Taking Back Your Life While You Wait for Healing

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Why Hasn’t God Healed Me?

This is a question that many have asked. Why does He heal some and not others? I don’t know. I know people of great faith who have not been healed. We will only understand when we are face-to-face with Him. In the meantime, there are ways of taking back our life.

When these questions arise, I often go to what Jesus said about Lazarus and his sickness. “This sickness will not end in death but is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” John 11:3 This leads me to a prayer I once heard. It went something like this…

My Prayer for Healing

If you receive the most glory by healing me instantly, so be it

If you receive the most glory by waiting, I accept it.

If you receve the most glory by healing me at the resureection, I accept it.

How We Respond to God’s Answer

I wrote a few years ago about how I worked through the process of accepting my illness as something that was for life. The result was “If God is my Healer, Why am I Still Sick?”

Early on in my journey with pain, there was a beautiful Christian lady in our church who had a brain tumor. Delores had the most God-glorifying attitude throughout her illness – even to the end when she was ultimately healed at the Savior’s feet. Through it all, she would tell us, “God is in control, I’m just along for the Ride.

The Story of Joni Eareckson-Tada

I have followed Joni Eareckson-Tada since her accident in 1967 – over 55 years! She has been a source of hope and encouragement ever since. She has taken back her life through her work at Joni and Friends. Her artwork is beautiful and amazing. Her music is encouraging. I had some of her albums back in the day. And she has written many, many books. I read The God I Love not too long ago. A good read about her life story.

It never occurred to me that someone who is paralyzed can also suffer from pain. Chronic pain has been her latest struggle. She, like many of us, has had people say that if she had enough faith, she would be healed. She has written a book as her response to this statement.

Obviously, her healing has been through acceptance and reaching people all around the world.

Joni Eareckson’s Quest for Healing

A Place of Healing Joni Eareckson Tada

In this eloquent account of her current struggle with physical pain, Joni Eareckson Tada offers her perspective on divine healing, God’s purposes, and what it means to live with joy.

Over four decades ago, a diving accident left Joni a quadriplegic. Today, she faces a new battle: unrelenting pain. The ongoing urgency of this season in her life has caused Joni to return to foundational questions about suffering and God’s will.

A Place of Healing is not an ivory-tower treatise on suffering. It’s an intimate look into the life of a mature woman of God. Whether readers are enduring physical pain, financial loss, or relational grief, Joni invites them to process their suffering with her. Together, they will navigate the distance between God’s magnificent yes and heartbreaking no—and find new hope for thriving in between.

My Review

Joni addresses the idea that “if you have faith, you will be healed”. She exposes the lie in this statement by sharing stories of her own journey for healing and of the lives of many she has touched who also have not been healed in this life.

You will find great encouragement in these stories. You will also find that your great faith points you to a great Savior who gives us the strength to live for Him day by day.

A Must Read for those with chronic pain or any other trial in their life.

Tami Stackelhouse Takes Back Her Life With Chronic Pain

Tami struggled with illness most of her life. Unfortunately, doctors had no answers for her until about 2011. She fought her way through the muck and found answers to things that work. As a result, Tami found a way to take back her life by becoming a Fibromyalgia Coach and has created a fibromyalgia coaching institute to teach others how to coach because the need is so great. She has helped myriads of people learn how to take back their lives in the midst of pain. You can also listen to her podcast at The Fibromyalgia Podcast.

Are you tired of feeling like a prisoner in your own body? Do you want to find hope and be free of fibromyalgia symptoms and pain?

As a fibromyalgia patient, Tami Stackelhouse has gone from being disabled to having her fibromyalgia in remission. In Take Back Your Life, you will learn how to use the techniques and strategies Tami utilized to get well – the same strategies she teaches her students and clients. More than just a lifestyle or self-management guide, this is a concise reference book woven with Tami’s own story.

This page-by-page survival guide is for action-oriented fibromyalgia patients who want to feel better as quickly as possible. It’s written for the patient overwhelmed with a new fibromyalgia diagnosis and for the fibro-veteran who is stuck and needs new ideas. It is also a great resource for the caring family and support team of anyone suffering from fibromyalgia.

Steps to Take Back Your Life

In this guide, Tami discusses what it means to have a fibromyalgia diagnosis, from the perspective of someone who has lived with it daily. She will show you how to:

  • Stop the pain
  • Increase your energy
  • Improve your quality of sleep
  • Clear your brain fog
  • Work with your doctor
  • Help yourself heal
  • Bring more joy into your life

If you are ready to take back control of your life and health, begin where countless others have found their key to freedom – in the pages of this book.

My Review

Tami’s story is so encouraging to me. We have been on parallel roads, having been diagnosed in the same year. Her story is not unlike many who suffer from chronic pain. While things are improving, there are still many who believe that Fibromyalgia is psychosomatic – even doctors. Tami can help you find some relief even when the doctors cannot.

Samantha Moss’s Medical Musings

Sam has dealt with incredibly a great many chronic problems including a rare bone disease. Though she deals with having a stoma and easily breaking bones, she ministers to people around the world with her FB forum – My Medical Musing with Friends. She has recently written a book, My Medical Musings, and started a podcast. If you aren’t connected with her yet, you need to be. She blogs at www.mymedmusings.com and recently began podcasting. You can probably find her podcast it in many places. I listen in on Spotify – Medical Musings with Sam. She recently wrote a book about her journey but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

Her Book, My Medical Musings: A Story of Love, Laughter, Faith and Hope; Living with a Rare Disease

At the height of her successful career, Samantha Moss was an Executive Manager in Financial Services when her health took a negative turn. Suddenly diagnosed with a severe bowel prolapse, multiple autoimmune diseases, and a Rare Bone Disease, she was forced to get creative to forge a new path. Despite many broken bones and a permanent colostomy, Samantha was determined to find a fulfilling purpose for her life and became the founder of the blog, “My Medical Musings”. Her blog was created to reach others living with complex diseases, and it slowly evolved into an additional global support group, to provide an online community for her followers. This story is full of encouragement for others facing a sudden change in life’s direction, to not give up on finding a new purpose. With faith as her anchor, Samantha’s hope is those living with Chronic Illness will discover, their illness is only a part of their life, it doesn’t have to be all of their life. You can find your purpose, too.

My Review

Sam’s book is at the top of my Books to Read pile. I know a lot about her journey because I have been following her since my diagnosis. We are parallel sisters from across the world. She did beat me to writing her book though. Mine is in the process. My Children’s book – Soft Hugs for Mommy will publish sometime in 2023 and a book of devotions will follow. If you would like to follow my writing journey, sign up here…. Mandy’s Muse-letter.

Take Back Your Life by Picking Up Any of These Books

There is hope, my friend. Come along with these and take back your life!


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About Mandy Farmer

Pastor's Wife (retired) &  Chronic Pain Warrior blogs about how to make it through anything by relating her own life experiences to her writing. She is passionate about her love for the Lord and desires to spread that passion to others. She has a great desire to encourage women who are following behind her.

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5 Comments on “Taking Back Your Life While You Wait for Healing”

  1. Thanks for these great resources, Mandy. Those writers have been encouragements to me too. I ‘m going to put Sam’s story in my wishlist now!

  2. Thank you for the reviews and recommendations! Learning how to thrive in the wait of prayers sent out is so very important to a life of trust and joy with our savior!

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