A Special Prayer Request

Dear friends,

 

In the two years I’ve had this blog, I have never done this before, but today I am asking for your prayer. With a subject like spiritual warfare being the topic of focus for me, it is no surprise that the year has been wrought with more obstacles than I care to recall. In spite of that, choosing God’s word—the truth—has allowed me to continue to experience a spiritual freedom amid the difficulties.

 

Over the past two months, though, my health has deteriorated significantly, to the point where even doing basic things like grocery shopping is an overwhelming task. It’s been frustrating, to say the least, because I pay careful attention to my diet and physical activity. In fact, despite feeling so ill, I have continued to work out nearly every day and stay disciplined with my diet.

 

I had not been to a doctor in over a year, but after the fatigue, sickness, and chest pains increased, I relented and made the trip to see my primary care physician. While I haven’t been given all the details yet (mainly the “why”), I found out that I have a major Vitamin D deficiency. I had no idea that something so “simple” could cause so many problems! But because I have a heart arrhythmia as well as arthritis, the lack of vitamin D was making those issues worse, causing the constant chest pain (and at the age of 30, feeling like you’re having a heart attack every day is pretty scary) and bone pain/muscle fatigue. Come to find out, a Vitamin D deficiency can exasperate pre-existing conditions, and even cause heart failure (eek!). Anyways, I am now on treatment for the next several months (massive doses of Vitamin D that has its own icky side effects) but the process is long. It could take two months to a year to get back to “normal”.

 

My request is simply this: please pray that God touch my mind with His healing hand, because throughout all of this my concentration and productivity have been completely sapped. As a freelance writer, I only make money when I am writing, and I haven’t been able to write anything for publication in over six weeks. I have barely managed to keep up with this blog, and the material that I need to prepare for my life groups. I know God’s approval of me doesn’t depend on my performance (thank GOD!) but it’s hard not to feel discouraged (I know, I’ve gone back to my Deadly D’s list many times over the past weeks!) because of the lack of progress I’ve made with the projects I’ve been working on. Normally, I don’t like to bring attention to my personal physical issues, but right now I need you and your prayers more than ever. I’ll be a guest on a radio show later this month, and I really need to be mentally alert and attentive to the questions, so I can wisely give an answer for the reason of the hope and new life I’ve been given through Christ.

 

“Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, and persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”~2 Corinthians 12:10

 

Thank you so much for your faithful support of this blog and for being committed to the truth of God’s word.

 

In Christ,

Rebecca Aarup

 

PS-

A special thanks to my friends Cheryl Lutz, Nancy Falcheck, and Melissa Fastrup, who have faithfully lifted me up in prayer and encouraged me through all of this. Your support and friendship is priceless and I am especially grateful that you never passed off my problems as “no big deal” but recognized the difficulty and acknowledged the struggle I’ve faced. Few things are more discouraging than, in the face of your pain, being told “it could always be worse!” None of you have ever treated me that way, and I thank you for that!

 

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17 thoughts on “A Special Prayer Request

  1. Hey my friend, I know so much has been going on in many areas of your life! God has answered prayer in many ways, and in others seems silent. My heart is moved by watching you in these joys and trials. It makes me trust God more with my own life struggles! Praying for you and know that He is with you always!

    • Thank God for good friends who lift me up in prayer! Your support has been priceless through all of this. I’m excited about our future journey together and how God will grow us!

  2. Father, I lift Rebecca up to you in prayer right now. I thank you that you are Jehovah-Rapha, the Lord our Healer. Your Word also says that you are the Lord, you do not change. Jesus – you are the same yesterday, today and forever. Therefore, I join my faith together with Rebecca and everyone else praying for her for a total and complete healing in her body today – that she would be totally healed spirit, soul and body. I ask these things in the mighty, powerful, wonderful and precious name of Jesus, amen…

  3. Rebecca, I find that so amazing not that you are sick but at this time my wife has been diagnose with the same thing. We just found out today many of the same problems too.
    Abba Father, At this time I fall at Your feet For there are two whom I love that need your touch. They are being robbed by Satan of there health, I now pour out my tears for them. I ask that at this time You open the Gates of Heaven and Pour out Your Grace, Pour out Your Peace, Pour out Your Strength, and Pour out Your Healing. We Shall begin right now to Praise You, Honor You, and Worship You for the answer to our Prayer. In the Holy name of Yeshua Messiah we Cry Out, AMEN!

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