This past week was a little more exciting than the average week. My story was in the Dayton Daily News on the front page of the Life section! I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to reach a larger audience with the message of hope and healing. I’ve had a large response from many strangers who have been struggling with symptoms that the conventional medical doctors have been unable to find the root cause of.
A few weeks back I wrote a post sharing my frustrations about people who don’t want to get better. I was feeling discouraged that I have the desire to help, but no one seems to want the help. This week was a defining moment, a turn. I am encouraged by many strangers who have been in my shoes or are desperate for help as I once was.
Here are just a couple of the touching responses I’ve received:
“Thank you so much for responding! I almost cried! So many people treat me like I’m nuts or just having panic attacks….. This is NOT panic attacks!!”
“But when I say that I am at my breaking point, I am. I am exhausted every second of every day. I lost my job because of this. I basically get to sit on the sidelines and watch my kids grow up…. It is killing me. This has been going on for almost a year.”
I know exactly what these people are feeling. I have been there. I also know that it can change, and there is hope. It’s very rewarding to be the person who shines a small flashlight in someone’s darkness and shows them that there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel. There is hope. There is a future. You can run with your children again.
Two years ago I was sitting in a hospital bed. I was told by multiple “specialists” that there was no cure for my condition, nothing I could do but manage my symptoms through steroid medications. I wasn’t given hope that I could get out of the wheelchair and live my life again. I talked with others who had my same condition, and they had no hope to offer either. Although many encouraged me in the Lord, and His healing abilities, I was still fearful deep down. What if my life was never the same again? What if this was it? Why me? Honestly, it seemed pretty hopeless.
I wish more than anything that someone from the future would have walked through the doors of my tiny hospital room and displayed in front of me the September 18, 2014 Life section of the Dayton Daily News! I mean, seriously… the headline says, “A Woman With a Cure”. Oh, how I needed to see that article on September 4, 2012. If I knew then what I know now, my perspective would have been so much clearer. Their was purpose in my pain. There was beauty from ashes. My life has never been the same…in a good way! Two years ago I chose to seek the Lord rather than man. I prayed and meditated and sought the truth. By His grace alone, the truth was revealed to me and by His stripes, I am healed!
Whatever you are going through, have a long-term perspective. There is reason. There is purpose. There is hope!
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