Through It All, He Was There

PREFACE

Have you ever faced adversity? Have you ever wondered if you would survive the various challenges that came your way? Have  you ever wondered if the Lord was there? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the book for you.


I invite you to witness the power of God’s Holy Spirit as He took me out of despair repeatedly. After many years of searching for answers, I can attest that Jesus Christ was with me through every challenge that I faced as a handicapped woman living in an able-bodied world. Disabled or handicapped are words that have defined me since the age of six, when I contracted polio. As far as society is concerned, I am not normal; I am different. Many times, I tried to fit in; many times, I did not. I tried to take care of my own problems instead of giving them to the Lord. There were times I turned away from God’s Spirit and made some poor choices. Sometimes I had wondered if there was a God when I went through some deep valleys, not knowing if I would ever be back on that mountaintop again. For years, my faith was tested.


One day I felt God tugging at my heart, encouraging me to tell my story. I had no idea why, except to tell others that when you go through challenges you can come out on the other side a much stronger person. Through every challenge, there is a reason why things happen. We do not always understand the “whys and how comes,” so we endure what is transpiring and do the best we can on any given day. At times, we fall down, pick ourselves up, and hope we do not make the same mistakes again. During these times, if we have a strong belief system in the Holy Trinity, we grab onto God and hang on for dear life, face the challenges, and pray that we will eventually see the light at the end of the tunnel. On the other hand, if we turn away from Him and try to fix our own problems, we will make poor choices. Because of those choices, we can suffer guilt and go into a deep valley of despair.


As you take this journey with me, I pray if you are disabled, you will find help in dealing with your disability. On the other hand, if you are not disabled, you might better understand and appreciate what difficulties disabled persons face every day. While writing this book, there were days when tears streamed down my face one minute and I laughed aloud the next. The more I wrote, the more I saw and felt God’s presence, His compassion, and His unfailing love. God used this writing as an instrument to heal me. Through each circumstance, the Triune God was molding me into what He wanted me to be. I am still a work in progress. I continue to believe that THROUGH IT ALL, HE WAS THERE, and He always will be. And so, my story begins...

SHARON LIBBY OUTREACH