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Katy here. My guest blogger today is Josie Siler, a friend, survivor, and biker chick. As vice president of Broken but Priceless Ministries, she helps thousands of people suffering with chronic illness to have hope. Today she shares about how to keep going when life upsets your life. Here’s her story.
I’m sitting here in a hospital room, my skinny fingers flying across my laptop, trying to get this written before my grandma gets back from surgery.
It’s not how I envisioned writing this guest post for Katy. It was going to be a post full of adventure and fun and a good dose of silliness. Instead, I find myself writing to you from a hospital room, yet again surprised by life.
One phone call—one moment—can change everything.
My grandma is going to be okay, Lord willing. Her heart rate was something high performance athletes would envy. My 91-year-old grandma isn’t a fan. She’s back right now having a pacemaker put in, trying not to worry that she will have a stroke again like she did when she had surgery three years ago.
I can’t tell you how many times life has upset my life. I’m sure you can relate; life doesn’t play favorites.
I grew up in a home full of people who loved Jesus. At a very young age I put my faith and trust in Him. I wanted to be a missionary and tell people who feel unloved and alone that God loves them and will never leave them.
I love adventures, I love to travel and experience other cultures, and I love Jesus. Being a missionary was the perfect job, and I spent my life pursuing this goal: years of schooling, seminary training, home service in a local church, numerous short-term trips all over the world, and acceptance and appointment by a mission agency.
Life was good, until it wasn’t.
A few months before I was to start my life as a missionary in Southeast Asia, something happened. My legs went numb on a plane ride. I remember walking through the airport not able to feel my legs. It was the strangest feeling.
I thought it was a circulation problem and would get better soon. Oh, how wrong I was. Things went from bad to worse, and before I knew it, life had upset my life in a major way. I had to move back in with my parents, and my dreams of being a missionary were dashed to pieces.
Now, almost eight years later, I have a completely different perspective on life. Living with chronic illness has been hell, but it has also been an incredible gift from God.
I can say with utmost confidence that without the Lord I would no longer be among the land of the living.
Life was upset by life and I was thrown into the arms of a loving, kind, and compassionate God. My God saved me once and for all when He died on the cross for my sins, but He didn’t stop there. He continues to save me, every day, and fill my life with hope and joy.
Chronic illness, trials, suffering, and affliction will change your life, but they don’t have to end or ruin your life.
I love the story of Joseph in the Bible. If anyone’s life was upset by life, it was his. Yet Joseph trusted God, and God did incredible things in his life.
Because of chronic illness I’ve discovered talents I didn’t know I possessed. God has used me to tell people who feel unloved and alone that He loves them and will never leave them. Sound familiar?!
God is fulfilling my dreams, He’s just doing it in a way I didn’t expect or imagine. Instead of telling people in Southeast Asia about Jesus, I’m able to tell people all over the world about Jesus and His love for them through writing, photography, and working with Broken but Priceless Ministries.
Walking through life with God is the grandest of all adventures. We all know that life can change in a moment so let’s appreciate every day. Let’s have fun, do things that scare us, have incredible adventures, and trust the Lord moment by moment!
Has life upset your life? How has God been there for you in a difficult situation? Tell us in the comments and let’s encourage each other on this adventure we call life.
Josie is a writer, photographer, biker chick, chocolate addict, lover of all things adventurous, part owner of the Green Bay Packers, and vice president of Broken but Priceless Ministries. Check out her fun new website and Facebook Page!
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