There are tests and trials that come to us all, whether in business, in ministry, or in everyday life.
How do we overcome them?
Do we let them control us, destroy us, or contribute in defining us?
Six years ago this August, Satan attempted to kill our youngest daughter in a horrific hurricane related accident.
God brought her from death to life, restored her completely from total brain damage… she was unable to stand… unable to talk for awhile & was able to see only in one eye…
When she was finally able to speak, she kept saying ‘I want to run.’
She was 16 years old, a few months away from turning 17. She was beginning her senior year of high school, the girls cross country team captain.
She was told she wouldn’t be able to run again, and possibly not be able to walk again.
But she kept saying ‘I want to run.’
Don’t ever let someone else’s word be your final word.
Words are powerful. Proverbs 18:21 says ‘Death and Life are in the power of the tongue.’
It matters what you speak.
It matters who, and what you believe.
She refused to give up, she refused to accept what others said about her fate, unless it agreed with God’s Word.
Like the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25–34, Matthew 9:20–22, Luke 8:43–48) who kept saying to herself ‘if only I can touch the hem of Christ’s garment I will be healed’, our daughter kept saying ‘I want to run. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.’
She walked out of the hospital in 13 days in spite of the odds, went through two brain surgeries to repair brain fracture-and endured months of multiple types of therapy, but never she gave up.
Medical science via expert doctors told her she’d never run again. She kept saying she can do all things through Christ who gives her strength.
Well, never in my life have I met someone as self disciplined as this gal.
She’s the strongest person I know.
She’s my hero.
She pressed through the pain, she sets goals and goes after them, with the strength of God in her.
She runs with the pure freedom of LIFE, and Christ IS Life!
She runs for herself, but she runs for God!
She’s a walking, talking, RUNNING MIRACLE and all I can say is WOW GOD, and THANK YOU GOD!
She ran a marathon this morning in Pennsylvania and qualified for the #Bostonmarathon!
Guess where this family will be next year?
Most won’t remember the trials that began August 27, 2011 that she overcame.
Many wouldn’t understand the daily sacrifices of conditioning and running made to get to where she is today, but we will never forget, and will always be her biggest fan.