Posted by April Boyer, July 2017. Author’s Forum Part 3
LOST AND FOUND
Participants in this question and answer forum who feel they lost of part of themselves due to illness or disability, answered how they found their worth in Christ, how they felt encouraged and support through others, and the scripture that sustained them.
Our panelists are:
Heather Hart Best seller and award winning author including “Teen Devotionals for Girls” and blogger: http://BooksFaithandCoffee.com http://candidlychristian.com/
Wendy Munsell Wendy writes to encourage others at her blog, Hannah Bowers is the founder of the Young Wives Club and blogger:http://young-wives.com
Virginia Maze blogs at Life Through My Ears and Eyes http://thisgeorgiapeach.wordpress.com
Lynn Mosher blogger: Encouraging Hearts, Uplifting Souls http://lynnmosher.com
FOUND IN CHRIST
- How did you realize that your worth to Christ did not change?
About 15 years ago, I was watching a movie with my youth group. This was only about 2 years after being diagnosed with Usher Syndrome. At the time, I was dealing with raw emotions about slowly losing my sight. During the movie, I felt God speak to me. He told me that I do not need to be angry or afraid. He will always be with me and carry me through the hard times. And best of all, He has a plan for my life (Jeremiah 29:11). That’s when I knew that my worth in Christ had not changed. ~Virginia
The more intimate I become with the Father, the more convinced I am of my value and worth in his eyes. I am not the broken girl that I’ve so often seen in the mirror. No, I am a redeemed, loved, and welcomed-in daughter of Christ. I am invited to sit at his table and worship at his feet. Unlike the things of this world, God does not change. His definition of value does not change and because of that, my worth does not change. Once remade, I will always be a beloved daughter in his kingdom. ~Hannah
I never really had a revelation about my worth to Christ, but over the years God slowly worked in my heart. I started realizing how God had used my cancer experience to make me into the person I am. I knew that my cancer was part of what drew me to Him because it made me humble. And at one point I had to realize that I either believe God’s Word or not. Either I was made in His image, or I wasn’t. Either I was His child, or I was a child of Satan. I remember clinging to Galatians 3:28. It says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” I remember realizing that God loves us all the same… and that meant me, too. ~Heather
Getting cancer has given me an deeper understanding that my time here on Earth is simply a time of preparation for my “forever” life with my Father in Heaven. With that being said, I actually felt privileged to go through this illness because I know that my love and faith in Jesus has increased because of it.~Wendy
The Lord also expanded my sense of worth in His eyes. Nothing can change that. ~Lynn
LOST in the FLESH, FOUND THROUGH ADVERSITY
- Is there someone who encouraged you in your journey?
My parents have always been extremely supportive through my journey with deafblindness. They did not treat me any differently than my three brothers and always encouraged me to pursue many opportunities and activities, including driving. I am so grateful that my parents did not discourage me from learning to driving even though we knew I would have to give it up. It was hard to give up, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for an easier transition to blindness. My husband has also been great at encouraging me. We were dating when I decided to give up driving and supported me through that difficult time. He also encouraged me to not be afraid to reach out to others for help and constantly told me that I am not a burden.~Virginia
My husband has been my constant encourager and support throughout my difficult health journey. I am so thankful for his compassion and grace during the season that I struggled to function. There have been many times that I was weary and he came alongside me to keep me on the right path. ~Hannah
I wish I could tell you that someone came along side me and ministered to my hurting heart, but for me it was a deeply personal journey. I’m an introvert by nature and I don’t always share my feelings. I tend to keep them to myself. Most people probably never even realized I struggled with my self-image and worth. But God did, and because of Him I knew I was never alone. ~Heather
My husband, family, and several dear sisters and brothers in Christ have overwhelmed me with their love and support. ~Wendy
I have a great supportive husband and family who have been very understanding and prayerful. ~Lynn
LOST IN WEAKNESS, FOUND IN CHRIST’S STRENGTH
- What is a favorite verse that affirms your worth?
Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite verses, as I explained above. But Romans 8:28 is another close favorite. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purposes.” Despite the heartache that has come with slowly losing my sight, I can see how God has blessed me through my deafblindness. I have been presented with many opportunities that I don’t believe would have come into fruition had I not been deafblind. I have lived and will continue to live a fulfilling life. He has taken something that would appear to be bad and used it for good. ~Virginia
Psalm 19:14 – Every time I use this verse as a prayer, I am reminded to set my eyes on Christ. This verse refocuses my heart on what really matters to him and, in doing so, it keeps me in tune with the unchanging nature of my worth in Jesus Christ. This is my favorite verse because it reaffirms Christ as my Savior, my Rock, my constant, and my King.~Hannah
“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” Song of Songs 4:7 (NIV) ~Heather
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV) ~Wendy
“For you are God’s temple, the home of the living God.” (2 Cor. 6:16 TLB) If we are each the temple of the Living God, how could we be more worthy than that? ~Lynn
Heather Hart knows that the one thing every girl needs is a little honesty, so she’s not afraid to get candid and share her struggles. She is an internationally best-selling and award-winning author who has an unquenchable passion for Jesus. You can find out more about Heather by visiting her at http://BooksFaithandCoffee.com .
Wendy Munsell has been married to her high-school sweetheart, Patrick, for 39 amazing years. They have seven children and 19 grand-children! God has taken this formerly uptight, wounded, people-pleaser and set her free through the love and mercy of His son, Jesus Christ. As a result, she blogs enouragement atwhere she has been writing since June of 2015. Wendy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. She can also be reached on , , and .
Virginia Maze is a follower of Christ, a wife, a teacher, and a blogger. She is also deafblind, but not in the way that you may be thinking. She has moderate hearing loss and is slowly losing her sight due to Retinitis Pigmentosa (combined hearing loss and RP is called Usher Syndrome). Recently, she was diagnosed as legally blind with no peripheral vision but still has strong central vision.Virginia was born and raised in Georgia, but currently resides in Central Florida with her husband and very energetic dog, Rosie. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, practicing her modern calligraphy, watching movies, reading, and blogging. She blogs at http://thisgeorgiapeach.wordpress.com .
Hannah Bowers is the founder of the Young Wives Club, a community for young wives and fiancés, late teens and twenties. She has a mast cell disorder, PCOS, and IBS and currently lives in Ohio with her husband and son. http://young-wives.com
Lynn Mosher At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, the Lord whispered His desire for Lynn take up her pen and write for Him. God sheltered His gift in her and cultivated it, turning her life towards her one, true ministry calling in her later years.
Written and Compiled by April Boyer @ 2017 All Rights Reserved
For Part One in this question and answer forum series: “Feelings of Lost Identity” : http://www.restginhisshadow.com/2017/07/forum-feeling-lost-identity/ and Part Two, “Service is Not Lost” http://www.restginhisshadow.com/2017/07/identity-in-service/
For other related posts and stories, see: Definition of a Person http://www.restginhisshadow.com/2017/06/definition-person/ , Finding Myself http://www.restginhisshadow.com/2017/06/find-my-self/
and others that highlight the value of your person, yourself and your position as a daughter of the King.