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I never would have done this sort of thing on my own.


I would have reasoned that it was frivolous, or selfish, and not needed.


Did I want to do it? Oh yes. Like a distant dream that might someday come true.


But God had other plans. For which I am so grateful. His good plans included healing (praise HIM), and then restoration (praise HIM again) through laser treatments and lip filler injections.


Sounds vain, right? Keep reading…


I see my rheumatologist every six months so he can monitor the autoimmune disease that plagues me called scleroderma or systemic sclerosis. It can be a fatal disease since it attacks the major organs of the body, turning their healthy tissues to lifeless scar tissue. Sooo bad for lungs, heart, kidneys and the liver.


At my last 6-month check-up, Dr. Byrd proclaimed that after watching my prognosis for a year, he was officially down-grading the scleroderma diagnosis to CREST Syndrome, which is not fatal since it doesn’t mess with the internal organs!

Dr. Byrd said this does not normally happen.  At which, I promptly said, “We have been praying for healing.” Fortunately, this is not lost on him.


So, my husband Tim and I praised God. And we are still praising God.


Scleroderma had left me with many angry red spots on my face, each about the size of a pencil eraser. It also gave me wrinkled puckered lips because of the tightening of my skin from the extra scar-tissue-like collagen production.


“I wonder…” I said to myself in the mirror many times since my diagnosis upgrade, “If these red spots could be removed. And if my lips could be fixed. I wonder…”


At this time, Tim had an appointment with a dermatologist to remove a possibly troubling mole. (It wasn’t. Praise God again.) And I also had an appointment to see if the red spots could be removed. (Dr. Byrd gave me a referral. He’s the best!)


A month later, I had started laser treatments for the red spots, got lip filler injections to bring my lips back. And because of a sale on the lip filler, I also got a little Botox to get rid of the scowl line between my brows, undoubtedly created from grimacing from the pain of the disease, mostly.


After 3 months, almost all the red spots are gone, and I have fuller lips again, and I don’t look angry or upset since the scowl line is gone!


Praise God. Yes, highest praise indeed.

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I never would have done all these procedures if I had time to think about it. God arranged it so it just happened. I didn’t have time to overthink it and get in the way of the blessing He wanted to give me.


Not just a blessing—a restoration. Everyday those red spots made me sad. So sad. And they couldn’t be covered with make-up because the texture of the skin was so tight and too smooth for the concealer to stick. As they increased in number, my heart would grieve for my health. I always thought about what the disease might be doing to the inside of my body that I could not see.

But GOD.


He healed me from a terrible disease and brought restoration to me physically, and emotionally. I can feel that God continues to heal me inside and out.


I think about the verses in the Bible where the prophet Joel said, “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God and there is no other.” (Joel 2:25-27)


And I do know that He is my God. More than ever. He is restoring me physically, as well as strengthening my faith in Him.


God is so good. I will say it again and again.

Angela Dolbear is the author of contemporary Christian novels, such as THE GARDEN KEY Series, and THE TORMENTOR’S TALE, as well as many short stories, which are available in paperback, Kindle and audiobook formats on Amazon. Angela writes real, relevant, relatable, and reverent fiction. She loves reading, writing prose, as well as writing and recording music with her husband Tim in their studio in Nashville, TN--listen to their music on Sound Cloud.  Please drop by and sign-up for news and to read new stories and hear new original music at http://www.angeladolbear.com/subscribe.htm. Blessings to you!

Restoration Through Lasers & Lip Filler
by Angela Dolbear