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Attempt New Skills


For the first three months after my injury, I had no control over any part of my body. In rehabilitation, my upper arms were the first to recover. The muscle spasms usually drew my forearms up, effectively causing severe cramping.
My occupational therapist told me my biceps and deltoids were the only two muscle groups in my arms that still received signals from my brain. My triceps, the groups that assist in straightening the arms and pushing forward, had none.
In therapy, we focused on strengthening those muscles that worked. As I grew in basic strength, my therapist encouraged me to attempt new skills.
Since I was right handed, we worked on fine motor skills of feeding myself, brushing my teeth, and handwriting using splints. My left arm developed more gross motor skills: pushing, lifting and carrying items I needed during each day.
In God’s providence, my muscles adapted to my different abilities. Next, I had to accept my new life as a quad. Just as God causes new blood vessels to grow around a clogged coronary artery, God allowed new skills to develop around my paralyzed body.
Sunday school, Bible study, sermons, and talking with other Christians all taught me about God. The more I learned of His desire for His people, the more I knew His desire for me—for my life. He called me to make a difference for Him.
Through leading and teaching small groups, counseling, listening to the one who was hurting and telling people what God has done for me I have, and will continue to make a difference.
We may be weak, worn and weary yet God still calls us. He may seem distant but He’s right here. He has provided all you need to fulfill His call in your life. No matter what you have to offer, God will use it.
Be strong and attempt new skills in your daily life for Christ.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” Philippians 2:13 NIV).
In Christ,
Berta
Friends, Remember to share with your friends. People are being blessed around the world for God. I am so thankful to be a broken vessel in the hands of a loving God.
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Starving For Love

I’ve made a habit of praying for all the women who come into my home as caregivers. As we work, I tell them how Jesus helps me get through each day.  
Often, these women open up emotionally and tell me their stories of abuse, fear, and loneliness. Many say they’ve never told anyone about these issues. Or if they did tell they weren’t believed.
These children of God are in pain. They’re angry with God because people who were supposed to love them have hurt them. Hatred flows through their veins and is venomous to their souls. They’ve been cutting themselves, abusing drugs and alcohol, and many have attempted suicide—having given up on life.

God’s children are created in love, yet many are starving for love—God’s love. They have no hope. Can you see the person hiding behind the angry outbursts, sad faces, baggy clothes, tattoos, and piercings?

Will you love these societal outcasts—these important children of God? Will you listen and not judge? Will you show them Christian love? Will you give them hope?
I pray these words will open your heart to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and that as you walk through life you’ll look people in the eye, smile and say, “Hi! How are you?” You may just save a life.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NIV).

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13)


In Christ Alone,

Berta
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