What Happens When You Live by the Truth; not the Facts

Facts are facts.

And I knew what these facts were telling me. They told me so loud I couldn’t think about anything else but the chronic pain I was in.

But through studying the Word and gaining knowledge from my godly parents, it began to click that there’s something greater than facts.

And that’s Truth. That’s what I decided to live by.

Long story short, I went from being bedridden in pain to watching every doctor I went to be surprised at the miracles.

As Christians, there is a higher truth for us to live by, and it’s literally life-changing!

Today, I want to share what I’ve learned that’s helping me walk through—not camp out in—my hardest trial of life.

The facts are real, but God’s Word is more real

Facts are facts. Facts are real.

We know they’re real because we can sense them with our five senses. God gave us them so we could know and discover things.

But we’re not 100% natural. 1/3 of us is spirit—our spirit given to us by God. (1 Thess. 5:23)

Too many people ignore this fact. Too many people live only by the facts: what they can feel, see, taste, hear, and smell. Too many people live only by the natural and not enough by the supernatural.

Yes, the facts are real. They’re here. We can feel and see them.

It’s a fact that I feel pain right now. It’s a fact that there’s nothing the doctors can do for me. It’s a fact that one of my conditions doesn’t have a treatment. FACT.

And if I lived by those facts, I’d be a goner.

But the thing about facts is they change.

Fact: it’s a certain temperature in the living room. But I can change it with the thermostat any time I want.

Fact: I used to have long hair. But then I got my hair cut and layered. The facts changed.

Fact: I may be grumpy to my family one minute, but apologize and be kind the next. The facts changed, but the truth—I love my family no matter what—stayed the same.

Facts, like feelings, are unreliable. They’re unstable. They can change in the blink of an eye.

And they’re not our only reality! There’s something more real than facts, and that’s Truth: God’s Word.

The Word of God is Truth and Truth > Facts

Facts change. Truth does not. That’s why Truth is greater than fact.

… while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:18)

You want to live in God’s best? (It’s not going to automatically happen; He doesn’t impose His will. You must seek it.) Find out the truth: what God has to say about your situation.

Your word is truth.
(John 17:17)

The entirety of Your word is truth.
(Psalm 119:160a)

The Word of God is the truth and Truth trumps fact. Every time. Because facts change, but God’s Word remains!

But the word of the Lord endures forever.
(1 Peter 1:25)

The truth of the Lord endures forever.
(Psalm 117:2)

The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.
(Psalm 119:160)

Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.
(Psalm 119:89)

(See more about the truth of the Word of God at my post here: What’s the Truth?)

Truth > facts, because facts change but Truth is steady and eternal; therefore, a higher standard for us to live our lives by.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.
(2 Corinthians 5:7)

If all we ever did was go by how things looked like, yeah, we’d be finished.

So find out what God has to say about your situation and live it!

Live by the Truth, not facts

When you hold the truth of God’s Word above the factual circumstances of life, it sets you free.

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
(John 8:32)

When a fact goes contrary to the truth of God’s Word, it becomes a lie. James 4:7 tells us to resist the devil—the father of all lies—and he will flee.

Resist the lies and they will flee. There’s nothing more opposite to a lie than a truth, so live by the Truth and watch the facts line up.

In Matthew 12, when Jesus walked into the synagogue on the Sabbath, He saw a man there with a withered hand. The following happened:

Then He [Jesus] said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other.
(Matthew 12:13)

Notice that the man didn’t first complain and say, “But Jesus, I can’t stretch out my hand. It’s withered!”

No, he acted in faith first, moving to stretch his hand out, and it was restored while he did that.

He didn’t wait for the facts to line up before he acted.

And neither should we. Many people live by “I’ll believe it when I see it”, but if you don’t believe it—and live it—you will never see it. :o)

A few miraculous examples from my recent life

Fact: I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

That was clear. But that’s not what I proclaimed over my life.

The Truth was that 2,000 years ago at a whipping post, Jesus paid the price for my healing.

(The 39 stripes on Jesus’s back were not for our sin—we don’t get healed of our sins. There’s no spark of divinity in them that only needs healing. Our sins have to be washed away completely by His blood. If His stripes were for our sin, He wouldn’t have had to go hang on the cross. “By His stripes, we were healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:17, and 1 Peter 2:24) is referring to physical healing.)

So that’s what I believed. That’s what I proclaimed.

And when I got my blood tested, there was not a single trace of inflammation in my blood.

That just doesn’t happen when your knees are severely swollen and can only partially be bent. But even the doctor’s report was confirming the Truth! 😂

The first time I saw my new rheumatologist last November for my arthritis, she was horrified.

She stumbled over her words trying to describe the swelling in my knees. I limped when I walked. I cried in pain. I couldn’t move my knees normally. I couldn’t run. I couldn’t crouch.

The doctor was planning to put me back on a harsh drug commonly used for chemotherapy—something we had done before and definitely didn’t want to do again.

Those were the facts. Painful, incurable facts.

But that’s not what I settled for. That’s not what I lived by. I knew Jesus paid the price for my healing. I knew, despite what many American churches teach today, the Truth: God wanted me well.

He didn’t want me in chronic pain, unable to move correctly, and living on weekly injections for the rest of my life. Jesus paid too high a price!

Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
(Psalm 103:1-3)

So I believed that Truth and took steps of faith on it. Wasn’t easy, I didn’t feel like it, everyone thought I was a radical lunatic and ran their mouths.

But it’s the people who are this radical that get miracles. People who are passive about it don’t get many, if any.

Fast forward to March of this year. My rheumatologist walked in the room nervously and examined me.

She was absolutely blown away. “You’re perfect,” she said. “I’d been expecting the worst because of where your knees were last time.” Overjoyed, she hugged me.

Now, I can’t even remember the last time I walked with a limp. February, maybe? That sucker left fast!

I can’t even remember the last time I woke up in the morning and didn’t want to get out of bed due to how bad my knees ached. I used to not be able to sit cross-legged, but I’m sitting that way right now with no pain.

I used to not be able to crouch down to the ground. I would squat halfway and just couldn’t go any farther—that was the end of my range of motion. Just the other day, I decided to give it a try—and I could go farther than I did in years!

Quick comparison of how my range of motion and inflammation has improved since last year… with no drugs. :o)

On the left, that’s as far as I could bend my left knee. I literally could not bend it any more—if I tried, the pain was just too much. It felt as if someone was pulling my joint apart as I tried to bend. And the swelling! You can’t even tell that’s a knee!

On the right… check out the difference. Only God. 🙌

The same day my rheumatologist was shocked, I went to my ophthalmologist, who keeps a check on my eyes—they had inflammation in them (uveitis) once, too. Not something you want to play with. If the devil had it his way, I would be blind.

But she looked for inflammation and could find none. “All clear,” she said.

I find it hilarious that God uses even my doctors to confirm His truth to me. I don’t always get a great report, but whenever I do despite the symptoms, it’s like God saying, “See? I told you!” 😂

When we told the ophthalmologist the rheumatologist had told me I looked perfect too, both she and her nurse were in disbelief.

“What? She must be a nurse practitioner.”

“You do realize arthritis has no cure, right? It can only go into remission?”

Yeah, maybe for you, buddy. Live by the facts all day long. I don’t identify with defeat. I’ll take the Truth.

It’s not denying your reality; it’s believing God’s reality.

I went to the doctors because I’m not denying the facts. That’s a good way to end up in the psych ward.

Facts are, I hurt. And if there’s something I can do in the natural to make me feel better, I’ll do it.

But when I started living by what God’s Word said, all these doctors looked for problems and couldn’t find them! And what’s more—the symptoms started to miraculously leave!

The facts screamed “pain” at me every day, but God’s Word said “healed”. You can never go wrong believing, living, and speaking what God says. He is the higher authority!

When what you see doesn’t align with what God spoke, go with what He spoke.
– Elevation Church

There are still symptoms that remain. This whole thing has been obnoxiously stubborn, trying to take almost a year of my life and ministry. But the devil’s fun is over. I’ve had it.

I don’t give the facts a second thought as I continue living by the Truth, and the facts continue to flee.

That’s why I came back to blogging. Healed people don’t stop what they’re called to do, and God says I am healed.

This isn’t faking it until you make it.

This isn’t a fantasy. This is how God wants us to live.

If all it took was arthritis and pain to keep me from my ministry, I’d deal with it all my life.

There is a real enemy out there, and he’s not on God’s leash (1 Peter 5:8). An attack from satan—the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4)—is not an attack from God, because God tells us to resist him (James 4:7).

Recognize things for what they are. And if they’re from satan—the author of sickness and disease (Luke 13:16, Acts 10:38)—we’re told to resist them.

Again, this isn’t insanity. Nothing about living by a higher authority is fake.

If you simply believe God’s Word, He’ll empower you to get to the place He wants you to go.

Conclusion

Facts are real, but the truth of the Word of God is more real.

And as Christians, the eternal, infallible Word of God is a much higher and greater standard for us to live by than changeable facts.

Live by the Truth. That’s God’s will as defined in His Word; that’s God’s best for us.

I challenge you:

If you’re up against something in your life today, find out what God’s Word has to say about your situation and live it!

There’s a fantastic book for this called God’s Promises for Your Every Need (which I talk about in this post).

I’m with you and for you, whatever you’re facing. Drop a prayer request below (or email me if it’s private) if you need someone to stand in prayer with you!

By |2019-05-19T20:28:02-04:00May 20th, 2019|Life Undefeated, Miracles|53 Comments

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I'm Madi: blogger, writer, doll collector, and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Learn more about me here and this blog here.

53 Comments

  1. Mary Elizabeth May 20, 2019 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    AWESOME!
    Praise God! My cousin has some knee problems herself. 🙁

    • Madi May 20, 2019 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      Amen! I’m so sorry to hear about your cousin—knee problems are no fun!

  2. Dollar Bill's Dollie Stopmotions May 20, 2019 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    THE BEST and amazing blog post ever! This is incredible. Praise the lord! So happy you’re back on blogging.

    • Madi May 20, 2019 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      He’s just so good! 😭🙌 Aww, thank you! I’m SO GLAD to be back too.

  3. Clara May 20, 2019 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    HOORAY for your first “official” post after your break!! 😀 I loved all the verses you shared in this post. Praise God for your recovery and the incredible faith that He has given you! <3

    -Clara <3

    • Madi May 20, 2019 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      *gasps* A CLARA COMMENT!

      Thanks so much for reading! I’m so grateful to God! 😅

  4. olivehiddenhollow May 20, 2019 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Ooohoohoo only 2/3 natural… I like that. It sounds like fantasy but its REAL eeheehee😜
    Yay for healing! Bend those knees!! Do something crazy cause you can!!! 😃😃😃
    I’ve been praying for you pretty consistently over the past few months, is there anything more specific i could pray for besides just healing in general?
    Lots a hugs, ~Olive

    • Madi May 20, 2019 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      LOLLL right? 😂

      Oh my gosh, for “do something crazy cause you can” I decided to bend my knees again and I could go even farther than I could just a few days ago… HOLY FREAKING MOLY, GOD IS SO GOOD!

      Wow, Olive, that literally means so much. Thank you so much. Is it okay if I DM or email you my prayer request? It’s private.

      • olivehiddenhollow May 20, 2019 at 1:13 pm - Reply

        YAY!! *cheers*

        And of course you can 🙂

        ~Olive

  5. Emily Justice May 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    YAY! This is GOOD news, Madi! This post was a wonderful testimony, thanks for sharing! I will pray for your continued healing. 😀

    • Madi May 20, 2019 at 1:30 pm - Reply

      AMEN! Thanks for reading, commenting, and praying, Emily. It really blesses me!

  6. germainehan May 20, 2019 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    YAS GIRL! By His stripes we are healed!

    • Madi May 20, 2019 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      YES YES YES. ❤️

  7. Jewel 💎 May 20, 2019 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Yay Madi! I am so pleased and inspired that you trusted (and still are trusting) God to bring you through the pain. It is also true that God does not always choose to heal us, but He always has a plan, a plan to bring us closer to him.

    -Jewel
    https://treasuredscript.com/
    http://www.dollnotebook.com/

    • Madi May 20, 2019 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Jewel! God is faithful!

  8. Joan May 20, 2019 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Madi prayers that you will continue to improve. God Bless
    Joan,Marilyn and Marion

    • Madi May 20, 2019 at 2:58 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for the prayers, girls.

  9. Garrett Aldred May 20, 2019 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Wow, this is so good. (also, I totally get the arthritis, I have fibromyalgia)

    • Madi May 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading, Garrett. Ugh, I’m sorry to hear that. Fibromyalgia must suck!

  10. Hannah May 20, 2019 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Yay Madi! I’m so glad that you are feeling better! God is so powerful! ❤❤

    • Madi May 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Hannah! He is!

  11. McKayla May 20, 2019 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    YAYY, Madi’s got another post! This is so true. I’ve had so many people tell me I can’t do things and in my mind I’m thinking “Why not? God could make anything happen.” He doesn’t always choose to make things happen. I actually have this huge life ambition that I feel like God has put in my head and connected with my passions and dreams. Okay so I’ve always loved acting but lots of the props and makeup used in movies are harmful to the Earth so one day the thought just popped into my mind “Why don’t I just start my own filmmaking company and be the CEO of that and then act in, produce, write, do the stunts and direct the movies?” So that’s actually my plan: start the company after college and primarily do acting but do some writing and directing when I feel like it. I’d primarily do Christian projects but not necessarily everything. It’s kinda crazy and I wouldn’t do everything by myself: I’d have help. Anyway the point of that was that even if it isn’t practical it combines all the things I love: honoring God, being with people, sports, acting, writing, filmmaking, being earth friendly and having an independent business. I’m just following God and knowing that it’s honestly perfect for me.

    Sorry if that got crazy long. I’m just sharing some of my thoughts.
    Xoxoxo
    McKayla
    http://Www.crazycountrydolls.blogspot.com
    http://Www.thetalesofatriplethreat.blogspot.com

    • Madi May 20, 2019 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      Hey, I love long comments and reading your thoughts! Thanks for sharing. There’s no telling what amazing things God will do through your life. ❤️

  12. McKayla May 20, 2019 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    I love long comments, too. Oh, it was no problem. That’s right! God does amazing things throughout everyone’s life, and he gives everyone different gifts and talents for a reason. And many talents. We’ve all been blessed with many incredible talents.

  13. Hey, It's Hazel! May 20, 2019 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh I love this! Quick question, so I was a little confused concerning the whole “by His stripes” thing…I was I suppose under the impression that Jesus when through the whole torturing and crucifixion for our sins…but you said it was only for our healing? I am a Christian and I’m very familiar with the crucifixion and everything…just looking for a little clarification on that. This may just be a denominational difference. Much love!

    • Madi May 20, 2019 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Hazel! ❤️

      The stripes on Jesus’s back were for our physical healing, and then His crucifixion was for our sins. Just like Jesus paid the price for our redemption, He ALSO paid the price for our healing. I believe the references in my post for that were Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:17, and 1 Peter 2:24. The Greek word for “salvation” is “sozo”, and sozo’s meaning is not only salvation from sin, but healing and wholeness as well.

      I hope that clarifies!

      • Jewel 💎 May 21, 2019 at 3:09 pm - Reply

        Hey Madi! I was wondering the same thing. I have a question as well. Do you believe that if someone is a Christian, God will always heal them? Thanks. 🙂

        -Jewel

        • Madi May 21, 2019 at 4:40 pm - Reply

          Healing is provided as part of Christ’s atonement. A Christian isn’t trying to get God to heal them: their healing has already been paid for by the stripes of Jesus. When Jesus said “it is finished”, it truly was finished!

          But yes, it is 100%, ALWAYS God’s will for Christians to walk in divine health. (3 John 2) Jesus, Who only does what the Father does (John 5:19), showed us God’s will concerning healing: Isaiah 54:4-5, Acts 10:38

          But not all Christians walk in divine health because most of them believe God put that sickness on them. And if they don’t believe healing is theirs, they can’t receive it.

          I hope that answers your question!

          • Jewel 💎 May 21, 2019 at 5:06 pm - Reply

            Ah! Ok! I understand where you are coming from. I looked at your reference verses as well as many others and I believe the Bible is telling us something different.

            Isaiah 53:5 New King James Version (NKJV):

            But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

            * Transgressions and iniquities are synonyms to sin and the punishment for our peace was upon him. By his stripes we are healed from our sin. All of his torture was preparation for his death. He endured it all for us and our sins. Jesus came to earth to save us from our sin. Sickness is a result of sin in the world.

            Matthew 8:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV):
             
            When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
            “He Himself took our infirmities
 and bore our sicknesses.”

            * In this passage Jesus is fulfilling at THAT MOMENT what Isiah had prophesied in the past. Jesus was in the act of healing the people. He was taking the sickness from the people, thus fulfilling just one of the many prophesies about his life. This was not a reference to Jesus’s future torture, but to the specific moment where the quote is placed. Isaiah prophesied this moment, as he did many other moments. Jesus has the power to heal! Amen! Jesus does not always choose to heal, though. Jacob (Israel) had to walk with a limp his whole life! Jesus even caused that because Israel had wrestled with God! Joni Eareckson Tada is paralyzed, but she serves the Lord wholeheartedly. Helen Keller was never healed (and died with her problems), but she was a devout follower of Christ.

            1 Peter 2:21-24 New King James Version (NKJV):

            For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
            “Who committed no sin,
 nor was deceit found in His mouth”;
            who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

            * Everything in this passage is talking about salvation from sins. We can be “healed” of our sins, because our sin is LIKE a terrible sickness that could never be healed without Jesus. His stripes and whipping were in preparation for death of crucifixion. It was PART of it.

            2 Corinthians 11:16-31 New King James Version (NKJV):

            Reluctant Boasting
            I say again, let no one think me a fool. If otherwise, at least receive me as a fool, that I also may boast a little. What I speak, I speak not according to the Lord, but as it were, foolishly, in this confidence of boasting. Seeing that many boast according to the flesh, I also will boast. For you put up with fools gladly, since you yourselves are wise! For you put up with it if one brings you into bondage, if one devours you, if one takes from you, if one exalts himself, if one strikes you on the face. To our shame I say that we were too weak for that! But in whatever anyone is bold—I speak foolishly—I am bold also.
            Suffering for Christ
            Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I. Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness—  besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?
             If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.

            * Paul has been in a sense an “Amazing Christian,” but still he is not spared from trials and suffering. If he boasts, he will boast in the things that show his weakness. God knows his sufferings. Paul was never truly delivered from earthly and severe physical suffering, but oh, how he pleased God. Sometimes we will have to live with trials and we should actually give glory to God in them even if we will not be brought out. We can then hope in God’s eventual deliverance (to be with hIm) because of his love.

            2 Corinthians 4:16 New King James Version (NKJV):

            Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.

            * God ultimately focuses on our heart, not our outward body.

            Romans 8:18 New King James Version (NKJV):

            For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

            * But, sufferings on earth will not last as one day we will be with the Lord. We can and should pray for healing! Praise the Lord he chooses to do so if it suits his righteous plan, but sometimes we are called to endure through trials, and cling to the Lord through them. I have found that my trials have brought me into closer relationship with the Lord.

            Jesus came to save us: Save us from separation from God. Sickness and weakness does not separate us from God, on the contrary, it often brings us closer to Him if our faith endures through the suffering. Paul is a great example and I applaud you, in particular, for enduring and remaining faithful to the Lord. Sin separates us from God. That is why Jesus had to go through torture and death for sin. Praise the Lord for his mercy on us. 🙂

            Sorry for the BOOK of a comment. I wanted to make sure everything was clear enough. Biblical context is key. XD

            -Jewel
            https://treasuredscript.com/
            http://www.dollnotebook.com/

      • Hey, It's Hazel! May 21, 2019 at 9:45 pm - Reply

        Oh okay thanks!

  14. Zielle May 20, 2019 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Madi, this post, is amazing. YOU are amazing. GOD is amazing!! You are so inspiring and encouraging. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible journey with us. This post is so beyond true. God’s word triumphs over everything. What He says triumphs what others say. I’m so glad you are back to blogging. With every post you write, I can take something inspirational and encouraging away from this. GOD IS SO GOOD! I almost teared up reading this. Wow. I just can’t fathom how truly amazing this was, no joke. <3 Continue to spread the the goodness of God through your journey, Madi! <3<3<3<3

    I'll continue to pray for your full healing. Is there anything specific you would like me to pray for?

    • Madi May 20, 2019 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Wow, Zielle, this comment made my day! Thank you so much for reading and for being so encouraging. God is so good!!! 😭🙌

      I’d love prayer for a new condition I developed that the doctors told me they couldn’t do anything but offer antidepressants for—but I’m believing for that to leave, too!

      Thanks a million again for the prayer and support; it means so much to me! ❤️

  15. Morgan McCartie May 20, 2019 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Woww! So awesome! I’m happy you’re feeling much better! God bless you and your family.

    • Madi May 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Morgan! God bless you too.

  16. Laura May 20, 2019 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Praise god!! That is so so so awesome!! 😀 I am so happy for you!! I am so happy that you are blogging again!! 😀 I know I already said that in your last post but I am so happy! 🙂

    -Laura <3 😉

    • Madi May 21, 2019 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      AWW! Thanks so much, Laura! 🤗

  17. Elysha May 21, 2019 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Amen!!!!!!!!!!

    • Madi May 21, 2019 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading! 👊🙌

  18. Olivia @ Purely Olivia May 21, 2019 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I love this, Madi! It’s inspiring to see what God has done in your life and to see your amazing attitude about it. <3

    • Madi May 21, 2019 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Olivia! ❤️

  19. Kaitlyn May 21, 2019 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    God is so good! How you live your life, Madi, it really inspires me! I’m so glad that your back blogging!

    • Madi May 21, 2019 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      He is! Thanks so much, Kaitlyn — I’m so glad to be back!

  20. Julia May 22, 2019 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Have you ever heard of Classical Stretch? I know that it’s really good for people with arthritis, and I think the teacher (Miranda Esmonde-White) had rheumatoid arthritis. 🙂 (she’s 65, I believe)

    • Madi May 22, 2019 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      I’ve never heard of it, but I’ll look it up and see if I can try it. I’m definitely supposed to be stretching every day. Thanks for telling me about that!

      • Julia May 23, 2019 at 9:26 am - Reply

        No problem! I hope it helps 😃

  21. Anonymous May 22, 2019 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    This is a test, yo!

    • Madi May 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      ughhh why my site gotta be this way

  22. Olivia Bell May 27, 2019 at 12:18 am - Reply

    This post. Just wow! God is so good, I am rejoicing with you, Madi! I’m so happy for you!!! I’ve been praying for you and this is just the best news! And also, this post encouraged me so much, so thank you so much for it.❤️❤️❤️ You’re an inspiration to me.❤️

    • Madi May 27, 2019 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Wow, thank you so much, Livy! ❤️ That blesses me so much to hear! God is so good! 😭🙌

  23. Kendall Henson May 28, 2019 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Madi, I am so thrilled for the miraculous changes that have happened in your life!! I am actually giving the devil a creepy grin right now. 😛

    • Madi May 28, 2019 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      That creepy grin just sounds delightful. 😀 XD Thanks so much, Kendall!

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