For 3 years I have battled multiple autoimmune diseases. I had a DVT, a blood clot in a deep vein in my right thigh where since then it’s been discovered that I have Lupus, Raynauds, antiphospholipid syndrome, arthritis and the newest thing is fluid around my heart. I was admitted in the hospital where my entire life began to turn upside down and inside out. They soon discovered that I have antiphospholipid syndrome and Lupus, a life long condition where my blood clots and I have to be on blood thinners for the rest of my life. During that time I lost my job where I was our main income. Satan didn’t stop there, I began bleeding internally, I had a massive hiatal hernia where most of my stomach was sitting up in my chest. It lead to stomach surgery, weight loss surgery to be exact, this would be the only way they could fix the hernia and bleeding. I have a had many complications,a lot are rare conditions, last year alone I had 3 surgeries and multiple procedures. My stomach had come apart, I had a twisted bowel, internal hernia and something called afferent loop syndrome. I was told only 1 and 4 % get this…yes I had to be one of those. After all I am one of a kind. 🙂 In November, I had emergency surgery, but soon after I was released, I had hemorrhage and was admitted again. Since I haven’t been able to eat without pain in my stomach and at times it’s excruciating. After much prayer, and God’s lead, we seeked out a specialist in Jacksonville at the Mayo clinic that might be able to help and God answered us with a yes and we left quite encouraged that God would use someone that might be able to help me.
We stopped at a thrift store on our trip, one of the staff followed us and stopped me by my car and she asked, if we were traveling and when I said yes,” she asked if we were going to Mayo?” I then said, ” yes mam.” She asked why, I simply told her I had some health problems that we need specialists for, that I have some stomach problems. Then she surprised me…she asked, ” if we could go back in and get a group together to pray for me.” I have been taught to never turn down prayer, you don’t know who has the gift of healing. As we walked back, I wondered what David was thinking. He must think this is crazy and I have lost my mind. She went to the back of the store and brought 5 or 6 people and they gathered around me and I felt the presence of God right there in the middle of a thrift store. As we stood there at the front door, one of the staff said, God can turn bad situations into good you know. I found it kind of funny that I had just wrote a blog that morning that said exactly that. I told him, yes I really do believe that. I felt that God was speaking through every single one of that staff right then. The man asked God to encourage me to use my situation as a testimony and for me to be reminded that God does make bad things for his good, by the way Romans 8:28 says this:
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.
I told my husband that it felt as if I had angels standing around me, and God had lifted such a heavy burden off me that day, that I thought I had already given to God. I don’t know if they felt odd at all praying for a complete stranger who was just looking for a dress and ended up with a photo of a lighthouse instead but God was definitely speaking through them. He prayed exactly the prayer that I needed. I don’t look sick..she had no idea, even the guy that sold the photo to me said, “I had no idea anything was wrong”, but God prompted that lady to ask and invite a complete stranger to pray and she obeyed. I want to follow that example. I want to be that kind of daugher for my Father, one that listens, obeys and does without questioning.