A New Name, A New Blog

Why I Blog - Emily Ryan

Well, hello!

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,

Emily

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6 thoughts on “A New Name, A New Blog

  1. You are a shining star, Emily, in this world of illness and disease. You are using the gifts and talents God gave you exactly as I can imagine He wants you to. I am still in the throes of illness and waiting to finally get to the right doctor knowledgeable in biotoxin diseases to treat me. I’m one of the shocked victims of toxic mold. Thanks for your never-ending inspiration. You are a gift. God bless.

    1. Beverly, your words of affirmation mean so much to me! Thank you. I do feel like this is exactly where God wants me to be! I’m sorry you’ve had a hard time finding a knowledgable doctor. I understand the struggles that come along with that. Praying for you right now.

  2. Hello Emily,
    Good to know how you’ve moved forward in your recovery and faith. Your new blog gives me hope, I struggle some days wondering what this is all about, I feel so deafeated by this brain tumour and surgery, my faith can take a wobble. I do believe God has been in all this horrible illness, and I have never felt abandoned, but it’s so frightening at times and I wonder what the point of this anxiety and pain is, couldn’t I have learned this lesson through a broken leg and not a brain tumour instead?
    Maybe it is to be brought to a stand still and really learn to trust, I thought I was doing that when I was well. Anyway I have no choice in this, so I will try my best to do it well and continue to believe that Gods plan for my life is far beyond anything that I could imagine.
    Thanks for your words, congratulations on your marriage.
    Joanne

    1. Hi Joanne! Yes, I can resonate with what you’ve shared. I know it can be discouraging, but it is a good thing to hear you have never felt abandoned in any of the major life obstacles you’ve faced. I admire your faith, Joanne! 🙂 I’m praying for you right now.

  3. -Hope you have had a good day, Emily, I am happy to note that you are blogging again and have saved to favorites your new blog site. Also, grateful to know that your lymphatic system is more back on track. What a beautiful miracle in your life as is your wonderful husband. My husband has stuck through my various health concerns, as more added on in our married life, through almost 27 years now. He is a saint (most of the time!) and I’m not sure what I’d do without him.
    -With fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue and other health issues God is with me living through, I have learned that I have to slow-down and take care of myself with seeing or talking with my MD/alternative medicine specialist who is 7 hours away from me!, pure essential oils, massage therapy, ionic foot detoxes, vacations when possible, and a rest week once-a-month to deal with everything.
    -As a minister (Co-Pastor of a Presbyterian Church with my husband, Rev. Rodger Allen- same church for 14 years now,) that is not an easy task because people don’t understand and have continual needs and there is continual Sunday worship and projects/programs/activities/classes/committee meetings too- hey… did I say committee meetings?!
    -The important of trust in God and my faith is a key issue for me as I deal with all of this- I KNOW God will get me through anything (as God has so far and I’m 59 years old) however, I need to remind myself of that on a daily, even hourly basis. Letting go of anxiety and worry has been the most difficult task for me personally. Jesus was so gracious to ask his followers to give up their burdens to him however, they can stick to us like glue! It is ingrained in me as it is for the other 2 family members of my family (my sisters and it was for my mother too.)
    -People, members especially, ask me if I am better on any given Sunday, or other day, and I used to say “not really” but I’ve learned to mostly smile and ask them how they are to deflect so I don’t lie, only a couple persist in their question. I’m either the same which isn’t all that great but, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I can cope or I’m worse which happens more and more often.
    -My MD/alternative specialist says most of her patients with my health concerns don’t work any longer and gave up way before I am continuing to work (if that makes sense.) I still feel God’s call to minister/pastor so I continue and hope to for a few more years until I can take early retirement. As always with the Spirit’s strength and courage, I will persist even as I struggle. Who doesn’t struggle in life over something or many things?
    I don’t get to talk about this much, so I’m glad to “talk” with you about it.

    1. Laurie! It was so great to hear from you. I’ve actually been thinking about you lots lately, wondering how you are doing! I always really enjoy it when we converse via email! I can relate to so much of what you shared of your journey of trying to find answers and so you can see better health days. Asking how others are doing sure can help turn things around in a conversation when it’s hard to explain once again that things haven’t improved much. <3 I'm glad you feel comfortable sharing here with me! Praying for you right now, dear sister in Christ!

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