Major Breakthrough!

First thing I want to say is Thank You All For Your Prayers in regards to my health situation that I talked about in my last post, Going Through A Trial? Here’s Some Encouragement! 

Since that post was published on February 18th, I have received a major breakthrough!

If you have not had a chance to read that post I encourage you to do so before you read this one. I linked it above for your convenience.

As I mentioned in that blog post, I have been dealing with paresthesia for probably the past 6 weeks. In addition to this, I’ve had neck pain, jaw pain, ringing in my left ear that seems to be getting louder, bouts of nausea with the neck pain, periods of disorientation, headaches (which I almost never get) and so, so, so much trouble focusing and concentrating.

As I have continued to do the things I recommended to you in that blog post I have received a breakthrough in regards to my health!

I’ve had a history on and off with iron deficiency, but several years ago my doctor recommended a supplement called Iron Complex from Integrative Therapeutics. I wasn’t currently taking this supplement, but as my symptoms became worse and worse I began taking it again one week ago. The difference in the way I felt within just 24 hours was so significant.

The first thing I noticed is that I could think again. Wow, was that nice!

I’m thrilled to say that at this point almost all of the symptoms I was experiencing have been greatly reduced.

Oh, and I didn’t even tell you that whatever was going on with my health seemed to be attacking my nervous system. Especially over the past couple of weeks, before I started taking the Iron Complex, I had felt an increasing amount of nervousness, to the point where, on several occasions, I basically flipped out. Not that I haven’t flipped out before in my lifetime because I certainly have, but this was different. I knew something was really wrong. I was getting overwhelmed so easily from feeling like there was too much information coming at my brain. Believe me, I was NOT myself. It was a horrible feeling.

In fact, 2 weeks ago while driving my girls to Friday night church I was having one of my flip out sessions. I was having a super hard time feeling overwhelmed and even screamed out on the way, I don’t want to go to church. I don’t want to do this. Those of you who know me know how much I love my church and actually count down the hours until church every week, so this was not normal behavior.

It’s funny now, looking back on it and remembering how I was acting, but it sure wasn’t funny at the time. In fact, I even threatened to not go into church and just sit in my car in the church parking lot while my girls were in their middle school class. I knew I wasn’t really going to do that, but I came close.

Right in the middle of my meltdown I asked my girls (who were sitting in the back seat hearing all of this) to pray for me. My daughter Angel prayed the most beautiful prayer over me. I’m getting choked up right now as I type this, recalling her prayer.

CeCe Winans was at our church that night leading worship and oh my goodness, that’s exactly what I needed. I needed to worship God right in the middle of my storm. Indeed, God answered Angel’s prayer that night as well as my own. The only thing I could manage to get out of my mouth before I walked into the church was, God, please help me. Please give me a breakthrough tonight!

Although I did not experience an immediate breakthrough, just one week after that awesome night of worship my breakthrough came. And now 2 weeks later I’m thankful to be able to sit here and type that the nervousness and feeling of being overwhelmed is now completely gone. I am so relieved to be feeling like myself again.

This coming Monday I am scheduled to get an MRI of my c-spine. After my symptoms started decreasing I prayed about if I should cancel my MRI or not, but I did not feel led to cancel it. I am still having some symptoms and I feel it’s wisdom to go ahead and get the test done as I  probably needed this test several years ago.

But the good news is, I’ve already had an MRI and an MRA of my brain to check for tumors and aneurysm’s in conjunction with the ringing in my left ear and both tests came out perfectly fine. Praise Jesus!

I also went to my regular doctor last week and explained everything to him, including how much the Iron Complex seemed to be helping me. I had only been seeing my chiropractor for this issue up to that point. In fact, he is the one sending me for the MRI. But my regular doctor sent me for a blood test and I am waiting for those results. He also wrote a prescription out for me to get a type of physical therapy called Myofacial Release which I start in a couple of weeks.

So, I’m not all the way there yet, but as you can see, God is bringing me through and God is Who I give all the glory to! God may have used an iron supplement to help me and I believe He is leading me to get this Physical Therapy, but, no matter who or what He chooses to use, it is God who gives the breakthrough!

Someone may say, Sandra, since you still have some symptoms, how can you title this blog post Major Breakthrough? Believe me, if you knew how bad off I was, you would know why I feel like I have received a major breakthrough…and besides, my total breakthrough is on it’s way!

As I said in my post last week, when we continue to trust God in the midst of our trials, He will work everything together for our good. It’s a Biblical promise.

I have actually had issues with my neck and jaw for years now, although the pain was greatly elevated recently. I have also had ringing in my left ear for a little over a year. So some of the symptoms I am experiencing have been around for a while, BUT you better believe this girl is not giving up for anything. Healing is mine. Jesus already paid for it and He said It Is Finished.

I told my Mom the other day, wouldn’t it be cool if I got this physical therapy and it not only took care of my current set of health issues, but also resolved the longstanding problem with my neck pain, jaw pain and the ringing in my ear? 

That’s what I’m believing for. In fact, I’m convinced that God will once again take what the devil intends for my harm and turn it around and work it all together for my good!

My trust in God has really grown over the past 4 years, since I have come into a revelation of His grace. I’ve begun to play a little game when I have trials. When I do, I immediately think, Oh my goodness, I cannot wait to see what good God is going to work out of this situation. And guess what? GOD NEVER FAILS. Every single solitary time I go through a trial I am able to look back and clearly see all the ways in which God has worked on my behalf. I’ve already seen it over this past week and know that I will continue to watch God bring me through to a complete breakthrough and actually to a place of being better off than I was before!

I invite you to play this game along with me. What shall we call it? The Believing God Game? The Trusting in Jesus Game? 

Regardless of what we name it, let’s determine that no matter what the devil tries to attack us with, we will never stop believing in God’s goodness, love and grace toward us!

Check Out These Awesome Biblical Promises

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13 (NASB)

Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality – faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. – Hebrews 11:1 (AMP)

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
– Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)

Overhearing what was being said, Jesus said to the synagogue official, Do not be afraid; only keep on believing [in Me and my power]. – Mark 5:36 (AMP)

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,
Says the Lord.
– Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)

For when we believe we enter God’s rest! (see Hebrews 4)

Update: Going to a Physical Therapist ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve ever made because she gave me some preventative exercises that I will be able to use for the rest of my life. But I wouldn’t have known about her if I had not been struggling with these symptoms. God truly turned around what the devil meant for my harm and worked it together for my good. He is simply amazing!

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

Just Keep Trusting

I’m so in over my head right now and it’s such a fabulous place to be in! I’m excited!

When you know you’re in so deep over your head that there’s no way possible you will be able to do what you’re dreaming of without hanging onto God with everything you’ve got, you’re actually in the best place in the world.

This place causes us to do one of two things; either get this real determined look on our face, kick it into high gear and start running full force ahead in our own self-effort or it causes us to say to God, “Ummm…there’s like no way I can do all this so would You just do it through me and help me to cooperate with You?”

The second option is the only sane way to live and you will find that God will take you far beyond anything you have ever dreamed possible if you live this way.

I am completely exploding with vision right now, but last week I had a few days where I was kind of freaking out on the inside thinking, “How is this all going to come together.” After a couple of days the Holy Spirit reminded me, “Hold it Sandra, this deal is not on you. You can go ahead and get right back to trusting again.” I was like, “Oh yes, that’s right. Oops, I forgot about that for about 48 hours.”

I love simple, don’t you? I think I used to be the most complicated person on the planet and going from complicated to simple has been one of the most important transitions of my life. Simple makes me smile. Simple makes me laugh. Trusting God keeps life simple!

Look at this awesome verse:

God can do anything, you know far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. (Ephesians 3:20, MSG)

I hope if you’ve stopped dreaming or if you’ve been wondering whether you should limit your dreams because you can’t figure out in your head how it’s all going to work out that reading this post will inspire you to start dreaming again…big time!

God’s got this!

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

Our Answer: Eyes on Jesus

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Hebrews 12:1-3 (NLT)

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.2We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.3Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people;then you won’t become weary and give up.

Let’s keep our ‘Eyes On Jesus’ today and everyday. Each time we face a problem, let’s let Jesus be our answer.

If someone rejects you, look to Jesus for acceptance

If someone disappoints you, look to Jesus for comfort

If you are being tempted to sin, look to Jesus for the power to overcome

If you do sin, look to Jesus Who paid for the forgiveness that is yours

If you are feeling lonely, look to Jesus Who is the best friend you could ever have

If you feel like you’re a failure in an area, look to Jesus for your significance

If you are feeling anxious, look to Jesus – The Prince Of Peace

If you want to lose weight, look to Jesus to help you make the right choices

If you are feeling mad, look to Jesus to settle you down

If you are in pain, look to Jesus Who is the great physician

If you feel unloved, look to Jesus because He is love

We cause ourselves to suffer so many times by ‘trying’ to force the undesirable circumstances or people in our lives to change. This is a reaction based in fear. The honest truth is, we have a hard time simply believing that just looking to Jesus will translate into answers. As a result of our unbelief, sometimes we all try to take the steering wheel away from God for a while to control certain people or situations. Of course this causes frustration, but a life of frustration is not God’s will for us. There really is a much easier way. The solution……

Eyes On Jesus.

I remind myself of this daily if need be. When my thinking starts to go in the wrong direction I say to myself (out loud if I can) “Eyes On Jesus Sandra.”

God has so many good plans in store for you and the more you learn to let Jesus answer your problems, the more you will see how good He is at it. Then you will want to keep hanging out with Him and out of that relationship you will experience the destiny He has laid out for you.

It gets very addicting having your eyes on Jesus. You will find over time that the other things you thought were so important, fade in comparison to His beauty, and while you are busy noticing Jesus, you will turn around and find that Jesus is indeed taking care of your problems!

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom