By Joni Eareckson Tada

It isn't what I misplaced. it truly is what i have chanced on. i used to be simply seventeen, only a woman, whilst God requested me for every little thing I had ... my healthiness, my hopes, my independence, my goals, my freedom, and my mobility. He took all of it. i used to be so indignant with Him that i attempted to push Him away. God relentlessly held me extra heavily. on reflection, 40 years later, I remember that God has replaced and healed me---my center and my mind---in the main unforeseen methods, giving me rubies of His knowledge approximately an unbending religion and an event of His mercy i will be able to now let you know approximately. was once it a good trade, my freedom and no wheelchair for the rubies of knowledge i have been given? completely. during this i've got realized on the toes of the Lord Jesus, embracing the best way that God heals us, even if we rage at Him in anger, worry, and depression. This e-book isn't really approximately what I misplaced in that diving twist of fate see you later in the past. it really is in regards to the knowledge he is given me to stay lifestyles victoriously within the face of disappointments and demanding situations that all of us face.

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That’s what happened to me in the hospital during that long, long year of confinement. As the days and weeks went by, I earnestly wrestled with God, pleading and praying to Him. “O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up” (Psalm 5:3 KJV, italics mine). Looking back, it was dreadfully difficult. Yet in another sense, I experienced more freedom than I had ever known. It was yet another of those inexplicable ironies in the kingdom of God. indd 44 12/1/08 12:13:48 PM 45 Breathing Room were stretches of boredom, frustration, tears, and sadness of heart.

Has his promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? (Psalm 77:1 – 4, 7 – 9) When we find ourselves crying out, “Has God forgotten to be gracious? ” the Bible has a remedy, a prescription, a medicine for melancholy — we are to remember and remember and remember again the way God worked in the past. In the same psalm, perhaps brushing away his tears, Asaph put it this way: I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart. . I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.

I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds. (Psalm 77:6, 11 – 12 NKJV) You see, the psalmist realized that his darkness lay in his own infirmity, not in his God. The loneliness and sense of isolation would come over him like a cloud covering the moon on a starless night. And when it did, he would remember, he would meditate, and he would talk out loud of all God had done for him. So that’s what I do. indd 58 12/1/08 12:13:49 PM 59 Never Alone That has been my practice when my pain and the darkness try to push me into a lonely corner.

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