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Monday, July 10, 2017

God is Faithful!

Most people hit their prime in their 20's and 30's. They take life by the horns, have lots of energy, do lots of fun things, and enjoy it to the full.

I never thought I'd get to experience a "prime" of my life. In my 20's and 30's, I was sick and dying. I suffered from a neuromuscular disease called Myasthenia Gravis, a connective tissue disease called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, inflammatory arthritis, severe fibromyalgia, and cancer. I was a hot mess to say the least. My diseases progressed and I was steadily declining. I was in a wheelchair often, could not swallow normal food, could not sit up for very long, in severe pain, and had heart issues and difficulty breathing. I was out of treatment options after plasmapheresis and IVIG failed and caused deathly reactions. I could not take any pain medication as I also suffered autonomic nervous system dysfunction and my body reacted negatively to them. In fact, my body rejected everything the doctors tried and they lost hope.

But, God had different plans and I was delivered from most of those illnesses by His hand alone in 2014! I no longer suffer from Myasthenia Gravis, fibromyalgia, or cancer. I do still have symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and inflammatory arthritis, but the pain is managed by eating a vegetarian diet.

So being almost 42 yrs old (Oct), I find myself in the prime of my life! One that I never thought would happen! This is the best I have ever felt since my 20's! God is faithful and has restored the years the locusts have eaten.

I have been able to do wonderful things like go on mission trips, vacations, hike, canoe, and even just walk 2 miles in the evening if I please! I am extremely blessed! Those things would have landed me in the hospital for a month in the past as the doctors would try to bring me back from a myasthenic crisis.

"Normal" life is such a gift. One that I am very thankful for and do not take for granted. If you are living a "normal" life and it seems mundane, rejoice in the mundane! Some people hope and pray for such a life! 💗

Stephanie

Here are some pics of me living my life in my PRIME 😊






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Thursday, May 11, 2017

What Does Victory Look Like?


We have the choice to walk in victory and not in defeat no matter our situation, whether we experience symptoms of sickness or not. We live in a fallen world and we are not immune to trials and tribulations such as sickness, disease or pain. There are times when we can rebuke and stand against such things and they flee, but there will be times when they will not. Our victory comes when we trust in Him anyhow, keep our eyes on Him, and don’t give satan a foothold or inroad into our life. Paul, to me, was a great example of this. He was beaten, shipwrecked, stoned, was weak, harassed by a demon, and more. Yet, through all that, he had the victory. He kept his eyes on Christ, praised Him in prison, continued to spread the gospel, and kept fighting the enemy. God promises us we will be delivered. That means we have to be put in situations that require deliverance. We are not immune! We may see our deliverance here on Earth several times over in different situations. We may also see it by leaving this Earth. One way or another, we are promised deliverance. God is faithful! We must continue to trust NO MATTER WHAT.

Being a child of God, an heir with Christ, we already have the victory! But, please note, just as we have been forgiven of our sins, but continue to struggle with sin, we can still struggle with our health, even though that price has been paid, too. It comes down to trusting that He has taken care of both and then living for Him with our focus on Him and not our sin or the state of our health all the time. Of course we need to address each of these issues when they arise (asking forgiveness for our sins and turning away from it, and rebuking and standing against sickness when it arises). But, then it’s time to move forward in what He has for us. It’s really about the kingdom and our relationship with Christ. We don’t want our health to become an idol that takes over our life. Satan can use our authority over sickness and lack of manifestation to drive us mad and keep our eyes on self, causing us to investigate every little reason why something is not happening the way we think it should. The next thing you know, you are focusing on why it didn’t work and what’s wrong with you, instead of trusting that Jesus has it all in His hands. It becomes about what YOU did wrong instead of it being about Jesus, the reason any of it is possible. It is through His name alone we have any authority to speak to our mountain. Speak to your mountain, rebuke and stand firm against sickness and demonic harassment, then trust Him, praise Him, and rest in Him. And if you don’t see any results in the flesh, trust Him anyhow and go about the Father’s business. Because in the end, that’s all that really matters...



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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Strangled...

It happened. I didn't want it to. I thought I was stronger than that. But, looking back, I see that I let it happen.

For several months now I have not been feeling myself. I have been irritable, anxious, intolerant, angry, smug, and overwhelmed.

I gave satan a foothold. I gave him an inroad.

I am probably like many of you. Checking my Facebook every morning...you know, the "newspaper" we read first thing to see the latest happenings with our friends and family. Only it's not that anymore. It's become a cesspool of politics, anger, greed, self indulgence, how to fake your life for the world to see...so much is not even real anymore. It's exhausting trying to wade through it all to find some sort of truth, to find something real...Oh there is the occasional scripture I come across, but even then it is a photo of a scripture that is either taken out of context or from a translation that isn't even close to the real meaning.

But, I look anyway. Everyday. Several times a day.

And do you know what happened?

I changed. Every sad post, every lie, every heartbreaking scene, every "how to eat" post, every political post, etc seared it's way into my vulnerable empathetic brain...and festered.

I let the cares of this world choke out the Word of God. I did that by methodically opening Facebook and reading, looking, contemplating everything my eyes scrolled past. I began to allow every negative thing I saw grow until it began to change my attitude in a negative way. And how could it not?

The Word had become unfruitful. *cue brokenness*

Mark 4:19 says
"and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful."
I had strangled myself by choking the Word and allowing it to become unfruitful in my life. I have awakened to what is going on and enough is enough! I have to limit the vehicle that is delivering so much of the "cares of this world." I have to put a severe limit to Facebook. I will only be using it for my ministry, posting, and my homestead things. I will not be scrolling through my news feed anymore. I simply cannot. I apologize in advance for whatever I miss.

The Word MUST become fruitful again in my life. It is too important to me. He is too important to me. I cannot focus on the Kingdom if I am tangled in thorns. I will be strangled no longer! I encourage you if you have been strangled, to let go of the cares of this world and again let the Word become fruitful in your life. Be mindful of what your focus is on...





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