Many of you here follow me on Facebook and know all of my updates and what has been going on in my life in the last year, but then there’s a few of you that don’t .. so, I’ll just share a little bit on what I have been doing the last year!
Here it goes ….
First things first, my health! Wow … where do I begin? It’s crazy who much can change, healthwise, in just one year. As you all know, I stopped all herbals for Lyme and co’s back in April of 2015. My health was up and down all last year, which was really frustrating because I wanted to get back into treatment but I just didn’t know what route to take. Herbals helped my health overall, but there wasn’t a significant change in my health, and of course, there was no way I was going to go back on antibiotics because of all my gut issues antibiotics caused. So, I prayed. I prayed hard and asked God for guidance on where to go from here and what direction I should take with my health. Months passed, and still, herbals didn’t feel like the right fit for me. February 2016, I noticed a decline in my health; extreme exhaustion, I could sleep anywhere if I put my head down, and this was unusual for me considering I am a very light sleeper. I also experienced weight loss, nausea, decreased appetite and stomach aches. All these symptoms felt too familiar, I knew one of the co-infections was wreaking havoc in my body, again. I shared some of my health concerns with one of my best friends, who also has Lyme, and she suggested I see her homeopathy practitioner that does Field Control Therapy (if you want to know more about FCT just click on Field Control Therapy). My dear friend had been convincing me the last few years to go see her but I always blew it off thinking it would’t work. However, this time I decided to give it a shot and see what it was all about.
I absolutely fell in love with the practitioner! She’s a believer, as well, smart, fun, laid back, compassionate, caring, and a former Lymie herself. I mean we just clicked right off the bat and we could have talked for hours, if it were possible! The testing she did on me (the video link explains how the testing works) showed Ehrlichia and a bunch of other stuff that was going on in my body at that time. She made some homeopathy remedies for me, I went home and did them for 30 hours as I avoided all EMF’s (the video explains all this, as well). That week, I felt a difference in my health; my exhaustion was pretty much gone, appetite back, stomach ache gone, energy back, and nausea completely gone! I mean, it was pretty remarkable. I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve been doing FCT since February and Praise God I am doing remarkably well … the best I’ve felt in 5 years!! It’s the only treatment that has done a significant change in my health .. it’s been a gift from the Lord!
I got baptized 8/28/16 .. it was one of those days I will never forget. I should add, I got baptized in 2009, as well, but it was sprinkling over the head. Although I was baptized in 2009, I didn’t fully surrender my life to Christ until about 5 years ago. When I gave my life to Him, Jesus did a complete transformation in my life; He healed and changed my heart, my thoughts changed, the words that came out of my mouth changed, my desires changed, my motives changed, my priorities changed, I mean it was a complete and total transformation! Also, reading and studying the Bible more opened my eyes to what the actual meaning of Baptism is. Ever since, I’ve felt a tug on my heart to get baptized through water immersion. After the baptism service, my husband and I went home, had lunch and hung out the rest of the afternoon. The rainy foggy day turned into a warm sunny day mid afternoon, so I decided to go for a walk. I remember feeling different that afternoon …. I still don’t know how to explain it, but something in me felt different. As I walked, I felt a strong nudge to run and I thought to myself “what the heck! I am going to go for it” and so I did. I went for a very short run last year and felt awful within 10 minutes of running, I felt flu-like for a week and a half because of that 5 min minute run. This time felt different. I had strength like I haven’t had in the last 5 years, my legs felt stronger, my balance felt better .. it totally blew my mind!! And I didn’t feel sick at all afterwards.
I believe in my heart there’s some healing that manifested in my body through my baptism in August. My practitioner for FCT told me to wait at least 6 months to see any significant results with my health. August would have been my 6 month mark, but I find it so odd the day I got baptized was the day I felt a major shift in my health. Maybe it’s a combo of both? who knows! But hallelujah and praise Jesus for the healing! I am not a 100% better yet, but I’ve come a long ways … I’d say I’m at a 85%. That’s a pretty significant increase from how awful I felt in February. I have way more better days than bad days. I’ve been running pretty consistently since, which brings me so much joy because that’s one of the things I loved to do before I became ill. I am able to work over 80 hours every few weeks, if need be. I am able to do way more with my life than I have in the last 5 years. Don’t get me wrong, I still get tired and a little dizzy if I over do it and I still have some symptoms that are too stubborn to go away, but overall I am doing much better! And let me tell you, I don’t take it for granted for one second!!!
Lyme friends, I remember people telling me back when I was really ill to hang in there and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. To be honest, I didn’t believe them for a second, and I laughed (or cried, I should say) it off. I thought to myself, there’s absolutely no way these debilitating 50+ symptoms will ever go away. I was so wrong, because they do. So I am here to tell you, sweet friend, to hang in there and that there’s truly a light at the end of the tunnel. God is SO much bigger than Lyme, babesia, Bart, ehrlichia, and the rest of the pesky bacterias. He made you, He structured your body so intricately and beautifully, He knows what belongs and doesn’t belong in your body. Trust Him and lean on His strength and power always!! You will get there, I promise you!
In the last few years I have felt a stirring inside of me to do more for God and His kingdom, I just didn’t know what. Having the physical limitations I had frustrated me to no end because I had such a strong desire to do more. Almost like a bench warmer (by the way, I do not watch football at all. I don’t understand it, so I am not sure why I am using this analogy and hopefully I am using it correctly hahah but I am going with what the Spirit just showed me) that has been sitting on the side lines for every game, so eager, anxious and praying fervently “please pick me, please pick me” hoping to hear his name being called by his coach to join in on the game. Obviously, the coach wants him to play, he wouldn’t be part of the team if he didn’t, but the coach wanted to wait for the right game and the right time to call that player in. The coach knows when that football player is ready to play and when his skills will be needed. Looking back now, I can see why God waited … His timing is impeccable!
I’ve always enjoyed Bible studies and still do. They are so great for learning God’s word, growing in ones faith and fellowship with other believers, but like I mentioned above, there was was this deep stirring inside of me that longed for more. I remember leaving Bible studies some nights tearing up .. yes tearing up! It had nothing to do with the women I had fellowship with, they were/are some of the best women I’ve ever and will ever meet .. I love them so deeply. I teared up because after reading and studying the Bible I wanted to go out there and do what the Bible said we should do. My soul longed and was so desperate for what the Spirit inside of me longed for, and that was to discipleship. I won’t get into all the details now, since it is too long to mention it all on this post, but maybe I will share more in details some other time. But God has been so good in that he opened some doors for me to disciple. As soon as I started sharing the gospel with stragners I knew this is what the Spirit had been stirring in my heart all along. But, friends, isn’t that what we are all supposed to be doing? God’s desire for all of us, yes all of us, to share the light of Christ and gospel message with everyone around us (Mark 16:15). You bet we will face rejection, you bet we will face difficulties and opposition. But God (golly, I love the “but God”) in all His goodness and glory will fill us with joy and the Holy Spirits power as we obey and honor His word. I need to remind myself daily that salvation is not about me, It’s about sharing the redemptive work of Christ on the cross, and who Christ is, and the gospel message to all nations. You guys, I weep at the thought of people here in America and in other countries that don’t know who Jesus is. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done here on this earth for God’s kingdom!
Another thing the Lord has laid so heavily on my heart in the last few years is my testimony. If you look at my menu bar on my blog you’ll notice an empty testimony page. I will tell you why it is empty- I sat down at the beginning of the year to write it out because a few people have asked if I could write it out and have it visible on my blog for others to read, but for some odd reason I couldn’t get a single word out onto the page. Bizarre, I thought, since I’ve written it out a few other times in the past on other faith based blogs. I left it alone, thinking I had writers block that day, and figured I would try again the next day. Well, same thing happened the next day, and the day after and so forth. It hit me a few days later that God has been wanting me to share my full testimony. I’ve always been truthful about my testimony, but I’ve definitely omitted a few things, and I know not everything needs to be shared publicly, but for some reason within the last few years God has made it so clear to me to bring the ugly and the bad out into the light. It’s really hard being vulnerable and sharing a part of you from the past that has brought a lot of pain and sadness throughout the years, but I’ve learned that Jesus not only delights in us when we share our stories with others but that He wants us to share our stories, whether we want to or not, because our stories of brokeness, pain, and hardship and defeating them in Jesus are meant to be shared as a testimony of His sweet faithfulness, love and mighty power. This is proof that our awesome God can take what the enemy meant for harm and use it for good. God never wastes our pain …. only we do that. He has a purpose for all the struggles and pain we’ve gone through.
With that being said, finally, my full testimony will be shared on here at some point. I am praying for the right time!
Blessings to you on this beautiful fall day 🙂