We walk by Faith and not by sight.
– Mummy Julia’s life testimony –
Mum Julia has always been a strong woman of faith and our family has always drawn our strength in dire situations from her unwavering faith in God. However, a sudden bout of breathlessness one morning on 22 Jan 2020 took a change in Mum’s life and ours.
My letter to the most beloved person in my life.
You were admitted into the hospital due to breathlessness. We thank God for discernment in requesting for Daddy to send you in in an ambulance, we were told things could have been worse. It turned out that you had just suffered from a mild heart attack.
A thorough angiogram showed all 3 of your heart’s arteries are badly blocked with 2 of your main arteries almost completely blocked. Leaving your third artery blocked at 90%… (what nonsense report is this?!) My heart broke into a million pieces learning how severe your condition actually was…
We managed to get you transferred to another hospital to prep you for op soon. Little did we know that the next day, hospital was locked down for transfers. (Looking back, we knew it must be God. Strategically placing the right people, with Alv heading the current heart centre, to prep you seamlessly for your bypass operation.)
Today was the Toughest day in our family. We had a family conference with Prof Michael G C. Only to learn that your heart muscle is currently only functioning at 20% (usual rate should be ard 60%), with 2 of your main arteries at 100% blocked, your 3rd artery which is the least important one at 90% blocked. Your artery target was thin. With a low heart muscle rate at 20% and poor artery target, you will not be deemed fit for surgery. More tests and MRI will be run on you. If so, they can only put you on medication and the 1st year mortality is high.
By now, I could no longer sink in what other tests Prof Michael has arranged for you to go through as disbelief filled my heart.. Tremendous pain overwhelmed my soul as I simply could not accept the diagnosis given… 1 year?! No way…! I reject this diagnosis in Jesus’s name yet I could not seem to find the strength within me as my world came crashing down…
今天是大年初一. We had to be strong so you won’t notice anything amiss. All of us knew we had to be here to 拜年 with you. For where you are, there our family will be.
Heart wrenched… yet hanging on dearly to the promises in God’s word. – By His stripes you are healed. Boldly declaring that next year this day we will be celebrating in good health, in triumph.
Putting you for bed rest was the best decision ever, lil did we know what was in store for us… *heart leaps!*
Tests, scans and more scans.
Let faith arise. Sis and I are finally much stronger today. From today on, we choose not to believe the reports that we see. We choose to believe in the unseen and place all our hopes in our creator of heaven & earth.
We choose to walk by faith and not by sight.
By now you were informed that the tip of your heart is dead.
Yet you put your hopes on our faithful Daddy God. The maker of heaven and earth. You told me – “主的恩典够我使用. His grace is sufficient for me.”
I tried with all my might to hold back the tears in my eyes, heart wrenched at your health report yet being comforted by you – a lover, a faithful woman of God…
By now, your heart was well rested but little did we know that your heart muscle has gained back to a higher percentage! A healthy percentage which deemed you fit for bypass surgery! PTL!!! This is the best news I’ve heard all week… 😭 2nd chance in life! YES YES, pls pls…
Finally after 5 days of intense intercession, we finally see a glimmer of hope. Our hearts leaped at this. I knew it must be you, Lord! Working in Mum’s life. Even before your bypass surgery was scheduled, I couldn’t be more thankful because I knew God wasn’t done with you. I knew deep down in my heart that he’s preparing you to be a living testimony for His miraculous work in life..
Your bypass surgery day – Declaring that as He is, so are we in this world. As prayer warriors unite, a cloud of peace descended upon us as we accompany you into the OT. No tears. No fears. Claiming the promises of God and we knew He will make His precious daughter whole again.
9am – 3pm. Intense prayer & worship as we lift the medical team into His loving hands. I was praying for you to be strong, to respond well when the time was needed..
I held your hands at 6pm. My heart ached at the very sight of the tubes from your nose and mouth in the ICU, yet immensely grateful that your bypass surgery went well. No complications. You are back in my arms.
The first thing you did when you woke up, you pointed to the heavens, then gave a weak thumbs up – declaring God is good. YES.
He is! He really is … 😭 😭 😭
You had your 1st soft fluid meal today. You took your 1st step by evening time.
You started planting seeds of God in the ICU and praying for the missy who was looking after you, would come to know Jesus.
By evening, you were transferred from ICU to normal ward. You’ve graduated! Taking baby steps with you. Today, at 2:02pm, you requested to have your picture taken then you fell asleep.. so here you are. Remembering God’s goodness in your life.
The recovery road hasn’t been easy, each time you vomitted from indigestion it pains my heart so badly.. I learnt it’s good to soak brown rice for you overnight so it’s softer and easier for your digestion.
Waking up early to make nutritious yet soft blended meals to aid your recovery, watching you eat healthily, happily means the world to what to me.
Ask me whether I believe in miracles?
YES, I do. I believe in the power of right believing.
Special thanks to (our angel) Prof Michael G. Caleb and the very loving & patient staff from the NUH team! You’re really god sent to our family.
To God Be All The Glory!
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