Monday, October 27, 2008

My first few days home!

As I mentioned in my previous post I returned home to Florida on Friday evening. Returning was kind of bittersweet due to the fact that rehab was going so well. I really wanted to stay at Shepherd and work out for as it would take to start walking again. God has answered so many of our prayers throughout my time in Atlanta. One of my prayers before going to Shepherds is that I would be found to be an ASIA-C and that I would regain more strength in my legs. Well, both requests were answered. We serve an awesome and powerful savior! My wish is that everyone can feel his power and witness it the way that I have throughout my injury. I want so badly for the Lord to use me to bring honor and glory to him.....this is my prayer!
So many amazing things have happened to me throughout my stay at Shepherd. I wish I had hours to type a novel of just some of the experiences I had at the center. I saw God everyday when I went into the gym to workout. I realize just how much the Lord had blessed me with an injury that could have been much, much worse!! Looking around the center I see people who are unable to care for themselves. Patients who were 100% dependent on others to live. I realized my blessings when one of my friends who had to be fed by his mother looked at me from across the table and said, "Brent, id give ANYTHING to be where you are right now." Right then and there I realized just how fortunate I TRULY was and how I was blessed to have THIS injury and not something worse! I have to say thank you to everyone who has kept me in your prayers! I will use this injury to help others and show everyone that nothing is impossible to those who believe. Today I looked back over my mounds of letters I had received since my injury! The outpouring of love from my Christian friends and family was over whelming. I actually took some time to re-read some of the cards and realized just how wonderful it was to have the support and love from everyone. It was you who kept me encouraged and it was ultimately GOD who gave me the strength to press on and BEAT THIS THING!! I will keep pushing towards my goal here in Florida for awhile. I will workout everyday and train myself in order to walk again! With prayers and will happen!


Anonymous said...

Brent, Some people live a long life and never discover the secret although they may know the words: All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His promise. Peace and contentment come from knowing that all things means ALL things, and, then looking for the blessings. Some of us are fortunate to understand the secret. love you, Loretta P.

Kimberly said...

Brent glad you made it home safely! This sentence filled my heart with joy, "I will use this injury to help others and show everyone that nothing is impossible to those who believe."
Start working on that best seller now young man ;)

Much love and prayer,


Amanda said...

I'm so glad you made it home safe and sound! I'm sure everyone there is so glad to have you back. I can't tell you how much it meant to US to get to see YOU!! We love you so much and are so excited about all the progress you're making. You're going to keep doing amazing things and I can't wait to see them!! Miss you and I can't wait to see you again!!

Matt said...

Reading your blog is like reading about my life 13 years ago. When I had my spinal injury, I was fortunate enough to be in rehab with a group people close to my age. I vividly remember looking across the table at my friend who was a quad, seeing him struggle to use a spoon that clipped onto his wrist because he could use his fingers to hold onto it. God opened my eyes right then and there and showed me how blessed I was. My friend looked across the table and wished he could hold his utensils like I did.

God Bless you, Brent!! Keep pressing forward!

Kathy said...

YES! With prayers and faith it WILL happen!

Robin and Kathy

Kathy said...

You and your family have been on my mind so much this month. Especially today. We've been praying for you continually for a year and will continue to do so. We love you.
Robin and Kathy

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