I think from the time we started having children, we have had medical bills. So it seems we have been paying medical bills, all the time, for a long time.
There are always at least 3 or more medical bills we are paying at a time. We pay one off. We accrue more. It’s been a continual cycle. Especially with a child who has had unique medical issues from birth, and has regular visits to specialists. But she’s only one of seven. So the others have taken their turns at the doctor’s office and in the ER as well. And even Glenn and I occasionally have something that pops up, necessitating a visit with the doctor.
But for the first time in almost 12 years, we are medically debt-free. It’s huge! We had a celebratory dinner the day I called and paid the last bill, just a few weeks ago.
Here you can see all the scribbles I made as we paid down one of the last bills we owed. It was over $3500 initially! But every two weeks, I made a payment. Sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on how many other medical bills we were also paying. I began to keep track of the balance, at some point, for visual encouragement.
And when we paid it off, it was a tangible memorial for all of us, that step by step, little by little, God gives us the ability to accomplish big things, sometimes overwhelming things, in our lives. And in the midst of it, we should not lose faith.
“Faith- the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen.” Hebrews 11:1