I make no secrets of the struggles I’ve had in my 38 years. I speak frankly to those who will hear it. I have had more health problems than most 80 year olds endure, but to look at me you’d never know it. Stress is my major contributor. I have an ileostomy (colostomy, but to a more severe degree) due to a battle with Ulcerative Colitis, and I’ve had it for going on 14 years now. (I won’t mention my other surgeries yet, it will come in time as it applies to my message to you)
Recently I’ve had a change in employment, our finances have been strained to say the very least, we’ve been plagued by false accusations of all kinds, we’ve been robbed of our possessions… and now my body is taking the inevitable toll in the wrong direction.
In my despair my faith has been strengthened. It would be very easy for me to turn around and say, “God, why have your turned your back on me? Haven’t I turned my life around for you?” But the truth is that God has provided a way to propel both myself and my husband to a greater destiny. Through all of this adversity I have found blessing beyond belief. Our families have united where we were once broken. My father has been saved by open heart surgery. My employer is understanding of my health issues and has given me time to recuperate. My husband has been provided with work, just enough to keep a roof over our heads and food in the pantry. Our garden is growing and we’re able to share with others. My prayers are being answered.
Once again, I’m living proof that God works through me and in all of us. For the first time I was able to inspire people around me to believe that better things are coming. I’ve always said, and sternly to my friends, “First you say it, then it happens.” Most of the time it was a warning… typically we would mention someone that we hadn’t seen in awhile and they would call within a day. That’s just a minor example. I’ve learned that we have to be careful with our words, both in written and spoken form. Our words have power. They can give us grace or condemn us to a life of misery.
My body is worn, but my Spirit is strong! I am living proof that you can use your words to inspire and that in turn you will be blessed. My body is tired, but I speak that I’m getting better each day. This infection WILL NOT get the best of me. I WILL heal and be stronger in my faith because of it. I AM a child of God and one of my many purposes in life is to touch you and bless you… that’s why you’re reading this right now. Remember, there are no coincidences, there’s only the road the God has paved for us. Trust in Him and give your worries to Him. It’s human nature to worry, to stress… but my lesson for today is that although my body might not feel like it, my soul knows that God has his hand on me and I am blessed for sharing my experiences with you.
I AM Blessed. You are blessed. Believe it and you’ll see major changes in your life in ways you never knew possible. That’s a promise.