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So I just wanted to update all of you about illnesses. What I have is very serious, and indeed I am also kinda on the border of chronic kidney disease along with everything else. HOWEVER, my docs are encouraging me that if I do the right things, I can get my health back or at least be healthier. So please pray that I can obey my doctors, and that God's will would be done when it comes to these illnesses. Thank you so much!!
I have been going through one of the most challenging physical and financial times in my life. So much so that at times it's made me question my faith in God. I have reached out to over 70 churches for help and have been sorely disappointed with the responses I recieved. They ranged from indifference to flat out shaming me for asking for help, even though I know that Jesus would gladly help me if he was here. He is helping me now to stay alive. Many churches that I spoke to said they had no money or were close to bankruptcy. They ones that said they could help, refused to help because I was not a member of their congregation. So far I have been able to find a small amount of help from 3 churches and $25 worth of grocery cards from another. This is out of over 70 plus churches that I contacted. I find this absolutely shocking and a disgrace to the Christian faith. I contacted 2 very famous mega churches that I have tithed with and was turned away. I keep wondering what is going on . Are the churches not there to help the sick and poor as Jesus instructed so many times? I don't remember him telling anyone that he wouldn't help them because they were not members of his clique. It is literally by the Grace of God that I am still alive. I tried contacting government and city services that are set up to help the poor and those without housing and was not able to get help. I called several non profits but because I have no children, I didn't qualify. I filed for disability since I have had to have 8 major medical procedures to stay alive and was denied. Others said to apply again , that you are alwats denied the first time you apply, but the process takes almost a year to go through again. I have had to walk completely by faith, hour by hour and I am happy to say that God has been faithful. The thing I keep thinking about is how with the government cutting funding for food,housing and healthcare for the poor, is that more and more people will be turning to the churches for help. What is going on with the church? Through this experience I see that many have become more social centers, concerned with putting on concert like music productions and opening new "campuses" rather than following Jesus' mandate to help the poor and sick. Even though this experience has been humiliating and challenging to the point where at times I wanted to just give up on living, I am grateful for the experience. God has shown me that He is here, even if "the church " is not. I pray that for those still reading, that if you attend a church whose focus is not on helping others, then please consider trying to set something up. Remember, that whatever you do to and for those that need help, you have done to Jesus. If you judge the poor, you will be judged. If you say horrible things to those asking for help , your words are heard by Jesus. It seems that many Christians have forgoten this. https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-helping-others/
OK so just going to pour my heart out here, both so you can see and to organize my thoughts. On December 20, 2017, on a routine office visit, my PCP diagnosed me with hypoxemic chronic respiratory failure. It's as scary as it sounds. The prognosis is very bad: there is no cure, it is progressive, and you know what happens when you stop breathing. The only possible hope here is that MAYBE my PCP diagnosed it so Medicare would pay for oxygen (policy change is possible), but the bad news is that even having it on my chart indicates I am DEFINITELY not healthy. I am on disability for more than one illness; I definitely cannot work. It's so bad I got disability on my first try, and they check every few years to see if I have improved, but mostly they leave me alone. Because of this, my husband and I moved in with his parents because he could not take care of me on his own. 18 years later, husband's issues are worse (he works full time but other things are hard), and in-laws are in their early 70's. No amount of trying to help me with my various issues, which include physical mobility issues, is going to make my husband not sick himself or my in-laws younger. My own family is not an option. So we are looking at assisted living for me. The family who know (including husband and his parents) are 100% behind the idea. I initiated this, so no one is pressuring me. I am looking at moving out of the home I have lived in for 18 years and not living with my husband, which is a painful thing to contemplate. But I can't take adequate care of myself and they cannot either, so this is it I am pretty sure. I meet with my doctor Friday to find out what she was thinking when she made that diagnosis, and also to discuss my recent ER visit where I had some scary symptoms. The ER ultimately didn't find anything, but all they do is determine: 1) is the patient in immediate danger of dying? and 2) do we need to hospitalize them? If the answer to both those questions is no, they send you home. It doesn't mean you're NOT sick. So it looks like I may see Jesus sooner than I expected. How do I feel about this? Well on one hand, yay seeing Jesus and eternal life! OTOH, I only have NOW to make a difference. This is why a long life is a blessing: more opportunities to serve the Lord. So I am sorta mixed about this. I will follow up after I see the doc and we figure out what need to be done. Please pray for this whole situation. Thank you SO much.
God Heals at the Gas Station! (Testimony) God loves to work with His children everywhere! Here is a testimony of just that; God working through His faithful servant to heal a man who was clearly in great pain at a GAS STATION of all places! How cool is that?! God is awesome! God bless you all, in Jesus' mighty name!