Wednesday, April 23, 2014

t w e n t y - s e v e n + h e a l e d.

Happiest of Hump Days to you! 
Why am I so joyous?
Because today marks another year for me,
its my birthday! 

I am celebrating 27 years of life!
Oh, it has definitely been an adventure...
I've had my share of good times and hard times, bad boys (hence the shirt) and good guys, happy-fests and sad moments. But through it all God has kept me, and I am so thankful to see another year of life.

Yesterday, I ran across a pretty cool link-up, "Hello, my name is.." over at Kerrie's space, Life on a mission. The purpose of the link-up is to rid ourselves of the labels we get in today's world and replace them with who God says we are to Him.

Today the label I am tossing out is broken and I am reclaiming what God says I am. 
Hello, my name is healed. 

Can I tell you an amazing testimony? 
10 years ago my father almost lost his life. He was so close to death, it was so scary. He was a pretty big man at the time, weighing in at over 300lbs. Then, he started dropping weight suddenly. I remember, I was a junior in high school and one night after dinner I was talking to him and his words didn't make sense. The fact that he was talking about things that I couldn't understand, made me so scared. I told my mom and I could see the worry in her eyes. I remember going into my room and crying because I didn't understand what was going on with him. His mind was starting to leave him. But my dad has always been a man of faith in Jesus. He held onto God's word no matter what it looked like to us. We made him go to the hospital, and you would not believe what we were told... 

If you know anything about blood sugar, then you may know what a normal reading is. We were told a normal reading should stay under 200. My father had a blood glucose reading of 1400. Yes, you read right. The doctors were astonished that he was not in a coma or dead. His body even started to shut down. Through it all my father held on to his faith in God's word. He continued to quote, "I shall live and not die." (Ps 118:17) And a miracle happened, over the next few days they were able to lower his levels safely, his body started to began functioning normal, and my father survived death. It was a medical mystery. The doctors could not believe what had happened right before their eyes. It would have been 10 years that my father would have been dead, but my Jesus said not so.

The past 8 years I have been told that my body doesn't work properly. That it doesn't produce blood cells that it is supposed to produce, that the fatigue, aches, and pains, inflammation, blood tests, MRI's, scans, and medicine will always be apart of my identity. That Lupus is here to stay. 
But, again God says not so.

"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
 All we like sheep have gone astray;We have turned, every one, to his own way;And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all."

White - "I love bad boys tank" - H&M
Printed Pants - Len
Gold Bracelet - Thrifted
Black/Gold Bag - Thrifted
Black/tan sandals - I can't remember (bought these a few years ago)

I know that it is God's will for me to be healthy and whole. I praise the Lord and thank Him for healing all of me - the physical, spiritual, and mental parts of me. Only with Him, can I be whole!
The gift of life is so amazing and I am beyond excited to have another year that God has graced me to see. I am excited for what this new year and journey will encompass and know that by faith all things are possible!

Hope you have a great day!


  1. HAPPPPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) xx

  2. what a fantastic testimony and lovely for you to share on this your BIRTHDAY! happy birthday lovely lady!

    1. Thank you and thanks for reading Finley! :)

  3. Amen, Amen and Amen! Great evidence of God's power to preserve, heal and restore in you and your father's experience.

    Happy Birthday and May God bless you richly this year and beyond.

    1. He is so amazing! Thank you for birthday blessings :)

  4. Awww this is soo good and encouraging! I love your dad. We work downtown in the same building and I see him all the time. Have a wonderfully blessed birthday!

    1. He's so funny! Thanks for the birthday wishes :)

  5. wow, what a wonderful testimony! only God can do such things! and happy birthday to you.

  6. Happy birthday and may the blessings continue to pour upon you!!

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  8. Love those pants! Thanks for linking up and hope you have an amazing birthday!

  9. Happy birthday! There are truly mysteries in our world x

  10. Happy Belated Birthday girl!! Im loving your pants, I need a pair in my life lol
    Wow your dads story is amazing!! Our God is just so amazing!!
    Thank you Jesus for healing =]

    1. He is so wonderful! Thanks for your well wishes :)

  11. This testimony has truly spoke to me! My mother was diagnosed as a diabetic about 3 years ago now and I worry about it every day! I've had so many scary dreams about the situation, but God said not so! I'm carrying this with me and each time I get worried I'm going to repeat that over and over! Thank you for the words! Great article!

    Bryant -

  12. Happy birthday, love those funk pants! You look fabulous :) the story about your dad is intense, so glad it has a happy ending.

  13. Happy Birthday! What an amazing story, you bought tears to my eyes. A true miracle. Rachel xx

  14. Happy belated birthday! Can I just say that you are rocking those pants?!! Thanks for linking up with Tucker Up for WIWW!

  15. Your story is absolutely beautiful! You are most certainly an inspiration! Wow! Those pants are the cutest to btw!


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