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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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Strength in Weakness + Block Heels

Happy Friday lovely readers and followers! While this is still a fashion post, I also have something that the Lord has put on my heart to share with you. Some of you may have noticed that there was no Wednesday post, and I apologize for that.

My blood pressure has been going pretty low this week, and sometimes I struggle to stay awake. I know that God is faithful and will heal me in His time. I am believing in great things for myself, despite this temporary weakness.

Weakness. Our pride often gets in the way when we try to admit our weaknesses, doesn’t it? I think this can sometimes be worse for Christians. We want to have it “all together” and make sure we have great faith. As a result, sometimes we neglect our weaknesses to the point of delusion.

I don’t think that’s what God wants for us though. On the contrary, Paul found that in his weakness, Christ could be glorified the most.

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 NIV

Although I am fortunate compared to a lot of people, God has gotten me through some difficult circumstances. I find that when I get to that point where I am humbled and at the end of my own strength, that’s when God can really take over. That’s when the breakthroughs and miracles happen.

My question for you, lovely reader, is will you let Jesus be the strength of your life–even if it means having to humble yourself in weakness?

 

As you meditate on this question, I want to bring us back to the realm of fashion (one of my favorite places to explore). Do you remember block heels? If you’ve ever been a to a yard sale or thrift store in the last few years, you’ve probably seen these 90’s era heels lying around waiting to be purchased.

Well, the 90’s are making a comeback (yay!), and so are these versatile shoes. Of course, the updated version is more trendy. Open-toe shoes, bright colors, and lace-up details are a great way to rock the block *cue the cheesiness.* Block heels are also easier to wear because the wider heel offers more support.

Wear block heels with a light sundress for a breezy, island vibe. The girly feel of a sundress goes perfectly with the solid structure of a block heel.


Thanks for reading! I hope this post helps to deepen your walk with Jesus, as well as give you outfit inspiration.

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Dreamer of Oceans and Safaris

Happy Friday lovely readers and followers! Today is Day 16 of The 30 Day Blog Challenge.

Today’s Topic: Dream Travel Destination

I’ll admit that I’ve had limited travel experience in my life. The first time I left my home state was last year, when I flew to South Carolina. It was also my first plane ride, which has now sparked my addiction to flying.

I loved South Carolina, but since  I went for my brother’s wedding, I wasn’t able to go to the beach. We were near the mountains though, which were fascinating from the view of the plane!

I guess my dream travel destination would be Myrtle Beach. I’ve heard how beautiful the beaches and town are there, and I really want to see the ocean. I can only imagine how beautiful the crystal waters would look from a plane, and I’ve always wanted to experience the majesty of one of God’s finest creations (besides us!).

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I also want to go to Ireland. I’m Irish, so I feel like seeing the country where my ancestors are from would be amazing–especially with all of the beautiful architecture and greenery Ireland boasts. I also have a great, great, Grandma who immigrated from Germany, so I would like to visit that country as well.

Recently I have become obsessed with the show Safari Live on Nat Geo WILD. A team of awesome guides takes you on a live safari  in South Africa, and you don’t even have to leave your house! I love the beautiful leopards, lions, giraffes, and cool bugs and plants they show. Plus, since it’s all live you never know what will happen!

This show makes me want to visit South Africa and go on an actual safari. The only issue is that having POTS makes it extremely difficult to be out in the heat. Still, this dreamer is determined to work something out. In the meantime, I want to educate myself more on wild animals and nature in general. I’ve never been an “outdoorsy” girl, but this show is changing me!

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Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. (Psalm 96:11-12 NIV)


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Quote Challenge~Day 2 (James Dean)

Hello lovely readers and followers! It’s Day 2 of the Quote challenge–where I post my favorite quotes and nominate other bloggers for 3 days.

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Today’s quote is by the late Hollywood actor, James Dean. To be honest, I’ve never seen any of his movies. However, I always thought he was cute as a teen and still have a picture of him in my room with this quote!

When I first heard this quote, I loved how it encouraged me to dream impossible dreams. I am a dreamer at heart, and that’s probably why I love to write. But I want to be more than just a dreamer. I want to take my dreams and make them a reality.

Living as if you’ll die tomorrow is kind of a #yolo quote. When I was younger I thought it meant that I should be having fun, traveling the world, and doing crazy amazing things. While all of that is good and should be pursued to a degree, I’ve learned that there is so much more to living life to the fullest.

As someone who suffers from IBS and POTS, my life has roadblocks. Currently I can’t work  or drive, and that sucks. I am a full time student, youth leader, and blogger, but of course the perfectionist in me often won’t let that be enough.

I’m just so thankful that my God says it’s enough. There’s nothing I can do to make Him love me any more or less (Romans 8:38). The grace of Jesus Christ is enough to satisfy me even in my trials.

And you know what? My life is so full. Sure I might not be out traveling the world or partying like crazy, but I am making an impact for Christ. I am so blessed to be a youth leader and help students who inspire me everyday. I am so blessed to be able to write to you on this blog–pouring out my heart and giving encouragement.

I also have lots of family and friends who are always by my side, through good times and bad. I am having lots of fun with them this summer!

My point is this: Keep dreaming because that revives your soul. Always know that living a full life is more than what you can do, it’s about who you impact for good. If you want to live an awesome life, keep dreaming and seek God’s heart for others.

My Nominations for Day 2:
You are under no obligation to undertake this challenge, but it would be great fun if you do that.
Rules:
  1. 3 quotes, one a day or all 3 quotes on the same day.
  2. You have to nominate three bloggers to undertake this challenge for each quote posted.
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform your nominees.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for Day 3! As always, please feel free to comment and share 🙂 

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Knee High Inspo

If you’ve been keeping up with my blog posts, then last Friday you might have seen my post about POTS syndrome. This is what I’ve been diagnosed with, and it has answered why I get dizzy and faint.

Anyway, one of the treatments of POTS is to wear compression stockings…all day long. I was devastated when I found out this news (which seems so shallow lol). They improve circulation which is a huge deal, but they aren’t exactly fashionable (or great for summer).

Well right now I have some toe-less knee highs, and I will be getting a black pair and a grey polka-dot pair by the end of the month. At the bottom of this post I have provided links to websites that sell some stylish compression knee high stockings/socks for all of you beautiful ladies who need them.

I am determined to wear my stockings in style. I know that under my jeans is easy, but how about some inspiration for skirts and dresses?

*Note–The knee-highs in these collages are NOT compression stockings, but they are close enough to draw some fashion inspiration from.

Daisy Do

Daisy Do

Daisy Do by fearfullywonderfullyme featuring sweat shirts

Pretty and edgy–my favorite combination. I love the idea of knee highs peeking out of boots. This is more of a fall look with the boots and pullover, but hey, why not?

Good Vibes

Good Vibes by fearfullywonderfullyme featuring maurices

So I guess these denim button front skirts are trending right now. I dig the bohemian look, so I thought that this would be a cute outfit to put together. Plus the shirt is from Maurice’s, which is one of my favorite stores.

Love Your Socks

Love Your Socks

Athletic wear is everywhere, so why not compression socks? Again, I love the edgy-girly vibe that this look gives. It reminds me of a more polished version of 90’s grunge.

Here are the links of some sites with cool compression wear:

http://www.rejuvahealth.com/

http://vimvigr.com/

Thanks fore reading! Please feel free to comment and share 🙂

Love, Emily <3

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