I know what it is like to have sickness humble you to your core. As I depended on my mom to bath and feed me at 19 years old. The self-awareness and esteem found in trying new things never came to me as a teenager. In the spirit, I grew, and my roots still hold till this day. But for a decade after my healing manifested God restored my unique personhood and belief that I could learn and grow in daily skills and everyday affairs.

You see chronic illness doesn’t just rob you of physical activity. It robs you of the everyday experiences that grow us as humans.
I want those of you who have watch days, weeks and years slip through your fingers to know. You don’t have to keep a tally of all that has been stolen. You don’t have to make a list of the experiences and skills you want to acquire when your life is restored.
Our God is the Redeemer, and He will make sure you are repaid and the seasons that were lost will be repaid in abundant abounding life!!

Just when I think “This must be the full payback” I hold in my hands another part of God’s goodness I forgot I ever longed for. Our God is faithful! Our God is Redeemer! He can be trusted with the dreams you have watched die. Hand them all to Him and don’t stop perusing wholeness. You won’t regret it. I promise. He promises!!

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


Martin said...

Truly inspirational words Niki! I believe!

Unknown said...

Thank you Niki! It is my hope that all the things I have lost in my life can be restored.

Praise said...

Wow, when I read that part about watching your life slip away, it was so deep; because I had that thought so many times. I literally watched as my life slipped through my fingers one day at a time. Before I knew it, days turned to weeks, weeks to months and months to years. I watched as the people I grew up with moved on in life as I remained stuck to the same spot, like a rotting tree stump. But to hear the gospel of grace proclaimed and to know that Jesus has redeemed my past; I just want to say thanks for reminding me again of God's restoration.