Let me start this post out by saying that God is so GOOD!
I’m going to tell you all a little story that you may or may not be aware of already…
I have struggled with health problems for years, without ever being able to pinpoint what in the world was wrong with me.
But exactly a year ago, at this same time I went through the hardest time of my life. I got so sick that I had to go to the U.S. for doctor’s visits, just hoping to figure out what was wrong with me! I was losing weight so quickly, and I was tired all of the time... In just a manner of weeks I lost almost 20 pounds. At times I would lie awake in my bed at night, crying and praying, unable to sleep from the pain in my joints.
I've had cat scans, I saw doctor after doctor, I was tested for Lyme’s disease, for arthritis, and other illnesses—at one point one of my doctors sent me in for a CT scan to check for brain tumors.
(There's nothing like being told you might have a brain tumor to give you a good ol' dose of stress.)
....but everything always came back negative.
Sometimes I wondered if I was going to die from whatever was wrong with me...
|I spent my 19th birthday in the E.R.|
Being away from my family in Mexico also made that time extra hard and stressful...
|Beth and I survived through video chatting <3 td="">3>|
I wanted an answer-- I didn't care what that answer was. I was ready to hear the worst... Just anything but the unknown! I just wanted to know what I had, and how I could get rid of it!
Finally, in late 2011, we finally pinpointed what my problem was.
I was allergic to gluten.
Now, I was never diagnosed officially with "gluten intolerance", or Celiac disease. My doc said that it might be a type of gluten intolerance.
The ways of diagnosing that are too difficult, and would have required me to eat gluten; the very poison that would wreak havoc on my system and have me suffering for days on end. We reached this conclusion by eliminating all gluten from my diet… When I avoided bread and such, miraculously I felt a lot better.
I finally had my answer, and I did what I could-- I stayed away from gluten for the most part. In the beginning I cheated, but my body quickly reminded me of the consequences of that…
I became more and more careful of not eating gluten. But for those of you that suffer with this same problem, or any other food allergy, you know that accidents happen. Somewhere along the line you’re going to accidentally eat what you’re not supposed to.
But there is no cure for gluten intolerance, or Celiac disease.
The joint pain would mysteriously come back for a few days, and my stomach would be in knots… Even though to my knowledge I hadn’t eaten anything wrong.
I never felt quite right, but I adjusted to it. It became my “normal”.
Until last night.
On Thursday and Friday we had 2 special services over in the south side church. There is a couple that is visiting and will be with us in Puebla for a month. Bro. and Sis. Meredith are a sweet couple, anointed and are being used by God here in Puebla. Bro. Meredith preached for us on Thursday and Friday.
Whew! This is what our car looked like on Friday afternoon when we headed across town again, but this time we took a carload of eighteen people!!! Yikes! In our seven seater Caravan!
We were packed like sardines in there...
This picture doesn't really do the packed-ness justice haha. And what you can't see are the 4 boys in the trunk! LOL. Gotta love Mexico :) We get it done one way or another!
And this is Beth, me, and Judah smooshed into the front passenger.
It was painful! :)) But it provided lots of laughter!
And now, here we are with the good part!
As I type this I can't stop smiling!
We started with song service. (Beth and I did the music this night.)
In the middle of service my Tio Mario called his mother-in-law up to be prayed for.
You wouldn't guess it by looking at her, but the doctors have given her 6 months to live.
She has cancer in both lungs.
The spirit of God fell in that place in such a powerful way, and everyone started praying for this woman. It was amazing, you could feel the God moving and there was such a strong spirit of faith in the house. We prayed for several minutes, and then Bro. Mario got the microphone and told everyone to keep praying, that he could feel a healing spirit moving in the building.
So what did I do, along with everyone else? I kept praying for Hayde's mom's healing!
But then the Holy Ghost hit me so strongly and I just couldn't stop speaking in tongues...
The next thing I knew Bro. Mario laid his hand on me and began praying for my healing!
I’ve heard of stories from people that have gotten healed, and how they felt a warmth, or strange sensation in their body…
But for me, when Mario started to pray for me, suddenly I just felt right. I felt whole inside. It’s hard to explain, but I felt something like I’d never felt before. It was like all the pieces finally came together from my head to my toes, and I had such a sense of peace and wholeness…
I couldn’t stop crying, but from joy.
God healed me.
God healed me—Nicole Marlene Wakefield. I’m completely free of any and every sickness in my body, whether it was Celiac disease, or who knows what!
I’ve never felt this way before and I know,
He touched me, oh he touched me!
And oh the joy that floods my soul!
|Bro. Meredith preaching, Elder Wakefield translating.|
|Sweet little Julia praying for Monse|
After church, we celebrated!
With bread. Sweet Mexican bread and café de olla. Some of you may not understand, but this is a HUGE deal.
How could one piece of bread be such a big deal?
You guys, I got “glutened” just a month ago from a 1-inch piece of communion bread. I suffered with awful stabbing pains in my stomach and nausea for about 4 days afterwards. My body was just not able to digest gluten.
Eating this piece of bread meant so very much...
Yikes, look at this very red, but very happy girl :)))
|I got a few crazy looks, especially from my sweet gramma when she saw what I had in front of me!! The crazy look quickly turned into happiness, tears, and hugs when I told her what had happened...|
This was a big deal. There really are no words to express the joy and the peace that I feel.
Visiting! I love all of these people!
And then we headed home! Here are where the 4 boys rode for the trip!
Nothing could take the smile off of my face last night...
God blessed me in such an awesome way!
God loves us, he really does. And His timing is perfect. Have faith and keep praying for your miracle! God can do anything!
I hope that this builds up your faith—It certainly has done that for me! I can’t stop laughing and crying! My God answers prayers! It might not happen when you want it to happen, but have faith and keep on praying!
If He did it for me, he can do it for you.
Our God is so GOOD. He is our healer!
Thank you Jesus for healing me!! And thank you to all of you out there, friends and family, that have been praying for me as well! It all has paid off! It’s time to rejoice!
....And time to eat cake ;)
God’s timing is very perfect—I’ll be able to have cake for my 20th birthday!!! ;D