Sunday, I was reminded of a scripture in Matthew 11:
28 ¶Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I ammeek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Monday marks 11 years since my stroke. I definitely have seen the truth behind that scripture, & this year I’m celebrating all the independence I have gained back since that day 11 years ago, when the world looked so bleak! In the last few months, I’ve added these to my “book of tricks”:
- Get the cord off of the floor, so I can charge my wheelchair by myself
- Get & open a banana by myself
- Opened my laptop (they are tough to do 1-handed!)
- My speaking has improved to the point that I’ve spoken to friends & strangers, & been understood. In fact, on February 26, I wrote
i feel like such a big girl! it’s been 10 years since i did this, but I finally did it: i made an appt. (through email) to tune my piano, paid for the services, talked to the guy—I knew I had help a ring away, so I tried talking, & he understood! (i wrote down the harder stuff). I even walked him out! 🙂
I know these may sound small, but to me, they are HUGE! While I was reminded of the above scripture, I realized that none of these things wouldn’t be possible w/o a spouse, family,& to those who’ve helped me to be who I am today, & to hang on to “Christ’s yoke,” when I needed help…so, I hope they celebrate too, becuz this is not just my day to celebrate…
I miss you Jenny and think of you all the time!!! Gabe said to me the other day – “we are approaching Jenny’s stroke date”! We talked about how amazing you are to be doing all that you are doing now – we are still cheering for you in Indy Jenny and Mark!!!!
Jenny, you are the ONLY person I know who sits in a wheelchair and is NOT HANDICAPPED. Your strength, courage and sweet spirit make you a GIANT among all women. I learned so much about patience and faith while living in Austin and serving as your Visiting Teacher . with Carol. In a word, you are AMAZING….
Love you bunches and miss you,
Happy stroke-aversary Jenny! Your new feats of accomplishment are fabulous! As always, you never cease to amaze me. You’re my hero : ) Luv, Cara