IMG_3104I’m a Christ-following stay-at-home mom with 4 kids under the age of 10. When I am not wearing my mommy hat, I enjoy getting away with husband, studying my Bible with a cup of coffee by my side, and catching my breath from the demands and stresses of life. In my spare time, which is pretty much never, I have grown to love writing and speaking about what the Lord is teaching me in His Word and through the suffering that He has allowed in my life. I have had the privilege of writing for Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Revive Our Hearts, Christianity Today, Unlocking the Bible, Crosswalk, and Challies.com, and I recently co-authored a book on suffering with my sister-in-Christ, Kristen Wetherell (find her blog at http://kristenwetherell.com). I am humbled and excited to announce the release of our book, “Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections That Help You Grasp God’s purpose in Your Suffering”. It’s available at https://www.thegoodbook.com/hope-when-it-hurts#review-formAmazon, and many local bookstores.fullsizeoutput_25dd

I have been set apart for two reasons. First and foremost, as a servant of Jesus Christ, I have been “set apart for the Gospel of God” (Romans 1:1).  We have been told in God’s Word that following Christ would not be easy. In fact, we are called to take up our cross daily and follow Him. That’s no easy task when my flesh is constantly seeking its own will, comfort, and desires. But through the trials and suffering of life, Christ has increasingly loosened my grip of control in my life and continues to show me that everything this world has to offer is worth giving up in order to have more of Him.

The second reason I have been set apart is because I have been given a unique calling to raise a son with a neurological/behavioral disorder, which we now have good reason to believe has been the devastating effect of Lyme’s Disease. I myself, have finally been diagnosed with Lyme’s Disease after battling long-term struggles with chronic health issues and, as increasing health problems continued to grow in all 4 of our children, it finally became clear that I passed Lyme Disease to each one of them. This awful disease has ravaged our family and left us fighting – no, clinging – for hope, joy, and strength with every breath we take. This has been a painful, heartbreaking, and even scary journey at times. Many days, survival is the only goal I can reach. It’s been an exhausting, wearing, confusing journey, which at times even feels hopeless. Although we often feel alone, as if no one can imagine what life is like for us, God tells us that nothing is new under the sun. We all know pain, in one form or another. Therefore, my hope is that the Lord will use my pain and heartache to encourage others and point them to Him. I pray that He will speak through me to those who need to be reminded that there is a greater hope than anything this world can offer. As my hope in this world has increasingly faded, my hope in the Lord and promised eternity in His glory has increasingly grown.

So how do I travel this hard road that God has chosen for me? It’s lonely, exhausting, and sometimes seems as if there will be no end. But moment by moment, He is teaching me to let go of what I think I want and need and, instead, set my eyes on things of eternal value. I often fail and, at times, feel like I’m holding onto faith the size of a mustard seed. But Christ will be faithful until the end. Until then, I take up my cross daily and seek to follow him as He writes a story in my life that is so much bigger than me.

Clinging to Christ,

Sarah Walton

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    1. Thank you so much Sheilah! Only by God’s grace does He take a mess like me and bring anything good from it! 😊 Thank you for your words of encouragement. It reminds me of how each of our stories are about far more than just ourselves. I’m thankful Christ is not wasting the pain.

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      1. Sarah, I m also a Sarah with long-term Lyme that has been devastating me and my family. I am now reading your book, sent me by a friend in Texas. It is beautiful and so full of truth.

        But, there is healing. The Lord has sent it to us here in the Boston area. Slow, but real – and not based on killer antibiotics. Please contact me so I can discuss with you and you can share with others who need it.

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      1. Hello Sarah,
        I downloaded you book. Thank you for such powerful testimony, and giving God all the glory through it. I have been dealing with some very significant autoimmune health issues for the past 5 years. I know that our powerful God is the one and true healer. I have researched a great deal on the main causes regarding many of our unexplained health issues. Have you tried to put you son on a no grain and very low sugar diet. The tough part is it has to be 100% strict for a month or two to really notice a difference. This approach is not a cure, it may make his difficulties much more manageable. No grains means, no flour, no corn and also stay away from the gluten free products as well. GOD BLESS you through this struggle. I am praying for you. AnnP.

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      2. Ann, thank you for your kind words. Yes, we have done grain free and many other things. It was beneficial in certain ways, but other ways, not so much. But either way, it’s a helpful way to eat as a family as much as we can! Thanks for taking the time to share what has helped you!

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    2. Thank you so much for sharing your story and spreading awareness to Lyme Disease! I went undiagnosed for at least 3 years and it almost killed me! Both of my children have special needs. Now that I’m in remission of sorts I had to go back to work to pay for them to go to a school where their needs would be met. The struggle is real, but God is still on the throne. I have realized God allows these things for a purpose. There are so many hurting and broken people and when you become one of those, you gain mercy and compassion for others as well. I’ll be praying for your family and for your friend with Lyme as well! ❤

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      1. Kalynne, I’m so sorry to hear how much you have endured. The Lord’s strength is clearly coming through in your life. Thank you for your prayers, sister!

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    3. Thank you for be willing to share your story all while giving God the glory!

      I just recently found out I have Lyme after struggling for years. We are now faced with the possibility of all 7 of our kids (under the age of 13) having it. This has been such a scary road for us with little education on healing. Your words of strength encourage me greatly!

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      1. I’m so so sorry to hear what your family is going through as well, and I understand feeling overwhelmed by it all. Praying now for your family, that the Lord will equip you and guide you in the days ahead, sister. In Christ, Sarah

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  1. Hi Sarah. Just found your blog and I am so thankful that you have chosen to share your story and the way God is using the pain of raising your boy to deepen your walk with him and give you so much more of himself. I too have an eight year old with fairly severe mood issues. Our life has been turned upside down over the past 6+ years as we have dealt with all that raising her entails. Please know your blog is an encouragement to me and that I am praying for you today.

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    1. Wow, thank you for taking the time to share this with me. It’s an immense encouragement when I see God take what has been so hard in my life and use it to not only change me, but encourage and give hope to those around me. Thank you for sharing a bit of your own story as well. This road often feels lonely, but it is one that many more travel than we often realize. May Christ use this struggle with your child to make Himself more known to you and show you that He is sufficient for everything He has allowed in your life. I know the days may feel discouraging and even hopeless at times, but we have been given a unique calling to raise these precious kids. I pray that in whatever specific place you find yourself, you will be filled with hope, endurance, and joy as you lean into Christ more each day. I certainly don’t have it all figured out, and I probably fail more than I feel like I succeed each day…but I’m taking it one day at a time and continually amazed by God’s grace over my life and my family’s. I pray that you will clearly see that same grace in your own life.
      Thank you for praying and I will be doing the same for you right now!

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      1. Sarah, one of my Vistage members has a son who was diagnosed with Lyme disease and whose health was failing. As a last resort, he brought him to Florida to get treatment and subsequently learned he had the disease as well. They are now both making progress with an innovative treatment provided by Dr. Rick Sponaugle at http://sponauglewellness.com/ . Please know that I am not affiliated in any way with Dr. Sponaugle or his organization, however thought I would share his information in case it would help you or anyone else who may be suffering. I believe in God’s ability to heal us from anything we may be facing. I also believe that sometimes He puts people in our lives for a reason. May God keep you and your children in His loving arms. I will keep you in my prayers.

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  2. Sarah,
    I’m a full-time missionary serving in Western Ukraine. I host university aged young adult Interns every summer and I’m trying to be more effective discipling them. To that end, I ran across this article of yours at Unlocking the Bible )http://www.unlockingthebible.org/four-ways-our-identity-in-christ-changes-our-lives/) about our Identity in Christ. I would like permission to reprint all or part of it in a chapter in my manual about Identity. You should be able to contact me since I see that I have to leave an email address to post this comment.

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    1. Hi! Yes, that is definitely possible! I’ll email you with the details of the privacy notice from Unlocking the Bible in order to go about using it with the correct copyright procedure. Thank you for asking! Spreading the truth of God’s Word and the gospel is my ultimate goal, so I would never object to that truth being spread from anything I write. I’ll be in touch shortly via email. ~Sarah

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  3. Hi Sarah!
    Thank you for that touching testimony. Your question about hope is one that I have asked over the last few years as life has taken some twists and turns. How gracious of the Lord to allow us to lose hope in that which truly can never give life and to refocus our eyes on what is true and good. On my own journey, I’ve come to understand that almost everyone has some loss or struggle in their lives that leaves them despairing at some point. Before my own loss, I didn’t understand this. I also now know that God does exactly as He says. He loves me, He hears my prayers, He will never leave me. When He answers a long ago prayer that I’ve given up on, I understand that my hope should always be in Him, not in what I’ve prayed for. And for those prayers that aren’t answered with a yes, He graciously redirects my prayers and my heart. I will be praying for you and your son. God loves you and has so many good things ahead for both of you!

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  4. Hi there, Sarah! I just wanted to say that God has given you an AMAZING testimony! I’m blown away at how He has graced you to endure all of the pain you have dealt with, and I’m definitely praying for your continued strength to carry on. May God richly bless you and your family, and keep on keepin’ on!

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    1. Wayne, you have greatly encouraged me after an incredibly hard day! I was wrestling today with how this much pain sometimes just feels crushing. I have had to fight to believe that God is in it and will continue to use it. Then I came across your comment and it was such an encouraging word at the right time. So thank you for taking the time to write it! Make God be glorified.

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  5. I’m so exited on how God is using you and your brokenness for His glory. I’m very familiar with brokenness not with myself, but with my wife. She was diagnosed with MS that led her to her conversion a few years back and now we struggle together trying to glorify God through this. God bless you and we gonna keep you and family on our prayers.

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  6. I happened to come across your twitter path, and found your blog. What an amazing testimony your life is to God’s goodness and faithfulness… clearly amidst such pain and difficulty your life is all about pointing people to Jesus. May you keep going strong in all that God calls you to.

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    1. Heather, thank you for taking the time to write this. Some days it’s hard to see what good could come out of all of this…but words like yours remind me that God is doing something through the pain for his purposes and glory – and it isn’t being wasted. I can’t thank you enough for your encouragement.

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  7. Thank you for encouraging me today, I read your Mother’s Day article and am reminded that I need to let go of my definition and idea of success and focus on seeking Jesus, taking up the cross and living for His glory alone. It’s so hard to do-why? Even knowing everything He has done for me, my heart and mind struggle, I don’t understand why it’s so hard to die to myself. Thank you for preservering and being a good example. I can’t imagine being in your shoes. All I know is you are blessed and God sees you as worthy and able to handle the suffering. Through Christ who gives me strength, all things are possible. Happy Mother’ day!

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    1. Thank you! You are not alone in your struggle…and I think it will always be a struggle to some degree (until we meet the Lord). May Christ be your strength and hope as you press on! Happy Mother’s Day!

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  8. What a special gal you are! May God give you immense strength and joy. May you sense his pleasure over your life and desire to serve Him in all things.

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  9. Sarah,
    I want to share some information with you. I suffered with Lyme’ disease myself. The medical community gave me no hope for a cure. I found an amazing herbalist who used God’s tools to bring me out of the pain and suffering. The treatment was intense, but completely affective. I have been symptom free for four years! I give God all of the glory for this healing. My heart aches for you and your family in this suffering! If you would like to email me I would be happy to share any information I have.
    With prayers for healing,
    Cheryl

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    1. Sarah, my son and I both have gone through treatment for Lyme’s disease. Today I was having a particularly bad day not because of pain from lines to do disease just from trying to get through my workday. I turned to my proverbs 31 ministries devotional and I couldn’t believe that I was reading about another mom who is going through limes with her child. Thank you for the encouragement. I am an advocate as well for spreading the awareness of this disease. I struggle with how much to tell people because I’ve had so many people in our lives turn away either through ignorance or I believe fear. Thank you for A Christian advocate. God bless your journey!

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    2. Thank you, Cheryl! That’s wonderful to hear that you have found healing! I am doing a lot with herbs right now as well, but I will let you know if I need more info (which I may at some point)! Thank you so much for reaching out, Cheryl. Blessings to you.

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  10. Sarah after reading your devotion on proverbs 31 I decided I needed to comment to tell you I am praying for your family and your kiddos! I also have four kids under ten (four under 7 and another one coming in september). Thank you for reminding me that even though sometimes I have issues, (like disobedience, reluctance to do school (homeschooled) not being nice to siblings) even though this is definietly not the same as the issues and trials you are facing this devotional reminded me that God never meant for everything to always be perfect for us, and if it was we wouldnt need Him!! Thank you for this reminder and I will be praying for your family
    God bless
    Nicole

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  11. Hello Sarah, I am always drawn in to any persons experience with Lyme disease. I too have had Lyme disease. I say “have had”, because I believe that I have been healed from that devastating disease. It took a year to diagnose me, even after having a “bug” bite that left a big, cherry red bump on my foot for four weeks. I even pointed it out and it was brushed off. I know your pain of getting diagnosed and treated. It is devastating emotionally, physically and financially. I cannot imagine dealing with Lyme in your child. My son was three years old at the time I was bitten. I would love to talk with you about it in more details and share with you a vision I have for helping others to deal with all the aspects of this terrible disease. My healing and my hope is in God our Father in our Lord Jesus. My story will encourage you greatly that He is still in the healing business. Glenda Daw

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  12. Sarah, I have a friend who was healed, holistically, from Lymes Disease. I tried to find a place here to just email you privately and couldn’t seem to. But if you would like to hear her testimony, I’ll be glad to message it to you. Kay Fekete

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  13. Sarah, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your work and you have prompted me to schedule an appointment to consult with my doctor about Lyme Disease testing. Our third child and baby boy who is now nine months was marked failure to thrive months ago with gastrointestinal issues, developmental delays, and low muscle tone. He is currently undergoing testing to determine if he has a rare muscular/neurological disorder. After reading your testimony, a bell starting ringing in my head reminding me that I’ve been experiencing various symptoms over the years that the doctor thought could be related to lupus. Having been bitten twice before, I now know that I need to get tested for Lyme Disease to see if I could have possibly passed it on to my son or my daughters. Thank you for your inspiration. It has been a struggle thus far maintaining hope while we have to subject our baby boy to test after test, but your words have given me strength today. God bless you!

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  14. Sarah, thank you for sharing God’s story of your life and family over the Moody Radio Station on “In the Market with Janet Parshall” today. May God bless you for encouraging me and others through what you are going through with God. Jan

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  15. You are not alone. I am a mom of four (ages 5 and under) and a expecting our 5th child in September. I have been battling Lyme for the last two years. It does feel hopeless at times. Praying for you and your family. This disease is so terrible.

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    1. I have a friend in my business who was healed from Lyme’s holistically. It is breaking my heart to see so many people suffering. But I don’t know what to do to get the word out that God has provided a natural healing herb.

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      1. Thank you, Kay. We have a lot going on already right now with herbs, but I will certainly contact you if I have some questions. It’s wonderful to hear your friend has found healing. Thank you for reaching out, Kay!

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    2. Oh Shannon, I’m so sorry to hear this. I completely understand why you feel hopeless at times. I have been there many times myself (and still am at times). But God is bigger than this disease and I have to believe he is going to use it for his purposes if he chooses not to free us from it. But there is always hope. Hope for healing, yes. But our eternal hope is where we need to fix our eyes moment by moment. Praying for your family as well, Shannon. If you happen to get the book, I hope it will be a comfort and encouragement to you.

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  16. Hi Sarah. Our family as well has been affected by that nasty Lyme disease. After a year of antibiotic treatment and still having symptoms we prayed for another avenue. God delivered and showed us hyperbaric oxygen therapy. It had truly been a Godsend!! We purchased one and have been able to help hundreds of people as well as my husband. This bump on our journey has turned into quite the ministry. Just wanted you to be aware of this treatment option. I’m sure you are aware of it if you have researched Lyme. Feel free to contact me if want want to know more info. I don’t have all answers but can refer you to others that may know. My husband was finally diagnosed in 2004. He is doing quite well now. Keep the faith! Kathy

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    1. Thank you, Kathy! Yes, I have heard a lot of hyperbaric oxygen. I have done a lot of ozone treatments, which is the same idea, but directly into the blood. But we are always open to new options (within reason!). I’m so glad to hear how you have found help and how the Lord has used it for his purposes. He is always faithful! Thanks for reaching out, Kathy.

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  17. I don’t read my Proverbs 31 devotions every day but for some reason I pulled yesterday’s devotion up today and it was a reminder to me that God put it there for me to remind me through your story that He is still working and not to give up. My son has been sick for 10 years. He went undiagnosed with Lymes disease for six years. By the time it was diagnosed he had severe neurological damage and is in constant pain along with severe depression and anxiety. The hardest part for him is that people just don’t understand the severe lethargy, pain, etc. and call him weak. He has lost many friends and family members because they just don’t understand this horrific disease. As a mother, it is so hard to watch a once vibrant boy be such a miserable young man. It has and continues to be a struggle in faith for me. I would be interested to know if you have found any help in the medical field for your son. So far we just hit dead ends. Thank you for sharing your story.

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    1. Hey Melanie, I feel like I’m spamming this post, but each instance like this I see – I can’t not respond. There is a holistic approach to Lymes that helped a friend of mine who pretty much thought she would not be around in a few months. I’d love to share the info with you if you are interested and you can do your own research. Kay

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    2. Melanie, I’m so incredibly sorry to hear how you have struggled. It really makes my heart ache to hear how many are struggling with this awful disease and so many other areas of suffering. But we serve a God who is bigger than all of it and, although he may not remove it in our timing (or ever on this earth), he promises to carry us through and not waste our pain. I pray that the Lord will give you and your son endurance to press on and to not lose hope. If you happen to get the book, I really hope you will find great encouragement and camaraderie (indirectly) through it. Thank you for sharing your story, Melanie.

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  18. Who did you go to for holistic cure? I have been diagnosed with IBS, but I think it may be lyme, because I have a lot of weird other symptoms.

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    1. There are many different kinds of doctors who can do holistic treatment. The best place to find an LLMD (Lyme Literate Doctor) is at ILADS.ORG. You can go to doctor search, type in your address, and they will email you doctors in your general area. Hope you find some help, Jay!

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  19. I have 7 kids (6 biological) and 4 of them (so far) have recently been diagnosed with Lyme Disease in the past 6 months. I suspect another, as well as myself and my husband. I feel like our world has been turned upside down and most days I am consumed with trying to find them a doctor (we are in Texas and there are very few who treat children), and finding a way to afford treatment. It is the hardest and most overwhelming thing I’ve ever experienced. I look forward to following your blog and reading your book. Thank you!

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    1. I’m so sorry to hear that you are suffering in this as well. It’s such a hard road. Yet, God has been faithful all along and I believe he will continue to be. I have to remind myself often that He is greater than this disease and nothing is hidden or too hard for him. If he allows us to continue to battle this, I have to trust his goodness and purposes in it. But we continue to pray for the right treatments and always try to remain hopeful for healing. Praying for you and your family now, and I hope you find comfort and encouragement in the book!

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  20. Sarah, I am so happy to have found your blog. I read your article “Do You Resent the Life God Gave You?” at Desiring God, and it led me to seek out your blog. I related to your statement about watching a happy couple eat their “Gluten-filled, dairy-filled food.” I have had autoimmune conditions since I was a teenager, and I live in chronic pain. It is certainly a daily challenge to keep comparison out of my life and remember that God knows our daily needs. Psalm 23 is my reminder that our Lord is our Shepherd, and I have no true need that is unfulfilled.
    I am also an aspiring blogger. I have one, but I am pursuing an MA in counseling and developing it has taken a back seat. However, I am always searching for inspiration through other bloggers.
    Thank you for sharing your life, and I look forward to following your blog.

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  21. Hi Sarah! Your post on DesiringGod on praying for your prodigal has ministered to me more than you can know. We are in the trenches right now with our youngest child (son age 16)…I truly see it as a spiritual war. Thank you so much for the insight you gave in this post–I am now praying the prayer of true surrender. I hope you know today what a blessing you have been to a mom that is broken-hearted like me.

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    1. Cindy, I am praising God that he has brought you some encouragement through it! I’m sorry, though, to hear about how you are struggling with you son. I pray that the Lord will be near to your aching heart and give you the strength to press on in prayer and the faith that Christ has your son’s life in his hands. Thank you for taking the time to encourage me in return, Cindy.

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  22. I am recovering from Lyme (among other things) and when I saw that you also have dealt with Lyme (and so many others on here) I had to subscribe but also wanted to pass along hope to you all.

    Please check out Chronic Lyme Disease Summit 2 here http://urltag.net/Bp4HV
    It starts Monday (6-19-17) and is free! It is packed full of current info and new treatments for Lyme suffers. I was a client of Dr Jay Davidson who is putting this on. He and his wife are Christians. His wife almost died from Lyme and that started Dr Jay’s journey to discover ways of treating and recovering from Lyme.

    There is one talk just on how to treat kids.

    Please check it out!

    Also another amazing resource for me has been Jernigan Nutraceuticals. Website is jnutra.com.
    Dr Sarah Jernigan is also a Christian and makes her own formulas, many of them to treat lyme. She also consults over the phone.
    Please reach out to her.

    There really are so many fellow Christians out there making a difference specifically in regards to Lyme! Praise You Lord for that!
    Hope this helps someone

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    1. Thank you so much for this info, I’m definitely planning on trying to catch some of the summit! I appreciate you taking the time to share what’s been helpful for you.

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  23. I don’t know if anyone has shared this information or not, but The People’s Pharmacy aired a show on June 3, 2017 which hosted two doctors who were both misdiagnosed and suffered for years with Lyme’s Disease before they were finally diagnosed. I hope this information in will be helpful in some way.

    The link is below or you can search for Show 1081: What Do You Need To Know About Lyme Disease?

    https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2017/06/01/show-1081-what-do-you-need-to-know-about-lyme-disease/?utm_source=The+People%27s+Pharmacy+Newsletter&utm_campaign=aca9a960ed-Health-Headlines-Email+6%2F2%2F17%26subscriber%3D1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7300006d3c-aca9a960ed-220498949&mc_cid=aca9a960ed&mc_eid=d82f628424

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