Happy Friday, Team!
Do I have to say it? Is the year flying by? Here we are already in March. I don’t know about you, but I am glad it is March because this month concludes winter, and one day soon, we will wake up to spring.
The first quarter of this year has been brutal. I have gotten a notification about someone dealing with an illness almost weekly. My daily prayers have focused on asking God to heal and restore the health of friends and family from the East Coast to the West.
This Friday’s message isn’t intended to be a bummer. But, as I write, God knows I cannot help but think of those suffering and feel discouraged. Today’s message is about faith, hope, and miracles. You see, I was in the same place back in 2011. I was sick and near death, or so that’s what some thought. I was scared and acknowledged my fear to my husband and God. As a “so-called” woman of faith, I remember my faith being tested repeatedly. At one point, I asked God, “Am I going to die?” I remember hearing the awful words of my prognosis and breaking down, feeling helpless. Yet, I am more than ten years later, fully healed, healthy, and grateful.
During my illness, I continued to pray and read my Bible, trying to hold on to faith. One day I would be okay; the next, I would be a total wreck. While waiting, I would fall into the trap of questioning. The beautiful thing about reading God’s word is you can be led to scriptures of hope and encouragement. The one scripture I remember saying to myself aloud is Isaiah 118:17, “I will not die, but I will live and proclaim what the LORD has done.” To this very day, I pray that scripture over my prayer list for those with severe illnesses. I am a living testimony that we should never lose hope. Just because someone says your situation is dire, doesn’t mean it is. Never forget God has the last word on everything. Period. Final. End of story.
So today, I pray for those who are facing difficult news. Don’t give up; keep praying, and keep believing. Trust that God has the final say even in the most challenging situations because He does.