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Amazing Grace...

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Amazing Grace...

By, Ruschelle Khanna

Author, 30 Days of Prayer
Healing Autoimmunity for Women

When I first became ill in March of last year, I was extremely angry with God.  As a psychotherapist, I had already decided to spend my career helping women obtain optimal mental and physical health care.  Why had God thrown me into a mysterious illness, causing me to be shuffled from physician to physician with no answers? 

I had begun attending a nearby church about five weeks prior to the time when my seizures began.  LIttle did I know what a huge support my church community would be in my recovery.  About one month into my illness, one of the Ministers hosted a half-day prayer retreat where we learned different styles and methods of praying.  I was so sick and could barely remember any details of the event.  But there is one part I will never forget.  

I remember coming in late.  The Minister led me to sit next to this beautiful young woman.  There, tucked between the edge of the pew and this new stranger, I suddenly felt supported. I actually had the strength to sit through a half- or long day of prayer and reflection.  The retreat continued and we were separated into groups.  Each group was given a different person from the Bible to reflect their prayer style.  My group was given Jesus as an example.  Of all the people in the Bible, Jesus’ unique way of approaching prayer is one of the most inspiring examples of a life well-lived.  Jesus was real.  He wasn’t afraid to question God.  And this was exactly the message I needed, since I was in the midst of a sea of questions. 

The day ended and I went to thank the Minister.  She asked me to wait and  she wanted to introduce me to someone she had chosen to be my personal prayer partner due to my current medical crisis.  I waited in the hall as everyone gathered their things to leave.  A few minutes later, she came back into the hall with Abby.  Abby was the beautiful woman whose presence so comforted me as I sat beside her in the beginning of the retreat.  I burst into tears.  I had an overwhelming feeling that I was actually going to be able to get through this lonely, dark period in my life. 

Weeks passed and I slowly started to recover from the light and sound sensitivity.  I was able to stand for more than a few minutes.  My cognition returned.  I was diagnosed with Neurological Lyme Disease and began the proper treatment.  Week after week, Abby would meet me, come to my home or chat on the phone.  We prayed out loud.  We prayed silently.  We set designated times to pray apart.  We were honest and open about how to approach God during this scary, confusing time.  There were times when I felt that I might overwhelm her with my pain.  But she was consistent, loving and available.  Before this event, I never knew that such a thing as a prayer partner even existed.  I am forever grateful to my church and their prayer partner program for providing me with an absolute angel in Abby. 

Today, almost one year after having met my prayer partner, I am well on my way to recovering. And more than that, my life has blossomed in unimaginable ways.  Before my illness, I aspired to do many things.  My illness and pain catapulted my life into a direction of clarity and focus like I have never had before.  One of the first projects that came from my healing has been the writing of a collection of prayers, reflections and healing prompts for women with autoimmune disease and/or disorders.

Lyme disease caused extreme inflammation in my body which resulted in months of intense pain.  Without Abby, I would not have survived. 

It is with great joy and thanksgiving that I share my healing story with you.  I want to remind everyone that pain is an incredible catalyst for growth and that there is absolutely no reason to run from seemingly difficult seasons that arise.  We are here to experience the fullness of life. 

That is amazing grace. 


 

Ruschelle Khanna

Ruschelle Khanna, LCSW is a dynamic speaker and psychotherapist in Manhattan.  Her beautiful voice of grace has been shared on Simply Grace Radio, offering the gift of present moment awareness and prayer. Since 2001 she has worked as a psychotherapist in Manhattan helping women restore health and vitality to their lives. In early 2014 she was diagnosed with chronic lyme disease and began experiencing autoimmune reactions.  While experiencing extreme physical pain in her brain and spinal cord, she awakened to the full meaning of present centered living and connection with Divine Spirit.  Since that time, she has devoted her time to teaching women to stop running from their pain, to take control of their lives and live in the joy of the present moment.  It is her hope that you are nurtured, inspired and revitalized by her experience, resources, meditations and prayers.

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Welcome to Community...

Welcome to Community...

As a society, we are often times so consumed in “being successful” that we forget the importance of being successful human beings, of living mindfully, deeply listening and connecting spontaneously with whatever life is offering us in the moment.  At Simply Grace we believe there is no such thing as an ordinary moment, each moment, experience and connection is divinely inspired and extraordinary. 

Simply Grace is a vibrant, organic, sustainable, sincere, purpose driven community and brand which mindfully fuses and integrates women’s intrinsic values (inner beauty) with their extrinsic values through an abundant generosity of grace.  Women are longing for sincere authentic connections with communities who embrace them emotionally and spiritually.
Simply Grace honors diversity of faith and experience by providing a sacred space of compassion, kindness, love, respect and no-judgment.  In this beautiful community we honor ourselves, each another and God in whatever ways honors you.  

Women are seeking relationships with women who are kindred spirits.  They are seeking opportunities to be seen, known, strengthened and encouraged to make contributions to others.   Simply Grace will provide community experiences, products and transformational offerings to support women discovering and embracing their inner beauty and grace.  

A Beautiful Expression of Why...

There is no such thing as an ordinary moment each moment is truly extraordinary….

On a very special day a few years ago Mikki observed her beloved two-year-old grand-daughter Madison in a meadow picking very special flowers, the beautiful flowers being bright yellow dandelions. The significant, yet simple truth experienced in a moment was that of compassionate awareness discovered through the eyes of a child, a beautiful life lesson… the difference between a weed and a flower is judgment. 

At some point on our journey we were sadly told the dandelion is a weed and not a flower and that was that.  The beautiful little flower that gave us joy as children; such as picking bouquets for our Mommy’s, creating flower crowns, and our favorite memory of dandelions…blowing on the puffy white balls of light and love making wishes, was gone.

The dandelion honors and represents the beautiful little girl and childlike wonder that still resides quietly in each of our souls.  Just for a moment, pause on purpose…gather the memories of being that little child of pure and simple grace…the little soul without judgment is still present.

Mindfully we chose the dandelion as our branding element for Simply Grace…these amazing little flowers are so aligned with our vision.   Being highly intentional we are growing an organic, vibrant community of women who embrace the thought of scattering seeds of hope and joy on purpose.  Just like the dandelions, you never know whose heart will be touched by the seeds.  

The brilliant and talented team of Kyle Elysse (Mikki’s daughter) and her business partner Kevin created the magnificent branding element and design for the Simply Grace logo.  The contemporary version of the dandelion, with a lotus energy connecting to the heart chakra, has a strong design element with seeds appearing as community within the design.  One can imagine the seeds fulfilling their destiny, prepared to scatter and land on the hearts of women in our beautiful meadow of grace.  Each one of us is that seed, waiting expectantly for the sacred invitation to bloom into the beautiful essence of who we are, divine expressions of love.

Our intentions are pure at Simply Grace. It is our highest hope to gently awaken grace one soul at a time, scattering seeds of joy. To be kind, compassionate and loving without judgment is a significant and beautiful characteristic of the diverse and divine community of Simply Grace.

~Mikki Lessard, Nancy Feth and Diahana Barnes
Founders, Simply Grace LLC

 
 

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