Life goes on…turn the page.

I was just searching for my testimony earlier this morning and I thought to myself, “boy, that was a long time ago.”  It has been a long time – I have believed in Jesus Christ for almost twenty years now.  Twenty years of both good and bad, but through it all, I knew I was living my life on His firm foundation.  To paraphrase my favorite fictional southern belle, Scarlet O’Hara, tomorrow will always be another day … but my tomorrows certainly have not been what I expected.  My plan was very different from God’s Plan.  His plan has been so much better.  I will be forever so grateful for that and each day has been a day for me to appreciate!

I was single in my thirties; I got married in my forties; and now I am in my fifties.  I must say my disability seemed to go better in my thirties and forties.  I am not finding my fifties and a disability to be as much fun!  But, each day is a day that I now get to share with Robert, my husband.

The little church at which we met has now dissolved.  Robert and I needed a new church and he said he wanted to try out a nearby Catholic church.  Everything Catholic is new to me, but Robert is so happy to be there.  That is more than enough of a reason for me to want to be there, also.

Our new church has the wheelchair seating up front and because of my poor vision, that worked out well for me. The seating area is also right next to the choir section.  Robert does have a beautiful singing voice and he happily sung along with the choir each Sunday that we attended.  On the third Sunday, the choir director came up to Robert, handed him a stack of choral books, and said, “You will join the choir!”  The choir had two other male singers, both tenors, and Robert, with his deep baritone voice just underscores the harmonious choral sound.

I guess that just has to be God’s perfect plan once again!

Speaking of that, it has been amazing how many Catholic converts I have met recently.  I have also been reading a number of books by different authors that were once Protestant, but have decided to convert to Catholicism.   So much so, that I have been thinking’ “OK God, here we go again!”

Another glorious sunriseSo far, I have no plans to convert, but life goes on …turn the page.

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About Raeanne Woodman

Less than a month after my twenty -fifth birthday, I had a brain hemorrhage. I had two brain surgeries at that time. It saved my life, but it left me unable to walk or use my left hand. I have been a wheel-chair user since 1989, nearly half of my life. I have always considered myself very blessed and quite unique. I graduated from Ohio State and went on to be employed by the university for twelve years. I met another unique individual at my church and he and I were married seven years ago. With this blog, I want to tell you a little about myself and how I've learned to live in our world. I love to cook, albeit with my own adaptations. I also want to share some great user-friendly merchandise and deals with you. And I would also be blessed if you would share your great ideas with me. This blog promises to be mutually rewarding!
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6 Responses to Life goes on…turn the page.

  1. Kathleen Carlson says:

    Thank you Raeanne for sharing your faith and who you are in this blog. I am so happy you want to be my friend. I love the pic you chose to go with your writing. I am not sure if the sun was rising or setting, but it is a beautiful pic and so are you!

    • Raeanne says:

      Kathleen, Robert took that photo and we don’t even remember if it was a sunrise or a sunset. :) It just worked in my post!

  2. Gail Reid says:

    We never know where God will take us, only that He’s with us along the way. I am thankful that He’s allowed you and me to spend some of these years together. It’s been an honor and pleasure to get to know you and call you friend. I hope you find a way to serve through your new church and become the blessing to them that you were at Neil Avenue. I always love reading your blogs and learning of your insights/observations of life. Thank you, Raeanne!

    • Raeanne says:

      Thank you, Gail. I do miss my old church family. I guess it’s kind of like growing up and moving out – moving out into a whole new life. Except, I am now in my fifth decade as I start another new life in Christ!

  3. Carolynb Woodman says:

    Raeanne, Robert sent me your blog. I did enjoy reading what you wrote. I have been amazed ever since I came to know you with how much you can do from a wheel chair. I appreciate your supporting Robert in his attending the Catholic church. I hope you can both be happy there and feel you are serving the Lord and are in the Lord’s will. Carolyn W.

    • Raeanne says:

      Thanks, Carolyn – that’s my mother-in-law down in Mississippi, a retired English teacher. English teachers are amazingly wise! :)

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