More Than A Story….It’s A Way of Life!

So how are things going? Have you seen a difference yet? These are two constant caring questions I get asked from week to week, ever since I had DBS surgery in June. 

A couple of weeks ago I was texting a good friend in the ministry and he asked, “How are you doing?? Are you feeling better?” After contemplating whether I should really tell him how things have gotten worse not better, I finally replied, “I’m pressing toward the mark, my friend, living one day at a time. 😊 Yes, I’m doing somewhat better since I got my Botox 2 weeks ago. Learning that I need to let my body rest after a big day. Seeing a little progress in my left hand; it’s getting looser. So that’s good!”

No, I didn’t lie. My left hand that blessed week was actually cooperating so I could pick up my cup and fork to nourish myself. In fact that week I felt accomplished: I finished a painting for a person, another day I did my laundry and washed my sheets, then I put clean sheets back on—which, surprisingly, is a task I’m getting pretty good at doing. 

So, compared to the last two weeks of September, that week was like a piece of Godiva chocolate cheesecake (from the Cheesecake Factory, of course).

It all began when I caught a lovely cold; my entire body changed. I had to pry my only functioning hand (left hand, which was in a tight fist) open to hold my fork, so I could possibly eat, if my jaw would relax and open. Thank the Lord for peanut butter and syrup sandwiches! If my mouth is tight, that’s the go-to meal. 

During the past two weeks I have been thinking, “Will this phase of life I’m in get any better?”
Then I remembered a quote from Laura Story’s book, “When God Just Doesn’t Fix It.” She asks this tough question, “Am I going to let my circumstances determine my view of God, or am I going to let God determine how I view my circumstances?” 

As I pondered that question in my own life, I realized that I can’t live my life without God by my side. Dystonia is already lonely and hard to deal with by myself. But living with Dystonia with the Lord has been quite a journey of joy, peace and love. Doesn’t mean I don’t have a hard time, but I can depend on His strength in my weakness. He has blessed me beyond measure. I can’t imagine life without Him; He’s always there to comfort me. He’s there in my darkest hours and deepest valleys. 

The song “He’s My Everything,” has been a song I listen to daily along with countless others. The second verse is my favorite.

We are living in uncertain times and more and more I find that I’m aware of just how fragile life can be.

I want to tell the world about a love that turned my life around,

They need to know that they can taste and see. 

Now everyday I’m praying just to give my heart away,

I want to live for Jesus so someone might see that He’s everything to me. 

I can’t imagine what you’re going through right now but I know that He cares for you. I hope this song will encourage you. 

Here’s the link to 

Everything To Me

Chorus 

He’s everything to me, more than a story, 

Words on a page of history,

He’s the air that I breathe, water I thirst for,

And The ground beneath my feet,

He’s Everything to me 

Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Hello, my name is Abigail Brown. My blog will help and encourage you to deepen your true, abiding joy in Christ. Plus inspire you to embrace the joy in Christ moment by moment. I hope it will be a blessing!

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