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Our walk with God

The diagnosis……

on September 10, 2011

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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2 responses to “The diagnosis……

  1. Janice WW says:

    Dear James and Sarah,
    Thank you for your news and for bringing us up to date.
    John and İ are ın Turkey but have read your blog this evening and feel so encouraged by what you have shared with us vıa the blog.
    Love you loads.
    J&J
    XXXXXXXX

  2. David and Sue says:

    Continuing to pray for you both (and wider family) and thrilled by your confidence in Jesus.
    Love and God bless, David & Sue B Liz & Sophie

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