Resources for Healing
“I could have accepted the prognosis of a condition that would only get worse, but because of my faith in Jesus Christ, I hoped for a better outcome. I took steps forward and became strengthened instead of disabled. I experienced emotional, physical, and spiritual healing that I did not even know I needed. I finally realized how important my well-being is for fulfilling my destiny.”
~ Michelle Marie Hernandez
Are you weary from struggling with the disappointment and pain that accompany autoimmune conditions? Do you need comfort, healing, and refreshment? If so, you have come to the right place.
My prayer is that you will find hope and healing through the words I share. May you gain wisdom to guide you on your path. And may courage and strength fill you, so you can keep going.
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I have always loved reading. But in 2004, I realized I had not read enough of what became the most important book in my life—the Bible. Healing began to take place as I read and abided in the life-changing and life-giving words of the Bible.
Not long after, I responded to God’s call to write and speak. Doors had opened for me to teach adult Bible studies at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. I had written some teaching curriculum for a minister and was editing a book for another minister. I had taken on a new assignment as Assistant Director of Data Services at Lakewood Church. I was helping to oversee daily operations and enhance the team’s communications by creating a written manual and a training program.
I had discovered my purpose and was well on my way to achieving it when a physical illness threatened to stop me. I had experienced intermittent symptoms over the years, but in 2007, I faced a sudden onset of extreme pain, fatigue, and muscle weakness. A rheumatologist diagnosed my condition as an undifferentiated connective tissue disease, which can develop into a more specific autoimmune disease like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Other diagnoses soon followed including allergies, anxiety, fertility issues, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
I could have accepted the prognosis of a condition that would only get worse, but because of my faith in Jesus Christ, I hoped for a better outcome. I took steps forward and became strengthened instead of disabled. I experienced emotional, physical, and spiritual healing that I did not even know I needed. I finally realized how important my well-being is for fulfilling my destiny.
I love telling others about my journey to better health and wholeness. I feel compelled to share the wisdom I have gained about healing and spiritual growth. I hope my story helps promote the well-being of others, so we can all mature and function as God designed us to.
Healing Bible Study
Healing One Step at a Time: Progressing on the Journey to Health and Wholeness
Are you struggling with the challenges that come with autoimmune conditions? Do you need comfort, guidance, and refreshment for your weary soul? If so, this Bible study is for you. The hope and truth you find will encourage and strengthen you to take steps on your journey to health and wholeness.
Please contact Michelle to schedule this Bible study at your church, online, or with a small group. Each Bible study class includes teaching, discussion, and prayer. The study may be held on a weekly or monthly basis.
Blog Articles on Healing
I had not planned to start my day with art, but I am so glad I did. When I pulled back the curtains covering our farmhouse windows, I saw a beautiful sunrise. As I took in God’s brushstrokes of stunning colors, a desire to paint rose up in me. Negative thoughts came...
I do not regret the way I ate over the holidays. Guilt about too many calories and too much sugar does not plague me. Instead, I feel satisfied with the simpler, healthier holiday fare I eat now that I have allergies. To read more about how I navigate holiday meals...
I got all A’s: allergies, anxiety, and autoimmune disease. Realizing this gave me a deeper perspective as well as more compassion and humility. These A’s are not the marks of excellence I received in grade school and college. Instead, they signify my body is not...
Even with food allergies, I still enjoy eating out with family and friends from time to time. A food allergy-friendly menu and a thoughtful waiter made a big difference at a new restaurant I tried one time. You can read more about my experience in the full article on...
Through my allergies advocacy, I have grown as both a patient leader and a writer. I have come to better understand my target audience and the value of my personal experience. This has helped me shift from ghostwriting to sharing my own story through words and images....
What People Are Saying
“Since Michelle first came to my church in 2010, I have watched her story unfold. I know few people her age who have experienced such a difficult physical journey. However, Michelle’s story is not centered on the connective tissue disease that has caused her extreme pain and fatigue but on how God worked a determination in her to triumph over this autoimmune condition rather than drown in self-pity. Through extensive research and revelation from God on how to stay well, she has achieved the impossible and today maintains an active writing and speaking career. Her story is amazing—well worth being recorded for those on a similarly difficult journey. Michelle is proof that we can live fulfilling and rewarding lives to the glory of God despite chronic illness.”
– Kathy Zrubek, Area Director, Community Bible Study
“The work of Michelle’s hands and mouth for the Kingdom of God are powerful, uplifting, and definitely thought-provoking. She inspires all of us to be “healed” and to be “healers” of one another by living our lives in such a way that the world will know the One who is truly the Great Physician, Jesus. Michelle’s sincerity of heart shines through all her words of wisdom!”
– Rev. Linda V. Chandler, pastor of Austin Brethren Church and founder/CEO of HOST Ministries