Strength when we feel weak

It took all of my efforts just to walk around the block, feeling like there was a ton of rock on my back. My breathing was labored and couldn’t muster up any energy to get through the day and that is not like me. I have always loved the outdoors, camping, hiking, long peaceful walks, exploring, cycling, you name it. God created so many beautiful things and I want to take in as much as possible in this short life. Going to multiple doctors to figure out what was going on was getting to be exhausting and wasn’t sure if they were ever going to find out what was going on. Finally I ended up going to an allergy clinic and had a test done that pinpoints what exactly your allergic to. Turns out I’m allergic to quite a few trees one of them being native to where I live, many types of grass, alot of weeds, a couple of molds and feathers! Bad news for this great outdoorsman, but we explored some options and came up with one that best suited my situation. I need to come in once a week for the next three and a half years to get a shot in both arms and eventually build up an immunity to these allergies. In the meantime there’s inhalers and pills to take to get me back outside and enjoy all of God’s creations and I couldn’t be more pumped. Through prayer God showed me what was wrong and how it could be fixed to get me back out there and fellowshipping with others. Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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