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WHEELCHAIR ATHLETEAs I write this post, I’m typing it with the fingers of only one hand, and it is extremely difficult and frustrating.  I’m tempted to try to get the fingers of my left hand to assist those of my right.  Why am I only using one hand?  Am I performing an experiment of some sort?  I wish that was the case.  I’m doing it because I have to.  Being a secretary for almost 34 years before retiring several months ago, in addition to starting my writing career in 1999, have left me with a sensation in my left hand that feels as though I have carpal tunnel.  My left pinkie finger is numb which is making it difficult for me to use my left hand; therefore, I’m trying to rest it while also intermittently exercising my fingers.  It is extremely frustrating not being able to use both of my hands like I normally do in the way I’m accustomed to.  So this got me to thinking about how defeated a person must feel (especially, initially) when some part of his body is unable to function the way it should.

There is a passage in the Bible at 1 Corinthians 12:14-26 that says the body is not made up of one member but many.  It goes on to help us to appreciate that even the body parts that are seemingly weaker are still necessary and all should have mutual concern for one another–because if one of them suffers, all the others suffer with it, and if one of them is glorified, all the others rejoice with it.  Of course, this is an illustration comparing each follower of Christ with each individual member of the body.  But all the same, just as we as humans need each other, each member of our body also needs the other.

ISAIHIn my book, IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, Darryl has to learn to come to terms with his sudden and unexpected disability.  You know, sometimes it’s hard for us to understand what a person is going through until we have to take a walk in their shoes.  Until I recently started having this nagging feeling of paralysis in my finger, I only had a very limited idea in my imagination of how a person in this situation might feel.  But now, having personally experienced it on a very minute level (compared to what so many others are facing), I finally have an even greater higher regard for them and the everyday struggles they face–but more importantly, I have a deeper appreciation and admiration of how they have refused to let their disability handicap them more than it perhaps already has.  So, to them, I would like to say, “Thank you so much for being such an illustrious beacon of light to the world, and especially to those of us who may at times take for granted that we still have full use of all of our body members.  You are truly an inspiration!”

HAPPY READING!  And as always, this is from my heart to yours.



(Wheelchair Athlete Photo-Courtesy of Clip Art)

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“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” (Proverbs 24:10)

We need our power, strength, and energy in order to keep going in this troubled world we live in. We all struggle with negative feelings from time to time. But prolonged negative emotions can zap us not just mentally and emotionally but physically and spiritually. They can also cause us to do and say things that we ordinarily might not. In my first published novel, A MEASURE OF FAITH, this is what happens to Lynnette. Initially, she cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel and is so wrapped up in herself and what she’s going through that she spends the majority of her time wallowing in self-pity. Have you ever had a friend who was plagued by a personal trial to the point of constantly whining and complaining so much that you just wanted to shake them–not in a bad way–but in a good way because you love them and hate to see them suffering?

As imperfect humans, all of us can become overwhelmed at times from feelings of discouragement. However, some of us are more prone to a higher level. Stress coupled with prolonged negative emotions can affect the body and contribute to a chemical imbalance in the brain of some people, thus producing depression. This is the case with Andrea in A TEST OF FAITH. Darryl of IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH experienced a temporary bout with depression.

Whether or not a depressed individual decides to accept medical treatment is up to them. But what are some practical things we can do to help them? The Bible encourages us to comfort them. (1 Thessalonians 5:14) They need to know that they are cared about. They also need an empathetic person in whom they can confide, someone who is a good listener and very patient. They don’t want to be lectured to or judged. And even if it is not possible to completely win the battle with depression, there is still hope–God’s promise of a time when depression and everything else that causes us pain, heartache, and suffering will be things of the past. (Revelation 21:4)

From my heart to yours,