O.K. so I’m still sick and that isn’t my excuse this time! So where have I been? Editing, that’s where!
This past month I’ve poured and prayed over the decision to turn these blog postings into an eBook. I want to make sure I have the right intentions and that the end result will be something useful to others as well. In the process of reviewing this past year of New Hope Beyond Lyme on WordPress, it became clear that my followers enjoy messages that are particularly encouraging to persons recovering from a serious illness. Matters of faith generate the most comments and I’m pleased for that. To Him be the glory!
I did some research on various publishing formats and have decided to proceed with a no-cost eBook format where I can do virtually all of the formatting of the manuscript and cover art myself. I have a lot to learn about all of this, for sure! Lyme Disease will be prominent in the text since the treatment of Lyme was my primary focus for most of this past year. But the take home message won’t be about a disease . . .
The truths borne out of the trials, struggles, illness, and strife these past two years have once again served to strengthen my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. About a year into this season of illness, I began blogging to keep myself sane! Now looking back over this past year of blog posts, I am grateful to write, has actually brought more hope than tears. I was so scared of everything in the beginning, particularly when the tic episodes began escalating into full-blown seizure attacks. I didn’t even write in complete sentences most of the time back then. The crazy thing is that I generally have more hope and peace now when the attacks exceed 3 times per day, than when they were less! I have the Lord’s work in my heart to thank for that! He works in amazing ways for sure.
While I am grateful for the gift of writing, keeping my eyes fixed on the Lord through reading His Word continues to be the most important survival strategy for me in this season of life. The cool part is that I get to look up all kinds of scripture verses as I pour out my heart onto the computer screen. I do hope, however, that the New Hope Beyond Lyme eBook will never be a replacement for a fellow sojourner opening His or Her Bible. Reading a verse here or there in a blog or eBook, on a Facebook Newsfeed, in the signature line of a friend’s email, Tweeted, or in a Pastor’s message is not as valuable as soaking up God’s Word in our time alone with Him. We can’t dwell in His presence, linger before the throne of grace in the same amount of time it takes to hit, “delete!” His grace requires a bit of time to reach our weary souls . . .
I do hope, Gentle Reader, that your own faith in God and in the person of Jesus Christ has grown as you have joined me on this journey. I was reading today in the first chapter of 1st Corinthians where the apostle Paul teaches how we come to understand God through faith and not through an intellectual discourse. We choose to believe that Christ died on a cross for our sins so that we may become forgiven for our sins, right-with-Him, and begin an amazing spiritual journey rich with meaning as sons and daughters of the King. To receive the blessings and the promises of a relationship with God through the person of Jesus Christ requires faith. If we have faith in Christ crucified, it will make a difference in our lives for all of eternity. That will help us cope with virtually anything, today and tomorrow.
With the testimony of God’s Word as my witness, I submit to you that only with a personal relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ will any of the stuff we endure in this life make any sense at all. If we do have this sweet fellowship with Him, the lover of our souls, all of this stuff will be worth it. And for me, all of this suffering will be worth it as well. I would not be writing anything if I had not gotten sick two years ago. Nothing I write will make any difference either if it doesn’t point someone, somewhere to something more than recovery from an illness.
How humbling that Lyme Disease may be used for good. Such is the, “new hope beyond Lyme,” after all . . .