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S. G. Willoughby is a 17-year-old girl who loves to write, read, and have adventures. She is a Lymie, TCK, and discipleship group leader for local girls. Sara currently lives in Arizona with her family and chocolate labradoodle.

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  1. Thank you, Sara, for this wise-beyond-your-years bit of encouragement. While I’m sorry for all that you’ve had to endure in order to be standing where you are today, I’m rejoicing for you as you step into your own Promised Land and shout, “Give me that mountain!”

  2. Wow! Having taught high school for over 15 years, I am not shocked by your writing and wisdom, but I am struck by just how much I can relate to your words. What a blessing!

  3. Bless you my sweet sister in Christ and in healing. I often wonder if stepping into healing scares me more than staying in the disorder; some day it is a struggle to imagine days full of life and health. The illness and struggle are a familiar poison, lo they are poison nonetheless. I ask God to remind us of His gentleness in this healing process and the wisdom to choose contentment with the past and the now so that when these days are a memory they will be ones of choosing well.
    Bless you!
    Beth

  4. Thank you my sweet sister in Christ. As uncomfortable as both struggle and healing is i thank you for reminding me to keep my hand in His. Yes He carries me and us in times of trial . Always and to you His blessings

  5. Hard fought, hard taught wisdom beyond your years….
    I am on the brink of my own promised land, still timid taking baby steps on the border, wondering what in the world? You captured in words what I’m feeling perfectly.

  6. I had surgery 10 years ago in January. Since then I’ve had 5 surgeries, a cracked vertebra, 3 seizures in one night, my Rheumatoid Arthritis worsened, two hernias, and now I’m told I need a hip replacement. When the doctor told me this I hung up the phone and cried out loud to God and asked Him “what else?” “When will all this go away? When will I be pain free? When will I not have to rely on others?” Just question after question. You hit home with this. I do thank God for my total and complete healing. Then the questions come. Will I be healed from the RA, from the hernias I got from the surgeries, my hip? But to know He will be with me until the end is quite reassuring. I’m not in this situation alone. He walked with me in the past and will continue to walk with me in the future.

    • That’s so hard, especially piled on top of each other! 🙁 I love that God can stand up to all of our questions. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s to keep asking the hard questions. Cause like you said — we’re not alone. He is faithful now like He’s been faithful before.

  7. Sarah,

    A very poignant &meaningful post! Thank you for sharing an intimate blog post. You are so wise beyond your years. The Bible says God won’t give us more than we can handle, but sometimes it feels like we’re under a heavy load. Psalm 23 states: Yea though I walk THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for THOU art with me. Thy rod & staff they comfort me. We know we can run to Him in the midst of trials. Healing ourselves is another story. Some healing can take years to overcome. One thing we must remember is that Jesus is with us & walking that long road to recovery. Taking the first step to total recovery is hard. Like walking on a slippery slope. Not sure if we will fall into the pit & have a relapse. The devil is no help. He constantly tells us lies “we can’t be healed”, “God must not love you if you’re not healed by now”. We must trust totally God’s power & grace to take that first step into a new life. Rejoicing with you as you venture out into the world whole. Praying God’s blessings over you.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Hi Beth! You’re so right! It feels like if we take one step towards healing, we’ll slip and fall… and healing can take a long time! But praise God for His grace and power! Thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement.

  8. God bless you! You brought me to tears. God had used your gift to pierce my heart in a way only He can and His timing is perfect.