Hey guys! It’s been several months since my first life and health update (click here to read), so I figure it’s about time for some news…good news, at that! Keep scrolling for more. :)
I realize many people are facing life-threatening illnesses and by the grace of God, that’s not where I find myself. Perspective is key, and I’m constantly putting my circumstances into perspective. I have so much to be thankful for! Nevertheless, this has been a long and hard season in every way, especially physically, emotionally and financially.
It’s now been a 10-month journey and though I’m not fighting for my life, I am fighting for the quality of my life. It’s been a real battle for me—body, soul and spirit. I want to pass the test and learn everything God has for me to learn!
When we go through challenging seasons, the enemy would love for us to feel as though God is punishing us, or abandoning us…but the truth is, even though God doesn’t cause sickness or suffering, He will use difficulty for His glory to bring about His plans and purpose in our lives (Genesis 50:20, Romans 5:3-5, Romans 8:28). Even Jesus Himself learned obedience through the things He suffered (Hebrews 5:8). God is in control of this time and this season. It doesn’t look like what I would’ve wanted, but I truly believe that someday I’ll look back and see that this pitstop will have changed the trajectory of my life. Like I said in my last post, I believe what appears to be a setback in the natural is actually God pulling me back to launch me forward.
That’s all easy to say when the season is over, but I’m still walking it out. I’ve experienced many moments of feeling restless, frustrated, disappointed and lonely. But more recently my heart has turned toward deeper contentment, surrender and thankfulness. It’s a deliberate choice I make every day.
I believe that I turned a corner this past week. Like I said, I’m still walking it out, but this is the first time in my journey that I’ve seen significant improvement! I wouldn’t want to miss an opportunity to praise God for what He’s doing, so it’s important to share with you in faith that I’m just going to continue getting better and better! I’m believing this is the beginning of the end of this trying season, in Jesus’ name.
These 10 months have changed me. I’ve been learning how to strengthen myself more in the Lord…how to be more compassionate to the needs of others…how to trust more in the goodness of God even when the path isn’t clear…so many lessons I hope to share more about soon.
I feel as though I’m embarking on a brand new life in every way, shape and form—health, relationships, resources, church, work—it’s a clean slate. I couldn’t be more excited and expectant for what’s ahead!
Thanks so much for following my journey! Your love, support, encouragement and continued prayers mean everything to me! ❤