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- Location: Winfield, KS, USA
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- BMI: 44.7
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- Surgery Type: VSG (11/17/08)
- Surgeon: Gregory Walton, M.D.
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Surgeon TestimonialGregory Walton, M.D.When I attended the informational seminar, Dr. Walton was the presenter. I was impressed by his unassuming demeanor, his humor, and his knowledge. When I found out that I could get an appointment with him, I was delighted. When I met with him, I just knew he was the surgeon for me! I have had several challenges already, and Dr. Walton has been very helpful and encouraging. His staff has been wonderful. Everyone emphasizes the importance of pre- and post-op care. Dr. Walton and I both know there are risks, not only in connection with the surgery but with me as the patient. I feel like I am part of the team, to make sure my experience is the best it can be. I feel \"heard,\" and that is so important to me. No question is \"stupid.\" I appreciate Dr. Walton's surgical expertise and his sensitive bedside manner.rnI'm sure Dr. Walton is not a perfect surgeon, but, so far, he's come close.
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|Life Plan Devotion #208 [decisions]
posted on 4/27/10 6:17 am
Thank you for choosing to read today's devotion. I pray you have a blessed day, full of good decisions. Please pray for those having surgery today or recovering from surgery. Let's pray for all those experiencing physical difficulties today. Thanks for praying.
Life Plan Devotion #208 [decisions]
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 "Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life" (NLT).
Have you ever thought about how many decisions and choices you make every single day? I have. If you are awake, you're making decisions: small, large, and in between. The average person is awake for 17 hours, and if, on average, that person makes one decision per minute, that's 1,020 decisions. If, on average, that person makes one choice per second, that's 61,200 choices.
Albert Camus said that "Life is the sum of all your choices." It's true. While every choice is not life-changing, the sum of all choices affects your life. "When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is, in itself, a choice" (William James). Make no mistake, indecision becomes decision, with time.
Every important decision made becomes a memory filled with regret or contentment. I've made both kinds of memories. No matter what, you cannot change the past. You have this present moment, and if you make the most of it, you will affect the future in a way that will fill you with joy.
The best decision I ever made was to give my heart to Jesus. I made Him my choice on July 13, 1969. It was monumental, stupendous, amazing! When I said "Yes" to Jesus, my life changed, for all eternity. I've never regretted that decision, not for a moment.
The decision (or indecision) about salvation is a choice that will affect you for all eternity. Perhaps you don't believe that, but that doesn't make it less true. You can bet your life on it. If you've never made the ultimate choice, between eternal life and eternal death, make it today, for we are not promised tomorrow. I pray you choose life. You'll be so glad you did.
What this has to do with weight loss:
It is said that the average person makes 200 food choices per day. While those decisions may not seem like life or death choices, for the morbidly obese, they are. Even for those who aren't morbidly obese, the sum of one's food choices will be a healthy body or an unhealthy body. It matters what one puts in his/her body. Make the decision today to consider each food before you consume it. Ask yourself, "Will this food give life, or will this food encourage death?"
Prayer for Today:
"Heavenly Father, while I don't want to over analyze my daily choices so much that I become paralyzed by them, I recognize that You allow me to be presented with many opportunities, daily, to make choices and decisions. Help me to see that what I choose makes a difference, either to myself, to others, or to both. I'm blessed to know that when I chose Jesus, I chose eternal life. [Note: If you've never made that decision, do it today. If you need help, let me know.] I am grateful to know that when I choose You, to follow You every moment of every day, I choose wisdom. May godly wisdom rule my choices this day. I pray in Jesus' Name. Amen."
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