Today is the anniversary of the day my life changed forever. A day when I began the greatest battle of my life to conquer a genetic auto-immune disorder. 8 years ago on 1-6-2012 I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. It has been a very long and painful road of suffering, but I choose to give God praise and rejoice today! There is breath in my lungs and I am alive and that is a precious gift I will never take for granted again!
Many of you may remember my 7 year anniversary post last year. It did not go well. Even though I was over a lot of the anger regarding the disease at that time, I was still hurting and it came out badly in that post. The first few years of the disease I suffered torturous pain and anguish, and I was wrestling God over many things regarding the suffering and my faith. I ended up deleting that post and it was a wake up call to finally let the anger go and give it to God. I can say with great joy that the Lord has healed my heart from that anger and given me peace. 2019 ended up being a tremendous year of ministry and growth in the Lord, and I am excited to see how the Lord moves in power in 2020!
I started blogging on August 10th, 2018. Five days later on the 15th, I wrote a post about the suffering I went through and the anger I had dealt with. There were only a few people reading my blog back then. If you are suffering and dealing with anger, please read my post Wrestling God. I pray it is a blessing and encouragement to you! I know what it’s like to suffer and shake my fist at God and I also know what it’s like for Him to heal and comfort my heart with His love!
If you would like to learn more about Celiac Disease, please read my post:
I still have rough days where I am in pain, but I am thankful for the healing the Lord has given me so far. Thank you all for praying for me! It can take up to 10 years for someone with Celiac to heal from the damage to the small intestine and gut, and even then the doctors say the patches of dead villi will never heal. I know God can do all things and nothing is impossible for Him, so I continue to pray for healing. God can do miracles in our lives whenever He wants to! He can cast out demons like He did for me and my family in 1996, He can send angels to help you like he did for me in 1998, and He can put you back in your body and give you His breath of life back by the power of the Holy Spirit like He did for me after I stopped breathing on 4-28-2012! Absolutely nothing is impossible for God! Nothing is too hard for Him!
My published testimony on Amazon:
This disease almost killed me and I am only alive today because of Jesus Christ! It is by my faith in Him that I am alive, and live, and have my being! It is His Name I cried out to as my breath was leaving my lungs! It is through a miracle of the Holy Spirit by the power of God that I live and breathe today! Amen!
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
I know God has a purpose for the thorn. He has never left me and I want to testify to the world how loving and faithful the Lord has been to me! After 8 years of suffering, I can say with a full heart that God’s grace is truly sufficient! Through all the physical pain, through all the emotional anguish and anxiety from the pain and job loss, through all the financial struggles the disease caused and through all the worry about the future, His grace has been sufficient! It is His love and strength that has sustained me through this great trial and I trust Him to see me through to the end!
“I will sing of the LORD’s great love
with my mouth I will make your
faithfulness known through all
I will declare that your love stands firm
that you established your faithfulness
in heaven itself.”
I was up before the sun as usual today praying over my family for the day ahead. I also prayed about Celiac and asked Him to heal me as I have every day since being diagnosed. When I opened my Bible afterwards, I had turned to the Book of Matthew and my eyes focused on this verse:
“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
I just smiled and gave the Lord praise as I said, “Amen Lord!” That is how the Lord speaks to us and encourages us through His Word and it is awesome! Don’t ever give up hope! God can do the impossible!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”
When you believe in Jesus, His love and faithfulness surrounds you! He will never leave you and nothing can separate you from Him. No matter what comes against us and no matter how bad the pain, we will stand victorious over our trials because His grace is sufficient. 8 years of suffering has proven that to me! His great comfort and love has sustained me through the worst years of my life and in His mercy He let me live!
“But what can I say?
He has spoken to me, and he himself
has done this.
I will walk humbly all my years
because of this anguish of my soul.
Lord, by such things men live;
and my spirit finds life in them too.
You restored me to health
and let me live.
Surely it was for my benefit
that I suffered such anguish.
In your love you kept me
from the pit of destruction;
you have put all my sins
behind your back.”
The Lord has a purpose in the pain and we can trust Him. His power within us by the Holy Spirit is greater than our weakness! Thank You Lord for rescuing me and letting me live! Thank You for loving me and helping me! Thank You that You can do all things! May Your will be done Lord Jesus!
Grace and peace to you all!