I bet I get letters on THIS one.

Posted by BWSmith on Wednesday, 4 February 1998, at 10:40 p.m.

Hi Lisa:
We will agree to disagree if I can't persuade you to consider that there is always spiritual component to all illnesses. {Gasp! Did I really say THAT?}
I do really believe that PMS is a dangerous "catch-all" diagnosis for many kinds of symptons that may or may not point to an underlying medical condition -- hence "Syndrome." In fact some symptons are related to serious life-threatening diseases and are too often minimized as only PMS.

My original point to Lily was -- No condition, illness, affliction, or stage in this life is an excuse for "venting our emotions."
I apologize if I left any impression that getting our bodies, which may be on the fritz, checked out by responsible health care providers was "unspiritual." Christians' bodies break down, too.

LADIES -- IF YOU THINK SOMETHING IS BROKEN IN YOUR BODY,[or your child's] SEE A DOCTOR -- OVERLOOK NO SYMPTOMS THAT MAY BE LIFE-TREATENING! But never use your symptons, even if they mean breast cancer or MS as an excuse for sinful behavior.

Out of sheer stubborn FEAR, I refused to follow a CHRISTIAN doctor's prescription for a persistent female problem -- for a long time -- I did a lot of unnecessary and unattractive things.

THIS is a spiritual component that was wrong. Whatever the physical symtoms of PMS, I believe Christian women can rise above the typical responses that experts say go along with this sydrome. And the glory goes not to estrogen or waterpills or vitamin-E but to God, who will sustain us, even if medicine fails us. One day each of will be overtaken by something for which there is no known cure. If He can't help ME overcome sin and that's what cursing, yelling, or freaking out, is, then how do I know I can trust Him with the forgiveness of the consequences of my other sins -- like covetousness or bitterness?

Get medical help if you are sick, dear sisters, please -- but don't dismiss a humble suggestion to first pray that God might show you the way.

How many of us who have had personal medical problems have had the courage to ask the elders to pray? "Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. (James 5:13-16)

I will pray for you to experience VICTORY in Christ over the things you say and do that you do not want to -- The apostle Paul struggled with the same anguishing battles. I do too --
"Wretched [woman] that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin." (Rom 7:24-25)

Love in Christ,