It has been a month to the day since I got completely healed from severe multiple food allergies.
The miracle happened at our church, The River Christian Church (Auckland) conference – HIS PRESENCE Conference | UNCONTAINABLE.
The conference itself was phenomenal. The worship went off in every session. Each message was bang on and relevant and God’s NOW words for me and so many others. It was great to connect with River people and friends from other churches, and of course, make new friends. Our kids had their own River Kids conference and had an amazing time discovering more about God and His great love for them.
I felt that the message on the Friday night by Paul Saunders was just for me. It was so where I was at – or more importantly, so where I need to be. It was about no limits and how nothing is impossible with God. He challenged us to live uncontainable lives, believing that God is the God of no limits and all possibilities and to lift our expectation.
I left that night after the ministry time, where I encountered God in an amazing way, full. Satisfied. Challenged. If nothing else happened on conference I would have been happy.
Then Saturday morning happened.
When Pastor James Anson (Faithpointe Church, Auckland) got up to speak he begun with some words of knowledge for healing. He had words for people with carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, left ankle issues and then…
Severe food allergies.
I was sitting in the front row.
I stood up.
I dont know if it was audible or tangible, but I felt everyone behind me “oooooh, its claire!” with a sense of expectation. This isnt just my story. It is a story for our church. They all know I’m the food allergy guru and how the allergies have altered my life. They know my backstory and have walked through the journey with me.
In 2012 I discovered that I was allergic to wheat. In September that year my specialist said I was intolerant to diary and to cut that out as well. That added to my list which included egg, seafood, shellfish, nuts, melon, bananas, kiwifruit and various other environmental factors. I have an epi pen and take antihistamines daily. Prior to 2012 I was constantly sick and tired. I was having monthly b12 injections but they made no difference. I always had sinus infections. I was unbelievably exhausted. My life quality was diminishing. I would have weird, seemingly random reactions to what seemed to be nothing and everything. There would be some nights after eating when I would break out in a full body incessant itch and rash, followed by nausea, tummy issues, dizzyness and what I termed, fritzing. Fritzing is when my brain began to short circuit and I would be unable to think clearly. I would get a reaction around my mouth and my lips would swell and tingle and hives would appear.
Food allergies had become part of my identity. Socialization around food became more challenging. I have eaten out once in the time since going gluten free, and even that wasn’t smooth. I haven’t had bread at communion since 2012. Cafes are not my friend because of the combination of allergies I have battled. I have become the allergy awareness person at our church, everyone knows my food foibles and the adventures I’ve had. I’ve been very public about my struggles and embraced the journey I’ve been on. I’ve catered for gluten/dairy/egg free people at conferences and camps. I’ve had many conversations with people because of the gluten free connection. I have modified everything we eat at home. I spend $900 on my bread alone for the year. Yes. Insane eh.
I have been prayed for many many many times over the past 10 years for my allergies. More so in the last 3 years. I am always very happy to be prayed for because I have always believed that one day I would be healed and that one day would come, one day.
Until blind Bartimaeus was healed, he was blind. Until the lame man was healed, he was lame. Until Lazarus was healed, he was dead. I was in my until. Until I was healed, I had food allergies.
As you can see in the photo at the top people gathered around me (and the other people who had stood up) and prayed. Like I said, I have been prayed for many times for healing. But this time was different. This time had the YES of God on it. The presence of God was very strong and I was beginning to feel incredibly warm and and and… words cant really describe it. It was amazing. I knew I was healed. Beyond shadow of a doubt.
Towards the end of being prayed for I felt strongly that I should test it and act in faith. Just as those who had the sore ankles and wrists would be asked to do something to see if they were healed, so I too could do something. I have been asked to eat after being prayed for but have always politely but firmly declined. But there was something different about this time. When Pastor James asked people to test it I said to my friends who had prayed “I’m going to eat caramel slice!” I dashed off.
As part of the conference our church puts on a lunch, including baking and I had watched people bring in platters of amazing baking. Including caramel slice.
As I dashed off to get the caramel slice, I freaked my friends out. Seriously. One asked if my epi pen was in my bag, prepared for the worst.
I got the caramel slice and took it back into the church. And ate it. Oh how sweet and good it was!
We then all sat down again and waited. A few minutes later I thumbed up my best friends, all good. No reaction so far. No facial tingling. No hives. No itch. Twenty minutes past. No tummy pain. No dash to the bathroom.
No reaction. At all.
Praise Jesus! All glory to Him!
Since that day I have eaten toast, fish and chips, white fluffy rolls, donuts, banana cake, red velvet cupcakes, Chinese takeaways, chocolate, cookies. I now eat anything and everything. No restriction and no reaction.
My life is changed.
Jesus has changed my life.
Jesus has healed me.
I have had my UNTIL moment.
Nothing is impossible for God.
My lovely husband shared this and the original posts on facebook today : It has been around a month since my wife Claire was healed of her food allergies. I am still not sure if I can put words to how amazed at God I am or how proud of Claire I am, for saying Yes to Him. I can’t say i don’t get anxious as she dives into a ‘new’ food, but the way our lives have changed because of her trust in Jesus and her faith to say yes is astounding. I am so humbled that Jesus cares about the ‘little’ things in our lives.
But the best thing is that Jesus CARES about you and where you are at right now. From the lowest low to the highest high Jesus cares and is wanting you to know that He loves you and is there for you.
He doesn’t just heal other people/families, because now I am one of those other families, YOU can be healed as well, YOU are important to Him.
PS I’d love you to share what God has done – all for His fame!