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In 1984, God sent a wonderful man, Earl, to introduce me to His Son, Jesus. Earl, a United Methodist pastor, and I married and I received God’s love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness through the testimony of His forgiven daughters, and He redeemed my life.
On January 1, 1991, an automobile accident severed my spinal cord paralyzing me from my shoulders down and challenging Earl to a decision—life or death for me? He recalled his wedding vow and his promise to God and me, “in sickness and in health,” and chose life.
In ’97, Earl gave me a laptop computer and encouraged me to journal. I'm currently writing a memoir about this life God has granted me. It is terribly painful to write. Then there's the sinful life I had led and how those experiences colored my spirit. To consider sharing it with anyone is daunting, but to tell about God’s goodness I have to expose my sin.
I’m so thankful for a Father who cares and will never hurt me. One who lavishes me with His love and blesses me with His goodness. He who has not only forgiven my sins, and remembers them no more, but has healed my wounds and carved my name in the palm of His hand.
My spinal cord is severed at C-4 yet I have function at C-5/6 and sensation far below that level. I'm very independent, physically and spiritually, but that’s not always been the case. I succumbed to anger and depression and spent many years shutting out the world with veiled eyes.
I have help in the morning then spend most days alone with my writing. God's heartbeat continues to sustain my life. I know He has always been with me and today I feel His warm forgiving heart beating in my chest. I know I can trust Him to.
"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ" (Phil 1:6 NIV).