Growing up in a Catholic Church, my faith played a significant role in shaping my beliefs. However, as life went on, I drifted away and lost touch with my spiritual connection. It wasn't until my second marriage, where I met my current husband at church, that I felt the need to reconnect with Christ and make Him a central part of my life.
From that moment on, I was on a journey of diabetes and spiritual awakening. I wholeheartedly immersed myself in my faith, constantly learning and growing. Now, we are members of Good News Church and lead a bible study group. Little did I know how this newfound spiritual power would help me navigate the challenges of living with diabetes.
The Power of Faith in the Face of Diabetes
Living with diabetes brings forth physical, mental, and emotional struggles. The constant battle to balance blood sugar levels, the feeling of defeat after making mistakes, and the burden of managing a chronic condition can take a toll on anyone. However, embracing faith has transformed my perspective on these challenges. By allowing God's power to seep into my life, I've learned that I am not alone in this journey of diabetes and spiritual awakening. Through Him, I find strength, courage, and the ability to face each day with renewed hope.
Marking the Milestones of Diabetes
Devotions On Diabetes is a 30-day journal written by Kaycee Parker. I had a chance to interview Kaycee on my Type 1 In Midlife Podcast. She's also written various articles exploring the intersection of faith and diabetes. One particular piece that resonated with me and many readers is "Marking the Milestones of Diabetes."
Inspired by my growing familiarity with the Bible, this article reflects on the purpose and impact of milestones in our lives. Just as reading biblical stories can touch us differently depending on our circumstances, age, and experiences, milestones in our diabetes journey can hold significant meaning and provide valuable lessons. It is through these milestones that we discover our inner strength and recognize our worth as individuals, despite the challenges we face.
Learning and Growing
Embarking on a journey to read the Bible from cover to cover has been a transformative experience for me. From delving into the New Testament with my church community to studying the Old Testament with Bible Study Fellowship, I have gained a deeper understanding of God's word. Each story and verse has become a beautiful connection, allowing me to draw inspiration and strength from the teachings. This process of learning and growing has reinforced the idea that our relationship with God is a continuous journey, and we can find solace and guidance through His words.
Strength in Weakness
One powerful lesson I've discovered through my faith journey is that we are all worthy of God's love and grace, regardless of our perceived weaknesses or inadequacies. Just as the disciples questioned their worthiness, feeling insufficient in their abilities, we too may struggle with feelings of inadequacy due to diabetes or any other challenges we face. However, it is important to remember that God sees us through a different lens. He sees our inner strength and encourages us to see ourselves the same way.
Learn more about cultivating a healthy diabetes mindset, here.
Gratitude and Support
Living with diabetes can sometimes feel isolating, and emotional support may not always be readily available. However, cultivating a mindset of gratitude and turning to God in prayer can be a powerful source of strength and comfort. Starting with gratitude and acknowledging the resources and support systems available to us allows us to appreciate the community around us. Through gratitude and dependency on God, we can find the resilience to face each day with confidence and overcome the obstacles that come our way.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6
Finding solace in faith while living with diabetes has been a transformative experience. Reconnecting with Christ has given me the strength, perspective, and courage to navigate the daily challenges of this condition. Through milestones, continuous learning, and a deeper understanding of God's word, I've come to embrace my inner strength and recognize that diabetes does not define my worth. By leaning on faith and gratitude, we can find hope in all of life's challenges.