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How to Find Healing In a Sick World

Yesterday was one of the those days where I just couldn’t win. No matter what I did, I could barely get out of bed. Walking was difficult and concentrating took all of the energy I had. My body refused to cooperate with my mind, but I still pressed on.

This is my life with POTS right now. I say “right now” because I believe God’s healing power is at work in me. But I can’t deny the reality that although my body is healthy, it doesn’t work the way it should.

Isn’t it strange how when you’re sick, the feeling leaks into all areas of your life? Work and school become difficult. Your mood tanks, and you stop feeling like yourself.

Unfortunately, there is an illness affecting all people around the world that can hurt our lives far more than any physical ailment.

The Sickness

The crown has fallen from our head; woe to us, for we have sinned! For this our heart has become sick, for these things our eyes have grown dim, (Lamentations 5:16-17 ESV

Sin. It’s the word no one wants to talk about–except for the sweaty preachers yelling about it from the pulpit. But when you really stop and think about it, sin is the cause of the major ills of society.

Wars, mass shootings, racism, dishonest companies–and more. We all see it in the news. It’s obvious we, as human beings, have a problem.

We’ve become so consumed by greed, lust, and hatred, that we don’t even see the wickedness taking root in our hearts.

The Cure

I know I just painted a gloomy picture in your mind, but there is hope in the midst of all this pain. There is a cure for sin, and His name is Jesus.

If we call on the name of Jesus, the Son of God, and honestly turn our hearts away from sin, we will be forgiven and restored!

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 NIV)

God takes us in His loving arms and places us on the right path again. He helps us see our sickness and restores us to spiritual health.

Sometimes we get so lost in our sin that we can’t even remember what it feels like to be healthy and alive spiritually. But there is healing in Christ, and all we have to do is ask for it and believe.

The Healing 

Although God frees us from sin and condemnation with His grace, we’re not perfect in this life and we still live in a world scarred by sin. Even though as a believer we are made new, we still suffer from temptations, mental health issues, and physical pain and sickness.

How do we experience healing when we live in a spiritually sick world?

When I was at church last Sunday, I found myself unable to stand during worship. The dizziness was pulling me down and I felt too weak to fight it. I’m only 23 years old, and I could have easily let this make me feel bitter and depressed (and I’ll admit that sometimes it does).

But while we were singing about victory in Christ, I couldn’t help but smile as God whispered these words into my heart.

Praise brings healing

I can still praise from here. 

When depression, anxiety, bad news, or sin makes you feel trapped, remember that nothing can rob you of your praise! The devil wants to take you to your knees and make you believe that you have lost.

But you haven’t lost, lovely one. You can still praise. No matter where you’re at–whether on top of a mountain or crumpled on the floor–you can still pour out your heart to God.

The key to healing spiritually is not found in your own strength. It can only be revealed when you pour out your praise, and in return, let the love of Jesus fill your heart.

But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. (Psalm 71:14 NKJV)

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I also want to give a shout out to Owen Wolf for giving me the inspiration to write this post. You are so encouraging!

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Moments

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Sometimes in the moments

Of a quietly darkened night,

I wonder what there is to be  thankful for.

All the hurt, the lies, and the fear of this world

Make me doubt for anything more.

But then  You find me–

Ripening my soul with the sweetest touch.

It’s the sunlight that comes through the dusty window,

Or the feeling of the crisp winter air at my face.

Because I know that every minute can be spent

Wasted in my weary mind,

Or they can be used to paint the world with Your vivid colors.

Every laughter and cry

Is a gift that must be cherished,

Because they mean that life happened here.

Even in weakness there is beauty–

Just as a feather alone falls from grace,

With You it joins and takes perfect flight.

Though a heart may shatter

It can be made new.

Though someone may take it and leave it full of cracks,

You can fill them with Your love.

I take a minute and close my eyes–

Hearing Your whisper in the wind.

You give me breath when

I have nothing left to spare,

And You give me life when all my will is gone.

Every song is a prayer to heaven,

Reaching  up to You in the moments

Of this quietly darkened night.

–Written by Emily S. at fearfullywonderfullyme.com

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Home

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What can I do

To make You happy?

What can I give

To make You smile?

Sometimes it’s hard to grasp

That it’s not about me.

What a sweet revelation–

To know it’s all on You Jesus!

It’s all what You’ve done

It’s all what You gave.

Everything I do,

All of my offerings–

Lord they are my gratitude.

Because You are joy

With an everlasting grin.

And You are love

With arms wide open.

In Your grace

I am free.

And in Your love

I am home.

–Written by Emily @ fearfullywonderfullyme.com.

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Crazy Little Thing Called Grace

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I’ll admit it, sometimes being a Christian can feel like being in a circus act. We must say the right things, do the right things, and think the right thoughts. Oh, and let’s not forget that joyful attitude we’re always supposed to have.

This isn’t how it should be. And you know what? This is one of the major things wrong with modern-day “Christianity.” It’s the religion that preaches mercy for others while letting you beat up on yourself. This isn’t Christianity at all! So what happened?

It’s simple–we forgot about grace. The crazy little thing about grace is that it cannot be earned; it can only be received. Grace is God’s greatest gift to us.

Although we (hopefully) nod our heads and agree that we should extend this grace to our stumbling brothers and sisters, what about ourselves? I’m a perfectionist by nature, and I also struggle with anxiety. Although most of the time I am merciful toward others, I have a hard time forgiving myself.

I, like a lot of people, place a lot of undue pressure on myself. I expect perfection and to be just like Jesus, only to forget that He is the only perfect thing in me. I forget that I’m allowed (and expected) to screw up. I forget that I have an Advocate in heaven who is quick to forgive me and lift me up when I stumble.

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world (1 John 2:1-2 NKJV).

I forget how far I’ve come in my walk with Jesus. One thing is for certain, this obsessive anxiety with being so good and perfect is not helping me in the least. In fact, it’s turning myself inward so much that I forget about God and the needs of the people He has placed in my life. This is exactly what the devil wants.

And you know what? I’m not going to let this perfectionism and anxiety get me down. I’m going to rest in the grace of the Most High God, and I’m going to forgive myself for beating myself up. It’s time to let go and enjoy life. It’s time to be led by the Holy Spirit completely, instead of expecting to get the job done myself. It’s time to abide in the peace and joy of God’s love.

 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV).

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You've Won

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You’ve won me over

With a tidal wave of  love;

And I can’t help but sing.

The walls are pressing in and

The pressure is stifling.

But You are there–

The calm in the storm.

Tell me You love me as

You hold me tight.

And I’ll tell you I’m sorry

For all the things I said,

And all the ways I didn’t measure up.

I need to know Your beauty;

I crave Your majesty.

All day long I hunger,

Searching for You in the middle

Of my mess.

Pull back the dark curtains

From my eyes.

Dig up my buried heart,

So it can breathe in Your grace again.

Lord I know You are here,

Beckoning me to come closer.

Please have Your way

In this sweet surrender.

Please have Your way–

You’ve won me over.

–Written by Emily @ fearfullywonderfullyme.com. Please feel free to comment and share. All I ask is that you link back to my blog. Thanks for reading!

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