Hello There! Today's blog post looks a little different because I am launching a campaign to END human trafficking.
"Speed the Light is a student-initiated, volunteer, charitable program that provides much-needed equipment to missionaries across the nation and in over 180 countries around the world."
This year my youth group and I are raising money to save people from human trafficking. Did you know that every 30 seconds someone is trafficked. It costs $90 per person to take them out of being trafficked.
When you donate your money will not only go to getting them out, but getting them help afterward. Such as a warm, safe place to stay off cold and dangerous streets. It will give them Hope for their future.
Would you please consider giving any given amount of money to help these women and children find hope and safety from this horrible injustice?
To give us this link: https://www.gofundme.com/makyna039s-speed-the-light-campaign
40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.
41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house because 42 his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was in his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak and immediately her bleeding stopped. 45 "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you." 46 But Jesus said "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me." 47 Then the women, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she touched him and how she was instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, "Daughter your faith has healed you. Go in peace." 49 While Jesus was speaking, someone came from the house of Jarius, the synagogue leader. "Your daughter is dead," he said. "Don't bother the teacher anymore." 50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jarius "Don't be afraid; just believe, she will be healed." 51 When he arrived at the house of Jarius, he did not anyone go in with him except Peter, John, and James, and the child's father and mother. 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. "Stop wailing," Jesus said. "She is not dead but asleep." 53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, "My child get up!" 55 Her spirit returned and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone. Luke 8:40-56
The lady with the blood problem suffered for TWELVE YEARS! With a condition like this the lady would have been sent outside the city and labeled unclean. Her faith was very strong, she had no doubt but by touching Jesus' garment she was HEALED. All she did was have faith that Jesus was powerful and that is how she was healed.
Does that fill you with hope? When we are in the presence of Jesus anything can happen. Notice in verse 45 Jesus asked who touch him. We cannot hid from Jesus. He sees all and he is in all. He can and will use your sickness if only you give it to him. When we come trembling to the feet of Jesus pour our hearts before him we show all our sin and trouble. She came trembling and YET her faith healed her. There may be trembling but their is still saving faith.She declared that a touch would cure her, and so it did. You and I can take so much away from this story in every circumstance.
Whether you need healing, or you need to just come and pour your heart out before Him. There is saving faith. Faith that if you just brush up on His garment you will be healed because of your faith. Spend time in his presence and I promise you will walk away changed. Let Him into those situations that seem impossible because to you they are impossible to Him all it takes is us falling at His feet and to brush up against his garment.
Leave a comment or contact me if you want to talk about illness and how I live life with it daily.
Happy Monday! I am so glad you are here this week! Last week I started this series called “Living Life With An Illness.” I shared a little bit about my story of living with chronic pain. Thank you all so for your sweet messages and comments about that blog post. I was VERY encouraged to hear from you and some of your stories and ways God is using you! This week my dear friend Olivia Brush is sharing about living with an Illness. Leave her a comment and check out her insta @oliviabrush_ Enjoy! -Makyna
Today I got up once again and still felt the same constant throb of pain that I went to bed with. I got up and was overwhelmed with emotions. It is definitely another rough day for the books.
At the moment I took my first breath it’s been a constant adventure to find answers as to the why that constantly seems to go unanswered. To put a very long journey short what started as just a very sensitive baby turned into food allergies, which unfolded into a whole list of health issues.
Yes I’m in constant discomfort and pain, but let me tell you my God is still faithful! One question people always seem to ask is “How can you still smile when your in constant pain?” And the only answer I have for them is because he’s still as faithful in the valleys as he is on mountain tops.
I’m actually sitting in a waiting room as I write this; don’t get me wrong I’m not this girl that’s full of joy sitting here. I’m full of questions, worries, anxiety, nausea, and dizziness as I walk into yet another call back appointment. The thing about this is yes that’s how I’m currently feeling, but I don’t let it overcome me. It’s not my identity. I am a daughter of the king. I am known, understood, noticed. These are true things that I remind myself of on afternoons like today.
Honestly sisters the more health questions that go unanswered the more I fall in love with my maker. Because even if I get a step closer to a answer or further away I know my God is up to something for the good of His plan and not my own.
A verse I constantly find myself returning to on tough days like today is Zechariah 4:10
“do not despise these small beginnings”
Even though most days it feels like the answers are coming slower than ever all I can remind myself is small beginnings are still beginnings! So if you remember anything from this, remember this...
Small beginnings are STILL beginnings!
Over the last few months my goal has been to be more vulnerable and real with you. I don't know any better way to do that than by sharing my journey over the last 9 year of living daily with an illness. In the next few blog posts I and a few others will be sharing stories of how God has taken something like illness and used it for His glory. I pray that these next few weeks you find hope, encouragement, peace, and a reason to keep fighting through the things shared here.
At the age of 10 when you ask God to use you in big ways you think that He will send you to a small village in Africa or ask you to lead someone in your school to Christ. But God's plans for me to be used was unlike those of a village in Africa or leading someone to Christ on the playground! He knew that the things I was about to encounter wouldn't be the same as if He sent me to Africa. Nope, instead at the age of 9 I began what would be a LONG journey of not actually being truly diagnosed with a disease but rather being labeled under a broad umbrella of having a Connective Tissue Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
This lable was life changing it meant that I now had to learn how my body functioned and when it was telling me to rest or push through. I missed school for countless doctors appointments that never had true answers. One time I had to give 28 vials of blood that turned out to be negative for all the things the doctor was testing for. And while I am thankful they all came back negative just once I wanted one of them to say "Postive for _____" just so that I could tell people who asked.
My symptoms consist of rashes that come whenever they want, muscle fatigue, a weakened immune system, lots of joint pain, headaches, and much more. For a looong time I was taking medication that had lots of side effects and would change the symptoms for a few months. But then my body built up a tolerance to the medication. So I had to whine myself off them and change to another.
When I beginning this journey I didn't reliaze how life changing it would someday be. How hard it would be on days I didn't feel good, days when I'd have to miss things that kids should never have to miss because they sick in bed. Things that I would love to attend but couldn't because I hurts so bad. I love to run but running hurt my body a lot! Yet their were time right in my bed where I would read my Bible and worship Jesus through the pain. Despite the pain. Because I didn't know what else to do. Those where the times that were most rewarding times. God blessed me with people that would send me book, after book, after book so that I could enjoy something while I stayed in bed. I am SO beyond thankful for those people and you know how you are! But above that I am thankful for the way these last 9 years have deepend my faith and need for Jesus.
You see their are days where I could wake up and possibly not be able to walk, or be covered head to toe in a rash but you see my God is bigger than this battle. Yes at times am I frustrated, discouraged, and flat mad at my circumstance for sure. But let me be the first to say all I did was ask God to use me for His glory and if this is his perfect and pleasing will then use me over and over. Had I not gotten sick I would have NEVER started writing, or digging into scripture, or even thinking to use social media as my platform but here I am. I know that through this label of illness God is changing me but I pray more that he changes the people around me! I pray that when people see me they see Jesus!
So my question to you is will you let God use you in the way that He wants to use you? Because when you do it a life changing thing. And trust me He will. Don't be scared he probably won't give you some life changing sickness like He did me. But you might be the one He sends to Africa. He might send you to love the unloved. You never know until you say "God use me for your glory" and then listen and I promise you will hear from Him. Then in the good and the hard moments worship him because it's in those moments that you will experience him in new ways and hear new things from and about him.
Please leave a comment and share a way God has used you or if you have questions for me feel free to leave them here or head over to my Instagram @Simplylovingjesus and DM me or send me an email. I LOVE hearing and answering your questions and comments ❤
Thanks for being here!
If you find this post encouraging, inspiring, and empowering would you please leave a comment! I read and reply to every comment! It also helps me create content that you need and love! -Makyna