Here’s an important peek into the eBook borne out of this online blog with updated material, bonuses, and references. Stay tuned for publication information, coming soon! Thanks a bunch, Just Julie
August 24, 2013
“Life is like a box of chocolates. Sometimes you don’t know what you’re gonna get.”
Remember this famous line from the movie, Forrest Gump? (Paramount Pictures, 1994) Yeah, I “get” this message when the day begins with renewed hope and generally ends, well, somewhere else! Gratefully, the day is never without hope at some level.
Perhaps you have wondered what you would “get” when you were beginning to read this eBook. Maybe you downloaded it because of the words, “Lyme disease” in the title. I appreciate you wanting to learn more about it as it seems I too can never learn enough about this complex and almost sinister disease process that is so difficult to diagnose and treat successfully. If you would like more information on Lyme disease see the About Lyme Disease chapter at the beginning of this eBook. I also encourage you to go to the websites of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society and Mercola.com.
By now you realize that you have gotten something quite different from me than a Wikipedia description of this and other serious illnesses. I am hoping that as we close here, you have seen how there can be more to a journey colored by a chronic sickness than the illness itself.
Most importantly, I hope that you can see how much of a difference it can make to have a personal relationship with God through His son, Jesus Christ, when enduring a serious illness. He has changed my perspective and transcended my experience over and over again in a way that continues to make a difference. I could not go on without Him! Life is just too difficult otherwise.
I hope that you have come to understand that you too can have this personal relationship with God by coming before the Father in prayer and supplication, in the name of Jesus Christ. As we each approach the “throne of grace,” we must first acknowledge that we are imperfect, live in an imperfect world, and have an imperfect life. The world is imperfect not because of our mistakes but because of its falleness and that is due to the presence of sin. Sin in turn affects us no matter who we are as a part of our human condition (Romans 3:23). We come to understand that we can overcome sin by admitting our brokenness, asking for forgiveness from the Giver of life, and accepting the gift of saving grace to wipe the slate clean: He then restores us to a right relationship with God. We are forgiven and free, now and forevermore. (John 3:16)
The faith needed to believe this truth and go forth comes from reading and hearing His inerrant Word, the Bible. (Romans 10:17) When we do make a decision to believe, we enter into a relationship with the God of the universe (and with fellow believers too) that can never be taken away unless we denounce that Jesus is Lord. We are saved from the guilt of our sin and our perspective in life changes. We are never, ever alone again as we receive the indwelling gift of His Holy Spirit: our Counselor, Our Guide. We also embark on an amazing journey that brings peace, love, joy, spiritual gifts, blessings, and promises that will take us through everything and anything that happens on this earth. We will not truly know what this is like until we make a decision for Christ.
And one day when our time on this earth is over, we will enter into His presence to live with Him forevermore. We cannot even fathom the infinite glory of heaven in our finite earthly minds. In heaven there will be no more suffering, no more tears. Wow. None!
If you have not already done so, and would like to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I encourage you to pray a prayer of repentance and submission right now. In doing so, you surely will receive: Hope Beyond Lyme. And if you do, would you send me an email and tell me about? I’d like to be among the first to welcome you into the family of Christ.
Take care, Gentle Reader. Just Julie