By Joni Eareckson Tada
It isn't what I misplaced. it truly is what i have discovered. i used to be basically seventeen, only a woman, while God requested me for every little thing I had ... my future health, my hopes, my independence, my desires, 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 adventure of His mercy i will be able to now inform you approximately. used to be it a good trade, my freedom and no wheelchair for the rubies of knowledge i have been given? totally. during this i've got realized on the ft of the Lord Jesus, embracing the best way that God heals us, even if we rage at Him in anger, worry, and melancholy. This booklet isn't really approximately what I misplaced in that diving coincidence goodbye in the past. it really is in regards to the knowledge he is given me to dwell existence victoriously within the face of disappointments and demanding situations that all of us face.
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A Lifetime of Wisdom by Joni Eareckson Tada