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Praise is a Privilege

Yesterday we just got back from our vacation to Hilton Head. Sandy beaches, new places to explore, good food and entertainment. Sounds great, right? Well, it really wasn’t. It was so bad, that we came back a day early. Our children behaved like monsters and made everything difficult for us. When we finally got unpacked and settled in a little bit, I posted on Facebook that I’m not sharing my pictures of vacation because they all felt like lies. There were a lot of cute pictures, but they only tell a very small portion of the story. Our vacation was mostly frustrating and full of stress.

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Pic of our crazy crew on the last night of our vacation.

 

Today, church was all about praise being our privilege and believe me, it was perfect timing! I don’t understand why our trip had to be cut short, but I’m glad we made it back for this message. My pastor said that thanksgiving will break off of you what the devil has put on you. This past week, the devil put a lot on us and I already regret being so upset and allowing Satan to steal my joy, because that’s what it all boils down to. Our 10 year old’s biggest issue while on vacation, was complaining. If one little thing didn’t go his way, he was sure to let us know that he was unhappy. He’s been doing that a lot lately, not just on vacation. So, today after church when he started complaining in the car on our way to eat, I asked him to tell me something he is thankful for. He told me he was thankful for his friends. Now every time he complains, he’s going to have to give me something new that he’s thankful for. You see, this doesn’t just work in our lives, but it’s great for our kids as well.

Pastor also said that you only gain access (to the spiritual realm) through thanksgiving. So today I choose to share some of my testimony with you, instead of continuing to cry over the way things have gone this past week. I’m ready for a breakthrough. How about you?

You may not think that my story is anything spectacular, but who knows. It may help someone to have the faith that they need to get their breakthrough too. My testimony is a privilege for me to share with you! I’m so excited for what He has done for me.

Right now, I have it on my heart to share with you how God has healed me. He’s healed me many times, but the biggest thing that comes to mind is how He healed me of endometriosis. I have a few friends who are currently suffering with this horrible disease. I know the pain that comes with it, both physically and mentally. It changes your life. In case you don’t know, endometriosis happens when the lining of your uterus grows on the outside of your uterus. It can affect many different organs including your bowels, ovaries, your bladder, and more.

When I was just 16 years old, I had already had multiple surgeries on my ovaries for cysts that wouldn’t go away on their own. This particular surgery, I had gone in for another ovary surgery, but when I woke up, I was told that they had found stage 3 endometriosis. Stage 4 is the worst. The stages all depends on where it has invaded. When the surgeons found mine, it was everywhere except for my fallopian tubes (which would’ve made it stage 4 and extremely difficult to get pregnant). So, here I was at just 16 years old, faced with this horrible news. I had always wanted children, so I was absolutely devastated.

I had several more surgeries since turning 16. They opened up my stomach from one side to the other (2 times) to burn off all of the endometriosis. I’ve also had both ovaries reconstructed.

By God’s amazing Grace, I had my first son when I was 20 years old. My relationship with my son’s father is another story/testimony, but the short story is that we didn’t get married and I was a single mom for 6 years. God blessed me with an amazing man and I prayed that we would be able to have kids together. By the time my husband and I decided to have a child together, it took almost a year to get pregnant. That was a very scary time for me. Sometimes I wondered if the endometriosis had gotten worse. Before and after trying to have a baby, I was on medication that was a form of birth control. I had been on it for years to help keep the endometriosis away.

At some point after my 2nd son was born, a prophet came to our church and called me and my husband out to prophesy over us. What he spoke was amazing, but what happened when he was finished speaking, was even more awesome. He told me that there’s something going on in my stomach area and as a sign that what he has told me is true, before I even get up from my chair, God would heal me.

I knew that he was talking about the endometriosis. I had been having pain that very morning because of it. I know without a doubt that God healed me that day. I also felt in my spirit that God wanted me to get off of the medication, but I didn’t really listen because it was just more convenient for me to be on it. And to be honest, a part of me was scared that I would still have pain and problems if I were to stop taking it. Oh, and I was actually terrified to get pregnant again because of my 2nd son’s birth story (another testimony).

God had to work on my heart for several more years. Yes, years! It took having a scare with my blood pressure, to convince me that maybe these pills aren’t the best thing for me. I’m happy to share with you that I’ve been medication free for 8 months and I’ve had ZERO pain! I won’t go into other details, but I will say that the things that I had feared, didn’t happen. I am healed and I know that Jesus did that for me! I also believe that He can do the same for you, whether it’s endometriosis or any other form of healing that you need. When you’ve prayed and prayed and it doesn’t seem like He hears you or wants to set you free, I promise that He is right there with you and He loves you more than anyone else is even capable of loving you. Maybe it’s time to focus more on praising Him, than searching for your answers. He’ll give you everything you need, you just have to be in a position to receive it, and that starts with praise and thanksgiving. 

Be blessed my friends!

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