Archive | January, 2014

Welcome 2014… What do you have in store for me?

22 Jan

Well it’s 2014… has been for a few weeks now… but I’m just getting back into the swing of life after holidays, so please forgive me for my late entry.

How was your 2013? I’m assuming that for you, like me it would have had its highs and lows. I had some good highs and I have a lot to be thankful for just some of which includes:

  • running my first half marathon
  • competing in my first triathlon
  • finishing my nursing degree (and successfully gaining employment)
  • celebrating 13 years of marriage
  • welcoming a niece and a nephew into the family – they’re gorgeous and I’m not biased

Then of course there are the lows… and there were a few of them… the call from my little brother to say he had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease of course being the most significant.

So now I wonder about 2014… what highs will it bring… and what about the lows? What does 2014 have in store for me? What new things will I learn in 2014?

I’m not the type to make a New Year’s Resolution… I don’t even stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve most of the time… But this year I’m theming my year. I’m joining my family in claiming, in faith, 2014 will be the year of healing and restoration.

Healing – literally meaning to make whole and Restoration – the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition.

I think that’s a pretty good way to theme a year. After all, who doesn’t want to be healed and restored?

So how’s the year started for us…

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Hungry mosquitoes devour my face

  • On January 1st I woke to find my face was swollen, one eye closed shut and the other almost so, one ear was swollen and almost dumbo like… all the result of some hungry mosquitoes in Delhi that could only access my face…
  • On January 2nd cramps and gastro symptoms… continuing intermittently for days
  • By January 6th I had a head cold that lasted through until the 18th January…
  • January 11th saw me add to my cold and decide to try salmonella food poisoning
  • January 12th saw Dave following suit with a more serious bout of salmonella poisoning which necessitated IV fluids and medication… this knocked us around until about the 17th January
  • January 18th saw my Dad come off his bike after a tyre blow out and badly dislocate his shoulder…
  • I’m sorry… what was our year going to be??

So literally from day 1, after having claimed the year of healing and restoration I was immediately experiencing the exact opposite! Initially I stood firm – regularly thanking God for the healing he was doing in our lives. As I hit January 13th, and after almost two weeks of one thing after another, my resolve cracked a little… “Seriously God… have you really got this?” I wrote in my journal. My food poisoning had eased, but Dave’s situation was getting worse and I was growing quite concerned that he would become seriously dehydrated. I was in another country and while I know exactly what I would have done in Brisbane, Indonesia was a different story entirely! As Dave suggested we pray my very holy reaction was “I’ve been praying all day and it’s not making the slightest bit of difference”… however pray we did. The words of James 1:2-4 were far from true that day…count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. The perfect and complete bit at the end sounded good but the tears I shed would suggest that my joy and faith in this trial were lacking, and therefore my steadfastness absent. My faith took a hit.

The next morning, with things not improving, I decided to take Dave to a little hospital like facility for some additional medical attention. While Dave was getting IV fluids and sleeping I had 5 hours of sitting on the chair waiting… with nothing concrete to occupy my time (I didn’t plan that very well). I chose to pray – I needed to realign myself to God and his promises. I had to take my eyes off our situation and refocus them on God. Will I ever learn??? The verse I consistently thought of at that time was 2 Corinthians 1:20 – For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. So as I rededicated our year of healing and restoration to God in the little hospital room in Bali (only 14 days into the year…) I focus on these promises as in Christ they are “YES” and I therefore say “Amen, Let it be so”

  • Psalm 103: 2-5: Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your sins and heals ALL your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (2014: Healing and Restoration)
  • Matthew 4:23: Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing EVERY disease and sickness among the people (2014: Healing and Restoration)

I’m thankful that God not only knows me by name, but knows my body intricately and knows what I need more than I do. I’m thankful that he has not only the capacity to heal, but the desire to heal. I’m thankful that his healing is not selective to individuals or diseases, but that he can heal all/every disease. I’m thankful that his timing is always perfect. Therefore I not only claim this healing for myself, but also for my other family members that need healing… specifically at this time, my two brothers, my Dad, my sister-in-law, my nephews…

So 2014 will be the year of healing and restoration – watch this space! My family has been consistently praying and praising and we are seeing medical improvements that are leaving the Doctors perplexed and diagnoses questioned. Lord, make me steadfast, loyal and unshakeable as I learn through these trials to continue to be faithful and joyful. God is able.

Ephesians 3:20-21: Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all the generations forever and ever. Amen.

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I carry this card with me (thanks family) – I can’t tell you how many times I read it on holidays!

 

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