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healedAt our church we passionately believe that God heals.  In Exodus 15:26 God reveals that His very name is Jehovah Rapha, I am the God that heals you.  It is deep in the heart and character of God to heal and transform lives.  It is in the very fabric of who He is to heal.

In Psalm 103 we read

Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Healing is something very personal to me.  It’s been neat on fb this past week seeing fb memories about discovering I was allergic to wheat, beginning regular specialist visits, having copious amounts of blood tests, and yes, having to go gluten free… In fact in space of a few weeks I was gluten free, diary free to add to my egg free, nut free, seafood free, fruit free and it felt like, taste free.  One test revealed that I was 3000x the limit of what a normal person’s rate would be.   It was a diagnosis at the end of a 24 month journey of constant unwellness and reactions.  In one test they did out of the 18 things they tested I was allergic to 15 of them.  Only to go back the next month to say, oh you’re also allergic to these things now too.  18 out of 18.  Over achiever!

Now I tell this not to brag about myself but to brag about Jesus and to declare that He is the same today as He was  yesterday and will be tomorrow.

My life changed at His Presence Conference in 2014 one of the speakers begun the session saying that he had some specific conditions that he was going to call out and that God was going to heal.

Carpal tunnel.  Arthritis.  And then severe food allergies.  I stood up.  Now I had been prayed for so many times.  So many.  And sometimes saw some changes but was still battling the condition.  And sometimes people would pray for me and say wanna test it and I would be like, bless your heart. NO!

But this time as people prayed for me I had a sense from God that YES I could eat!   I KNEW I was healed.

So I did!  We had a lovely morning tea prepared around the corner and I grabbed some yummy caramel slice and ate it.

Now this would be a trillion times more than my body could have handled.  If I was reacting it would take about a minute for me to become uncontrollably itchy, for my lips to swell and for my temperature to rise, for me to feel dizzy and like my brain was fritzing out and well, there were other unpleasant things too that would have me in the bathroom for the day.

But none of that happened.  So I ate half a piece of toast the next day.  And the pizza the week later.   And donuts.

No problems.  Completely healed.

I tell you this because testimonies stir our faith.  They remind us that God can do the impossible, and I say if He can do it for me, He can do it for you.

We believe God heals and love to pray for healing.  We understand sometimes it is a process.  I had a few years of process to walk through UNTIL my healing, just like how blind bartimaeus was blind UNTIl Jesus healed him, just as the lepers had leprosy UNTIL Jesus healed them, just as Lazerus was dead UNTIL Jesus healed him and raised him from death.  But we stretch out in faith in every part of the journey, declaring and celebrating that our God is the God that heals.

Isaiah 53:5 says He was pierced for our transgressions, and he was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his stripes we are healed.

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole and we received healing from his wounds

* preaching notes from my message at The River Christian Church, Sunday 26th April

God is my healer.  I have seen Him time and time do dramatic WOW unexplainable radical things in my life and body.  This morning I’m going to weave my story into what I share about how God is our healer.  He is Yahweh Rapha – God our Healer.

I don’t know about you, but this week as I’ve read my Bible, I’ve had a whole new perspective of the name and heart of God.  Every time I read LORD GOD in all caps, or Jehovah God, or Yahweh God, it has touched my heart in a new way.  This is His personal name, His personal revelation of His heart towards us.  This is His personal promise, not out of duty as God or I must cos I’m God, but out of His love and grace towards us.  How awesome is that.

As we discover the different revelations of God’s name, the different expressions of His character and heart, our hope is that you will be inspired to a new level of love and awe at our incredible God who is all powerful, all creative, all wise, all loving, all amazing and that as you live that out in your real life that these are the truths that you hold onto.

We have to be confident in the character of God.  He is deliberately mysterious. God is outside the box, His ways are higher, His thoughts are above any spectrum our thoughts are on.  I believe He also calls us deeper, to seek out those depths of who He is, to stretch out beyond what we know today into more revelation and truth.  God is inviting us into more.

Jeremiah 29:11-13For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will SEEK me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

God invites us to seek Him and promises those who seek, will find.

We are just like the Israelites, on a journey.

If you could turn to, or turn on, Exodus 15:22-26 – which is where we find the Israelites and were we find God reveal, for the first time, His name, Yahweh Rapha.

Yahweh Rapha means God is our healer.  He is our great physician.  He is the one who heals our diseases and our brokenness.  He repairs our lives and restores and keeps us in health.

Psalm 103 says:
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The revelation of this name of God, this defining name worthy characteristic, reveals that God’s heart to us is to heal us and restore us. It is God’s personal promise, woven into His name, to care for us and to demonstrate His great power over all of creation to keep us in health.   It comes from His heart and is His heart for you and I today.

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Yesterday we had what I affectionately call an “allergy adventure”.

It involved a couple of firsts for us.

First use of an epi pen.

Followed shortly by first trip in an ambulance for Evangeline.

Today I phoned my fabulous allergy nurse.  She has been a source not only of great wisdom and information but great encouragement.  After walking through what happened yesterday she encouraged me as a mother, as an allergy mother.  Well done, she said.  You did the right thing.  You were awesome.

It did my heart good.

Yet at the same time, I knew I had done the right thing and handled the situation in all the right ways.

We have walked through in our heads and in conversations and in the numerous allergy talks that I have given at school about keeping our friends safe what to do if it was a bad reaction.  The check list was front and centre in my mind.  In my head I had made the decisions already.  I had put myself in the situation in my imagination.

When push came to shove I was made for this.  I was ready.

It’s hard to say that.  And I hope it doesnt come across as a #humblebrag but I was made for this.

I was prepared.

What crisis are you prepared for?

What conversations do you have to have with yourself to be ready?

What decision do you have to make before the moment arrived?

For me the decision to administer the epi pen was easy because I knew the signs and I knew the consequences both good and bad.  Once the boxes were ticked in my mental list the decision was made.  I was prepared.  Ready.  Decided.

Are you ready?

HEALED BY JESUS

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. Read the rest of this entry »

HEALED BY JESUS

Three weeks ago I got healed of severe food allergies.

Since then every meal and snack has been a delight of discovery and a step of faith to live and eat healed.

I have eaten things that would have been impossible for me to eat and prior to being healed would have had me reacting and sick for at least a week.  I know I am healed.

 

In the past 3 weeks I have eaten:

toast, gluten free bread

pizza

M&Ms

cheese scones

fish and chips! first takeaways in 3 years!

creamy tomato soup

country cheese crackers

turkish delight chocolate

chocolate muffins (from the bakery!)

fluffy white dinner rolls

cookie time cookie

 

with each new food I eat amazed and humbled that God has healed me.  I eat amazed and awed by the normality of my body after eating these foods.  As I said above, 3 weeks ago that would not have been my reality or circumstance!

I am not taking it for granted.

It is a food adventure!

 

It was also awesome yesterday to have a lady who came to church because she read about what happened on facebook.  My story has been shared over 300 time on facebook.

 

All glory is to God who transformed my body and systems so that I can eat normally.  It is an incredible miracle.

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Is God real?

Does He heal?

Twice now I’ve hinted at an incredible life changing moment in my life.  Again its still so amazing and I’m in awe of what has happened.   Now that you know my backstory I’ll go into what happened on Saturday and since then.

Over the weekend our church, The River Christian Church (Auckland) held HIS PRESENCE Conference | UNCONTAINABLE.

It 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 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.

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.

I freaked my friends out.  Seriously.   One asked if my epi pen was in my bag, prepared for the worst.  Remember, only 3 weeks ago I reacted to wheat products.

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 then I have eaten something every day that would have made me react.

Banana cake.

Turkish Delight Chocolate (yeah thats a naughty one!)

and today – bread.  Normal bread.  Gluten full bread.

My life is changed.

Jesus has changed my life.

Jesus has healed me.

I have had my UNTIL moment.

It’s incredible.

A miracle.

Nothing is impossible for God.

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The other day I hinted that I had something incredible to share with you.

Four days onwards I am still finding it hard to wrap words around what has happened.  Its that momentous.

Let me begin with the backstory.

For a number of years I had some serious health struggles.  I was always exhausted.  I was always sick.  My skin was raging with eczema.     My vitamin and mineral stores within my body were depleted.  Life was becoming gray.  I was always at the dr and spent a few years constantly being on and off antibiotics for various sinus and skin infections. The only solution was to take antihistamines and go to bed.  Nothing was changing.  Progressively it became worse. Read the rest of this entry »

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I have something incredible to share with you all…

but as yet I still havent been able to find the right words.  I havent been able to wrap words around how amazing it is, how amazing God is.  Yes, I’m speechless!  I want to tell the story and do it justice in a way that people would know that God is real and that nothing is impossible for Him.  I want to tell it in away that conveys the magnitude of what this means for my life.

I’m awestruck.

Amazed.

I’ll give you a clue.

That’s me getting prayed for at our #HisPresence14 Conference at The River over the weekend.

And I got healed.

Seriously healed.

Life changedly healed.

Watch this space for an update later in the week!

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i’ve had some unexpected FROZEN time… aka Evangeline has had the flu last week (thankfully not the dreaded vomit bug that has gone around our mums group!) and so we’ve had lots of snuggle time and watched Frozen at least 3 times.  it may be 4.  good thing i love it.  i think i have a Kristof crush.

 

 

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have been loving this series by Elevation Church (Steven Furtick) called Crash The Chatterbox.  Our Mumstime group have been watching the church series in our morning group and then we have started watching it, and the dvd series, in alternative weeks, at the best housegroup in the world.   Steven is an engaging preacher and both groups have taken away massive amounts of challenge and encouragement.

 

 

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it was my birthday last week and so i made cake for housegroup – its a tradition – everyone gets a cake for their birthday at housegroup (i make a lot of cake!)

but it was lovely to be sung to and feel the love!  and eat the delish LOVE CAKE – gluten / dairy / egg / nut free – but taste full!

 

 

 

 

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check out the right hand side… yes thats us in the small box… that’s my SAS peeps (and me!) skyping JON ACUFF, author of START – our required reading for Term 2.  that was our tuesday.  Jon is funny, insightful, wise, and the skype session was perfect.  yes really.   I’ll tell you more about it #soon.

 

 

also loving:

lip syncing battles with jimmy fallon

SAS

GF cocktail sausages – nom nom (another sick day tradition)

flower girl dresses

ugg boots

 

 

 

and as always.  i love Jesus with all i am and all my heart and all my soul and all my days. For His glory and the building of His kingdom and the rescue of the lost.

 

 

so what are you totally loving this week?

… check out what other peeps are loving whatever day of the week it is over at MNM’s BLOG

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i brought these for the kids but… well… you know how it goes… mango slices are delish!

 

 

 

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on saturday our church took part in the Botany Community Day for our 3rd year running.  its a great way to connect with the community and to let people know who we are etc.  we had a mini carnival area for the kids and gave out balloons and Water From The River.  its always a fun day and i love some of the random and God conversations!  even spiderman loves our water!

 

 

 

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today i discovered  a new bread.  allergwise bread.  its gluten free, egg free, dairy free – aka good for me!  and its THICK!  and has real crusts!  and is amazing! like real toast.  the texture and taste is like real toast!  its completely different from all the other gluten free breads on the market. as a result my tummy is so full!   i had some for lunch and then we had bacon on toast for dinner!   i purchased my loaf from New World Botany for $7.50

 

also loving:

SAS re:retreat

field of dreams

river water

bible in schools

holistic hair shampoo and conditioner

winter pj pants

encouragement

hkc youth

bacon.  of course bacon

elevation worship

christine caine

live your list podcast

Leading and Loving It

chunky necklaces

random questions

 

 

 

 

 

and as always.  i love Jesus with all i am and all my heart and all my soul and all my days. For His glory and the building of His kingdom and the rescue of the lost.

 

 

so what are you totally loving this week?

… check out what other peeps are loving whatever day of the week it is over at MNM’s BLOG

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