I’m pretty excited that you’re here – that you’ve joined me for this next leg of the writing adventure! In case you’re new here and don’t know me yet, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Emily Ryan. Before marring my sweet husband, Jonathan, I was Emily Lofgren. I blogged over at emilylofgren.com about finding hope amidst chronic illness.
The past few years of my life have been a roller coaster. The ups were so good! But the downs were…well, so bad. I suffered with debilitating chronic illness before God brought the right resources into my path. Since implementing a system to heal my limbic system, and therefore [mostly] heal the rest of my body, my life has changed in huge ways. I went from a mostly homebound existence to being well enough to dance the night away at our wedding one year later!
It’s pretty amazing when I think about how far God has brought me (well, brought us, because Jonathan was by my side each step of the healing journey – even when he didn’t have to be!).
At this point, I wouldn’t say I’m 100% healed from all sickness, but I’m probably around 90%…except, the more I try to figure out exactly how healed I am, the more I realize the specifics don’t matter all that much. What I do know is God brought healing into my life and I’m back to being myself again. But this time, it’s a better version of myself because of how the Holy Spirit has changed me.
For much of my life, I attempted to live beyond the good, God-given boundaries of rest. I tried to do too much. While my life now, after much healing, is still slower-paced than it was before I became debilitatingly ill, I think it’s actually a good thing. I’m not convinced we were made for the “crazy busy” life that’s coveted by too much of American society.
While it’s still a process, and I’m continually growing, I’m learning what it means to rest in my identity in Christ. I know that I have nothing to prove. And I don’t say this in a defensive way anymore either. I used to know I had nothing to prove but then think about it defensively, as if trying to shield myself from the opinions of others. Now, I’m free in Christ to live confidently in the place He’s called me to be! It’s pretty cool!
This new blog will be a place where I share the journey from the desire to strive to a place of rest and contentment. Like many others, and maybe even you, I’ve struggled along this journey. It can feel like a wild ride. But the most important thing is that we can seek God, trust Him – and I mean really trust Him at his Word – and He changes us through the Holy Spirit. It’s quite incredible, and I don’t say this lightly…
Life here on earth is short. We all want to make it count. But how do we do that? How do we use the God-given talents, resources, and desires in a way that is most pleasing to Him and gives Him all the glory? How do we work with the challenges we face instead of letting them paralyze us?
I’m excited to explore this all with you…
I hope to write about real faith in this hurting world, good habits and their impact on our lives, and the importance of seeking to be emotionally healthy.
Thanks for being here! It means a lot.
Lots of love,