Extravagant Love

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Returning home from another retreat for families touched by disability (my 26th to be exact), I stood in worship at our Sunday service just two days later and I was overwhelmed as we sang about our God of love. I realized in those moments that I had personally experienced more of God’s love than most people would in a life time because of the people that I have gotten to know whose lives are touched by disability. In Luke 14:12-14, Jesus taught, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, ...[Read more]

Love Came Down

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In a seat down near the front of the auditorium with my friend Chad next to me, sitting in his wheelchair, a paraplegic due to the complications of spina bifida, I had called him the day before and asked if he would like to come to this healing conference. I know Chad well enough to invite him to a service like this, he welcomes it when people pray for his healing. The guest speaker was a man, who has traveled all around the world doing healing conferences. Another young boy sat in a wheelchair next to Chad, I overheard his parents say to someone that he had a disease, the seriousness of it ...[Read more]

sent from above

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Within you I've placed unique qualities and gifts many may not see and others might miss. The world surely needs you, it wouldn't be the same, if all were made perfect, each one just the same. I have plans not to harm you but for your own good. More love you will show than most know they should, arms ready to hug everyone so tight, while others misuse their arms to fight." God's intentions are simple, His message is clear, each child he's created, to his heart, he holds dear. So remember these words when you're tempted to feel, that you are the one needing to heal, God in his ...[Read more]

jeffrey-he’s my son

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Editor-  I sat in the kitchen one morning, glued to the computer watching a video that I knew I needed to share on the iamviable fan page.  It was a video by singer Mark Schultz in which he shared the story behind the song, "What it Means to be Loved."  The video moved me to tears.  Mark's wife is a nurse and she had come home from work one day and told him a story about a couple at work.  The Lord then dropped a song into his lap, it was about a doctor telling a brand new pregnant mom the news, that her baby won't live very long, asking her what she wanted to do, and she responds, "I want to ...[Read more]

The Mosaic Cross

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The Mosaic Cross Each cross is a unique creation.  There are many kinds of dishes used in the making of a mosaic cross, some plain and inexpensive while others are very fancy and valuable. The first step is to break the dishes.  They are placed into a large container and smashed.  The pieces are then carefully sorted.   Just the right ones have to be found to fit on the corners, the edges, and certain ones for the center.  Some of the pieces end up being discarded while others are chiseled and grinded  in order to make them fit into the right places.  Each piece spends a lot of time in ...[Read more]

james- bringing out the best

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My mother-in-law told me a story one time that I found down right frightening, "Sarah told me that when she was a little girl she wanted to write with her left hand.  Every time she picked up a crayon or a pencil she was drawn to use her left hand.  Every time she tried using her right hand she felt awkward and uncomfortable.  Unfortunately Sarah's teacher believed that a person could not write correctly with their left hand.  Every time Sarah got caught using her left hand she would get struck with a ruler." When I heard this story I wondered how anyone could be so cruel and misguided.  ...[Read more]

evan- teaching us how to love

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In the past several months God has been showing me the contrast between my current circumstances and those of my friends with teens.  So many friends and family have teens who cause them such heartache and act unkind and disrespectful.  These teens cause their parents such sadness and fear.  Drugs, alcohol, sex, diseases, emotional destruction etc... They love their kids and yet, they have to stand by and watch them make life altering decisions, maybe even to death.  The dreams and expectations of these parents, for their kids, are dashed and they agonize over what is happening in front of ...[Read more]