Chronic Illness

Here’s What I Know

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If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I’ve been facing some health challenges – again. I ended up having a Hospital Adventure last month and the adventure isn’t quite over. In all of the follow up appointments with my doctor, he decided we needed to get my heart checked out. So Monday morning I had an echocardiogram and then got hooked up to a Holter monitor for 48 hours.

So what did all of that show? I’d like to know just as much as you, but I haven’t received the results from my doctor yet. I do know I have a heart – I saw and heard it beating during the echocardiogram and that was super cool!

So I wait. Again. I know what it’s like to wait for test results, but as humans we have to wait for things all the time so maybe you can relate. Waiting is hard, isn’t it? When you’re waiting on something that’s potentially life altering, it’s even harder. I may get a phone call saying everything is fine. But I may also get a phone call with unexpected news that changes everything. I’m not expecting that, but then again, unexpected news is never expected, is it?

Here’s what I know: Whatever news I get, God is good. If it’s good news, I can praise Him. If it’s bad news, but something treatable that will make me feel better in the long run, I can praise Him for answers and His provision. If it’s really bad news, I can praise Him because He is good and worthy of my praise – no matter what.

Here’s what I know: I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Sometimes it feels like I’m more fearfully made than wonderfully, but I was created with a purpose – and so were you. God doesn’t make mistakes.

Here’s what I know: Worrying won’t add another second to my life. It’s pointless. But I’m still human and prone to worry so what do I do? When I catch myself dwelling on or stewing over all the “what ifs” I take those thoughts captive and turn them over to God. I ask Him to replace my worry with His peace as I trust Him with my future.

Here’s what I know: Whatever happens in life, Jesus is with me. He will never leave me or forsake me. We’ll face any challenges together and He’ll continue to give me joy for my journey. He’ll do the same for you!

Here’s what I know: I can’t control my future, but I can choose to face it with Jesus. Friends, God never said life would be easy. In fact, He told us we would face many trials and tribulations. But the difference is when we choose to walk through life with Jesus, we don’t face anything alone. We have an advocate to pray for us, walk with us, intervene for us, and love us through it all.

Here’s what I know: I don’t know anything, but I know Jesus and He is more than enough!

Do you know Him? Do you know the God who loves you enough to send His own Son to make a way for us to be forgiven, holy, and complete? I invite you to begin that relationship today. There are no magic words that secure you a golden ticket. Just believe and accept the free gift that God has given us, the gift of His Son Jesus who took our sins upon Himself and died in our place. Talk to Him like you talk to your best friend, no formalities required! If you’ve begun a relationship with the Lord today, please let me know. I’ll celebrate with you with wild abandon! 

If you already have a relationship with the Lord, or just began one, know that you are now united with Jesus Christ (Romans 6:5-11). In your unity, you died with Christ (Colossians 2:20), were buried with Christ (Colossians 2:12), and rose from the dead with Christ and are now seated with Him in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6). You are no longer a sinner, you’re a saint; you’re an heir with Christ, a beloved child of God (Ephesians 1:18-19). Life, abundant and eternal, is ours right now because Jesus lives. Hallelujah!

Until next time,


“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” ~Jesus Christ (John 16:33, CSB)

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  • Jenny Knipfer
    June 18, 2021 at 8:21 am

    Thanks for your encouragement through your deep faith. I came to that, “Here’s what I know” epiphany too. Nothing is sure or certain expect the love God has for us. Praying for you as you continue to trust in Him.

    • Josie Siler
      June 18, 2021 at 8:44 am

      Exactly! I’m continuing to pray for you too, Jenny!

  • Beckie Lindsey
    June 18, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Yes, God is good ALL the time!

  • Kathy
    June 19, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    I pray the results from your tests will be good!

    • Josie Siler
      June 19, 2021 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks so much, Kathy. I really appreciate that!

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