Lyme should come with its own survival kit because the plastic box labeled “first aid” just isn’t doing the trick. The bandages aren’t relieving my chronic Lyme pain. The Asprin doesn’t touch Lyme brain and the ointments gave me a rash. The first aid kit wasn’t made for me so I’m making my own.

To survive Lyme, or any other chronic illness, there are tools, practices, habits and strategies you will need as desperately as as a ct needs a bandaid but you won’t find what you need in a plastic box. Your survival kit won’t be sitting on a store shelf. To survive the battles of chronic illness you will need a prescription for victory that no doctor on earth can give you.

To survive you will need the full armor of God.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” [Ephesians 6:10-18]

The full armor of God is our never-fail survival kit that always has what we need. I know I wouldn’t be surviving Lyme without it and so I am making it my mission to share with others how they can survive, too. Stay tune in the coming days and weeks as we explore each piece of this precious armor and learn how to use it stay alive, survive and thrive with Lyme.