann. Sorry for your pain. Inso grt iy about the pillow thing. My husband and I designed a custom one for me. Works better than any store bought one, but there really is no perfect pillow! My biggest difficulty is still computers. Just dont tolerate longer than a few minute sessions. Blessings!

      1. deborah ann

        We need to talk about that pillow. I think you could sell them! My sister and I tried to come up with something but gave up. There are a lot of people who would be in “pillow heaven” if they could find one that worked 🙂

      2. heavenlyraindrops Post author

        For real! We patterned the one we made after an old ‘tricore plillow’ – (you can google them) i had one of those, but it was too stiff and I constantly had to rearrange its stuffing. Used a store bought mock down pillow, flattened the middle section by trial & error to match the curve of my neck/head in the same pattern like a tricore, then my husband hand sewed while I held the inner section flat. Was quite the team work, but it instantly gave me relief. Not fool proof- as the pillow ages, will have to make another. Best wishes!!

  6. cuffesisters

    Very gentle hugs to you, dear Sister. I’m reminded of a story I heard recently. A precious elderly Christian woman was dying and the doctor said to the nurse, “She’s sinking fast. It won’t be long now.” The older woman whispered, “You can’t sink through The Rock.” You remain in our prayers.

  7. vonhonnauldt

    Dear sister, I am so sorry. Spinal issues are no fun. Include me in your bevy of friends who, with God, seek to lift up your head. Miss you and your husband in the blog world.

  8. birdieklh

    A song comes to mind . . . “I AM The God Who healeth thee, I AM The Lord, your Healer, I sent My Word and healed your disease, I AM the Lord, your Healer!” Covering you in prayer dear one.

  9. Kiki's Pen

    While I’m sorry for your dismaying news–and will certainly add you to my prayer list–I’m grateful and appreciative of your encouragement. God bless you richly.


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