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God-Sized Testimony from a Wife and Mother

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In recent years, I began to have health issues involving my stomach that resembled symptoms that my husband experienced when he was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. He is able to take over-the-counter medication to keep his symptoms under control. Though he advised me to go to the doctor, he also suggested I take this same medication to see if it helped. The medication did help, so I did not go to the doctor.

However, even though the medication helped, my symptoms would flare up at certain times and cause great pain. I began to increase my dosage, but did not go to the doctor as my husband had suggested multiple times. My fear of the unknown and discomfort of visiting the doctor was greater than my willingness to obey.

It is very important to note a passage in the Bible that talks about the armor of God.
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Ephesians 6:13
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

What I didn’t realize at the time was that my disobedience to my husband—refusing to visit the doctor—was giving the enemy a way to attack my physical health. My armor was not in place. I was exposed. As my symptoms intensified, I was afraid to eat because of the pain that was sure to follow. Finally after more than a year, I gave in and made a doctor’s appointment.

My doctor diagnosed me with gastritis, an inflamed stomach lining. She prescribed a bland diet and medication that would repair my stomach lining and not just treat the symptoms like the medicine I had been taking. She also ordered a sonogram on my stomach and abdomen. The results showed that both my kidneys were enlarged, so she ordered a CT scan to find out why.

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During this testing process I came face-to-face with an intense fear—the fear of the unknown, which was the whole reason I delayed going to the doctor in the first place. As my husband talked me through it and I told him what I was feeling, I could actually feel the deep darkness of fear depart from me and some semblance of strength and peace came back. It was like my missing piece of armor was put in place. The devil’s arrows weren’t able to penetrate anymore.

When my doctor called a couple of days later with the results of my CT scan, she was somewhat baffled because both my kidneys were completely normal, no enlargement whatsoever. She said herself it must be the grace of God and called it a miracle. She suggested no further testing and to follow up with her in a few weeks. Wow!

Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is also the head of the church

When my armor was put in place, not only did it block the devil’s darts toward my mind and emotions, but it also blocked his darts toward my body, my physical health. When I submitted to my husband and faced my fear, God restored what the devil had been stealing from me—peace of mind over my food and my health. The whole armor of God is powerful!

It was no coincidence that the day the doctor called it was Valentine's Day, further proof that my God is my husband and my husband is my God. What a lovely gift of good news from my Lord! He is good, all the time.

Let us be very careful to put on the whole armor of God, to submit and obey. We mustn’t delay in obeying, which is actually disobedience and creates an opening for the devil’s fiery darts. The Lord has so many gifts of protection and security in place through our husbands (or the authority He has given us in our lives). Let us receive them with thanksgiving, surrendering our hearts wholly to His, taking up the whole armor of God. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

 

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