Losing My Hair

Luke 12:7, losing hair, God knows the number of hairs on our head, comfort
“You might lose all your hair,” the dermatologist said. This is bad news for a man, but you can imagine how I felt as a woman.

An illness started this rapid hair loss, and I was scared. I googled and discovered we average 90,000-140,000 head hairs (blondes have the most). It’s normal to lose 50-100 hairs a day, but I was losing more than 500! (Yes, I counted.)

My hair continued to thin for six months before returning to normal, and during that time, Luke 12:7 became precious to me:

"Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

If things in your life are uncertain, scary, or confusing, put your hope in the God who loves you and knows you right down to the number of hairs on your head!
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011

Update: After recovery from this particular illness/hair loss, my body continues to react to stress with hair loss. And this verse continues to be a comfort. My condition is called chronic telogen effluvium.

To read another devotion about God's provision, read "The Parable of the Cantaloupe" 
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18 comments:

  1. It is a comfort to know he cares that much for us! New follower from the Wandering Wednesday Blog Hop. Hope you can hop on over to http://picklejarsandpears.blogspot.com

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  2. Dropping by from Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop. I am now following you and would love a follow back!

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  3. Visiting from Ann's...I have read many verses in the past week that have mentioned how precious we are to God. And praying that no matter what else is happening in my life, I would be satisfied with simply being his. Oh how he loves us!

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  4. THANKS FOR SHARING. YES THAT ARE MY PRAYERS EVERYDAY SISTER. GODs THOUGHTS FOR US ARE SO PURE AND FULL OF LOVE. GOD BLESS US.

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  5. Two years ago I lost all my hear. Thanks God I did not worry much about it, because I knew that my life was so precious to Him that He had saved me through His Son. The following spring my hair grew again thicker.
    I can never be grateful enough but sometimes I forget about my privilegious position in Him. Especially when I focus on what I've lost not on what I've got in Jesus Christ.

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  6. Gail...what a sweet comfort that we are not forgotten instead He is with us every step of the way in life. Thank you for the reminder and for sharing at WJIM this week. I'm so glad you do.

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  7. Bless your heart, I have a couple of friends who have went through this, one lost all of her hair completely, the other almost all of it. I sympathize! But God is with us through EVERY trial!! And so near to us in our suffering!!

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  8. Gail, I know the pain of hair loss. Every single hair on my whole body fell out 34 years ago. I have been so comforted and blessed by the Lord in this and wouldn't trade what He taught me for all the hair on Genghis Khan! :D

    You hit it right on the head...we are so precious to Him.

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  9. Hi Gail! I am coming over from Heard it On Sunday.

    Oh my goodness, what was going on with you? The nurse in me is being nosey. I am so sorry for your trial, it must have been so scary. But here you are, triumphing in your faith, and spreading it to others. What a light you are!

    Yes, we do need to give it all to God. Thank you for your witness today.
    Ceil

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  10. Dear Gail
    Fibromyalgia also causes increased hair loss and I have often thought of that verse every time I stood with a hand full of hair from my brush!
    Luv XX
    Mia

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  11. I can relate so well, Gail. A number of years ago I suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and I lost a lot of hair - it fell out by the handful and my bathroom floor was often covered (and I remember counting the strands on my hands and knees, too). That verse is so appropriate and so comforting, isn't it?

    Thanks for linking up this week at #HearItUseIt -- I appreciate you there!

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  12. So glad to hear that your beautiful, thick hair is back. We really must talk more often!

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  13. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

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  14. As a child this verse was a comfort to me in it's illustration of how God knows and cares for me. As I age my hair continues to thin, but God's care has never wavered.

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  15. It is so easy to lose sight of God's promises when we are experiencing sickness and health issues. We worry, fret and try to "fix" it ourselves, which only creates frustration and discouragement. Thank you for this verse, Gail! A wonderful reminder of how He cares about us right down to the hair on our heads!
    Love you!

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  16. It is so good to know that we are so precious to God that He knows how many hairs are on our head.

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  17. Dave ~Brenda you nailed it on the head! That is me for sure, especially since I am dealing with untreated Psoriatic Arthritis.
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    Gail, I am so glad that you are better now {{{hugz}}} .
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    I can really use ya'll's Prayers right now as they found a rock hard lymph node on the left side of my neck. There is a high probability that it could be Lymphoma.
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    Plus, I have an Enchondroma in my Left Femoral Head of my Left Leg that may also have turned to cancer. My Insurance company is fighting me on getting my Left Hip MRI. It has been a year since I was supposed to have had the Follow-up MRI.
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    I will be honest ....I am getting scared....We are planning our Vow Renewal and have been for the past 4 years but have not been able to do it yet as I keep ending up sicker and sicker and weaker.
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    So Please keep me in your Prayers.

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    1. I'm so sorry, Karen, that you are dealing with this health problem and difficult insurance issues. I do pray that your diagnosis is not serious and that they will be able to give you help in dealing with all of your problems. And I pray your insurance company will do the right thing. I can understand why you would feel scared. I'm praying God will give you comfort above and beyond what you can imagine.
      Gail

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