Hello, and God bless!
My name is Amanda and I am the author of Strengthening the Muscle of Faith. I have struggled with illness ever since I was 14 years old. In my youth, I was raised in church, but officially saved at a church camp I attended in 2008. I have PFD, Chronic Functional Abdominal Pain, and lastly, I have a subarachnoid hemorrhage, or a Traumatic Brain Injury derived from a car accident with my family in 2016, as well as Bell’s palsy from the airbag impact to the left side of my face. My health has affected me greatly in my life up to this point, but with God’s help and mercy, I have not only grown closer to Him, but I also wish to use everything that I have been through to serve as a testimony to God’s power, love, and devotion.
I have the goal to connect with others who have a chronic illness, and offer encouragement. I have learned that one very important thing that we survivors are in need of is assurance. We need to understand that we’re not alone in our struggles and that others are experiencing some of the same problems. This prevents us from feeling isolated and all alone during our trials. Furthermore, I wish to emphasize the role that God plays through all of this. It’s more crucial to turn to God when we are at our weakest. We must remember the following:
“That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 NLT
God is our strength when we are weak. We can turn to Him, and rely on Him for everything. He is our priest, provider, and protector. He is our healer and universal doctor, and He is our safe fortress.