If you haven't read the first part of this testimony, You can read it here.
One of the greatest blessings of the journey I walked through? People. God sent people.
I saw people in a new way.
Growing up as a PK (Pastor’s Kid or Preacher’s Kid) transparency and weakness wasn’t something that I really allowed to come around or be shown in my life. If you are a PK then I think you know exactly what I mean.
We need to be an example!
We aren’t the ones that should be receiving prayer. Our job is to GIVE prayer!
Everyone has their own battles, whether you think they do or not, because everybody goes through life. Nobody is exempt from battles. But what I learned, mostly in this past season, is that we were never called to go to battle alone.
And my errant thinking, never wanting to ask people for prayer, began to be removed and God began to show me the gift of friendship in a way I never knew.
Because guess what…WE NEED PRAYER! WE NEED HELP! I’m sure you already knew this, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded. We’re all in this together. When we don’t allow people to stand in agreement with us in prayer, we are disregarding a GIFT FROM GOD. Prayer partners are from God.
Asking for prayer does not show your weakness, it is a proof of your strength. It’s a brave thing to ask someone, “Will you stand with me on this?” It is GODLY to ask for prayer. It is GODLY to stand with others and have others stand with you.
I don’t know why it took me so long to humble myself and not fight the battle alone, but I sure am glad I did.
I called a few of my close friends, people I knew who would speak the Word over me. I didn’t call everybody. People who are called to fight with you are the only ones you want standing with you. I have the greatest, deepest, sweetest friendships, purified and tempered in the things we are standing for, knit together with strong ties of love.
When I found out I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, I had a choice to make: should I go through treatment or not? The old treatment for Hepatitis C was about 70 something percent effective, 48 weeks long and the side effects were TERRIBLE. It was like having the flu all the time. There was a new treatment called Sovaldi on the horizon, that would cut the treatment to 12 weeks, and some people did not have to use interferon (The medicine that brought nasty side effects). They just had to wait for it to be approved. About 8-9 months later on December 8, 2013 the FDA approved Sovaldi.
Even though this treatment seemed less intense than the old one, I still had to pray and ask God what He wanted me to do. We shouldn’t just do something because it looks easy. We should do something because God led us to. He knows things behind-the-scenes. If He tells us to do something that looks really hard, we have to remember He knows. It’s probably not as hard as it looks, and we’ll have Grace to walk through it with strength.
I don’t remember if this statement came out of my mouth, but it definitely was my mindset: I’m either going to go through treatment or believe God for healing. To me, it had to be either, or, and to be honest, I initially thought I would be a faith-failure if I decided to go through this treatment. In my mind, that would mean that I wasn’t believing God. It was one day talking to my mom, telling her these concerns when she said:
“Medicine came from God. It is not from the devil. Why would he do something to make anything better?”
Wow. It was that statement that made me realize that this doesn’t have to be “either” “or”….It can be “AND”.
I don’t have to either go through the treatment OR believe God.
I can go through this treatment AND believe God.
Pastor Casey Treat (He was healed of Hepatitis C a few years ago) gave me a scripture when I first found out that stayed with me every day:
He who is loose and slack in his work is brother to him who is a destroyer and [a]he who does not use his endeavors to heal himself is brother to him who commits suicide.
Proverbs 18:5 AMP
Maybe you are facing something similar where medicine is concerned. I encourage you to hear from God. What is He leading you to do? Don’t just call something bad because someone told you it was bad. Not all medicine is what your body needs, but God knows that. That’s why it’s so important to get God’s wisdom on it. Nobody is looking at you as a faith-failure and even if they do, God doesn’t see you like that. Gather up the friends that are called to stand with you and follow God in faith.
That’s what I did. Once I realized I could walk through this treatment with God on my side, I called my prayer friends, I called my doctor, set up an appointment to begin treatment and got ready to fight.
To read part 3, click here.