Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Healing is in God's Hands (Part 3)

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a great week!

     Today I would like to share with you a little more of my health journey and the burdens God has laid on my heart.  I began getting a little better with my health in the past year or so.  I was beginning to be able to do a little more...however I was still suffering from some major issues.  I was especially having some BIG issues with my low blood sugar.  At one point, my endocrinologist thought I may have a cist/tumor on my pancreas.  I was struggling with major low sugar episodes even after I ate a good meal.  People were praying that I did not have this tumor and I had to go through a pretty rough test to figure it out.  The day of the test, my sugar did SO much better, and since then I definitely still have sugar issues, but they are not near as bad as they were then.  I believe the Lord took the tumor away if I really had one. 
    It was and still technically is, I guess you could say, questionable to whether or not I have a genetic disorder in addition to Dysautonomia.  However since I have been doing so much better, I believe the Lord is healing even genetic problems if there are some.  HE is Healer.  Let me tell you that our God can do anything!!!  I could begin having major symptoms again at any time, but Lord willing healing will continue.  Praise be to GOD!
    The next part of what I want to share with you is very dear to my heart and something that only a few people in my life know up to this point.  It is what I feel the Lord leading me to do with my life.  After all...we are HIS servants. We are never perfect, but HE is perfect! I feel the Lord calling me into full time service with my H.O.P.E. Ministries.  I feel the Lord is laying a burden on my heart to become a speaker and author to women.  I feel He is leading me to speak at more women's conferences.  I feel He is leading me to share His story with women all over!  That He is leading me to tell people about His glorious salvation and help women grow in their confidence in the Lord and walk with the Lord.  This is not something that I can just make happen...it is a waiting process to see what doors the Lord will open in His timing.  But for now, it is sharing devos with you all, and listening for everything God wants me to be.  Please pray for me about this in my life!!

Jeremiah 29:11-13- "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.   And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."

Friday, January 18, 2013

Healing is in God's Hands (Part 2)

Hi all,
Today I would like to share a little more of my health journey with you all. It will not be in great detail, but I want to share a little more of the story God has called me to share.

In June 2009, I was admitted to the hospital for Pericarditis. This is an acute infection around the lining of the heart. I was told it would get better within 2-3 weeks, and that everything should be back to normal then. I was on bedrest for 2-3 weeks and the Pericarditis went away, but I began having more and more of the symptoms I shared with you in the previous post. I had been a healthy teenager up to that point in my life and played sports, etc., but not after all of the symptoms began. I do not say this to make you feel sorry for me or anything of that sort, but just to share some of my life story with you all. God is so good, and He held my hand and my families hand the whole way through. Doctors could not figure out what was wrong with me...I was in and out of the hospital. They would think it was something and then try to fix that problem, and then it didn't work. I was eventually sent to a very well known hospital, and a doctor there diagnosed me with the Dysautonomia and P.O.T.S. She was able to give me medication that helped me, but the journey was still just beginning. I had more problems and symptoms and in and out of the hospital some more. Doctors would think something else could be wrong so I went through multiple tests. God was still holding our hands. I missed days and days of school, and God was still there helping me keep up with the missed school work. Over the next few years, I missed quite a bit of school and some activities, but looking back...it was beuatiful to see God holding our hands. Never letting go. Did we let go sometimes...probably...but He never did.

My story goes further than this...and healing is truly in God's hands. I will share some more of it with you later...including some of the dreams and callings God has given me.

Let me share with you this verse...
Isaiah 43:1-5 - "But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;"

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Healing is in God's Hands (Part 1)

Hi all,
     I would like to share a few posts that include some details about the health condition that the Lord has blessed me with.  Yes, I did say blessed....the Lord has given me so many opportunities and worked in ways that I probably wouldn't have dreamed through a health issue.  Is life harder with the issue..yes.  Is it or was it fun to be sick...no, but God had a purpose. At the time when it started, I could not see the purpose and still do not completely know the purpose. However I do know that God has opened multiple opportunities for me to share my story and God's story to others. 
The health condition I have is called Dysautonomia in the form of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.  Now for most of you, that was just a bunch of big words that do not mean much to you! But let me explain what it means for the most part.  My Autonomic Nervous System, which controls involuntary functions of the body does not work correctly.  The involuntary functions are things that your body does without you telling it to.  This includes breathing, heart rate, digestion, muscles working properly, things of this nature.  I have had issues with heart rate, big digestion issues to a point of eliminating quite a bit of certain kinds of food, muscle weakness to a point of not being able to stand/walk, migraine headaches, chest pain, fatigue, achiness, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, and other symptoms.  I am now so much better than I was when I was diagnosed in September of 2009.  The Lord has given me some amazing healing that can only come from Him.  Even after doctors thought there may not be anything else to help symptoms get better....God knew He was in control.  At this time in my life, the Lord has blessed me so much with good days...there are still days with symptoms and I do have limitations on what I can/can't do without making symptoms worse, but God has blessed me with so many more good than bad days!  
I will go into more details in a later post about my health condition, but wanted to give everyone a very brief overview.  I hope that you will not ever give up on God.  He never gives up on you.  Please know He has a purpose for your life! You can place your hope in His hands!

Psalm 30:2 - "O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me."  
   

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Are you listening?

Hi everyone,
     Hope you all had a very blessed New Year! I would like to tell you another story about my crazy dog today! The Lord has blessed me so much with this sweet dog and I tell y'all, it is so neat to see how the Lord uses this cute dog to give me so many examples to remind me of Himself! Well this will be extra funny for people who have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) like me! I have to drink some milk or sometimes an Ensure each night before bed to regulate my sugar level.  Well anyway, some time back I began giving my dog a little bit of Ensure each night that I drank it.  I would pour just a little bit in the lid and he would lick it up! Well needless to say....he absolutely loves Ensure.  I think it may be one of his favorites.  So now whenever he hears the lid of the Ensure bottle opening, he will awake out of sleep to come and make sure he receives his portion in the lid.  I thought about us, as God's children, the other night as I gave some Ensure to a begging dog! Do we awake out of sleep to hear God? Are we so excited to hear and do what He wants us to that we can jump out of our boat and do whatever He asks?  I think so many times, we get tired, weary, worn down, and weak and forget who makes all things new and worth fighting for...our God! We need to be warriors in our faith and when we hear God...obey Him! So in this new year...I encourage you to listen for God.  You can hear Him in so many ways.  So listen up! Do not be afraid! Be ready to stand up for what you believe in! Acknowledge that Jesus is with you and going before you in your coming days! Be ready to fight and do whatever it takes to win your battles with God's help!

Joshua 1:9- "Have I not commanded thee?  Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."