He can walk!

Yes, my husband John was able to walk the next morning after back surgery. He was in a wheelchair for 3 weeks prior to surgery.  The PT lady in the hospital was amazed how well he walked and the doctor released him that day.  Wow, back surgery and only one night in the hospital. Praise God!


 is my word to consider for 2018

 – –  how we take it for granted.

Bipedalism (the ability to walk on two legs) is what makes us different from animals. A baby horse walks a few hours after birth. Well, they have four legs so not as difficult!  We humans take much longer some a year or more.

Our son took his first steps at six months but did not master walking until a few months later.  The goal is for a baby to walk alone.  Parents coax their little ones to come to them by holding out their arms. The child has confidence in the parent and toddles to them.  In a short time, the child walks alone but stays close to their source for support.

Many of my contemporaries struggle to walk after back, hip or knee surgery.  Our desire is to be able to walk – get from point A to B wherever and whenever we wish.  Here is where those neat rolling walkers come in.  Confidence and support are provided by these ambulatory aides.

Walk treadmill

Each year one of my goals is to exercise more.  Best exercise – walking. Whether it is 10,000 steps or a mile a day or just walking 30 minutes a day.  Any time spent walking can benefit not only your body but also your mental well-being.



There are other inferences for walk –

Our conduct –  – does our walk match our talk?

  • Walking closer to God –
  • Walking by faith
  • Walking in integrity

One of my favorite verses to pray for my family is III John 4: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth!”

Strong’s concordance says to walk, to make one’s way, progress, to make due use of opportunities.  Hebrew for to live – peripateo

  • To regulate one’s life
  • To conduct one’s self
  • To pass one’s life
  • Occurs in Bible 97 times

One of the best references for a spiritual walk is found in Genesis 5:21

“When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”

Not sure about the first 65 years but after Methuselah was born (Methuselah must have put him on his knees and caused him to seek God.  Those who have raised boys can relate.) Enoch walked faithfully with God 365 years and then God took him away.


We are not told what that meant – “to walk with God faithfully” – but Enoch must have followed God in all he did.  He must have wanted to please God. His desire must have been to honor God in his actions.

The word walked here is – halak – Hebrew – to walk literally and figuratively – be conversant. It occurs in the Bible 500 times

My goal this year is to not only increase my physical walking but also to evaluate my spiritual walk.  I don’t aspire to be as faithful as Enoch was but hey, our desire should be to live with God forever, right?


– do you have a goal to walk each day? How is your walk? Whether you are walking on a treadmill, in the gym or outside – keep it up.  You will feel better – exercise increases our energy level.  


– is it your desire to walk with God? What does that mean to you? Just like walking physically we need a plan, a goal and determination to follow through. Decide to know God better through his word and prayer.

Join me as I continue to explore and expand my


both physically and spiritually.



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Pat from Georgia

Pat Strickland is a wife, mother, grandmother and daughter of the King of Kings. She has been a pastor’s wife, a registrar at Young Harris College and a memoir writer. Her desire is “to seek God with all my heart and He will provide the much more in my life.”

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