I don’t really celebrate my birthday anymore. It’s really just like any other day.
Twenty-five years ago, my parents were told that, because of my disease, I wouldn’t live to see my twenties. Since my birth, medicine and science have provided some new treatments that have increased the life expectancy to 37.
And here I am, at the age of 25, still living, breathing, and praising God for every day.
It’s pretty amazing that God could take this broken body and use it for His glory.
It’s almost unbelievable that He can take my story, my brokenness, my disease, my sickness, and use it to draw myself and others closer to Him.
He’s given me a voice to sing His praises, and a platform to share Him with those around me.
And so today, I’m going to celebrate His faithfulness.
I’m going to celebrate what He has done, and what He has brought me through. The fires that He has brought me through have refined me. The trials that He has walked with me through have strengthened me. Through the valleys and the mountains, He has been faithful, and He will continue to be faithful to the end of time.
That’s something to be thankful for. That’s something to celebrate.
Kristen Entwistle is a graduate student pursuing her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at Michigan State University. She helps to lead worship at her church on Sunday mornings and leads a women’s Bible study on Saturday mornings. She was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was three months old, and has seen God work through the ups and downs of life and through her disease. In response to God’s calling, Kristen started All For Him, a ministry seeking to encourage and challenge women of all ages in Christ.
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