Welcome! Thank you so much for spending your precious time today visiting this page! I pray it blesses you to read it as much as it did for me to write it!
My Story: Over the last 13 years of my life since the age of 19, I have battled a chronic disease that has stolen a great deal of cherished things in my life including: careers, relationships and, oftentimes, my independence. Despite the pain, frustration & loneliness that I have endured through battling this disease I will continue to choose HOPE! Hope, not because of anything I can do in my own strength to better my situation or to pull myself out of the trenches but a hope that is not of this world…. A hope that is not circumstantial but comes through knowing the true character, goodness & faithfulness of Jesus Christ & knowing my whole, perfect identity in Him.
For fellow Lyme Warriors reading this, I know your hurt, pain & suffering but please know that you are so much MORE than your disease. I hope these blogs shine a light on your inherent worth as a child of God & challenge you to believe His promises over your life despite the mountain you are facing. He is greater! For those unfamiliar with Chronic Lyme Disease, this illness can very rapidly feel like a hopeless battle as treatment is not currently covered by health insurance in America, CLD is highly misdiagnosed & extremely costly out of pocket!
Where does one find hope in such seemingly defeating conditions? From above! By knowing that He that is in me is far greater than He who is in the world. That if Jesus is for me, nothing can stand against me. I have learned that in Him is solely where my hope lies! As I have drawn nearer to the Lord, trusted and surrendered this mountain to His promises & believed He would make a way where there was no way, He has blessed me in ways I couldn’t even fathom through. He has given me joy that doesn’t make sense with the current physical state my body is in (My body is not even able to produce serotonin). He has given me such a deep appreciation for the little things in life because of frequent seasons over the last 13 years of not being able to live them out. He has given me a deep level of compassion for His children that I would have never been able to have known had I not experienced such severe valleys in my own life. He has shown me how His perfect love can overwhelmingly comfort you, even when your world is upside down & nothing feels stable in your life. He is a good father despite whatever thorn in your flesh you may be facing right now. Trust Him to finish the work He has begun in you & to remove the thorn in His perfect timing. 13 years later, I am still believing God for a miracle in my health as I have reached a critical decline in recent months. I BELIEVE HE IS PUTTING TOGETHER THE PIECES AS I TYPE THIS!
I know He is able & greater! I want to share the good news in the victory and authority we have as His children that He will use ALL things (even a disease as awful and consuming as CLD) to work together for our good, if we just BELIEVE! Just as I know He is making a way for me for me right now… I stand in agreement with you that He is tearing down a mountain in your life too, whatever it may be…Let’s choose HOPE together!
“Have faith that God will restore you to a place of peace, He will bring hope in your circumstance and He will bring about change in your situation. God will put His Spirit in you and you will live. Just as God declared He would bring Israel out of bondage to Babylon, He will bring YOU out of the valley in your life and when He does You need to give all of the glory back to God (37:14).
No matter how bad things may seem right now, no matter how dark it is in the valley or how dead your dreams… a power no less than that of God Himself can restore life. He can breathe His Spirit into any situation, He can cause a vast army to stand up, He can raise the dead to life. When you are in the Valley of the Dry Bones, know that absolutely nothing is impossible with God. Remember and meditate on Ezekiel 37:1-14 and have faith that even the Dry Bones live!”
I hope you enjoy this journey with me of knowing His goodness & love in a deeper sense as He continues to reveal Himself in deeper ways. I want to share my story & how His goodness has shined through in one of the darkest seasons of my life for all to be encouraged by!