If Not Now, Then When!!

HEALTH UPDATE

I continue to feel extremely well each day. We have joined the gym and workout at least 4-5 days per week. My energy level and overall feeling of well being is at an all time high. I am truly high on Jesus, a complete life in Christ that renders me at peace with any and everything. This is a happy, peaceful place. I imagine this is what God intended, we have just added too much to daily life. We are always running, rushing, stressing seldom taking good quality time to simply slow down to find that peaceful place where God is…..

INSIGHT

I woke up the other morning heavy in thought about the person who just wanted to touch the hem of His garment. I marveled at the strong will in faith that says “if I can just touch the hem”. This person didn’t need to touch His physical body or even see His face but merely requested to touch the hem. I thought how miniscule or small is the hem. I was given this wonderful book: 365 Days of Healing (thanks again, Kevin!!!) This book was very comforting to him in his time of need for healing. I have been reading it daily and it is awesome! Also, I’m not sure if I mentioned this earlier but before this new diagnosis, I had began reading the Bible from beginning. It’s just one of those things I felt a need to accomplish in life, read the Bible in its entirety from beginning to end (no skipping around). Well to tie these thoughts together, one of the daily readings from the book coincided directly with the book and chapter I was reading in the Bible. Again, I thought wow God really knows how to grab my attention. The devotion talked about the woman who had an issue with bleeding for 12 years. Her goal was to just touch His clothes. It focused on her stubbornness and determination to reach to touch Him. It went on to say that she put her will into motion to not consider anything less than healing. I had to chuckle just a little because I remember family members saying “you know once Kari sets her mind on something, that’s it”. I guess this is a type of stubbornness that’s worthy of having. It’s not a selfish type but a willing type. Zechariah 9:12 says Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. I say, well then lock me up and throw away the key. I will remain a prisoner of hope by trusting in God for my complete healing.

Most of us know the story of the woman who bleed very well but there is a point in the story we may have overlooked. Mark 5:26 says that she suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. Once again, I was filled with wonder and amazement. She grew worse, so I will ask you if not now, then when? When will you activate your faith to trust God for healing? It seems to me that He has been telling us for quite some time now the consequences of not seeking Him first. The Bible is life’s instructional booklet. He has made it very plain to us how to live spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Some have wondered, how is it that I know I have heard directly from God because we have our own thoughts and He gives us free will to make choices. The answer is simple, anyone can determine when they are hearing what God is saying because what you are hearing will correlate with the written word. He has given me clear instructions on healing as He has done for many of His children. He is speaking…..are you listening?

There are physicians who know truth from both a spiritual and a scientific insight. Here is a quote from T. J. Hilden, M.D., “Instead of accepting salvation, it is better to deserve it. Instead of buying, begging, or stealing a cure it is better to stop building disease. Disease is of man’s own building, and one worse thing than the stupidity of buying a cure is to remain so ignorant as to believe in cures”. Dr. Hilden is the author of Toxemia Explain written in 1926. This is a great read for those who are interested in becoming self educated and proactive in your personal health instead of allowing others to dictate your plan to return to good health. I will say it again and scream it from the mountain tops, modern medicine DOES NOT cure any disease it only treats the symptoms. The common cold is treated by symptomatic means….NyQuil “The nightime, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy, head, fever so you can rest medicine”. All claims here are to relieve symptons. More importantly, remember your doctor is “practicing” medicine. And after reading Mark 5:26, medicine obviously did not cure diseases almost 2000 years ago either. Cancer is not my disease it is the output of an underlying problem, just as in hypertension, heart disease, and ever other chronic “disease”. We would all like to be able to just take a pill and BAM it’s gone but where is the testimony in that, where does that show us having faith in God and His power to heal. How can we continue to say God heal me but man help me.

While working in the healthcare field, specifically breast cancer, I learned of a huge disparity among African American women. Did you know that more Caucasian women are diagnosed with breast cancer but more African American women will die from breast cancer? The disparity is mostly thought to be one that is financial and also educational but here is food for thought: The educational part of this equation is lacking because it mainly focuses on the preventative measure such as mammograms and how to do a self breast exam and often more times than others never even mention a healthier lifestyle. Furthermore, after the diagnosis and treatment the main focus is follow ups with x-rays and doctors visits. We have got to educate ourselves on what to do next because good sound nutritional advice is not as easily available as breast exam shower cards. Our counterparts research information and use it to live healthier. The first time I was diagnosed with breast cancer I did exactly as I was told. I did not question the form of treatment nor the side effects. I knew I had cancer and there was a protocol to follow that was given to me by my doctors. It wasn’t until after the removal of my breast, a bald head, black finger nails and toe nails, sickness to the point of death, and 2 more surgeries that I began or should I say my husband began to do research on the causes of cancer. Furthermore, in all the research from books to documentaries I saw no one who looked like me….black!!!(keeping it real). I could not find one person who I felt could relate to what I was about to go through with being diagnosed with cancer, especially after being diagnosed for a second time but this time around with the lung cancer.

I thought do these people know something that we don’t know? The answer is yes. We can not continue to perish from the lack of knowledge. We should educate ourselves and take control of our health. There are hundreds of natural cures and complimentary therapies for many of today’s “diseases.” What’s even more ironic is that we (African Americans) are typically considered the more religious group. I thought hmmmm more food for thought, strip away the structure of “religion” and we can return to the great, powerful people God created us to be. We should not only get back to eating from the garden the way God initially planned but back to having an intimate relation with Him that is not dictated by Sunday’s sermon. James Sheridan was the founder of one of God’s natural cures for diseases. He believed in God and had an exceptional level of faith in God. His daughter Marge wrote in his tribute that he often became frustrated with organized religion because as he put it “They wouldn’t let ME talk to God.”

But oh what a friend we have in Jesus. You have a direct line to God. This line is available 24/7, 365 days per year with a bonus day every 4 years. And did I mention that this line is FREE, no monthly bills…paid in full by the Son.

And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. Psalms 50:15

What more can I say?
Love, Blessing, and on Fire
~Kari

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One thought on “If Not Now, Then When!!

  1. Great food for thought both spiritual and mental. I’m going to clear my thoughts, so I can come up with action plan for my health.

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