Living Past Your Diagnosis

Jeremiah 33:6 (NKJV)
Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.
Have you ever been given a diagnosis about your health that literally stops you in your tracks? As the doctor is speaking to you its as if you are floating. Your mind begins to race and it feels like a piece of you is dying on the inside. You see lips moving, but the world around you freezes and silence enters the room. The flesh responds and tells us to believe and accept the diagnoses. But there is something inside that speaks to you and tells you to keep the faith.
This has happened twice in my life and both incidents really stick out. The first was when I was diagnosed with dyslexia, which as a child, I had know idea what it meant. I just knew my mother would take me to another school after my regular school day ended. As I got older I began to understand how dyslexia affected my life. It wasn’t really the disorder that was the problem it was how the world, my peers,and teachers treated and responded to me. Much of the time I was treated like I was incompetent and unable to read or write. It happened so often that I began to believe and live into my illness. It really wasn’t until my 30’s that I heard God’s voice telling me to ignore those comments and know that I am good enough and smart enough to live into his purpose and will for my life.
The second time was when I was diagnosed with MS. But this time I was determined to handle my diagnosis differently. It was a decision, a choice. I would not allow this disease to define me. Everyday I am choosing to live past my diagnosis. I like to believe that it’s God’s way of giving me a second chance. And, telling me to live to the fullest each day with purpose and intentionally.
You’re probably thinking what does that mean? What does it look like? My first response is don’t live into the diagnosis, live past it. Don’t let your disease define you. Yes, I may not move like I use to, but I still have breath. As long as I have breath I will seek, pray and praise God. I enjoy my husband, children, family friends, work in my church and community. I don’t have pity parties and won’t let others have one for me. I speak life into every step I take and every move I make. Don’t let your diagnosis or circumstance stop you or define you…keep living life because God still has work for you.

Dear God,
Thank you for give me a second chance and changing my outlook on life. I want to give you all the praise for continuing to show up in my life. Please order by steps and guide me to do your will today not mine as I go out into the world.

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