“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:13 (NIV)
We all have hopes of a good life for ourselves and our loved ones. What has been a challenge for holding onto my hope has been when life throws something at me that I never imagined would be a part of my life.
At twenty-one years old I thought that I was one of the luckiest people in the world. I had a husband who loved me, a precious baby daughter, and was living in Colorado Springs in an apartment with the awesome view of Pikes Peak. Life was about as good as it could be until I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves. I was left totally paralyzed.
I had never imagined myself as a quadriplegic. I could no longer do the things that I had taken for granted. My world, my family’s world, was shaken to its core. I slowly began to lose hope of ever having a good life for myself, my husband, or my daughter.
That was until I looked beyond myself and stopped putting “me” at the center of things. It was when I looked to God for my strength that hope came back to me. I began to hope that I would walk again. I began to hope that I would hold my daughter again. I began to hope that I would embrace my husband again. I began to hope for a good life again.
God helped me find hope in what I thought was a hopeless situation. He had not given up on me even though I was giving up on Him. God was with me the whole time. He showed me how to hold onto hope.
That has been my motivation for writing the Kerry Book Series. I am writing four books about the four women who go through some tough life challenges, but with the help of God and each other they find forgiveness, hope, peace, and joy.