Heart Attack

Sunday morning, August 12, 2018, I woke at 2:30 am with chest pain, sweating, and light-headedness.  My wife, Jennie drove me to the ER at Gadsden Regional Medical Center.  (She wanted to call 911 but I convinced her to drive).  After arriving there, the first EKG was normal, blood pressure was normal but then my heart rate dropped to a dangerous level; second EKG showed I was having a heart attack.  They immediately sent me to the Cath Lab and I had an artery that was 100% blocked.  They put in a stent and I spent two days in the SICU and then one day in a room for observation.  They released me Tuesday afternoon, August 14, 2018 and I am at home doing quite well.  I praise Jesus for protecting my life and health.  I did not have any heart damage.

I want to thank God for His wonderful peace in a difficult situation.  Jennie and I understand the scripture better than ever when it says,  “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7 NKJV).  In this situation, God gave me just a crazy peace; I was concerned but I was enveloped in this wonderful peace only God can give.  Jennie experienced this too.

I want to thank my wife for being a real trooper who kept her cool and has the making of an ambulance driver.  She showed me great love and compassion.  She was the first to lay hands on me and pray.  She was a spiritual, emotional, and physical rock for me.  Our love for each other was made even deeper.

My children: Jeremy and Amy Prickett (grandkids Emily and Tyler); Seth and Lanie Whitt (grandkids Audra and Lizzy) for their quick response, smiling faces, encouragement, prayers, and love.  Love your children because there will be days when you will need their love.  My children are the best!

Many from my extended family came to visit and others prayed from a distance.  Fellow ministers reached out with their love and prayers.

My church family, New Life Christian Center, was on the scene from the beginning and journeyed with us through this ordeal.  We knew you loved us but now we understand how deeply you love us.  One of our church members, Robert Dillard, a fire chief who works part-time for an ambulance service was in the ER on another call and was an angel in the skin of a friend and brother.

I had people praying for me around the world.  Many of my friends reached out through messages, texts, and emails.  They called their churches together to pray for me and my family.

I want to say a big thank you to the doctors and staff that treated me in a professional and caring way.  They were great!

I have a great hope and prospect for a long future of loving my family and continuing the work God has called me to do.  If you have chest pains don’t mess around, get to the ER.  Chew four baby aspirins and put under your tongue.

If you do not have a relationship with Jesus, you don’t need to mess around, bow before the King and surrender your life to Him.  You could wake up at 2:30 am and go into eternity with little warning.  In the time of present danger I had eternal peace.  I was ready to live and I was ready to die only because Jesus saved me by His grace.

Harry L. Whitt

PS:  Praise God, the doctor’s said after about two months or so of observation, I should have no problems traveling internationally on mission trips.  I had no heart damage and they will be checking me regularly to prevent another heart attack.  I appreciate the doctors but my faith is in Christ Jesus who will fulfill His plans in my life.  I am His in life or death.  I appreciate your prayers.

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Old Men

Old men are not what they appear to be.  They look weakened, wrinkled, frumpy, and a little dazed but that is not what they are at all.  Inside is a spirit that can still run like lightning, pick up a rock and throw it beyond reason, and make some giggly girl tear off his chatty ring at recess in the Spring.  He is old but still a boy deep inside.

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Mother: Our First Touch of God

(Pictured is my mother, Frances Amelia Lee Whitt at the age of 16, soon after she married my Daddy on December 13, 1936.) 

A debate has gone on in the world about when life begins.  There is no doubt in my mind that it begins at conception.  In a spiritual sense, it began before the beginning of the world.  The one verse that draws water from this depth of mystery is Ephesians 1:4 (NKJV), “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love” (Ephesians 1:4 NKJV).   Continue reading “Mother: Our First Touch of God”

Disobedience or Reluctant Obedience

via Daily Prompt: Disobey

I heard a story about a mother and her small daughter back in the day before car seat laws.  The little girl was standing up in the seat as her mother drove and the mom told her daughter several times to sit down.  Finally, the mother became more adamant telling her daughter to sit down.  Knowing that her mother meant business, the child reluctantly sat down but told her mother, “I’m sitting down but in my heart I’m standing up!”  I imagine many of us are like this, we comply with certain laws or guidelines but in our hearts we are somewhere in the realm of compliance in the spirit of rebellion.

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