I have a very special friend, Mary, who adds a lot of wisdom to my life. She's also a great intercessor and along with many of you, keeps me encouraged and steadfast on the path to total healing and walking in divine health.
|© Donna L. Watkins - Garden Snail Eating|
Worm on Walkway
I believe that we truly limit God when we give him our agenda of how to fix things, and the awful part of that is that we actually miss the way God intended to bless us. I wanted instant healing, just like Jesus says it should be in the Bible ... but He also said, "according to your faith, be it done unto you." With so little healing taking place in "the church" today, Christians have a lot of natural doubt and unbelief stored away to compete with our faith on being healed.
So, God in His love for us, provides a way regardless, but if we're dead set on seeing something happen one particular way, we certainly won't see His provision. After writing about this in an update to some friends on the healing that's taking place within me, and my struggle to continue to use His herbal remedies to build and restore, rather than have instant healing.
It also brings up the topic of unworthiness, which I think many of us struggle with without even knowing it. Growing up being rewarded for good grades, being grounded for bad behaviors, we often believe that we may not deserve something unless we perform a certain way ... and who is perfect every day of their life? God's grace has provided our healing. It's nothing we can earn any more than we can earn salvation.
My friend Mary responded with some thoughts that I think may help somebody else also.
|Mary Wright, My Love For Creation Friend|
Our Woods Walk at Scheier Natural Area
God knows what each of us needs ... He knows our hearts. God partners with us uniquely to guide us in the way we will be able to receive. And we need to partner with Him in obedience because He knows us best. He wired us uniquely because our various gifts are ALL needed in the Kingdom.
Some of us operate totally by faith, but need the vision and mental analysis that someone else brings into the mix. Sims [her husband] and I are a good example of that. He needs to be thinking about how things get done ... fixed ... figured out. I'm the dreamer. It takes BOTH of us to get things done in a way that honors God. Our gifts complement each other and when we partner, we have better results than if we worked solo.
So God provided healing agents in nature ... and He provided healing faith in His people. And it may take ALL of those things to bring to pass the healing He has for us. It's a partnership. Each unique situation may require a different mix to bring victory, but it's all there.
I just touched base with the man who took over the prayer ministry at my former church when we moved down here. He was thanking God for the surgery 24 years ago which totally healed his heart and gave him new life. In that case, his partnership with the healing process was uniquely victorious for where he was in his walk with the Lord at that time. Today, he would be trusting in prayer alone. But then, the surgery did the trick! God knows where we are, how much faith we have, and what we need. And He calls us to trust Him on whatever level we can, based on our gifts, our trust level, and our receptive gifts.
I don't see you lacking in faith at all. I think deep down you feel you are not worthy to RECEIVE. It shows up in many ways and it's a common condition of many of us who are "givers." We aren't good at receiving, we are far better at giving. God will heal that, but it is a pattern that has built up over a lifetime, and it will take time and work to undo it.
|© Donna L. Watkins - Dandelion with Wasp|
Medicinal Properties of Dandelion
In the meantime, God has resources in His beautiful creation that can be used in a unique partnership of healing - because the goal is to see you healed - in whatever way your body, mind, and spirit can receive it at this point in time.
He knows that the herbs will help because He created them with healing properties. So He is working with you to get healing into your system, while building your faith and trust in His divine love and purpose for your life.
And when you minister to others, you will be using the full arsenal of tools the Lord has given you: prayer, herbs, diet, counseling - everything - because the people who come to you will have unique places in their spiritual walk and "one size does not fit all."
Looking back on the 33 years since I began using herbal remedies, I've had so much healing and have seen so many others be healed through these God-created plants. I truly believe that God made a plant for every malady that mankind will ever have until the return of Christ. It's a great comfort when you think about it. And now with the power of the internet and our inner wisdom and spirit-led direction, we can have that power at work in our lives.
I was Googling a search for something on heart valves when at the top of the list was a website that had information Lily of the Valley extract being used to repair heart valves, even the Mitral Valve which is the one that's too destroyed for repair. Yes, it can be replaced, but my faith does not include options for surgery, so it's wise not to tread into areas where you have to faith to return from them.
If you have a wonderful healing story, please share it in the comments section below the blog post so others can be encouraged. We all are truly one in God's eyes. We need to begin looking at others the same way.
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