Are you or someone you love suffering from chronic illness? How do you continue to keep hope alive when the healing doesn't come? How can you best love someone near & dear to your heart that is suffering through a lengthy illness? We tackle all this and so much more in this faith-filled interview with my dear friend Kristie Vargas. She shares deeply from her personal journey of suffering, finally getting the diagnosis of Lyme disease and what she has learned over this 10 year journey. If you watch this video, you will feel so encouraged about your purpose & hope in your journey with chronic illness, know how to encourage those you love who are suffering, feel safe in the fact that your kids ARE going to turn out OK despite the hours and days that you’ve struggled, & learn more about me than you ever wanted to know from my old roommate, embarrassing nerdy stories & all! To connect with Kristie, please join her BRAND NEW Facebook community for encouragement at "Lemonade for the World--Hope for the Broken Hearted and Chronically Ill"
1:00 - Story of our long friendship (roommates before we got married) and the sweet testimony of Kristie's father's passing
13:00 - Life in the trenches of motherhood
14:20 - Encouraging those who are ill about their purpose in life
16:00 - Why you should tune in, even if you don't have a chronic illness
16:40 - How do you deal with the long term struggle, especially with "invisible illnesses", and still keep hope alive?
17:15 - Kristie's personal journey of walking through not feeling well for years, but not having a diagnosis
22:00 - continued: How to keep hope alive
26:50 - How do you navigate not getting bitter when it's been a long time and you still haven't gotten healed?
29:00 - Feeling unworthy of healing
32:15 - Why "Lemonade for the World"?? What does it mean?
35:30 - How can we love and support those who are close to us with chronic illness well?
43:20 - Finding freedom from the burdens of chronic illness
47:20 - Handling the holidays when you don't feel well
47:45 - What most people don't know about me (Julie) that Kristie knows
55:00 - A surprisingly emotional & powerful question: What would you say to yourself 10 years ago when your highest concern was being a good mom to your kids, but you felt awful?
I hope this helps somebody out there today dealing with an illness or a loved one who is sick. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your loved ones. May healing be close by.
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you might know nothing about."