Chronic fatigue and food allergies overcome

As a teenager I became very ill with a mysterious illness doctors labeled chronic fatigue syndrome. I completed high school at home, and after several specialists were unable to help me, I was told that I was not likely to recover and I should expect to be disabled for the rest of my life. But inwardly I was unwilling to accept this grim prognosis, and I continued to believe that I’d be able to find some way to overcome it. As traditional drug treatment seemed to leave me worse off instead of better, I abandoned medical treatment for more natural therapies, and in line with holistic philosophy, began to seek methods to heal and nurture my spirituality as well as my body. I studied many religions and eventually found joy and fellowship through participation in a well-known Christian church. 

During my late 20s, although I felt I was developing in character and knowledge, I continued to be troubled by chronic health problems that I feared would continue to keep my dreams out of reach. I recall seeking out the counsel of a highly respected member of the congregation I was attending. Her advice was to accept that I would never be able to be fully independent and that I should abandon my attempts to be so. Looking back on that conversation, I can see how my personal theology had begun to diverge from that of the church I’d been attending. I’d come to believe that the salvation promised through the atonement of Christ was a complete salvation—fully able to redeem the mind, heart, life, and body of any individual believer. I knew intuitively that God was a perfect God and His promises could not be a lie. I also felt that God could not be less mighty to save and heal than He had been in biblical times. I felt confident that by following His direction there would be complete redemption in my life, including release from any health challenges.

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