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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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Trauma and God’s Patience


Paul on the Damascus Road by Joseph Richardson

Before my injury, I couldn’t see through all my nursing degrees, certificates and clinical experiences to see God’s new calling in my life. I had a desire for more of Him and His word but couldn’t believe He could love me enough to care about me.
God allowed the accident in 1991 that took away my ability to be a nurse. I became a focused minister to His people. I ate more and more at His table.
Personal Bible reading often left me with more questions than answers. I took my questions to small group Bible studies and learned more about the Truth.
Making the transition from physically active RN to quadriplegic minister was wrought through trauma in my life, and God’s patience.
Saul of Tarsus, a Pharisee of Pharisees, knew the Hebrew Bible. Every time he persecuted a Christian, he thought he was fighting the enemy of God.
One day, on the Damascus road, The Christ, the One whom Saul had persecuted, blinded him. Jesus said, “Saul, Saul, why do you kick against the goads?” (Acts 26:14)
Trauma. And God’s patience.
I’ve learned that like Paul, my pre-trauma focus wasn’t what I truly wanted to be doing. Though I hurt no one physically as I cared for sick and injured patients, I didn’t share the hope of the Great Physician.
“What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.” (Philippians 3:8 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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