Sunday, October 9, 2016

How can you say you Know it?

Did the doctors figure out why I was so ill?  No. I've been to many doctors and had many, many tests. They showed nothing. Everything was low, but not out of the normal range. I was at the point that I was resigned to just working on my computer the rest of my life. Then in April of 2015, I had this strong impression that I should start checking my blood sugar several times a day. It seemed ok. The next day it was a little higher. The next day it went up 80 points after a balanced, low carb, diabetic meal! I felt extremely ill. A thought came to my mind that my hydrocortisone dose for Addison's Disease was too high and that I shouldn't take my last dose that day. I didn't, actually I was afraid to! The next day I cut it another 5mg under my doctor's guidance. Now what? I had no idea, but I did feel that I needed to do research. I wasn't sure what I was to research, so I just began. I looked up blood sugar, diabetes, and hypoglycemia. When I came to Insulin Resistance, I felt that was it! I read more and found that besides cutting my dose of hydrocortisone, I needed to really cut down on carbs for a while (still have good fats), and I needed to exercise at least an hour at a time daily. I tried it and it worked! My blood sugar slowly stabilized, and I began to feel better than I have in ages.

I know that some people might think that it is odd to somehow "know" what to do, but I just did. I am not that brilliant that I could have figured it out myself. That is obvious since I have been ill for over 45 years and never understood. I feel that I have been very blessed and guided by the Lord to know what to do. It has taken me awhile, but I have learned to just follow the impressions I feel, knowing that later I will understand. I carefully listen to the thoughts and feelings which come after I pray. If I feel a calm peaceful feeling and a strong sense of assurance that my proposed action is right, I know it is what I should do.

Over the years I have learned to be still, pray, seek the positive, read scriptures, and do good things. When I do, I can feel the Holy Ghost who sends me a sense of assurance and peace that gives me guidance in this life. I just do it and from my own experience comes understanding. We really can't know except from our own experience, but we can't gain that experience until we do what we feel is right. Faith is being willing to give it a try. It is the only way to learn. The Lord does know everything that is going on, what will bring us the greatest happiness, and what will be the future consequences of our actions. He loves us and wants to help us. We just need to ask and listen.

I find it amazing that it always works out somehow. The more I act on the impressions I feel, the more faith building experiences I have, the more I know for myself. This knowledge gained from my own experiences increases my faith in my Heavenly Father. Slowly, one experience at a time, I have learned to recognize and trust inspiration from God. This ability to know what is right, what to do, and to receive help, is available to everyone. It does take effort, but it really is worth it!

I like this scripture from the Book of Mormon:

“I do know that these things whereof I have spoken are true. …
“Behold, I say unto you they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God. Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit” (Alma 5:45–46).

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