Posted by: susankayjones | January 4, 2012

why i’m not on a plane right now.

i have had an incredibly blessed time over the holidays visiting my family. it has been a wonderful and rich time of community, laughter and joy. i felt so blessed to be able to travel home for the holidays this year, and my niece and nephews were beyond thrilled to have me in person this year as opposed to what we now refer to as “skype christmas”!

i was supposed to be on a plane this morning travelling back to guatemala. but, i am not.

for those who follow my journey, i wanted to let you know what is going on so that you can join me in prayer for a quick return to guatemala once some things are figured out.

over the last week, i have had 2 episodes where my heart has reached a frightening pace. in both instances, it came after very little physical activity and the episodes lasted around a minute or so. the second episode, we were able to calculate my pulse and it was 210. that is a scary number. my pulse eventually came down, but that feeling was so crazy.

my brother in law is a doctor and was able to quickly make some phone calls. unfortunately due to the holiday, we weren’t able to talk to anyone until yesterday. he spoke with 2 cardiologist friends and both told him this was definitely worth getting checked out and not to leave the country until we had a diagnosis and treatment.

so, yesterday i had a consult with the cardiologist and they did an EKG, which was normal. tomorrow i will have a stress test and bloodwork done, followed by an ECHO and doctor’s visit on friday. i will also begin to wear a heart monitor 24-7 starting tomorrow which will send immediate data to the doctor. this will hopefully give him great insight into what is going on.

i am not worried, but it is definitely wisdom to get this figured out and fixed before returning to guatemala.

so, please join me in praying and believing God’s will for the following:

1. for a quick diagnosis, and for it to be something minor and quickly fixable.

2. for a quick return to guatemala. i would love to be back as quickly as possible (though extra time with the family is not too bad!)

3. for ministry to not be interrupted in guatemala because of my delay

4. for continued peace and trust in the Lord with the unknown

i was reading something yesterday and loved this line:

“Do not be weighed down with problems and unresolved issues, for I (Jesus) am your burden-bearer. In the world you have trials and distress, but don’t let them get you down. I have conquered the world and deprived it of power to harm you. In Me you may have confident peace.”

and this: (Psalm 33:19)

Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,
in the sight of the children of mankind!”

i am praying that God is glorified in this and completely trusting He has a greater purpose. thank you for joining me in prayer.



  1. Susan, In the Name of Jesus I speak not only a speedy diagnoses but a miraculous healing for you.

  2. Praying for you right now friend…hoping for some speedy answers!

  3. Thank you for the update. Praying. Keep us informed.

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