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COVER STORY: Mark David Williams was cruising through life as a voice coach with an album and a ministry. Then he was hit head on by a drunk driver. . .
The Emotions of Parenting
In Honor of Dads
"How Can You Laugh?" Using Humor. . .
The Soul Clearing
Mosaic Moments Devotional
What Do Patients Really Want?
Searching for Answers
Is Yoga for You?
20 Ways to Save on Medical Expenses
Talk Over Tea with the Editor
Tell Us Your Thoughts
Strive to Thrive Health News
Joy Bites
Strength in the Shadows
Volunteer Corner
Book Review: The Bumps are What You Climb On
Ask the Doc
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Dear Friends,

A man approached me and offered to help as I was moving my baby boy into a fourth grocery cart; each one previously had a broken safety belt or a bad wheel and I was becoming frustrated. He held the cart so it wouldn't go down the incline as I latched Joshua in and transferred the diaper bag, keys, and purse over. "Thanks so much," I said. "I sometimes think moms should have a third arm the first year." "Yeah," he replied. "And I just have one." I looked down at his arms and noticed one had the sleeve just pinned. "Oh," I flustered. "Well, thanks so much for your help."

What are the odds? I thought to myself as I breezed into the store. Was he insulted? Did I sound ungrateful?

Then I paused to realize I was thinking of myself, not of him. What an amazing man God placed in my path to be my third arm. Despite having just one hand to reach out with, he did it generously and it was just what I needed at the moment. Isaiah 49:11 says, "I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways will be raised up."
Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains, but sometimes in life the mountains stay regardless of how much faith we have. It's then we must take what we have and plow down the weeds and make them into roads.

Even science has proven that the power of believing that all things are possible with God's help is one of the best things you can do for your health! According to an article in the Journal of Psychology and Christianity a survey of 78 research studies found that religion significantly enhances physical health, partly due to imparting a healthy outlook on life.

It can be hard not to get caught up in all of the things that we can no longer do. But as L.B. Cowman writes in Streams in the Desert, "Life is not wreckage to be saved out of the world but an investment to be used in the world." Regardless of the limitations you may have, lift up your heart and say, "Use me, Lord." He knows the perfect way to give you passion while fulfilling His promises.

Your friend,



This article was featured in our May/June 2004 issue.
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