Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I haven't forgotten!

I want you to know I have not forgotten about this blog :) I will be posting some updates shortly.  I am finally getting around to it.  In the meantime, I will give a little explanation of the photo I posted on the front page.

The statue is called "Keeper of the Plains."  It stands on a huge rock above the little and big arkansas rivers. While in Kansas for my first trip in December of 2011, I discovered it by accident while taking a drive downtown.  I looked out the window and saw the statue standing above the rivers.  It was then that the lyrics came to me, lyrics of artist Rich Mullins, whom I had admired since the age of 13. He had written about the Keeper of the Plains, and when I was staring at it, I realized this was the statue he wrote about :) He spent 7 years of his life there in Wichita.  It was pretty cool how the lyrics I had sung for years came to life in that moment of staring at the Keeper of the Plains.  It is also significant, this statue, because part of the scripture I was given for healing says this:

"He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand." - v. 2

Seeing this statue along with a deep love in my heart for the artwork of Rich Mullins has spoken powerfully to me! God is so creative in his plan for us and so intimate at times in how he speaks it to us individually and uniquely.  He sees our hearts, our desires, our loves!

Enjoy the lyrics, photos & song I have posted below!

Well the moon moved past Nebraska 
And spilled laughter on them cold Dakota Hills 
And angels danced on Jacob's stairs 
Yeah, they danced on Jacob's stairs 
There is this silence in the Badlands 
And over Kansas the whole universe was stilled 
By the whisper of a prayer 
The whisper of a prayer 

And the single hawk bursts into flight 
And in the east the whole horizon is in flames 
I feel thunder in the sky 
I see the sky about to rain 
And I hear the prairies calling out Your name 

I can feel the earth tremble 
Beneath the rumbling of the buffalo hooves 
And the fury in the pheasant's wings 
And there's fury in a pheasant's wings 
It tells me the Lord is in His temple 
And there is still a faith that can make the mountains move 
And a love that can make the heavens ring 
And I've seen love make heaven ring 

Where the sacred rivers meet 
Beneath the shadow of the Keeper of the plains 
I feel thunder in the sky 
I see the sky about to rain 
And I hear the prairies calling out Your name 

From the place where morning gathers 
You can look sometimes forever 'til you see 
What time may never know 
What time may never know 
How the Lord takes by its corners this old world 
And shakes us forward and shakes us free 
To run wild with the hope 
To run wild with the hope 

The hope that this thirst will not last long 
That it will soon drown in the song not sung in vain 
And I feel thunder in the sky 
I see the sky about to rain 
And I hear the prairies calling out Your name 

And I know this thirst will not last long 
That it will soon drown in the song not sung in vain 
I feel thunder in the sky 
I see the sky about to rain 
And with the prairies I am calling out Your name 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Back to Kansas... packing my red slippers!

On Sunday, August 26, I depart Salt Lake City and trek to Wichita, Kansas for my second round of treatments at the Hansa Center for Optimum Health.  I want to first of all apologize that in my first round of treatments I was able to give initial updates but was too exhausted to keep the updates flowing.  Some of you were keeping updated via my family and friends and for this, I felt loved and cared for!

Let me catch you up.  As you know I received my first round treatments in December of 2011. I stayed for two weeks and much was unveiled in my first visit.  Since my visit in December I have had a SLOW uphill climb.  I have seen little-by-little progress...  overall I have improved about 40% since my visit in December!  Daily symptoms such as muscle fatigue/weakness, joint pain,  headaches, debilitating fatigue, digestion issues and sleep issues have improved.  I am so thankful to be relieved of the severity of these symptoms and thanking God for his provision.

Since my initial visit to Hansa, I have been doing maintenance treatments that have promoted the healing process. These have included amazing technologies/therapies that support the body's design to heal itself: Infrared Sauna, Amethyst Bio Mat, Ion Cleanse and massage. I was led to a local wellness center that provided all of these therapies! I was so thankful to be provided with this.

Though the maintenance treatments have supported me, after a recent consultation with my doctor in Kansas,  he communicated that my body has "plateau-d" where it is at. As it is standard to have a second treatment, he fully believes I need another push to increase the total healing.  The symptoms I am still struggling with are fatigue, brain fog/confusion, ears ringing and anxiety.  A follow-up visit is suggested and typically routine anyways.

For this return visit, I will receive further testing, daily doctor visits/assessments and tailored therapies to support the specific areas that need attention.  Dr. Jowdy has some inklings as to why I still have the lingering symptoms.  After the further testing however, I can give you actual definitives as to what he finds.

Lastly, and most excitedly, I look forward to filling you in more on the spiritual journey that has been graced to me in the midst of my faithlessness and despair over the past few years.  Last August, the Light of Christ, his Holy Spirit, reached down and broke through the darkness that was in my heart -- He healed disbelief that I was unaware of.  He then took me on a quick journey over those next several months.  Before I knew it, my faith was restored and the Hansa Center was falling into my lap.

Friends,  God is pulling me out of the pit that has been Lyme Disease and I believe is restoring what has been lost.  I am filled with inexpressible joy.  I cannot wait to share more with you and bless you with my personal account of our Author... the Author of our faith who will write our story if we let him.

"...Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." - Hebrews 12:2