I have been unbelievably blessed with good health AND had awful experiences. This summer a friend asked me why I won’t consider Lasik surgery. After some of the medical experiences I’ve had in China, I CANNOT participate in one where I am awake during the procedure and smell my eye flesh burning.

To quote a two-year-old, “Cannot.”


Ignorance may be bliss and experience one helluva teacher. Sorry, surgery without anesthetic on my behind (and this happened more than once) was hell and I have no desire to go back. Contacts and glasses it will be for me.

But I can see! And the corneas on my eyes are regenerated after having holes eaten in them by the pollution in Beijing. The body’s ability to recreate cells, heal from infection, build stronger bones after a break, and respond to treatment is amazing. Pause for a moment and with me reflect on all of the ways our bodies are walking miracles. Though they bear the signs of brokenness, sin, disease and decay, they also bear signs of restoration, function, health, and improving.

Though medicine may be needed, much good can come from rest, exercise and nutritious food. The body truly is spectacular. This is part of why I LOVE The Biggest Loser. Talk about watching God at work!

Here in Eden Lost, we have unhealthy bodies, thoughts, responses, and relationships. We hurt. Our bodies ache. Our relationships can repeat over and over unhelpful routines. Our responses create distance and distrust. We will all taste death.

But this is not the final chapter.

When we have returned to Eden and we live as we were meant to live! We will know nothing of pain, of cancer, of glasses and canes, of lying over purchases or driving drunk or lust in our hearts.

We will be healthy in the most holistic sense. My mind can list all of the areas where we will know health. My soul tries to keep up with my mind, knowing that the list is true, but not able to grasp how wonderful it will be to be healthy (as my wrists hurt typing this, my neck creaks a bit, and my eyes are awaiting an updated prescription).

The day will come when my soul won’t have to grasp because my whole being and your whole being will simply be …healthy.

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Remember:Lovesatisfactionextravagancefreedombelongingrecreationtruthtrustpuritysubmission and powerunitykindnessblamelesswith abandonacceptancecelebrationfaithgenerosityjoypurposeempathyrhythmshopeelationesteem, healthy. (Yup, still have the formatting problem :))

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  1. Tammy Ogden October 29, 2013 at 7:04 am - Reply

    It will be wonderful, that new glorified body!

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      Amy October 29, 2013 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      Amen, sister!

  2. Kristi October 29, 2013 at 7:36 am - Reply

    I can hardly wait until what I grasp for daily will be firmly in my grasp! No sin-sickness just perfect uninterrupted fellowship.

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      Amy October 29, 2013 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      I’m with you, Kristi!

  3. T. Anne October 29, 2013 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Love the thought of no more heart breaks and broken promises where we are all Beautifullied!!!!

  4. Mike October 30, 2013 at 1:57 am - Reply


    Amy, have you heard the song by Building 429 called “Where I belong”? Oh yeah, whether they know it or not, they’re writing about someday living in Eden Regained! It’s my latest most favorite song. (Have I already told you this?) Here’s the chorus:

    All I know is I’m not home yet
    This is not where I belong
    Take this world and give me Jesus
    This is not where I belong

    Today, as I have numerous aches that belong to Eden Lost, I definitely need – and appreciate! – the reminder that this is not all there is! Amen!

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