BY LAURA COLLINS, GRACE ATTENDER
After many years of growing up in the church I knew of God and about Christ, but never fully had an understanding of what it all was.
As a young adult, I had a negative experience with the church that turned me away for many years. Due to many tragic life experiences that followed this experience, I no longer believed that there was a God that loved me which led to unhealthy relationships and, ultimately, an unhealthy marriage that pushed me further from my faith. During those years, the strong faith that my daughter represented showed me that there was still hope which helped me get through a lot of difficult times.
Even so, multiple deaths occurred from 2005 to 2014 that tested my faith once again. The deaths of my stepson, mother-in-law, husband and father took their toll on my family and my faith. They left me feeling broken and empty.
In 2015, I decided to move to Indianapolis to be closer to my daughter. It was then that she introduced me to Grace Church and I began the journey to a relationship with Christ. Over the next year, I learned more about Christ on a deeper level than I had before.
In September of 2016, I made a trip to North Dakota to visit my daughter and spent a day out in the Badlands alone where I had some deep conversations with God. For me, it was looking at the awesomeness of His creation all around me – how could I not believe?!
It was during those conversations that I finally, for once in my life, decided to turn everything over to Him and believe in Him, not about Him.
The day after returning from North Dakota, on Wednesday, September 7, I had a stroke. I spent several days in the ICU and suffered many side effects including difficulty walking, the inability to speak clearly, major confusion, excruciating headaches, memory loss and almost total loss of use of the left side of my body.
Even though I do believe that modern medicine was a factor in my healing, I know that it was through God’s grace and prayer I was healed with little-to-no lasting side effects of a stroke. Amazingly, I was released from the ICU on a Friday and was able to attend Grace’s 25th Anniversary celebration on that Sunday – less than two days after being in the ICU and less than a week after the stroke.
Even though I do believe that modern medicine was a factor in my healing, I know that it was through God’s grace and prayer I was healed with little-to-no lasting side effects of a stroke. Tweet This
While, I continue rehabilitation of some memory issues and seek healing for the lasting headaches, I am excited and fired up to find out what God’s plan is for me! He has healed me and I know He kept me here for a reason – I can’t wait to see what He has in store.
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Wow! The Awesomeness of the dakotas can't even compare to the awesomeness that The Father sees in you/us. We are His most beautiful creation. Life experiences can never determine who God is or who you are. I pray we see what He sees and is what the Cross paid for value destiny identity become reality! Keep living it!
Posted by Ty Tancredi on December 7, 2016 @ 11:55 am