Hello everyone and God bless you all! I am really soaking up the sun and enjoying summer with the fam! It’s going to be 81 degrees today! I’m sitting on the porch right now typing this on my laptop and the kids are riding their bikes. I wanted to tell you about a conversation I had yesterday with the stylist who cuts my hair. It’s cool when God opens up doors to speak about my faith in Him!
I have been going to this stylist for years and she is great. My wife and kids go to her to. Her Mom has Celiac too, so we have always had a lot to talk about. She knows we believe in Jesus and we have talked to her about our church too. She also knows how terribly I suffered as she witnessed it firsthand with the drastic weight loss I had. We have had many conversations and she has always been caring and understanding about Celiac. She is not a believer (yet), but she has always been respectful of our faith too.
As we started talking while she began to cut my hair, she asked me about the food I have to eat. We talked a little bit about it and then she asked, “Don’t you get sick of it? How do you stand it?!” I let her know that I definitely get sick of eating the same thing all the time and that sometimes I feel like a prisoner in my own body, but then I said, “I rely on my faith in God.” I told her I cry out to Him and I give Him my frustration about it too. She was just quiet and nodded respectfully. After that, we just kept on talking like we always do.
That was it. No big sermon or 2,000 word Bible study like here on my blog. Just a simple acknowledgement that my strength comes from God alone and that is how I am able to endure this disease. I hope and pray that the joy and encouragement the Lord gives me to keep a good attitude is a witness in itself because it is only through the Lord that I have any joy or encouragement at all. I pray our stylist comes to know Jesus and I pray that all the conversations we have had will somehow help her make that decision. It is the most important decision a person can make regarding their eternal soul!
The Apostle Peter encourages us to always be prepared to talk about our faith in Jesus. At any moment someone may ask us to bear witness, so be prayed up and ready wherever you are and whatever you are doing.
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
1 Peter 3:15
I only have hope today in spite of Celiac disease because of Jesus! His Holy Spirit inside of me is what gives me the hope, joy, and encouragement to press on! Jesus is the reason for the hope that I have, period! If I did not have Jesus, I would have died from this disease at age 33 on April 28th, 2012! He gave me my breath back and let me live and I am forever grateful!
May the Lord use us and the gifts He gave us as He sees fit and may His will be done in all things! Jesus is Lord and He is coming back soon! May He give us the strength to stand up for Him at all times!
Grace and peace to you all!