Light in the Darkness
July 29, 2020
It feels a little strange to be doing my first post in months, in the midst of all that is going on in the world. I'm a bit at a loss as to what to say about all of it, except that my heart is with all of it. With all people who are hurting, the world that is hurting, all of it. I have been on my knees (praying) quite a lot these days.
Where My Peace Comes From I've had my moments of anxiety, for sure, during this time. But honestly, most of the time I am at peace. The ONLY reason for that, is Jesus. Yes, I'm just coming out and saying it. It's OK if I lose some of you because I went there. This is not a time for me to keep what's in my heart to myself. When you find peace, you want to share it with everyone! I've been through some dark times. Do my dark times compare to those dark times of others? No. My dark times are my reality, and I don't pretend that means I understand others' realities. The only way I can understand others is to ask and listen. When I lost my health, not too many years ago, my faith in God was hanging by a thread. I was holding on to my "rapidly fraying rope", for dear life, feeling like if I let go, I would meet my certain demise. I prayed, but didn't believe my prayers would really be answered. I felt I had to do it on my own, because of my disbelief that I would actually receive God's help. It is not an exaggeration to say that if things didn't change, I would be facing a lifetime in a wheelchair, or worse. It was in a "pit". There was darkness all around, and it was overwhelming me. Keep in mind, the pit was not actually to do with my physical health. It was my spirit that was in the pit. God brought certain people into my life at a very poignant time, and these people helped me out of the pit. Some of those people are on this email list (you know who you are)! I read some specific passages from Scripture, and they spoke to me very differently than before. I realized I was at the end of myself; the end of my ability to go any further on my own. I had to give it over, to relinquish. So, I let go of the rope and gave my whole self to God. I decided to trust Him. And, I didn't fall! I was caught, and not only that, I was redeemed. You are Worthy I was then, and now continue to be, completely overwhelmed by my worthiness in God. He cared enough about me to reach down and help. I had always believed in God, always believed in my Savior, Jesus. But somewhere inside of me, deep down, I had questioned my actual worth. Friends, let me tell you: If I am worthy, then surely you are worthy. So, that's my message to you. YOU are worthy. Worthy of giving love, worthy of being loved. Worthy of peace in your life, worthy of healing. It is in Jesus that we find that peace and worthiness.
The Light Shines in the Darkness
I don't have all the answers. I don't have it all right. There is much, much more that I need to learn. But, I do know this: "The light shines in the darkness... and the darkness can never extinguish it." John 1:5 I'll cling to that, and I'll be at peace in that. And when I'm anxious, I'll look to the Light. Oh Yeah, the Health Stuff! I don't have anything additional to share about gut health, natural health, nutrition, or detoxification today. What I will say is, our family has found freedom in using what God put on the earth to support our health. It is a learning curve. It takes time and patience, but there are great resources that are literally at the click of a button or a turn of a page. These gifts of the Earth are not meant to replace a doctor, or to replace the health care system in general. They also do not replace good nutrition; they are meant to be a part of an overall healthy lifestyle. But, with those pieces of the puzzle in place, these tools sure are empowering. I share them, because I want others to find the freedom that we have found, if they are seeking it.
This post is focused on the spiritual freedom I have found, because, truly, that piece HAD to be in place before any diet, supplement, or approach could ever help me. I wish you the same spiritual freedom and healing!