Never Once Did We Ever Walk Alone

Our walk with God

From the diagnosis until now…..

Well it seems like a good time for another update from me and Sarah. There has been some big events since our last post; it was my 25th Birthday this Friday just gone as well as our good friend David’s 30th on the same day! It was also a great honour and privilege to be a groomsman to my friend Daniel on Saturday for his wedding to a wonderful lady named Pearl. It was fantastic to see two people honour God in marriage and for our Church to rally around them and bless them with a beautiful wedding day. Daniel has an awesome testimony about God’s abundant grace and healing hear it on the Bexleyheath Community Church website by clicking here

Sarah is doing incredibly well at the moment but still struggling with the associated fatigue so please, please keep praying. We have now received more information about the drug trial that Sarah is eligible for (according to initial requirements). It is a very difficult decision for both of us and the thought of taking any sort of medication is difficult for Sarah. Even with my support it is hard for her not to feel alone in taking it. Sarah is suffering with random twitches whilst doing things like eating etc, which can cause some embarrassment for her if she drops her cutlery for seemingly no reason. We pray that God continues His healing work in her until this is rectified. We need to seek God thoroughly in making this decision and trust that sometimes the answer to prayer is the response to the need. Please continue to pray with us as we go through this time as your support has been like a rod to our backs keeping us upright and steadfast.

Now I would like to share with you about our wonderful God honoring church. I have alluded to them on many occasions whilst writing this blog but I feel it incredibly important to publicly give thanks for their support of us and our family. Our church like any good God glorifying church have rallied around us during this time and clothed us in prayer and support. I do not believe that we could ever truly express our thanks and gratitude for what you have all done for us. To those of you reading this who do not come to our church, why not pop along one Sunday and see why we could not be in a better place to be dealing with this situation

Jesus came to us as God incarnate to die for our sins, be raised to life by the Father and  bodily ascend to Heaven to reign with Him, forever interceding on our behalf. By bringing Gods Kingdom on earth he established the church to be His bride and outwork His power through the Holy Spirit so people could be gathered to His mighty name. God knew as Christians that we should not be ‘lone rangers’ and should find a place in the body of Christ (the church). As it says in 1 Corinthians 12:27  “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” If we also look at John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” we can see that God’s promise is that if we come to know Jesus as our Lord and Savior we will live for eternity worshiping the living God and will be able to take our place in His church. If we were not safe in this assurance we would not be able to cope with most parts of our lives let alone something as life changing as MS.

whoever you are, whatever race you are, whatever walk of life you are from, whatever beliefs you hold or whatever life you have lived Jesus loves you and gave up His life for you so that you may know God the Father as intimately as Him. There are no promises of an easy life, money or perfect health but there is an assurance that your life is in His hands and whatever happens God is sovereign and will outwork His great plans for you.

God bless,

James & Sarah

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The diagnosis……

Well the summer seems to have well and truly come and gone as we start to welcome in the autumn. We have spent sometime away from the blog over the past few weeks to try to process all that has happened and look to our great and glorious God whilst we plan for the future, however uncertain.

Sarah has recently celebrated her 24th birthday that was enjoyed by both friends and family. We played ridiculously funny games (as concocted by John and Laura) and enjoyed a family BBQ on the bank holiday monday.

We had the first consultants appointment this Monday at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, which had been long anticipated. We thank God for an answer to prayer as he gave us the most fantastic consultant who seem’s to be nothing short of an expert at the forefront of his field. He sadly confirmed the diagnosis as Multiple Sclerosis, which although deeply saddening comes with a peace from God and a final understanding of what we are dealing with. The next thing on the ‘MS calender’ will be Sarah’s second MRI. This was a very unpleasant experience for Sarah the first time so could I please ask that if you pray, please pray for a quick and less traumatic experience this time around. The consultant has begun talking with us about the different kinds of medication available. However as he aptly put the medications available are a ‘two edged knife that cut both ways’ meaning that the better drug the worse the side effect. We will be spending much time seeking God in the lead up to making our decision. (please visit www.msdecisions.org.uk for more information on MS and its treatment).

Now for some good news! Sarah’s eyesight seems to have fully returned, if it has not recovered fully then her brain has adapted to make up for what was lost. Her tingling and numbness has now all but completely been healed, which means she is walking well and she can be touched on her right side. Due to this healing she is now able to drive again and has done so over the past few days. Please join us in praising our gracious God for his providence during this time.

Over the past few weeks/months during this trial we both have drawn closer to our saviour and looked to God for support in our lives.  First Corinthians 10:13 in the NKJV reads, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” This Scripture teaches us a powerful lesson. If we belong to Him, God will not allow any difficulty to come into our lives that we are not capable of bearing. This shows that God allows these trials in our lives to work out His great purposes for us, it is wonderful and glorious although unquestionably difficult. We are called to lean wholly on Jesus and the work of the spirit and not to depend on our own strength.  James 1:12 assures us, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

In all that we do and in all that we are, we are called to bring Gods kingdom on earth as it is in heaven and see people saved through Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and bodily ascension to heaven to sit at the right hand of the father. We pray that through our trial you will see a hope that is greater for the trials you face within your own lives and look to Jesus as your friend and saviour.

God bless,

James & Sarah x

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