God is always with us even in our toughest times. For me that is when Meniere’s & allergies act up. I just pause & pray for him to calm my heart & remember this will pass. I praise God everyday that for the most part my severe vertigo is controlled. Can’t even remember when I had a full blown attack lasting more than 8hrs. Still have some challenges which seem to be link to my airborne allergies issues. That may take some time to find the right treatment. But God is good no matter what & know I will be ok.
Hope everyone has Blessed & spin free day!
I really needed this message from God this week. Once again am dealing with another sinus infection. Missed 2 days of work last week because of the vertigo keeping me from driving. Now half way thru my antibiotics & the right cheek on my face still hurt. What can I do? Well pray & give all of your worries to God. Everything will be ok.
God Often Leads Us Through Trouble, Not Around
By Kevin Malarkey from http://www.faithgateway.com
“A choice faces us every time we are in a mess, entrapped in sin, or confronting our enemy in the world: Will I believe that God can find me here and find a way forward in the mess or will I harden my heart, protect my pride, and simply wish I were somewhere else?”
Keep yourself open to some amazing possibilities. No question, Satan is at work trying to destroy, but God is at work too. He has an alternative purpose in the worst things we face. He’s a specialist at taking the darkest day and turning it into something beautiful in your life. This is exactly what the Bible is all about. God is a savior – the Savior. Most times His salvation takes a path we didn’t anticipate, and almost always it’s through, not around, our problems… and only when we yield our hearts and surrender our wills to Him. We’ve all had what might be referred to as a “Red Sea” moment – our backs against the wall, where every option seems to lead to disaster – but how about the real thing? Several million people without any ability to defend themselves and the army of Pharaoh bearing down on them with one purpose: slaughter. The Red Sea stood to their backs like a prison wall. There was nothing to do but wait for the inevitable. The people cried out against Moses, and Moses cried out to God for mercy, for help, for salvation. How big are your problems? Impossible? Insurmountable? A complete disaster? Gut-wrenchingly hard? This isn’t necessarily the bad news. When the scale of our troubles is beyond our abilities to do anything about them, God has the perfect opportunity to teach us something important. It’s as if God allows the trauma to escalate until we are forced to rely on Him.
“When God is our only answer, we are right where He wants us.”
And, again, remember His path is almost always through the trouble, through the bitter circumstances, through the impossible relationship, through the deep water, not the easy path around our troubles… just like it was for the Israelites. God opened the sea before His chosen people and they walked through the midst of the waters, on the sea bed, to the other side. This is what God will do for you and for me, if we let Him. Without fail, God will take our struggles, our problems, our trials and make them the place where He does His work – we just need to be open to it. This is the powerful and important message of Romans 8:28:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
Did you catch that – “all things”? That includes the worst stuff your life has dished up to you, including the worst circumstances you’ve gotten yourself into. God says those things will work together for good. It’s hard to accept, but will you believe what God is saying here? Will you give Him your worst and let Him make something good out of it? He will manifest His power in the middle of your mess.
“It’s not about desiring to get away from your circumstances but drawing near to God in the middle of them.”
When we come to the place where we are willing to give God our struggles, burdens, trials, messes, it’s a place of great release. Have you ever been under water for too long and then finally made it to the surface? Surrendering to God is like that, and He wants us to breathe in the life-giving air. I’m guessing it’s a lot like the Israelites felt when they made it to the other side of the Red Sea. But God didn’t want them to stop their journey. They still had a long way to go… and so do you and I.
“God never covers us with His mercy only to leave us.”
It’s just one stop on the journey – a great place to rest and get our bearings – but He has something more for you and me. And everything in us is going to resist it because, humanly speaking, it’s unnatural, ugly even. But when we see this step through the eyes of the Spirit, something that was at first repulsive becomes a thing of breathtaking beauty. Determine to live through your struggles rather than around them.
Try not to eliminate struggle, but ask God to help you discover His purpose in it.
Lord, please forgive me for constantly running from You at the times when I need You most. Remind me of the times You have rescued me in the past. Thank You for showing me in the Bible where You did the same for your people. Help me realize that all life events are not about me and that there is much going on that I do not understand or even see. Most importantly, God, please help me remember that when You say all things will work together You are talking about Your perfect plan for eternity and not my immediate need for comfort. Thank You for including me in your plans, and give me wisdom and insight so that I can play my role as You have designed it for me. Excerpted with permission from A Beautiful Defeat by Kevin Malarkey, copyright Thomas Nelson, 2014.
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As the work week ends & I’m sit here typing with a headache while I’m waiting to have my car’s oil changed. The smell of new tires in the lobby always bothers me. I’d go outside but it’s like 90 degrees & humid. As the headache gets worse it is making me a little dizzy. One of many challenges a Meniere’s patient goes through. It not easy even with God on your side. As humans we tend to close up & start feeling a little anxiety which makes you feel worse. But you have to remember God has your back & it won’t last forever. There are so many people that just fight to take a breathe. I can’t imagine what it feels like to hear you have something like terminate cancer.
I know it hard in the moment to find something positive but the best thing you can do is pray for God to give you comfort & strength. He will always hear your cries.
2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.They lived in a land of shadows,but now light is shining on them. 3 You have given them great joy, Lord;
When I received these verses on my phone tonight, it reminded me of when I felt in the dark with Meniere’s. It was like a dark hole that just didn’t have an end to it. Many patients with Meniere’s end up very depressed & the doctors feel by just giving them another pill things would be ok. Sometimes we need to just open or hearts to Jesus & let him handle the situation. It can be very hard but one day I realized how much Jesus suffered just for us. Nothing in the world could be worse than what he went through. Jesus knew his fate but he loved us so much that he still did it. Now because of his blood being shed on the cross, through his grace we can have everlasting life.
That was an amazing moment for me that finally gave me the light at the end of the tunnel. As I felt myself getting closer I felt his love getting strong & no matter what Meniere’s does to me, I will be ok.
There will always be bumps in the tunnel but just remember you are never alone. As of today the fear & doubt is gone. I can’t even tell you when I used my Meniett Device last for vertigo. There is always hope you can control your Meniere’s. Sure we may need human doctors but the best one is free & Jesus never turns patients away, no matter what.
No matter how bad Meniere’s Disease can be, there is hope of a normal life. I can’t remember the last time I had vertigo. For the last several years thanks to the Meniett Device & the tube in my ear drum, the attacks have disappeared. My doctor hasn’t said that I’m in remission yet but I watch my salt, caffeine, & beef intake which seems to be working. Suffered for a long time but never gave up & you should not either. We’re all given challenges in life but it’s how we deal with them is what matters. Just focus the good things in life & remember God only gives what he knows we can handle. Trust that he will take of everything, no matter how bad things get.
Now if I could just get my airborne allergies under control but the allergy shot treatments, I will be really happy :)
Here is something that found on Our Daily Bread’ s site. Reading this makes me think this can help people with Meniere’s Disease or any type of issue you are dealing with. Hope it helps you feel God’s comfort.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
The things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. -2 Corinthians 4:18
Fanny Crosby lost her sight as an infant. Yet, amazingly, she went on to become one of the most well-known lyricists of Christian hymns. During her long life, she wrote over 9,000 hymns. Among them are such enduring favorites as “Blessed Assurance” and “To God Be the Glory.”
Some people felt sorry for Fanny. A well-intentioned preacher told her, “I think it is a great pity that the Master did not give you sight when He showered so many other gifts upon you.” It sounds hard to believe, but she replied: “Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I was born blind? . . . Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior.”
Fanny saw life with an eternal perspective. Our problems look different in light of eternity: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:17-18).
All our trials dim when we remember that one glorious day we will see Jesus!
Dear God, please help us to see this life from a heavenly perspective. Remind us that our trials, however difficult, will one day fade from view when we see You face to face.
The way we view eternity will affect the way we live in time.