“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:3-5 NLT
I love being able to share my Journey with Jesus & through life with you all. So here is a little about this pic I took today…
Since being diagnosed with end stage liver cirrhosis a few years ago. I have been in a Passionate pursuit of not only all things Jesus, but Health & Wellness too. When I was diagnosed, I was put on about 10 different medications. Now growing up in a natural & homeopathic household. I knew there were better options for me out there(especially with all the horrible side effects of the medications I was on). As God began to MIRACULOUSLY heal me, I began doing my part as well. Aside from healthy organic eating, I started spending countless hours/days researching natural options for the medications I was on. ( Google & the Library are your Friends) Hehe
I am now happy to say that with Jesus’ help, I have gone from the 10 medications to 5 in the last 2 years. And this last week buy using Essential Oils & other natural things, I have started weening off of 1 more of the last remaining 5 meds I am on. Now I won’t lie it has been a long, slow & difficult process as my body adjusts, starts functioning more on its own & new challenges arise due to my condition. To be quite Honest this last week has been quite Challenging. Because, when you take out ANY chemicals from your body, there will be some withdrawal & re-adjustment time as your body re-calibrates itself.
However, it is in this pursuit of better health that the Lord has truly shown Himself so very powerful in my life. It His Holy Spirit that give me the strength & stamina to keep pressing forward. Each step of my Journey the Lord teaches me so many invaluable lessons along the way & shows me more things about myself that I wouldn’t have discovered if it weren’t for these challenges. I look at going through them as opportunities to rely on Jesus’s strength & not my own. Besides, without challenges I wouldn’t grow & keep evolving into the woman God created me to be. Even if for a little bit I am not 100%, I honestly welcome my current challenges because I am working toward better health in the long run. Plus, most IMPORTANT of all… I have Jesus & I know He’s got me in the palm of His hand. For God is with me I will not fail!!
Ok, now back to the picture of myself I took today… I woke up feeling all out of whack/icky & after spending some time with Jesus, my spirit was so uplifted & rejuvenated that despite how I felt physically, I can put some some curl in my hair & some makeup on and Smile. Because, of who resides within me, I have Unspeakable Joy no Matter what!!
P.S. I love those verses above. They are my anthem for this season of my life!!