Being told that I would be Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis at age of 37 was unexpected. Questions filled my heart and mind with, what did this mean for me or my family? How will I walk in the purpose God has for me?
All of these questions troubled my heart and led me to seeking God. Not just for my healing, but to the answer of the most important question…what now?
Healing Series Part 4
Today we’re continuing our Healing Series with part 4 sharing my Rheumatoid Arthritis story. If you’re just joining us, be sure to go back and read the previous 3 blog posts, so that you’re connected to the heart of this series.
So far we have covered…
Learning To Thrive With Parkinson’s Disease – Part 2
Practical Ways To Stand On God’s Word For Healing – Part 3
And in Part 4, we want to stop and share my story in hopes to encourage someone else who may have been diagnosed with a chronic illness who may be wondering how will they live a productive life.
Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis – My Story
Grab your favorite beverage and get cozy, as I share my RA Story about how I live a productive life even with RA and Fibromyalgia.
Practical Tools That Help Me Live A Productive Life
Priorities – Living within the priorities of God has been key to my overall health. I have had to learn to say NO the good for the sake of the better!
Healing Confession – From the very beginning I knew my greatest weapon against this disease is God word and created this healing confession to help me fight this batter. You can download our confession from our community library or by filling out the form below.
The Better Planner – Several years ago I learned the benefits to time-blocking, as it helps me prioritize my self-care time!
Fascia Blasting – Believe it or not, the nurse at my Rheumatologist office was the one who introduced me to fascia blasting. It has literally helped me get my quality of life back and stay joint-pain free going on 5 years!
Plant Based Diet – While this may not be for everyone, it’s definitely for us! We’ll share more about the benefits of a plant based diet and why we chose this way of eating in Part 5 of this series.
In The End
Rheumatoid Arthritis may be my diagnosis, but it doesn’t define who I am.
Daily I pray for God to protect my life until I have fulfilled His purpose. This requires me to seek Him daily for His leading as to what I eat, my activities, including when I need to rest.
Not matter what you’re walking through physically or mentally, I want to encourage you to refuse to allow it to define you.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 in the New Living Translation says, “Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
God will work through us and in us even when we feel weak, we just need to surrender to the healing process allowing God to lead our journey. Then only do what God directs you to do.
PS..You can read part 5 of the Healing Series here.
~ Timberley Gray
Thank you for sharing. I, too, have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Like you, I don’t allow it to define me either. I am glad to see someone else that understands what I go through daily. It’s a constant, painful struggle, but I intend to be victorious, with God’s Help. Thank you.
I pray that God continues to touch your body and give you wisdom for your journey. God bless you sister. We are the HEALED!!