THIS blog post and it stopped me in my tracks because THAT is exactly where I am. I could have written those words, those words have been written in my head and heart over and over again the last several months. Then, I was watching a replay of a Passion2013 session with Francis Chan and I was reminded of this video (I had the video embedded but it appears youtube is being feisty so I highly recommend watching it)
It reminded me that I have been called to dream and not dream little human sized dreams. But, instead I am to dream BIG God-sized dreams! And then pursue those dreams with a heartfelt passion to bring glory to Him...So, what is my dream? I'm going to take you through some of the events that led me to my God-sized dream before I share it all:
- Back in January 2009 (almost 4 years ago to the date) I received a diagnosis for some sudden health issues that came up- I was diagnosed with Medullary Sponge Kidney (MSK for short) which is a "rare" (that is becoming more common) kidney disorder that causes me to make kidney stones pretty much all the time. Sometimes I feel them passing, sometimes I don't, and my prayer is that now they are so "light" that they are as nonexistent as possible. :)
- From that diagnosis came the charge from the doctor to eat a low oxalate diet. I know he meant well, and the two big things I cut out were chocolate and peanut butter, but the info that he gave me was WAY outdated.
- As time went on, I passed two big stones by December 2010 and then twinges off and on for quite a while.
- More time passed and in March of 2012 I got some news that I needed to change my diet even more. So, I made those changes (mainly cutting out some more foods specifically wheat and soy) and did a retest in late June. Those results came back with GREAT news that all of my levels had evened out and that what I was doing was working. In the meantime I had started my journey so I was seeing double the benefits and at the time the dream was triggered (and the Physicians assistant at the dr's office really got the idea in motion when she made a comment about wishing I could come in and talk to other patients about the importance of following the diet prescribed by the doctor)