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Why Faith Matters In My Family

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The word of God tells us in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. We are trusting in something that we cannot prove. We cannot physically see God but we know he’s there and he’s working behind the scenes in our lives and in this world to carry out His will. Faith Matters!

I wasn’t supposed to live

Back in April of 2011 when I contracted a flesh-eating bacteria, within 24 hours I was put into a medically induced coma and many doctors told my husband, Mike to prepare himself for the fact that I was going to die. They said there was a very little chance of my survival.

My family belongs to a Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. We study the Bible and we believe every word in that book is inspired by God. We trust that God is working in our lives. Now, don’t get me wrong, we aren’t perfect. We are sinners, saved through faith and by Gods wonderful grace. Sometimes our faith wavers.

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Faith Matters!

However, when those doctors told Mike that my life was almost over, he never wavered. Mike believed without a shadow of a doubt that this situation I was in, this coma, was temporary and that I was going to live with him and love with him for a good long time. That’s faith, my friends!

white background, green leaves, faith can move mountainsMike was praying, my kids were praying, our church was praying and those prayers spread all over this country and God answered those prayers. I came out of that coma. Of course, our life was changed forever because in order to save my life the doctors needed to amputate both of my hands and both of my feet. Life would never be the same. However, Mike and our kids and friends all over the country did the happy dance because Mike was ” getting his Wendy back!”

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How would I manage with this new normal?

It took a long time to figure things out when I came home from the hospital and rehab facilities three long months later. During my time at the hospital I prayed, I cried and I prayed some more. How was I going to manage with a body like this? God gave me strength. He got me through the pain. In fact, He still does.

Through all the ups and downs of learning to walk on prosthetic legs and figuring out how to feed myself, and manage personal things like using the restroom, driving a car and caring for my family, the Lord was right there with me, guiding me, all of us, strengthening us. There is no way on this earth we would have been able to get through all of this without faith that the Lord was right there with us. Faith matters!

Did I sometimes wonder why we had to go through this fire? When I was having immense pain or when I was frustrated because I didn’t have hands to take care of myself and I needed others to do even the simplest things for me, did I get angry and cry myself to sleep? Absolutely! However, I got mad at the situation, never at God. He used this experience to bring my family and I and so many others closer to him. Romans 8:28 tells us “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose”.

black board with white letters spelling difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations. green plant in clay potI know there are many who don’t understand why bad things have to happen to good people. This is where you really need that faith. God has a plan and a purpose for each situation. I may never know that purpose for why I got sick and have to live the rest of my life as a quad amputee. However, what I do know is that I have been able to inspire others when they are hurting or scared. I pray that by overcoming and committing to praising God that my life can be an example to others.

Many times I have heard the statement, “sometimes when I’m feeling sorry for myself, I think of you and I don’t feel so bad”. Now that is a horrible thing to say to somebody if you take it in the wrong way. However, I was put here to serve and if I can help someone feel better, I am thankful for that.

Our faith gets us through each hour of each day. When I can’t figure out how to do something, I pray for guidance. The answer soon follows. When I’m scared or hurting (because let me tell you that losing your limbs is no cake walk-see How Phantom Pain Can Ruin Your Day) I pray for help. The Lord gives me comfort. A personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is the most precious relationship you can have. He is right there at the head of our family. If you want more information on how you can have that relationship with the Lord, please reach out to me. Let me show you how.

I think my favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6 and it has been spoken hundreds of times over the last 7 years. It’s my go-to verse for every situation. It says “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”. That sums it up. This is why faith matters.family walking, why faith matters to my family

If you would like to carry on the conversation, please share how faith matters in your family.  I would love for you to reach out to me over on my One Exceptional Life Facebook page.

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20 Comments

  1. Truly appreciate you sharing your story. We all face trials & struggles and yours was/is particularly challenging. It’s so encouraging to hear how you struggled to the surface and continue to soar.

    I think those prayers continue with you today. Look at what a great ministry and testimony you have!

    1. I appreciate you saying that, Christina. I am very thankful for the many prayers that continue to come our way.

  2. i’m so sorry you had to get through what you did! it seems though that your ordeal has strengthened your family’s faith. keep believing and remember that awesome quote you have about difficult roads!! it’s been inspiring to me too in fact reading your post.

    Joy at The Joyous Living

  3. Excellent post. You bring up a lot of great philosophical questions such as, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” As you said, these experiences can bring unexpected blessings and inspire others. When I was diagnosed with epilepsy, I was angry and resentful, but the experience ended up strengthening my bond with my family.

    1. Kathy, I’m so glad your illness brought your family closer together. I do believe my illness resulted in many benefits however without faith, every day would be a struggle. Thank you for your comments.

  4. Absolutely beautiful! Many can struggle with faith, though it is the most rewarding piece to a joy filled life. Keep sharing your story, spreading His love, and glorifying His kingdom. Your fight is another person’s healing <3

  5. Praise God and Wow! I’m so glad your here, your testimony is valuable to the work of the lord and this harvest. I pray you continue to do well. We have a badly drug addicted son I have about given up hope on. I started a blog about spiritual things and drug addiction. I think for my own sanity. You inspire me. We will make it.
    Thank you so much

    Kathy

    1. Thank you for your comment, Kathy. I’m so sorry for what you are going through. Keep praying! The Lord will give you the strength you need. You are right, we will make it. Stay strong!

      Wendy

  6. Amen! Thank you for sharing your story, and letting us know you a little better! Faith really does matter! It helps keep us going when it looks like there is no where to go. Praying for you and your continued strength!

  7. Wow Wendy what an impactful post. Sister, God is using you mightily. I see you speaking to many, many with this story. You spiritual Wendy is stronger than ever as I read and you show the difference being a Christ follower makes to going through trials. Great witness. Great post, pinning it, sister. 🙂

    1. Thank you for such an uplifting comment. I really want to inspire and witness to others through my blog. Thank God for your feedback.

  8. Hi Wendy,
    Such an inspirational story. You’re absolutely right that Faith Matters!

    Having people say that when they’re feeling sorry for themselves they think you mean that you are making a powerful impact on someone’s life. You’re story, faith and perseverance remind people to — always be thankful. Don’t take things for granted. And that God is Good!

    Stay Blessed and keep inspiring others to be more faithful.

    1. Thank you DeShena, I think gratitude is so important. First, you believe, then you follow up with gratitude. Thanks for reading. Have a great day!

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