Hi, I’m Gail Marek. I’m a Christian, a wife, a mother, and an autoimmune disorder sufferer.
Sharing in other peoples’ joys—and struggles—is what makes me tick.
Years ago, I gave a couples Bible as a wedding gift to two friends who got married. Inside the front cover I wrote a note that told them to look to the Bible for answers to all of their questions—rather than looking for answers elsewhere.
At that time I was a ‘baby’ Christian. I honestly don’t even know if I believed what I’d written. It seemed as though someone else was writing the words and I was just holding the pen… sort of like when you’re a kid and an adult teaches you to play mini-golf or something. I knew what I’d written was true—but it was more in my head than in my heart.
Around that time I was about two years into a four year escapade with hidradenitis suppurativa—my autoimmune disorder. Years earlier, I hadn’t given any thought to the concept that decisions that had nothing to do with my body could end up affecting my health. I also never dreamed of turning to the Bible for medical advice when my HS surfaced.
My doctors rattled off a general list of things to keep HS at bay, but their ‘reduce stress’ advice fell on deaf ears. Not because I didn’t hear them, but because I had no idea I was stressed. I was too young to even know what stress was! I thought it was something that happened to middle-aged, white collared men. Low and behold, after a total of four years living with HS, i.e. an open sore on my leg nearly the size of a golf ball at times, my body healed miraculously (I could feel things change literally overnight, and I knew my sore was going to go away) when the stress suddenly abated.
I had tried to treat my HS with diet prior to then. It was helpful, but diet didn’t heal my HS like I’d hoped it would. It wasn’t until my stress disappeared that I realized I was stressed… and connected it to HS.
When the HS disappeared along with my stress, I was flooded with insight!
I desperately needed to begin making better decisions than I had in the past… like the ones that got me so stressed out. I realized over the course of the next few years, that E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G bad in my life was the result of my choice not to follow Biblical teachings at some point or another in my past.
There was no guilt, only revelation.
Life is so different now.
In the time that I’ve (or more accurately, my heart has) been walking with Jesus, my burden has become much lighter, and I am filled with hope and joyful anticipation for the future He has in store for me. Now, I try and live the life God calls me to.
Whereas my former circumstances had me stressed out beyond belief—because I felt as though I was carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders—Jesus told me His yoke is easy and His burden light (Matthew 11:28-30), and that the Lord plans to prosper me, give me hope, and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
My purpose in life is also much clearer—to bring honor and glory to God.
I felt God calling me to change… and began connecting a lot of personal dots in the process.
I got certified as Primal Health Coach to help myself get healthy. My experience with HS ‘treatments’ in a local hospital with a team of doctors (and residents) showed me that doctors don’t know everything. Reading about other peoples’ success in living with HS by altering their diets showed me that health is about more than just a diagnosis and prescriptions and that we can affect our own outcomes with the choices we make. My Primal Health Coaching certification taught me that there’s more to health than just diet and exercise. The Bible is consistently teaching me that God already knows everything I’ve said above… and then some. The more I learn about health via popular, cultural, and medical platforms, the more I see the commonalities between what’s been published recently, and what’s already been written in the Bible.
Since becoming aware of the err of my former ways, realigning my life so that my actions agree with what I randomly jotted down inside that Bible cover so many years ago hasn’t been easy, but it’s been a worthwhile investment!
Something my pastor said struck a cord with me the first time he said it years ago and it just lit a fire under me now… he loves it when science proves Biblical truth. I love it too! It’s like buying a used obsolete-model car—you’d never have noticed it on the road, but now you see them everywhere! It seems like every time I turn around, there’s a new publication talking about the health benefit of a Biblical practice. It’s great!
The same concept applies to all of us. Science is only beginning to scratch the surface of all the advice the Bible gives us, and I agree with my Pastor, I love it when science and the Bible agree.
We can’t get direct advice about specific situations, but we can certainly recognize the Bible as a trusted source of guidance when making decisions regarding all different facets of life—including health.
That’s the journey I’m on!
Care to join me?