How I've Proved Him
Last August my husband and I walked through a brief experience that tested our faith and forced us to cling to our Father in a new way. Over this past weekend, thanks to the testimonies of a couple of friends, I was reflecting on this and remembering His faithfulness and trustworthiness to us. So I thought I would share this post again (taken from a former blog), including a strange metaphor that seemed a good description at the time.
It's especially important to me given the recent focus on adoption and corruption (for more info on that, read this). The truth is there are thousands of waiting children available, many of whom have "special needs" that are truly not as overwhelming as we might think. So if you get a chance, spread the word about HIV so we can move into reality on this not-so-scary condition and give homes to those waiting.
- HIV is considered a chronic but manageable disease with proper treatment.
- Children who receive treatment are expected to live a normal lifespan.
- HIV has NEVER been transmitted in normal family living conditions (not thru tears, saliva, mucous, or other bodily fluids)
- You NEVER have to fear contracting HIV through casual contact with an HIV+ person.
- HIV is spread in three main ways: sexual contact, IV drug use through the sharing of dirty needles, mother-to-infant (pregnancy, birth or breast feeding)
- All around the world orphans are overlooked for adoption because of their HIV+ status
- Medications called ARVs can mean the difference between life and death
- With medications HIV can be effectively managed to the point that the virus is undetectable
- There is a term for the miraculous transformation HIV+ people undergo when they begin receiving the medications they need.
- The Lazarus Effect is a term commonly used to describe people who were once on the brink of death who have been restored again to health through medication