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People with Disabilities

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:44 pm
by jessi2015
I have asked the Lord many times what my purpose in life is as it concerns His will. It wasn't until recently that I feel He revealed to me what He'd like me to strive for. I am a retired career counselor; I retired early due to a disability. My primary focus in my career was working with people with disabilities. I often remember thinking that many of those who became disabled later in life seemed to be very angry that they no longer were able to do the things they once did. I tried my best to encourage them, but I didn't truly know the pain they were suffering, that is until I too became disabled later in life. Being stripped of a professional title, being lowered down in the rank of importance by our society's standards, being treated much different than I once was treated because I no longer can afford a new car or superficial stuff like that......Well I do say it required an adjustment in my life to say the least. In fact the Lord used an unfortunate circumstance to completely overhaul my life. Today I can say I am so grateful for exactly the way my life is, and truly mean it.

I joined here 2015. At that time I was still stuck in my anger. A lot of people know I went through a lawsuit, and that one experience helped me to understand I am just as important than any one else, and I too have a right to live on this planet. It feels sometimes that people decide who should stay or go, and if you don't fit what the world thinks is exciting then you find yourself on the outside. Please realize IF you are turning to the world for acceptance, I'm here to tell you it's a dead end road. You will never reach "the top" whatever that is. The world will tell you whatever you have accomplished, it's not good enough. You need more. The Lord will give you the tools to accomplish anything He asks of you. He has promised us that His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). He has said His grace is sufficient for us (2 Cor 12:9).

We all have our own struggles in life, but people with disabilities have extra struggles. That's what this corner is here for. If you want to drop in and write something about your experience of living with a disability, and how the Lord has helped you through your struggles, it would be very nice to hear from you. Maybe we could even start a group here for those who just need some extra support. We are not to travel this road alone.

Being in this world is like swimming up stream if one is truly living by Biblical standards. Having a disability on top of that is like swimming up stream with a 40lb weight. Please join me here if this is of any interest to you. Jessi's corner is meant to be a community effort. If you are not comfortable posting publicly, please send me a private e-mail and I will respond to you. I'm here for anyone who would like to talk. Blessings. Jessi 2015

Re: People with Disabilities

Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:17 pm
by strongTower
Thank you for starting this group Jessi and for sharing your testimony with us the world places labels us us and ranks us i thank Jesus he see us as his treasure masterpiece took me years to see i am valuable in God's eyes being disabled with learning disestablishes i believed i could not do things when i started reading the word of God i found i can do all things through Christ Jesus which strengthens me !

Re: People with Disabilities

Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:31 am
by shalom-dodi
Well written Jessi and ST

Re: People with Disabilities

Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:52 pm
by Eye
Yes well done jessi

Re: People with Disabilities

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:45 pm
by spongy
What hurts me the most are the rubber-necked double-takes. "What?, You don't work ?" I worked until i broke and then some. I can still pray and have decided to let God help me make a difference that way. My disability is a mental illness. Sometime I feel like other people think that if I was better at following God I wouldn't be sick. I can tell them "if it wasn't for following Him I wouldn't seek healing grace. I would simply be dead." Jessi, Thank you for the topic.