christmas-treesSo, the picture has nothing to do with illness, but I love Christmas and lights! This was my desktop background!

Colossians 1:17 (ESV):

17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

I love Colossians 1:17. It’s one of my favorite verses in the Bible. I’m reminded that His ways are higher than my ways, His thoughts higher than my thoughts, and His understanding so much greater than mine (Isaiah 55:8-9)! I’m comforted by these verses, because even though many times I can’t see, God is working for His greatest glory in my life.

We are in a season of illness. Last Wednesday, Brad had to have a heart catherization. Praise God, we are so thankful there was no blockage. Considering he was told he had mild/moderate blockage in the same area 10+ years ago, we are so grateful.

As you know, Joni has been extremely ill with IC or Painful Bladder Syndrome. We are thanking God that she is beginning to feel better and that the FDA #1 drug for treatment was approved by insurance.

Almost two weeks ago, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Here’s a link from the Mayo Clinic if you are interested: Fibromyglia

I am very grateful for the rheumatologist who provided the diagnosis. Although no one wants to have Fibromyalgia, I am so thankful that I finally have answers after years of searching. Some things I’ve learned or am learning through being sick and not feeling well most days over the last 10+ years:

  • I can pray more. I am especially more thoughtful to pray for others who are ill.
  • Rest is needed, and I am still learning how to relax and rest.
  • Compassion is needed, and I am learning to be more compassionate and understanding.
  • No matter how bad I feel, there is always someone else worse off than me.
  • Medical staff and personnel are awesome! I am so grateful for Christians in the medical profession. They shine out as lights in the darkness!
  • I am not in control! I can however, work on balancing my time in terms of ministry, family time, church, with rest. Please pray for me, as I now cannot do all that I thought I could. I need wisdom for how to best serve the Lord for His glory.
  • Where I am weak, others are strong. I just have to ask for help!
  • Brad, my handsome and wonderful husband, is the best soulmate ever! His love and compassion overwhelms me!
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