Grace For Healing
God wants you well
the story of ruth

I’m sure you’re familiar with the story of the tortoise and the hare? The tortoise puts one foot in front of the other and does his best. He doesn’t complain about the unfairness of the race or compare himself to his competitor.

He is so unlikely to win against a hare yet his perseverance and attitude win him the race. 

The most unqualified becomes the winner. 

Do you ever feel at a disadvantage due to your disability or health condition? Maybe you’re questioning God’s plan, especially if you’ve been ill for many years. 
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choose life

Many years ago, when my body was so riddled with pain that even getting dressed or showered seemed to take all day (and on some days, not at all).

I was in a constant place of defeat and lack because I didn’t understand how to receive the gift of grace.

The Bible tells us to choose life, I didn’t know how to; the horror of my situation seemed greater than the power of God’s grace. 

Are you the same? Are you so overcome by the symptoms in your body, you’re in a constant state of struggle?
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The movie Soul Surfer tells the true story of 13 year old professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, whose arm was bitten off by a shark.

It looked as though she would never surf again and certainly not be able to partake in professional competitions. Bethany refused to allow her situation hinder her.

She pushed pass the stares and the disbelief of others when she relearnt to surf with just one arm. Bethany kept on training, believing she was well able to win professional competitions once again.

She continued moving forwards towards her goal. What an amazing and inspirational woman of God.
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You and I are asked to live by faith but how is this even possible when you’ve been ill for many many years? How can we continue to believe in the midst of pain and suffering?

Jim Collins’ book ‘Good to Great’ tells of something called the Stockdale paradox. 

Admiral Jim Stockdale was in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He was shot down and held captive for 8 years in the Hanoi Hilton, the infamous POW prison where he was tortured over 20 times. 

In a public interview after his release he was asked why he survived and others didn’t. 
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sacrifice of praise

The leper in who approached Jesus in Matt 8, fell on his knees and chose to worship Jesus, he offered the sacrifice of praise.

When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean. Matt 8:1-2

 Despite the extremeness of his suffering, he still humbled himself and praised God. Wow! That’s powerful!
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The Tree of Life speaks of Jesus; the more we take from this tree, we increase our capacity to receive healing. Unfortunately it’s so easy to end up taking from the tree of knowledge of good and evil instead.

Healing is right the way through the Bible, beginning in the garden of Eden. I hope today’s insights will give revelation and cause you to ponder on any areas which may be keeping you stuck.

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double for your trouble

When I was around 6 years old, I split my chin open. Whilst I don’t remember this much, I do remember mum taking me to the toyshop afterwards. She wanted to give me double for my trouble.

In fact, every time I had to get the wound redressed by the nurse in the weeks that followed, we came home via the toyshop.

My mum, like most parents, wanted to bless me generously to make up for the pain the injury had caused.

Our Father in Heaven wants to make up for all our trouble here on earth. He promises that there will be a benefit and that we’ll be better off as a result of the trouble.

Isn’t it interesting that I genuinely have little memory of the accident but plenty of memories about the toyshop!

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There are times when I am filled with terror and horror, it’s the only way I can describe it. Breathing becomes heavy and deliberate and my heart races yet the sensations in my chest or abdomen are so dense I can barely move.

Does this sound familiar?

Experts call this the dorsal shut down state of Freeze. Polyvagal expert Deb Dana says ‘we cannot think our way to safety’ It’s an embodied experience and can’t be healed cognitively.

Thankfully the power of the Word of God is spiritual, “piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow…” 

To bring me back down to that place of peace, I’ve learned to see Jesus as my Good Shepherd. Have you ever wondered why healing the the Shepherd appear together in Scripture?
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loss and grief

Loss and grief have to be the most painful experiences I have ever had; you know that deep hole you feel when someone or something so incredibly priceless is missing from life?

Thankfully as Christians, there is a beautiful and comforting benefit in store for us whenever we feel we’ve been robbed. 

For me, coping with illness was only part of the problem. Underneath the physical was the torment of going through life alone with no family, the loss of career, finances, holidays, ability to walk and even sit…I felt like loss was my cruel companion.

The life that was once ahead of me no longer existed. 

Today I wanted to share with you, the one thing that has kept me going throughout all these years of pain: God’s promises of double restoration
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If you’ve been chronically ill for a long time, you may be asking yourself “Where is God?……Has he forgotten me?”  I remember asking myself these same questions. Watching everyone else live whilst my life had ‘stopped’.

Praying and believing for breakthrough which just didn’t come…the months turned into years. Was God answering everyone else’s prayers? Why was He silent?

The waiting caused as much hurt and confusion as the illness itself. Where was my healing?

I imagine you may be feeling similar? Do you feel as though you’re spectating life, watching everyone else live the abundant life whilst you’re struggling trying to survive as best you can.

Maybe you also feeling robbed of the joy and pleasures you thought you’d experience. Have you ever cried “Where is God?” because God seems silent.

In this post I wanted to share with you why your healing is taking a long time to manifest…and it’s all good.
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