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    by Shelly Weiss

Thank God For My Afflictions!
Date Posted: November 30, 2007

Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. It was good for me to be afflicted so that I may learn your decrees. – Psalm 119:67,71

Physical Afflictions
I have often wondered what kind of person I would be if I had not been born with Cerebral Palsy. Truthfully, I don’t think I would like myself. If I had to guess, I would be snobbish thinking I was better than most, walking by the indigent saying ‘get a job’ under my breath. With those having visible disabilities, I would probably view as being pitifully doomed to a life of misery and oppression.

Thank God for my afflictions!

Social Afflictions

If I had the perfect family (with my disabilities), I would’ve probably stayed home and collected disability checks my whole life instead of putting everything I had into earning an education and becoming independent. If other kids did not make fun of me and I wasn’t automatically denied job opportunities because of how I walk and talk, I would’ve probably went the ‘party route’ of wanting to have fun while destroying my body and living for the moment.

Thank God for my afflictions!

Emotional Afflictions

If I did not have seasons of clinical depression, I would DEFINITELY not be the quality therapist I am now. I would coldly tell depressed client’s to ‘get over it’ and view them as lazy freeloaders.

No question – my afflictions bring me to the arms of Jesus. Like a child who is learning to ride a bike, My Father keeps me steady, cheers me on when I glide at a fast pace, and heals my hurts when I fall until I am ready to try again.

Thank God for my afflications!

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Biography Information:
Shelly is a 30 something year old licensed therapist with cerebral palsy who is transitioning onto a whole new path in her life. As someone who was never limited by her disability, through recent declines in her health and abilities, God is humbling her despite her stubborn resistance. She is closer to Jesus than she ever has been as He carries her with His strength, protects her with His armor, and empowers her with His Spirit.She uses her writing and speaking gifts to fulfill her ultimate purpose of bringing glory to God through her life.
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