I’ve been struggling with itchy skin this past week and it’s amazing what it’s brought me…closer to my daughter, closer to God, heartfelt time in the Word and a new found hope, trust and power in Christ.
I don’t want to boggle you with the health details, but I can tell you I have been putting off changing my diet and instead using medication to relieve chronic hives and swelling for years now. I just wanted things to look good and be tolerable and feel good without getting to the root of the problem, which I’m in the process of doing and it may take some major time!
BUT I insert a big ole’ BUT here… I have an incredible hope, desire and power! This is how I came upon it and why this is so worth pushing and pressing through.
I started taking Holy Communion in my home approximately two weeks ago as a challenge from my friends from Restored Ministries. I grew up Catholic so once my gals set the challenge I delved into some personal research as to why, how, and when should I be taking Communion. I went straight to scripture and then did some online research. I visited LifeWay, purchased a helpful book and supplies and began! Of course God’s timing is perfect because I had been feeling a strong desire to talk to my daughter, Sophia, about Communion as she is around the age that you receive Holy Communion through the Catholic Church. So, I taught her from the Bible about the meaning and purpose of Communion, and she began taking Communion during quiet time in her room.
Fast forward a week and one of my ministry partners and I shared a teaching and video on Communion at a brunch. It was amazing, and we shared Communion together as a small group. During that particular prayer time, I saw a vision of myself being surrounded by strong wind and debris flying all around me. My hair was flying all around me and my hands were out, but I was untouched and unharmed. It was chaos. Then, I started using my hands to calm the wind and it was working. I was speaking to it and standing strong. I opened my eyes and looked around to everyone sitting peacefully and praying. I was like, holy cow, that wind was strong and I thought it might blow me off the couch. It was the coolest thing, and I don’t normally experience that much clarity in visions while I pray.
Well, later that week is when the health stuff blew up. It started with having to be taken off my antihistamine for a full week to get skin testing. I also had to complete blood work. Holy cow! I had forgotten how bad my hives could really be without taking a pill or more everyday! I started a steroid but it just wasn’t enough. I can’t even tell you how bad the itching was…so unbearable. I cried and cried which I’m sure was only making it worse. I took oatmeal baths. I had to stop feeling bad and start doing something different. I had already been gathering information on starting an Autoimmune Paleo Diet or the Whole30, but I had been praying over the last few weeks for my “want to.” Well, I got it! More like “have to, you-better, are-you-nuts-it’s-time!”
By Sunday night, I was finding relief with the dosages of steroid I guess building in my system. I dug into God’ Word and he spoke so clearly to me. It was amazing! He had my full attention. He knows I will need him as I embark on trying to make some major changes on my eating habits.
I’m ready though. He’s told me I can trust Him. He’s assured me that His power lives in me. He lives in you,too!
“With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 MSG
He also reminded me of one of the most powerful ways to push through and in turn help others.
“I will praise the LORD at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the LORD; let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the LORD’s greatness; let us exalt his name together. I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; he saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the LORD is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him. Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Fear the LORD, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the LORD will lack no good thing. (Psalms 34:1-10 NLT)
A friend sent me this line in a text,
“giving your whole heart to God like pieces of a puzzle…so indistinguishable but God is putting your heart together piece by yielded piece and then He creates the whole masterpiece!!! Just remember you can TRUST Him!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”.
I am choosing to leave it all in His capable hands. Piece by yielded piece.
~ Stephanie Wanic
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