This past year has been a whirlwind, bridging year. God has made me stronger, not physically but spiritually. I was called out to feed my soul of what i once craved through Him as a young child. It is fundamental tenet of my life that trust in Jesus Christ Changes absolutely everything, and here's why...
We can pray with our eyes shut. We can pray with them open. We can pray anywhere, in any direction or position and at any time. The main thing is to pray. Some of you may feel as though God only hears your prayers more in a church sanctuary. However, God is not in a place of worship any more than He is in any other place. God is omnipresent, which means that He is present everywhere. Although, there is no question that when God’s people gather together for worship and prayer, He manifests His presence in a special way. Having said that, God hears you anywhere.
As some of you have read a few months back that I've been battling with some serious health issues, I wanted to shine some light on how God provided. The reason for this post is to show how much of my faith in Him has glorified my overall well being. To clarify, I'm not here to do is gain glory from my victim-hood.
Have you ever needed a miracle? One where only God could provide? Sometimes it is difficult not to be tied up in worrying daily about something that's holding you back when only you should be praying. Take my advice, pray without worry. Pray relentlessly. Give it to God, give ALL of your troubles to Him. Undoubtedly, He provides. With my most recent issue of health and healing, I did just that. I Prayed every time I stressed of the idea of Healing, funding for surgery, etc --- I stopped and prayed.
To be honest, once I gave all my cares to Him and said in every single prayer that, "I know this is in your hands, thank you Lord for taking care of me." It became easier and easier not to be worried about those obstacles that I needed to overcome. It also felt better than saying, "heal me or take me, Lord," because for awhile that's how bad I felt.
Every. Single. Day. multiple times a day,"I know this is in your hands, thank you Lord for taking care of me," or some variation quite similar.
Here is a small glimpse of how the Lord provided through my eyes at this time.
I had breast implants that were making me very sick over time and the only way to get them out and to heal properly takes an aggressive process called enbloc with full capsulectomy. It's a procedure that is roughly eight thousand dollars that I did not have. Nor did i have the time to raise the funds for the sake of my health. My health had gotten so bad where my daily wheezing would begin and end in choke-coughing fits-- losing in a full on body convulsion. This is where it lead me praying, "heal me or take me, Lord," and worrying like i just previously mentioned.
You see, worry never leads to anything good. It causes stress and anxiety which is like an emotional hate crime on your body. As tough as it may get, learn to pray relentlessly and leave the worrying to God.
After I finally did, and believed without a doubt that the Lord has got this, no matter what the disappointment arose, he provided.
After booking my consultation with my surgeon, I was told that my surgery must be paid in full two weeks prior to surgery with a minimum of a thousand dollars to book the surgery. During my appointment, they penciled me for surgery in knowing the severity of it without a deposit. I walked out thanking God continuously. He is ever so providing.
Two weeks prior to surgery [when due in full] miraculously, He again provided. [It was actually one week and six days prior but who's counting?] I reached out to my surgeon's office to see if we needed to reschedule my surgery, [as I didn't have the money] and they said, "no, we are still set for your original surgery date and to pay when you can." WOW. Again, praying everyday, I thought God indeed has answered my prayers.
The Friday prior to my surgery I receive a sweet little reminder that funds are to be paid in full prior to surgery and they won't accept payment the day before. Obviously to my impression from hearing, 'pay when you can,' I thought i could have surgery and pay when i could. Like installments for example. I almost bursted out in more tears but I remembered what had got me this far. Praying relentlessly to God. Left my stress & worries at the door and prayed like i was slaying dragons in the Hobbit.
What did God do, He provided.
Within minutes of the office closing, [the day before surgery] we were able to have all seven thousand, nine hundred dollars into the hands of my surgeon. How? God answering all my prayers.
Surgery was the next morning with loved ones in tow, more prayers than you would ever know. Was I nervous? no. I was more excited than anything. Excited for the moment of when my health & life would turn around.
The surgery went extremely well. Light nausea immediately following but the vast amount of vitality i gained within moments succeeding surgery has baffled us all. My wheezing & labored breathing came to a halt plus many other severe symptoms.[like pre-surgery inflammation subsiding.]
Although knowing that my implants were the primary cause of the deterioration of my health ---and that proper removal of them would turn my life around; I pay all of the progress to God. Who knew that I wouldn't need pain medicine? Or the fact that my drains were removed at day six? ----Both miracles, in my opinion. Miracles? or shall we say the power of prayer!
As I mentioned, and true, It is fundamental tenet of my life that trust in Jesus Christ Changes absolutely everything. I'm immensely grateful for how much He has provided. I'm overly blessed by those who He has graced me with in the amount of support and love. As I continue to heal, I grow stronger in sharing Faith, His Gifts, Grace. He is my undying reason.
He provided, He provides. Pray relentlessly, no matter where you are or how you feel. Cast your troubles to him. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6 -- “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17