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Humbly Speaking About Humility | Tuesday@10 on Day 21 of 31Days


It’s Tuesday again, the day I attempt to utilize the Word Prompt from Tuesday@10 into The 31Day Writing Challenge! Some are easier than others … this one took some pondering, though I know what I wanted to get across.

This weeks prompt from KarenBeth is Humility and it certainly took a bit of time to wrap Healing up into Humility.

So may I humbly submit to you, my offering of prayer and healing to you, today.

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Breaking Through to the Other Side of It …

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4:10

True humility is a virtue I desire, most Christians desire; but like many of God’s characteristics, humility is not one I come by naturally.

Humility is not a value; it doesn’t express weakness or timidity. It is, rather, a gift from God, by grace, that should be revealed through our character. Humility, by definition is the opposite of pride.  And Jesus taught on humility, while on earth.

“Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11

People who are truly humble do not seek attention, they do not seek to push a personal agenda. Genuinely humble Christians seek only to advance God by being the example of what God does through them, as individuals. It’s not about me teaching you how to pray, or instructing you how to receive your healing. It’s my showing, through my life and experiences, how God The Father has worked His plan through me!

God works mightily through the honest humility of people!

I can humbly tell you that I don’t know why I am alive today, after the diagnosis of congestive heart failure 5 years ago. I haven’t lost the necessary weight yet that would ensure heart health; though I’ve made strides and then failed. But I’ve gotten up from that failure to stride again, by the grace of God! It’s not me … my health is completely about God and His plan for me.

It is in all humility that I stand in awe of God’s Works, when it comes to The Hubs life and battle with the diagnosis of cancer! It is definitely by His Grace alone that we have come to this place in this battle full of life and love and testimony of healing and health. It is by God’s grace that The Hubs continues to stun the doctors with vibrant lung health even as they refuse to tell us that the cancer is gone and he is healed. And it will be to God’s Glory and Honor alone when they come to the conclusion that The Hubs is, most definitely Healed and Healthy! I anticipate, with great joy and excitement, that testimony!

I don’t have the answers, except that I believe God at His Word that I am {we are}  healed and that He has a purpose for me! I do not know the time of these miracles and their testimonies … I just know that they are there for us in God’s time. When this healing will make the most impact upon those around us!

When I stumble, and oh how I stumble, I do my level best to get back up and resubmit myself, humbly and with repentance to my Father God, always thankful that He is there with His Word to help me back up so that I can follow His instruction. I confidently put my trust in God and do not arrogantly demand that God allow me to do things on my own. I am useless on my own!

And speaking with honest humility, I have to say that I don’t do the above, ANYMORE! And when stress or life or emotions have me leaning back into my own human-ness; I humbly ask God for forgiveness, as soon as I come to my senses.

“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress; he sent out his Word {Jesus} and healed them, and delivered them from destruction. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his Wonderful works to humankind.”

Psalm 107:19-21

… let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.

Being thankful is a part of humility. It’s admitting that I don’t know everything, in fact I know very little of what I need to do in life, without Him to guide me. And oh, let me tell you how thankful I am! Actually there are no words to describe this gratitude!

And humbly, we declare and decree the Word of God.

“Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world.”
I thank God that “By His stripes Iam healed.”
And “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”
All the honor to God the Father that “I shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord.”
“I will not forget the benefits of God. He heals all my diseases.”
I stand in awe that “The Lord restores health to me and heals me of my wounds.”
I thank Him, humbly that “Affliction will not rise up a second time.” within me.
Thank you Father that “The power of the Lord is present to heal you.”and me. In Jesus’ name I pray Your Words back to Your memory Lord, that You would see me, Your humble daughter, and bestow upon me Your healing touch. Amen.

 

Thank You for Reading. Andrea

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What I say … It’s Day 8 of the 31 day writing challenge!


Was struck by Kate Motaung’s prompt for 31 days of 5 minute free writes this morning, as I had been thinking about a concept that I’d been taught in my Christian walk.

Speaking Life.

So for today’s post – 8th of the 31 – I am going to use Kate’s prompt for my Healing Scripture post. =) Thanks Kate!

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A few years ago I tried my hand at my own blog link up. I only had a few followers and it didn’t take off … Few Words Thursday came out of a desire to say what I had to say concisely and to the point, in a profound manner that really caught the thoughts of another. I remain one of those people that you come to only if you want it straight up and to the point.

The wound [word] of a friend can be trusted. Proverbs 27:6A. A true friend always tells the truth in love and with grace.

But this challenge, for me, is about healing and what that brings to mind in reference to the prompt “say” has to do with what we speak. What we say, outloud and within our selves, quietly.

The Word says that we were made in God’s image. Genesis 1:27.

It also says we would do the things Jesus did and greater things. John 14:12.

It’s all about what the Word says.

So in as few words as possible, in memory to my fallen link up … =)

When it comes to illness in Hutchland we don’t speak the illness. We say what God says about the illness. We put the name of the illness or ailment under the feet and blood of Jesus. And God says …

The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9

For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:27

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, Philippians 2:9-10

Cancer is under the feet of Jesus. CHF is under the feet of Jesus. Obesity is under the feet of Jesus. Addictions is under the feet of Jesus.

Those names are beneath the name of Jesus.

So what do we say, here in Hutchland, about these diagnosis’?

We say the Word of God over them. We speak life in this house, not death! We say …

The diagnosis is under our feet {we were created in the likeness of God; likeness meaning God’s DNA.} because we’ve been given that authority.

We DO NOT say “I have” or “My (fill in the illness)” … I never say The Hubs has lung cancer … I say the diagnosis the doctors reported to us was …. We don’t own things that are not apart of God.

We say life and life more abundant! We say … but God … to all the reports that do not fit into God’s Word and Will.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

We say we are Blessed of God and Healed in the name of Jesus’ and God hears that and He honors our trust in Him with wonders and miracles!

Like …

The Hubs, in over a year, has had very little of the side effects that we are accustomed to hearing in regard to cancer and chemotherapy. VERY LITTLE nausea or vomiting. NO days and weeks in bed debilitated by the treatments, which cause as much, or more harm than good.

Miracles happen when we SAY what God says about the circumstances of our lives!

So I suggest that we all work on not saying the negative! Replace our negative thoughts and words with God’s life giving thoughts and words!

Say LIFE! That’s what we do here in Hutchland; no matter how hard the day may be, we Speak Life!

Blessings to you and Thanks so much for reading!

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” Even Now…”


“Let My Words be Few” Thursday

Here at HOPEannFaith I am challenging myself to be concise in my writing, and I invite you to join me. It is my hope to write spirit filled, inspirational posts touching our Spirits, not just our minds and flesh. I also hope this will improve my writing skill set, while deepening my spiritual walk. If you would like to join me in this challenge simply leave me a link to you ‘Let My Words be Few’ blog post or simply leave your post in the comments, and I will link your post into mine for that week. Your post can be about anything positive! The goal is to be inspirational while using the fewest words. You can see I’m still working on that, so there is NO word count requirement. You may use the Thursday if you like, but it is not a link…I don’t know how to do that!  🙂 I’m a writer not a techie! Just manually link the picture to my blog from yours and we will be good to go, and your readers will be able to join us.

In a very few words…not even mine…

I read Lysa TerKeurst’s Blog this morning…about concentration on the meanings of a few words in scripture…and Joel 2 was my next read…So this post will end with…”EVEN NOW”…meaning no matter where…now matter how long…no matter what we perceive as too “bad” to be forgiven…”Even Now…we may return to our first love.

Now my day…

Went to mid-week service last night, like every Wednesday evening! What a great way to end a dreary, rainy day! Spring flirted a few days ago with 80* in the sun!!!! …then…gloom, cold and rain…and this morning even snow and sleet! Ugghhh right?

NO!

Went with a friend to a medical appointment…she was scared. I know from heart events, and it doesn’t matter…the not knowing what these professionals will report back is nerve-racking, at best…terrifying at worst. And that…is only topped in the ‘worst’ department if the report is bad.

That is in the World View…

When my friend’s recent ‘scare’, ‘attack’, came about last week, she related her diagnosis…We then agreed that the negative report would be given no more voice. We prayed in ALL thanksgiving that what was found last week would be gone this week!

Let me yell with joy here…GOD IS FAITHFUL!!!! The blip on the EKG strip that was there last week…did not exist this day!

My friend returned home with a good report. For the first time, in a long time she is JOYFUL!

This is, was a pleasant, GOOD day…even in the rain and sleet…a JOYFUL Day!

I attribute this to our determination to walk in the will of our God.

I attribute it to us living in the scriptures, taking our lead from the early church!

We agreed…we spoke only God’s Word…we took Communion together when things were hard!

In remembrance of Him…

Matthew 18: 18-20

 18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

   19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

We gathered prayer warriors…we agreed…we bound illness…we thanked God for healing…

And God brought the VICTORY!

This is confirmation, shown to me,  in so many people God has set in my path of late…

Me…I am healthy and healed and have been given a New Heart…HEALED.

A man my husband and I do business with had a heart event shortly after a recent business transaction…Less than a week later he was walking around as if nothing…NOTHING…had happened to his heart! …HEALED.

My friend…TODAY…HEALED!

I read this just now…it is firm confirmation of where God has me right now…and many of my friends.

Joel 2: 11-13

Rend Your Heart

 12 “Even now,” declares the LORD,
   “return to me with all your heart,
   with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

 13 Rend your heart
   and not your garments.
Return to the LORD your God,
   for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
   and he relents from sending calamity.

“EVEN NOW…”

No matter where we are at…whether we have wandered from His path…EVEN NOW…we may return to our first Love!

Revelation 2:1-7

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Let My Words be Few Thursday ~ Grateful ~


Let My Words Be Few Thursday

Welcome!

HOPEannFAITH’s very first “Let My Words be Few” Thursday!

Please join us!

Leave me a link to your “Few Words” blog post; it can be about anything you want, but short and to the point! 

 I will link your post into my “Few Words” posts; and we can discuss and get to know one another. 

 I will  get a Mr. Linksy thingy, to make joining us easier for you. I will then need to learn how to use it. 😀

“Few Words” Thursdays is my attempt at concise and profound writing…where the content touches our Spirits and not just our minds and flesh. I hope this will improve my writing skill set while deepening my spiritual walk.

As I journey to Wholeness in 2011, I walk primarily with God and likeminded people. I want to live positively in an intentional manner.

I believe this is going to heal me physically, spiritually and mentally.

My word for 2011 is Wholeness…which I may have mentioned once or twice. 🙂 I just ordered my necklace from Linda Leonard Designs. I feel this necklace is an integral part of my Wholeness experience. I don’t know why…but it feels significant.

In this journey to Wholeness I find myself GRATEFUL today. Follow the link to the Webster’s definition of grateful, which I feel is lacking~one day maybe I’ll post a rant about the desication of the English language. What I did find interesting was at the end of the definition it lead me to the definition of Grace; I’m going to research that some more…

I find gratitude to me, the concept of being grateful is a deep humbling thankfulness; one I feel primarily when I am intimate with God, alone. While there are several individuals I am truly grateful to and for, God is by far the person who brings me to humility more than anyone else. I believe that is the way it should be.

But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’” Jonah 2:9

Even when we are thankful, feeling humbled in reference to another person or circumstance, it remains my deep belief that that occurs because God has improved us or something in us; repaired or cured something in us; that no mortal physician can. I believe that pure gratitude is divinely inspired.

There is so much I am grateful for…so in an effort to keep this already wordy post short here are but a few things on todays Gratitude list:

I am Humbly Grateful to my Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus

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in Christ ALL things hold together ((†))


Sleep Studies at night and God in the Morning

Last night I has a sleep study performed, because the Cardiologist @ Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Brownsmills, NJ., felt it was necessary. Why? Because, sleeplessness is a major cause of hypertension. So I was wired like a science project, plugged in and sent to bed. At 10:30 pm no less!

Blessedly the the room was very much like an old hotel/motel room, teal green carpet and drapes to prove it, with just a tv and a few lamps. Worried that once I turned off the tv I wouldn’t be able to sleep, in the very noisy silence. Did you ever notice how noisy and active silence is? Try a sleep study! I turned out the lamp and settled in for the night and God helped me out with the silence! He is always faithful! Like with the carpet and drapes my room had the old style wall mounted airconditioner and she was not quiet! Ahhhhh….

I guess I slept ok, felt like I slept the normal 5 or 6 hours, but I won’t be certain until I return to Deborah for my follow-up.

So anyway, I call home at 5:05 am, to find that the boys had not awakened to the alarm, and woke Don up to pick me up, (he had a 45 minute ride ahead of him, just enough time to meet the 6am checkout (NO) discharge time!). I’m glad I got to call home!

So the techie unwired me, explained when I would be contacted (about 3 weeks, ehhh.) and off I was to dress and leave. I walked out to a slowly illuminating sky with bright sun edging the slowly brightening clouds. Unlike the brutal mornings of July, there was a crisp chill in the air and the birds were joyfully singing in the trees, as far off, it seemed, traffic traveled up and down Trenton Road, even so early on this Saturday morning. I wondered if I was going to have to sit on the cement stoop when I saw a picnic table in a break area for employees. I walked the block to the table and sat reading Michael Cunningham’s The Hours waiting to be picked up. It was quite nice really, I enjoyed the time.

Don arrived on time, just 6:05 am, and we enjoyed the ride home. I asked if I could turn the heat on low and he laughed, saying that was something he didn’t think he would ever hear me say. I had to laugh too, he was right. As we drove east for home the sun was finally on the horizon. Huge and bright it made certain areas very hard to navigate for the blinding rays of unadulterated light. We both began to watch what we could see of the road ahead of us. It’s these times of working together that I realize God’s design for our lives, Don’s and mine, that is.

Although He, God, has designed and planned ALL life. I’ll explain that more in a bit, with visual aids!  😉

When the sun got so bright we couldn’t see an inch ahead of us I handed Don my sunglasses, his are lost again I guess, and convinced him for once to use the visor! I scanned  the road ahead and warned him of curves and other cars (moving and parked), as he attempted to keep his eye on the road ahead of him. From Route 70 in Brownsmills, to First Street in Pinelake Park, the sun would be a flaming ball to light our way, even though we couldn’t see. This reminds me of a facebook post I recently shared here.

There was no aggrevation (Don) or anxiety about the aggravation (me), we just worked together and got home safely, after checking Dad’s house and caring for the animals because he is at his cabin in NY this weekend.

Home safely and assaulted by our three Dachshunds, who always act as if we’ve been gone for years, we got  kissed and jumped on and when all were content everyone settled into a bright and peaceful Saturday morning. Don and the Dachies settled in for a continuation of their snooze. Then I got my yogurt and granola and began my Coffee time with God.

My devotionals seemed out of sync, which is unusual these days. It was not until I read the post of a woman, MEB, on facebook, a friend added about a year ago. MEB is an actual friend, who lives in the area, of one of my actual friends on FB, and MEB accepted my friend request for prayer for her family. The tragedy for which we had been praying rounded itself and has been absorbed by the family, who is now in a constant struggle, finally causing our friend to become quiet and unresponsive. Even showing resentment and anger at some of our scripture posts. We continued to reach out to her, encourage her and pray.

I don’t know much about what is going in her life except for her children. I do know, from her fb posts, that she is a great mother who is now basically  functioning, amazingly, as a single parent. She reached out just recently and I grasped the chance to minister to her. She has been reading my blog posts on facebook, which I had been unaware of, and they were encouraging her. I was humbled and answered a few of her questions. She once again became quiet, I don’t know whether I was too forward in my joy or that she is just quite busy with her life, but I pray and check the fb posts.

This morning, after my devotion scriptures were read,  I wandered over to facebook, and was shown favor by God and my friend,. MEB was getting God…she was responding to posts that spoke to her. I could only hope she had been able to see God in her day. Here it was, she was seeing God!  

While backtracking to last night’s posts, so I could see what all my friends were up to, I found this in MEB’s posts! I was overjoyed that she had found this!

Please watch it will amaze you!

Now I was introduced to Laminin many years ago by my children’s Youth Pastor, and I remembered this morning as the Holy Spirit rose in me while I viewed this particular video, how amazing the information really is. Christ really does, literally hold each of us together, and with this imformation how does one deny it?

God is good, Let everything that has breath praise His name!

So, with the scripture used in the video, I look down to my journal and realize that all 4 scriptures were forming my prayer for today, and everyday!

The Scriptures are : Philippians 1:9-10; Mark 12:30; Romans 8:28 and Colossians 1: 16-19. In the order I received them, in the order I wrote them in my journal and in the order I wrote this prayer. God simply made them hold together! Amazing

My Prayer:

Thank You,Father God, that my love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that I may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless, until the day of Christ. I will love the LORD my God… with all my heart, all my spirit, all my mind, and with every ounce of strength within me. I know that You, God cause ALL things to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to Your purpose for them. For by You,  ALL things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; ALL things were created by You and for You. You are before ALL things, and in Christ ALL things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn among the dead, so that in ALL things He might have the supremacy. For You, God was pleased to have ALL Your  fullness dwell in Christ. Amen.

Good Morning¸¸.•*¨*•☼•*¨*•.¸¸and be blessed  loves! 🙂


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How Quickly A Life Changes~♥ † ♥~


Change Unfolding

Search me O LORD! was my prayer. He did and I entered into another level of transition! I have come to understand that change and transition are a daily thing. From moment to moment, or better, Glory to Glory, we are not the person we were a moment ago…

UNLESS…we refuse to move.

Like many I dreaded, hated, loathed change…which in simple terms means I was deathly afraid of change!! Seriously, that is what it is for most of us. We profess loathing while within we croach in fear of an unknown future…not realizing that each second that ticks away is eating that future away.

So in my quest for health, and the resulting diagnosis of serious and possibly very dangerous heart and lung issues, I have been being taught how to change my mind, alter my perception…become who God made me to be.

For my loyal readers, if I should be so blessed as to have a readership, you know that I have been on my second tier of personal transition. God and I have dealt with the mental and emotional things and have moved on to the physical and health issues. Funny how God works, all the teachings, devotionals, motivationals and preachers are on Change Your Mind and Change Your Life.

So this whole CHS and high blood pressure stuff has me on a diligent schedule. Up to now I did what I wanted. When I decided to begin a more healthy lifestyle I implemented all the things that we’ve heard for years!

More fruits and vegetables…more water…more protein than fat…the gammut. For me, who was unaware of the level of ill health I was in, the water, especially, was the wrong choice…some of the more water based fruits and veggies didn’t help either. Yet I looked forward to just feeling better soon, when these changes had time to have an effect on my body and health.

Of course I coupled these natural changes with prayer and time with God. “Search me, O Lord!”. I prayed for my body to line up with what the Word of God said…

~ no weapon formed against me can prosper.

~ God sent His Word and I WAS healed.

~ By Christ’s stripes I was healed.

I know I WAS healed, even before I was born. These trasitional things are simply the removal of worldly beliefs and teachings and familial training.

Well the increased water intake and the prayers did their job…I filled up with fluid and stepped into the enemy’s trap of the family curse! I had developed Congestive Heart Failure! I was admitted to the hospital on June 2, 2010 and my life began another change. I was being forced to change how I dealt with my diet and my body. My eyes were opened to what the obesity, my sedentary nature and my indulgent diet had wrought in my body.

Yet there was no fear. Only a peaceful understanding that what God reveals He removes. The bad stuff anyway! I had asked and had finally gotten to a place where God knew I was going to be faithfully obedient. I was ready and had truly set a goal in my spirit to heal for the Kingdom of God. I had sought God and He had faithfully answered my prayer.

So, how quickly does a life change? As quickly as we permit it to.

I have become accustomed in 4 weeks time to get up at 6am and check my weight, take my medicine and then spend my morning with God! While I nourish my body with a healthy breakfast, I nourish my body with the Word and Visitation of God. I am healing…with a purpose! I pay attention to what my body tells me. When I feel up to it I do chores around the house, and I went back to work this week. Being the church secretary isn’t all that strenuous, however going to work and being productive can be mentally tiring, especially in a church. When I am tired I rest. If I ache or have pain I stop and assess the situation. Honestly these are things I just plowed through in my life…right up to June 2, 2010! Like I said I am healing with purpose…

To be fruitful in the Kingdom of God and here in the earth.

Another Word of God is that we have been given Dominion. Yet many, like me, don’t walk in that dominion because we don’t realize we even have dominion over ourselves…our lives, bodies and spirits. We just believe, like an atheist somehow, that things just happen randomly to us and we must tolerate and muddle through! How do people, even Chrisitians, come to a place where they are inadvertantly and literally taking the stance of atheistic thoughts and perceptions?

I don’t have the answer to that, but I am blessed that my eyes have been opened.

I visited my beloved 87 year old grandmother on Father’s Day, because I was in her neck of the pines. My aunt and a neighbor were over and everyone was glad to see me. During our conversation about how good I looked it came up that I developed this condition at the same age as my grandmother did. For her she ended up at 45 in a wheelchair battling heart issues for the next 42 years and counting.

Ironically, as I told them that no I was not going to keep the family inheritance of CHF because my inheritance was God’s Family Inheritance, I remembered, again, that I had told a very dear friend the opposite of what the martyred women of my family adhere to.

I said to my friend that I would not, that I adamantly refused to sit down in a chair, at 45, and stop living my life!

I stand firm on that declaration today! 

So there you have it. Our lives change from moment to moment, and if we do it correctly it changes from Glory to Glory.

God meant for us to live a Life More Abundant, and that is my intent, my goal. I know that I know that this time next year I will be healthy and at the beach with that friend who I made my declaration to, taking pictures of her surfing at 43 years of age!

My friend told me once of an incredibly spiritual experience God had gifted her with as she sat floating on her surf board on the Atlantic Ocean. She said it had begun to rain and the rain drops hitting the placid glass surface of the ocean was music and her heart just began to sing out in Praise!

I believe those special times with God, where He gives us a glimpse of His heaven, come when we are being diligent in our obedience to Him and seeking His face and His Kingdom. I look forward to those moments with God. The ones that are just for me, the ones that when explained lack that majesty that exsisted in that moment!

I would like to encourage those of you who want to change your mind and life to get ahold of the book Working with The Law~11 Truth Principles for Successful Living by Raymond Holliwell. It will change your way of thinking and change your life..all pun intended! I got my at a very affordable price and in excellent condition by purchasing it used from www.amazon.com. Gotta love Amazon.com, they have everything!

Blessings and Be Well my Loves!   †


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No Weapon Formed…what was that diagnosis???


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♥ Hi there! It’s been a month since I last posted! Sorry about that! There is a good, well particially good reason.

In my quest for health I got ill.

You see, when you pray for God to search you and your heart is right, he does. If He sees that you are ready to move on a change that is necessary he then honors your request. I must have been ready.

On June 1st., I attended our Ladies Bible Study. I almost did not go due to fear, no panic. I had been having increasing difficulty breathing and being in my upstairs rooms and bathrooms worsened it. We don’t have airconditioning in our home, so the 2nd floor is naturally more hot and humid, especially when showering.

I had often battled the fear that I would one day not be able to shower because of the breathing issues. Well, I am here to tell you that fear, even unspoken, will manifest itself! I was taking a shower to prepare for bible study and I got to a point when I could no longer breath adequately. I quickly rinsed off and got out and put on my robe…I called to my son, who did not hear me, and I became more frightened.

Very frightened and angry that this was occuring I began to cry and pray to calm myself. It took awhile. I dressed and returned downstairs. I called my trusty “won’t let me off the hook” friend and told her what was happening, in tears of course. I was waffling on going to bible study. However, I knew that if I gave in and stayed home that would be a dire mistake. I just knew that I knew that that particular decision was a milestone. So I called JR, and she offered to pick me up.

Bible study was positive and uplifting, as it always is. I shared with the group, briefly, what had happened when prayer request time came around and I asked for prayer. The ladies made their views clear and I promised to call my physician in the morning. I had been avoiding this for a very long time because I have no health insurance! Prayer time came and went and we went home.

My husband was aware of the situation because he was actually my first phone call. Being that he does not “believe” in doctors he does not push me to see one if I don’t pursue it. However, he does not block me either, so he told me to keep my promise and call the doc. I wanted to see him, because of the no insurance thing, but knew there was a possibility he would tell me to go to the ER.

The next morning, after a night of laying my hands on and praying that my body line up with the word of God, I felt better, much better. I kept my promise though. Just as I thought the doc told me to go to the ER, because the symptoms I described could be heart, lung or kidney related and I would have to have tests that were expensive and the ER was the best route, unfortunately. So I went.

Here is why I’ve been gone for so long…

I was admitted to the hospital for…get this!…Hypertensive Heart Disease and Congestive Heart Failure with Pneumonia! Quite the mouth full. Now remember how frightened I was in the shower??? While I was not happy with the diagnosis, I was also not frightened by it! So I was either in a state of grace or the peace of God, or both.

I’m starting to believe they are the same place!  🙂

I was in the hospital for the better part of  5 days, and on light activity for 2 weeks. Multiple medications and frustration left me not allowed to drive for 2 weeks. I was required to weigh myself each morning, at the same time, with the instructions to return to the hospital if I gain 2 pounds in one day or 5 pounds in a week. I also am to watch my fluid intake…no more than a liter a day. Oh! And NO salt, ehhhh!  Daunting and worrisome, I was happy to be home.

Each day I have lost a pound, of water weight, of course. With only a few days where I was faced with a bit of gain, however not outside of the rules. I had my 7 day follow up with my regular doc, who agrees with the instructions. With a few notes. On very hot and humid days fluid intake is necessary, so I am to be watchful but drink when thirsty. And to call Deborah Heart and Lung Center for my Cardiac follow up, as they are ability to pay! No bills.

The two weeks were long and I have had bouts of depression. Mostly due to the limitations. I have fought it with prayer, but I didn’t do any writing, blogging or any of my usual productive things. I love to write and take pictures…didn’t feel like it. I have been tired, asleep and emotional. It is frustrating at the least.

The one thing I have not forsaken was Church. Even sitting, in the beginning, the Praise and Worship and the Word have fed my spirit. As many of my readers know my church is changing Pastors and location. These things are firming up and I am excited about the newness and the forward movement! We are going to the next level as a church, while my Spiritual Parents step out into the new ministries God has for them.

I’m doing well. Soon, I look forward to the prize of being myself again, just a bit less salty. Oh and thinner! Did I say I’ve lost 30 pounds in about a month. People do not try this at home with out medical assistance! Of course it’s water weight, but hey, here’s hoping that my obesity is connected and as much weight as possible be removed by these means! : D

I’d like to leave you with a few scripture I have been using and have prayed before and during this. In fact a devotional from             Proverbs 31 Ministries I recieved on June 14th, while I was in a bout of depression I might add, confirmed that this diagnosis of mine and the medical treatment plan were due to the prayer I had been praying for months, for God to remove anything within my body that was not working for or fruitful for the Kingdom of God! ** JUST A SHOUT OUT HERE TO MY FATHER GOD FOR HIS FAITHFULNESS TO ME!!! ALL THE GLORY IS HIS!**

The prayer I had been, and still am, praying for months prior to this health issue was very similiar to the scripture in the devotional highlighted above.

“Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 (Amplified)

I had spent many a prayer time asking God to remove the wicked or hurtful things in me…who knew, like the lady in the devotional it would be such a dire diagnosis?

Praying scripture is infallible! Just as the Word itself tells us God’s Word is infallible.

“But you are a shield around me O LORD; You bestow glory on me and lift up my head.” Psalm 3:3

David cried out to God to be his shield. That is good enough for me! God is ultimately the one who lifts our heads up away from our current circumstances. When we cry out, God answers.

Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God…then call on Me when you are in trouble; I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” Psalm 50:14-15

There is great value, importance and powerfulness in our praise and worship to God.  Our praises are powerful enough to neutralize all of the adversary’s forces. Because…

“God inhabits the praises of His people.” Psalm 22:3

Are you seeking God’s presence in your crisis, as I did? Take it from me the fastest response and entrance into the presence of God is praise. Verbal, outloud declarations of His positive and faithful presence in your life!

Praise is seeking the Kingdom of God…Prayer is seeking the Kingdom of God…and afterward all these things will be given to you!

Blessings Love and Be Well!  ♥