Friday, March 28, 2014

Dear Lyme Warrior



Dear LymeWarrior,

So you just found out you have Lyme Disease?  I've talked to a lot of you lately....<3  My heart aches and cries every single time I hear your story.  The years of being undiagnosed...the constant debilitating physical pain...the deep emotional pain from friends & family not understanding this "invisible illness."...having so much LIFE inside of you but not being able to show it because of how sick you are.  I'm so sorry.  This isn't what God meant for you to go through when He created this world.  He DIDN'T create sickness or disease...He created a PERFECT world.  But then Satan came...and sin came....and with sin came darkness, death and sickness.  NO, you're not less spiritual because you're sick and NO, you're faith isn't weaker because you haven't been healed instantly. (And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him." ~John 9:2-3)  It's okay to cry....<3  It's okay to hurt...<3  It's okay...<3 It's OKAY to NOT be content being sick!  I know what people have told you.....they did it with the BEST of intentions because they LOVE you.  They want to see you happy again and not in pain...they want to see you better and to encourage you.  Sometimes they don't know what to say...it's okay. It's OKAY if people don't understand.  They don't have too.   But this...THIS is what I want you to know.  You're a soldier now...whether you like it or not.  Keep your chin up! The FIGHT has ALREADY been WON!!! On the cross....on the tree....years ago!  JESUS DIED....HE DIED TO FREE YOU from your sickness.  HE DIED TO BREAK the debt of sin and sickness and darkness.  He died to shatter what Satan did.  He DIED so that what Satan meant for EVIL in YOUR LIFE will turn INTO GOOD in your life!  (The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. ~ 1 John 3:8, "Who forgives ALL your iniquity, who heals ALL your diseases." ~Psalms 103:3) I know it's hard to see, Sweetheart....I know. <3  I know how dark and lonely and long the road looks ahead and how difficult it is to take each step forward when your body and heart are hurting like never before. ("My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." ~Psalms 73:26)
  I know how hard it is to BELIEVE HIS HEALING promises through tear stained eyes.  I KNOW how hard it is to keep PRAYING HIS HEALING promises when the physical weakness has already kept you in bed for months on end....and for some of you...even years. But Precious One.....don't give up the fight.  There IS HOPE.  There IS a LIGHT at the end of the tunnel! And listen....YOU ARE GOING TO GET BETTER. Okay?  It isn't always going to be like this.  Yes....treatment is going to be ROUGH....VERY ROUGH.  You're going to get sicker before you get better.  You might have to see several Doctors before you find one who can help you.... You might have to try several different kinds of treatment methods before you find the one that works for you.  But don't give up.  JESUS is holding your hand....He's got this.  Yes...it's going to be hard....yes, you're probably going to cry and yes, it will be hard to keep pushing through day after day after day....BUT GOD. <3 BUT GOD WILL BE WITH YOU.  He PROMISED NEVER TO LEAVE YOU OR FORSAKE YOU. <3  ("Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” ~Deuteronomy 31:6)
Yes...the days will be hard.....but I promise you...I PROMISE YOU the TREASURES in the darkness that JESUS is going to TEACH you will be OUT OF THIS WORLD AMAZING. <3 The DEPTH Of HIS love that you will FEEL as He is holding your hand when you don't want to be on that hospital bed anymore will be the truest, dearest, DEEPEST LOVE you've ever felt.  The STARS that ONLY shine in the darkness will SHINE in your heart.  STAY in HIS WORD. (I will never forget your precepts: for WITH THEM Thou hast QUICKENED me." ~Psalms 119:93) Whether that means having a friend or family member read it to you....listening to it on cd or the internet...that's your strength, Dear Heart!  THAT'S what's going to get you through the hard days....JESUS.  HOPE.  and HIS HEALING....that starts with the heart.  <3  And then...one day...you're going to be ALL better.  Jesus is going to RESTORE EVERYTHING back to you ("...but they that SEEK the LORD shall not want ANY good thing." ~Psalms 34:10, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." ~ John 8:36, "Now thanks be to God, which ALWAYS causeth us to TRIUMPH in Christ." ~ 2 Corinthians 2:14)....how He chooses to do that...that's only for HIM to know....and for you to excitingly find out each and every day.  He could choose to heal you instantly....or He could choose for you to walk through several years of treatment. ( "O Lord my God, I CRIED unto Thee, and THOU HAST HEALED ME."~ Psalms 30:2)  Either way Precious One, He truly does know best.  <3  He CHOSE you....not because He wanted you to go through such intense suffering....but because He wants HIS GLORY displayed IN and THROUGH you. <3 Don't give up.  Wipe those tears from your pretty eyes....Your Prince and YOUR HEALER is here.  He's right beside your bed. He sees your suffering....and He's got the most amazing plan for YOUR life that includes HEALING EVERY SINGLE TIME. <3  How do I know this?  Because that's what it says in His Word...His letter to you.  ("Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord DELIVERETH HIM out of them ALL." ~Psalms 34:19, "...and with His stripes we ARE HEALED." ~Isaiah 53:5,  "And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them."~Matthew 15:30)

So my friend, what is it going to be like fighting Lyme Disease?  I'm not going to lie....it's going to be HARD....but Jesus is going to SEE YOU THROUGH safely to the other side. <3  And you're going to find the most beautiful treasures along the way that you never would've found otherwise. Remember how pearls and diamonds are found and formed?  Through pain....and that's what you are!  A jewel of GREAT PRICE being fashioned and molded and formed into something more beautiful than you could ever dream. ("So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ." ~ 1 Peter 1:7 )

<3 Jesus LOVES YOU. HE really truly, TRULY does. <3 You reap what you sow....every day make the choice to sow HEALING into your life, choose to study all the healing verses in the Bible, choose to meditate on them and believe them even when you don't FEEL like it and  through fighting Lyme physically and spiritually....the harvest of HEALING WILL come. <3 "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." ~Galatians 6:9

I love you and so does Jesus! <3

Love,
A friend who understands


2 comments:

  1. What a beautiful, encouraging post, Monica...thank you so much, dear girl! You are an amazing fighter, and God is writing a beautiful story with your life. Thank you so much for your heart to minister to and bless others, and even in the midst of your pain and suffering, reaching out to help your fellow "soldiers". I was really glad to read your update the other day, as I've been thinking of you a lot, and wondering how things were going. I'm praying for you; hang in there, and know how much you are loved!

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    1. Love you SO much, Abby! Thanks for your encouragement and prayers! <3

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