“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Hi Everyone. Welcome to week six of the ABC’s of Contentment. We’re on F. Today’s word is Formed. Think about it; when you start to create something, do you know what the end result is going to be? I don’t. When I write, I go through many rough drafts before the story comes out the way I want it. But God is the Master Creator. He knows me from start to finish. Nothing that happens in our lives, good or bad, is a mistake. God knew I would have cerebral palsy. He knew I’d be born with a flat hip and have hip dysplasia. He knew it would get worse as I got older. He knew I would have my bone infection and it would be hard for me not to walk for a while. The thing to remember is that God can use us in our hardships to minister to others if we let Him. It’s not where you start with hardship but what’s in your heart at the end that matters. Sometimes I hear people say, “Where is God in the midst of suffering?” I often say, “He’s right there where He’s been all along.” The question we ask is not, “Where is God?” Instead, we should ask ourselves, “Where are we?”
I’ve always loved playing with play-doh. In 2017, I decided to do a lesson for my 5th and 6th grade Awana girls on Inner Beauty. The Bible has many verses about how we are the clay and God is the potter. I called it, “How Becoming A Christian Is Like Becoming A Vase.” I practiced over the summer, and it took me 11 weeks to learn how to make a vase. Here you’ll see the steps. I also included the lesson I did for the girls and a gospel message that can be used. I’m also on YouTube. Please subscribe to my channel. here.
E is for Embrace
2 Corinthians 12: 7-10 “I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Hi everyone and welcome to week five of the ABC’s of contentment. Today’s word is Embrace. Recite the verse. Boy, this is another tough one! Again, here’s another one I battle daily. Last year, I discovered that I have an increase in my hip dysplasia. Part of it is caused by birth defects when I was born and it’s gotten worse as I’ve gotten older. When I walk in my walker I have a tendency to rely on my arms more than my legs. In order to help with that a doctor prescribed a prescription for legs braces. I wear them when I walk in my walker; it helps take the pressure off my hips and helps me walk straighter. At first, I was not happy about getting leg braces. I hadn’t had to wear them since I was little and I didn’t want to feel more handicapped than I was. When my caregiver and I talked about it, she encouraged me to embrace the braces because it would mean I would be able to walk in my walker more. The more I’ve worn them, the more I’ve begun to embrace them. Get it?
As Christians, we should embrace our hardships What happens when the hardship you’re facing doesn’t go away? Can you still say, “God is Good?” I can. I’ve discovered It’s the hardships I’ve been through that have made me stronger.
There’s a song by Mercy Me called “Even If.” My favorite part goes:
“I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone.”
Where is your hope?
That’s it for the word Embrace and I’ll see you next week when we’ll talk about the letter F. F is for Formed. Bye Everyone. God Bless. Check out my YouTube Channel Here.
I decided to do video a series called the ABC’s of Contentment because I’ve noticed that over the years people want to pray for my physical healing. While that’s not a bad thing, I believe there’s more people are often missing. My goal in doing this series is to show people the deeper kind of healing I’ve found through Jesus Christ. Each week, we’re going to talk about a different letter and a different verse as I share my life experiences about what I’ve learned about God through living with cerebral palsy. That means 26 promises of God’s goodness which means 26 scriptures. I will be posting the videos and the transcripts here on my blog. Please join my on the journey. Also, please tell your friends about my YouTube channel. I’m really trying to get myself out there. Thanks and God Bless!
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
One of the things I like about volunteering at the hospital is that I get to meet a lot of interesting people. The fact that I’m in a wheelchair starts many conversations. People want to know what it’s like to be in a wheelchair because now they must adjust to a new lifestyle and they just need someone to listen and relate to them. Sometimes I’ve inspired people to become volunteers at the hospital. It’s not uncommon for me to hang out in a room and talk to a patient for a while. One time I talked to a patient in rehab who was new to being paralyzed and was now going to be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. We talked for two hours. Instead of always trying to get rid of an illness or disability, (or whatever your hardship is) we should be asking, “How can I use this to glorify God, my Creator?” I don’t think my volunteer work would have the same impact on people if it wasn’t for my disability. Lord, help us to view our hardships as blessings from you. Show us how we can use them to minister to others. Amen! Please Subscribe to my YouTube Channel.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Hi everyone. Welcome to week three of the ABC’s of contentment. Today’s letter is C for contentment. This is a tough one! I battle this one daily. I especially battled it while I was dealing with my bone infection in 2016. The infection was in my right foot on my big toe. It affected my ability to walk. I couldn’t use my walker for a year and a half. It took two surgeries to remove the bacteria. I had to wait on people and be transferred everywhere. Thankfully, the bone infection is over now and I can get back to using my walker, but I’m still not using my walker as much as I used to. I’m glad people have a heart of compassion toward a person in a wheelchair. However, instead of praying for my physical healing, I’d much rather have people pray for my attitude; that I would be content in every situation, and shine for Jesus. How many times have I caught myself dwelling on the past? The days when my body was faster, etc. However, the Lord calls me not to do that, but instead to be content in every situation. Look at the story of Saul in the New Testament in Acts chapter 9. After he was blinded by the light on the road to Damascus, he became Paul, and was one of the most influential writers in the New Testament. It’s through hardship that real healing begins. Please subscribe to My YouTube Channel.
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
Hi everyone. Thanks for joining me for my second video in the series, The ABC’s of Contentment. Today’s letter is B for blessings. I’m wearing a tiara because it goes with today’s verse. (Recite the verse).
I volunteer at my local hospital. Many times, I’ve heard people say, “Rachael, you’re such a blessing.” I appreciate that, and I reply and say, “Thank you. I love being here because it gives me a sense of fulfillment. People are always looking for ways to help a person with a disability. That’s fine, but I like showing people I can give back too.” People respond back with, “Thank you for what you do.” I reply, “My pleasure.” One time, a man who was in a wheelchair as a patient became a volunteer shortly after he got out of the hospital because I visited him.
A song I like by Laura Story is called “Blessings.” The chorus goes:
“What if Your blessings come through raindrops?
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?”
Amen. If you’re interested in knowing the story behind the song by Laura Story, you can look it up. When going through hardships, we should ask, “What’s the blessing here? What’s God trying to teach me?” There’s always a purpose. The question is, are we willing to learn what it is? That’s it for week two. See you next week when we talk about how C is for Contentment. God Bless!
Hi everyone. I’m Rachael and welcome to my YouTube channel. I decided to start a new series called the ABC’s of Contentment. I will be posting one video a week. One video for each letter of the alphabet. I’m doing it because over the years when I go out in public in my wheelchair, I’ve noticed many times that people want to pray for a miracle of physical healing. While that’s not a bad thing, I believe there’s more than one type of healing that people are missing. My goals in doing this are to talk to people about that deeper kind of spiritual healing that can only be found through a relationship with Jesus Christ and also to show them the many lessons I’ve learned about God by living daily with cerebral palsy. Another goal in doing this is to keep myself focused on God’s promises as I remember how good He’s been to me for 36 years. I plan to do this by sharing my life experiences and then tying them in with verses from the Bible. Please join me on the journey.
Today’s letter is A for Amazing.
“O Lord, my God, you have accomplished many things;
you have done amazing things and carried out your purposes for us.
No one can thwart you!
I want to declare them and talk about them,
but they are too numerous to recount!” (NET)
I’ve seen how God is amazing in many ways throughout my life. Take, for instance, my birth. My due date was not until April, but I was born two months premature. My mom had been very sick while she was pregnant with me, but she couldn’t figure out why. It wasn’t until she called my grandma that she knew what was happening. “You’re in labor,” grandma replied, “We need to get you to the hospital right away!” Once they got to the hospital, doctors performed emergency surgery and I was delivered by C-Section. However, when I came out, my skin was blue. I didn’t even cry. Something was wrong. Within 15 minutes, doctors were able to get no more than five breaths into me. Would I survive? Doctor’s weren’t sure. They tried everything medically possible including putting me on antibiotics. Within 24 hours, my body started responding to the antibiotics and doctors knew I would live!
While many people pray for a miracle of physical healing, I say, I am a miracle. My birth was so traumatic, I shouldn’t have even survived. I’m here today because of God’s Amazing Grace!
(Sing “Amazing Grace”.)
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