Friday, August 16, 2013
5. ***MIRACLE ALERT God's sweet songbird
God's power and mercy are endless! He is doing miracles all around us. I am taking time out today from Christopher's Miracle Story to share the good news about the incredible instant healing miracle that God did recently for a friend of mine in San Diego. I hope that it will inspire and encourage you as it has me!!!
It seems like you can't turn on the television or thumb through a magazine lately without seeing advertisements featuring "gluten free" foods. I've even seen entire cooking shows and whole cookbooks designed specifically to deal with the issue, and it seems like no matter what restaurant you go to these days you will see it featured prominently on the menu..."gluten free."
I didn't even no what gluten was until I started hearing about it on the news, and until a couple of friends of mine developed a sudden and debilitating reaction to wheat gluten (the protein found in wheat). It took me by surprise because I thought wheat was good for you. I thought it was something we all needed more of. After all, nutritionists are always recommending that we get more "whole wheat" into our diets. Besides, the people I knew had been eating wheat their whole lives, so why the sudden adverse reaction to it?
It's called "gluten intolerance" or Celiac disease. I "googled it" in order to find an accurate medical description of it. What I found was that Celiac disease can appear at anytime in a person's life, and it is diagnosed with a simple blood test. Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune condition triggered by the ingestion of wheat gluten. When a person with Celiac disease eats wheat gluten, it causes a toxic reaction that damages the small intestines and doesn't allow for the proper absorption of vitamins and minerals. It is often multi-system and multi-symptom. The GI tract is most directly effected, but Celiac disease can also effect the nervous system, pancreas, bones, and gall bladder. Symptoms can vary but may include: abdominal bloating/ pain, chronic diarrhea or constipation, fatigue, bone/ joint pain, depression, anxiety, tingling in the hands and feet, seizures, infertility, canker sores, and itchy skin rashes. Overtime Celiac disease can lead to other disorders such as Diabetes, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Anemia, Cancer, thyroid disease, liver disease, Addison's disease, and/or Sjogren's syndrome.
Celiac disease is a very destructive and chronic illness with no cure. The only treatment that exists is to eat a gluten-free diet. Many people with Celiac also need to learn to avoid cross contamination with wheat gluten that may be present on tables, kitchen surfaces, etc. It truly is a disruptive and life changing diagnosis.
So...what does all this gluten talk have to do with this blog and miracles? As some of you may remember from earlier blog posts, I have a friend, Christi, in San Diego who actually encouraged me to write this blog. She helped me set it up and design it. If it wasn't for her, thousands of people all around the world would have no idea about the instant healing miracle that God blessed Christopher with. Christi has been an absolute blessing to me.
God, in His amazing love, has blessed Christie too. Christi's daughter, Taylor, is a song bird. She has been blessed with amazing musical talent. Not only does she have a beautiful singing voice, but she also writes and plays most of her own music. Her music is from the heart, and she loves to share it with people and with God.
Sadly, however, Taylor also has been suffering with Celiac disease. She has endured terrible GI symptoms, and she has experienced the mental anguish and all the other uncomfortable manifestations of the disease. Taylor has had to go on a very restrictive gluten-free diet. She has had to be very careful about cross contamination, and she has even had to change all her cosmetic and deodorant products in order to avoid the inevitable rashes/bleeding on her skin. Apparently, gluten can be found in some skin products too.
In attempt to lessen her daughter's pain, Christi developed a huge menu of gluten-free recipes in order to make life with Celiac disease more appetizing and palatable. Since many of the gluten-free options in the store were less than tasty, Christi created her own gourmet substitutes. Life with Celiac disease may not be pleasant, but Christi did her best to make it as flavorful as possible for Taylor.
Taylor has been living a relatively normal life except for the way she eats. Gluten hasn't stopped her from working, spending time with friends, and living on her own. God gave her "a way around," and she has made the best of it. She even started going to her own church called C3 (http://c3sandiego.com) in San Diego where she lives.
It's no mistake that Taylor attends C3 Church, or that she was there a couple of weeks ago when a man by the name of Andrew Kubala (www.kubalaministies.org) was speaking. He shared with the congregation his own testimony about how God had healed him of stage 4 Leukemia. During the service he prayed for many in the congregation who were suffering from various diseases and disorders. Taylor was one of them.
Christi wrote to me describing Taylor's experience, "Andrew Kubala came and prayed over her and many others. She collapsed and felt the Holy Spirit and felt the healing. She said she could feel the disease leaving her body."
Taylor knew that she had been completely healed and restored. On December 4, 2012 she was retested for Celiac disease. The results were nothing short of phenomenal! All traces of Celiac disease were completely gone! God blessed Taylor with an INSTANT HEALING MIRACLE! What was impossible for man was possible for God!
Now Taylor will be singing a new song about the merciful healing power of God. Her song will be a lyrical testimony of the compassionate and loving power of the Holy Spirit over us. Taylor will be God's sweet songbird singing the good news of God's miracles to a world in need!
If you have never accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can pray something like this: