My name is Kelly Nobles, I'm 35, the wife of Eric for 14 years, mother to 4 daughters and follower of Christ. Welcome to a little piece of my life, my daily struggle of living with a DVT and all that comes with it! I am 13 months in the fight of my life. I just had my 7th surgical procedure. Over the next few months I will go back to the beginning of my battle and re-tell the story of where I was, where I am and finally where I hope to be. My heart is to be transparent and to help others. I hope to educate prevention but even more than that I would like to offer a gentle embrace to those affected by this silent killer. So welcome to my neck of the woods, may you be blessed!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Trials: Not if they come but when they come! post 14 DVT Testimony

I love God's Word and I love that it is always right on time!  You know, I had many people unleash their opinions on me trying to enlighten me as to why this happened to me.  I have heard things like, "what sin in your life do you have that may have caused this?", "Legalism leads to sickness..."  On the flip side I have had precious people in my life say very positive things as well.  Nonetheless, you can hear an opinion and suddenly your mind begins to wonder.  At this point in my journey I was able to go right to the Lord for answers.  I never wondered why me I did wonder why it happened but not with anger or injustice because I know we live in a fallen world.  In my pursuit I came across some great teaching.

"Beloved do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings that you may also rejoice and be glad!"-1Peter 4:12-13.

It dawned on me that tests come and the reason they come is to show you the mess that is still in your heart.  It's called fiery trial because its like the refiners fire; it brings the impure things to the top so He, the Lord can scoop them out!  Don't misunderstand me, God did NOT make me sick, He did not send a sickness in punishment.  Nothing bad comes from Him.  I am saying that God will use this vile and disgusting thing the enemy has launched on me to make me stronger.  He will make something beautiful out of the ashes of my health.  What the enemy means to destroy me, the Lord will use to prosper me.  It's not in His nature to orchestrate a sickness but He will use it to grow you by revealing areas in your life that need some attention.  This mess in my leg will be used to glorify the Lord.  Remember the enemy launched an attack that should have killed me but my God rescued me.  My miracle; is my life spared!

I don't ask why anymore, I choose to look at it as a trial, a test.  Like any test, I will attack it with the attitude that I will pass it, and not just skim by.  I will overcome the enemy with confidence because he is under my feet, Jesus made that happen!  I will do it holding the Lords hand all the way.  The word is where your instructions are when faced with a test. 

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you.  (exalt meaning to lift you up)  Casting ALL (not some, or part but ALL) your anxieties on Him because He cares for you, be sober minded (not frantic, but clam, and clear ) be watchful (not distracted) Your adversary the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.  Resist him, firm (not wavering or weak but firm) in your faith (see here, faith is referred as being needed during a tough time)  knowing that the same kinds of sufferings are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world (do you ever just get sick of yourself, brotherhood, taking the focus off of yourself, off of your single circumstance and the focus on the body of Christ that you are a part of, brotherhood of Christ, we are in this thing together).  and after you have suffered a little while, the God of ALL grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will HIMSELF (stay with me, and hear this part)  RESTORE, CONFIRM, STRENGTHEN, and ESTABLISH you.  To Him be the dominion forever and ever amen!"-1Peter 5:6-11 ( I hope you enjoyed my commentary notes in the midst of this beautiful scripture :)

Makes you wanna sing Hallelujah doesn't it?!  This is the scripture that I have clung to during this whole fiasco.  When we are faced with mountains it is imperative you have a scripture or 2, or 5, or 20 to cling to.  This will help you hold the thoughts in your brain captive and stay on track, keeping your eyes on Jesus all the way! 

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