May 292015

chirocad_300dpiThe first time I showed up in her office I could barely move.

I’d been under a doctors care for back problems for years, but I’d let things go too long without seeing him.

Now, he was on vacation and I was seriously messed up.

That first time, she actually had to open the front door for me and help me in.


She manipulated and prodded me back together again…she had not only the skill of a doctor, but the heart of a healer.

That was 17 years ago.

It seems like yesterday…because yesterday I showed up in her office in the same shape I was then.

She put me back together again, again.

In between those visits I’ve referred many friends and family members to her.

Some of them could even afford to pay her…most could not.

They have all been cared for as she cared for me.

Her only complaint has always been that I wait too long to visit her, that I wait until things are almost beyond repair before I seek help.

If I would come regularly, these crisis wouldn’t happen.

She complains because I suffer unnecessarily, not because there is any profit there to her.

Despite my foolishness, she has always been there for me and for any others who need relief from their pain.

She has been one of the greatest gifts God has given to me.

Since the day I met her, she has never failed me.

“Thankful” doesn’t even describe how I feel about having this person in my life.

She truly reminds me of Jesus… because I treat Him the same way.

He ‘s always there for me and anyone I bring to Him.

I wait until things are almost irreparable before I seek Him.

I suffer unnecessarily because I do.

He always patches me back together and asks that I see Him more often.

If I came regularly, these crisis wouldn’t happen…

Since the day I met Him, He has never failed me.

I’m an idiot.

I’ll probably be a mess before I see both again…

You can do better than me.

Make your own application…

  27 Responses to “TGIF”

  1. Must be nice to have Oprah as your chiropracter — she’s the only woman I’ve ever heard anyone compare to Jesus.

  2. Ms. ODM,

    Shouldn’t we all want to remind others about Jesus?

    Trust me…it’s not Oprah…

  3. The Shack compared a woman to Jesus. 🙂

  4. Well, not technically. That was God the mama, not Jesus.

  5. Ms. ODM,

    You sound as indignant as one of the Arab villagers in Leon Uris’s book The Haj.

  6. Oh yeah. And Mother Theresa.

  7. Mrs. ODM said: “Must be nice to have Oprah as your chiropracter — she’s the only woman I’ve ever heard anyone compare to Jesus.”

    What about scripture?

    “Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.” Isa. 49:15

    “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” Mat. 23:37

  8. London and Nonnie are the paper that beats rock in responding to Mrs. ODM – well played ladies!!

  9. A good reminder, I would add make time to spend with those whom you cherish. One day they may be gone.

  10. all the mama types are making our own applications today 🙂
    Nonnie pretty much made mine – amen

    i used to remember to pray for Michael every time i prayed for my own son as they’ve had similar journeys that seem to happen to men of principle – i must pray harder, i’m too old and have too much to do to fast, but sometimes… i think about holding my breath until i pass out or God agrees with me

  11. Michael, so glad you have access to such excellent care from a genuinely caring and skilled professional. I hope you go more often. Self care is not selfish.

  12. BTW….this is not related to this thread, please take it down, but I just came across this:

  13. Em,

    Thank you for your prayers…that’s where people like my doctors come from. 🙂

    Paige, she’s awesome…and my guess is that you are every bit as much a healer as she is.

  14. Yeah, you ladies set me straight. 😀

  15. Miss ODM, 😀 Let’s have some group hugs and laughs….it’s good for us all!

  16. Things don’t have to follow the same old course. You should start seeing her regularly. Free and reduced-price chiropractic adjustments are nothing to be turned down!

  17. j2,

    Sometimes grace is hard to accept.
    After the last couple days, I’m much more inclined to receive it, however. 🙂

  18. I suggest you dip your toe in the water and make a commitment to accept your chiropractors gracious offer for 3 months. Then after that you can decide if you don’t want to come regularly anymore.

  19. i pray that j2 lives long and prospers 🙂 her trials are turning her into a wise woman – the Church needs more wisdom in the ranks

    great idea the 3 month trial period … IMHO

  20. To answer the question (which was asked to me by no-one) , “Why is it so much easier to think of how to solve another persons problem than it is to think of how to solve your own?”, is this. Because there is no personal ownership in being responsible when we think of how to solve the problems of others.

    It is much more difficult to accept being wrong when you are considered wrong by yourself than it is to be considered as being wrong by other people. And of course you only consider yourself of being wrong when you personally experience the negative affect that the solution causes without having someone else to blame for it.

    Perhaps we do not have much faith in our own opinion for a good reason.

    Regardless of how much we appear to be smart (or not) by others, we are well aware of the fact that without the guidance of the Holy Spirit we have slim-to-no chance at all of being right. Plus we must admit that we are not always sure of the difference between being totally lead by the Holy Spirit and being totally lead by our own prideful desire to be right.

    Those who in fact are the smartest will solve their own problems quicker than they will try to solve the problems of others.

  21. Great post Michael. That reminds me….. I think I’m due for a chiropractic adjustment very soon as well.
    Blessings my friend.

  22. Some folks have a gift from God for healing….some of them are doctors and nurses, some are not. I’m so glad, Michael, that you have someone who cares for your health. Someone like that feeds not only the body, but the spirit as well. I concur with j2…try it for 3 months 🙂

  23. I can relate. It got to be so bad that after work I would pull up in front of my house and I had a real hard time getting out of my truck.

    It would take a few minutes of walking before things would loosen up a bit.

    For long term relief I went to a trainer to get help.

    He had me do what he called the “plank.”

    I started by holding the position for 20 seconds at a time until over a period of months I could hold it for minutes.

    Eventually your “core” gets strengthened and helps backs.

    It might help you. It doesn’t offer a quick fix, but over time my back pain left completely and has not come back since…


    Start by getting into a press up position.

    Bend your elbows and rest your weight ono your forearms and not on your hands.

    Your body should form a straight line from shoulders to ankles.

    Engage your core by sucking your belly button into your spine.

    Hold this position for the prescribed time.

  24. Nonnie – Hugs back at ya!!

  25. #23-probably unnecessary to say, but
    lots of back pain is the result of weak abdominal/core muscle strength and the plank looks like it hits the right target, but
    if you have degenerative problems in your spine, it might be good to check it out with a medical person before trying it

  26. I injured my back when I was a kid.
    The lung issues I have also have affected the muscles around my spine and rib cage…they literally pop things out of place.
    The only solution is to pop them back in.

  27. Initially posted on the wrong thread!

    That was a beautiful tribute to my profession.
    I have been a Chiropractor for 25 years.
    We are appreciated by many, but it takes many years for some to reach our door.
    We are often considered to be 2nd class physicians.
    We have more hours of schooling than MD’s.
    We hardly get referrals.
    People live with their pain for many years because for the most part the Medical profession refers to pain management and physical therapy.
    We remove nerve interference so that the body can function properly.
    It is so simple yet many don’t get it.
    I am glad your Chiropractor has made you understand the importance of a properly aligned spine.

    Thank you Michael for your appreciation.

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