REIGNITING THE DREAM WHEN THE ODDS ARE AGAINST YOU

WORDS BY MICHELE SPALDING

Jeremiah 29.11 For I know the plans I have for you…

After completing three years at C3 College Night School I was not satisfied that my time of studying God’s word and learning about Him was complete. I wanted more and even contemplated doing part time day college but let that voice of worldly demands and distractions talk me out of it …“ you are too busy with work, with training at the gym, family commitments, etc ” So I thought that little dream would have to sit on the back burner for a while. I knew that was a desire God had placed in my heart so if that was what He wanted me to do He would open the door one day.

So as I busied myself with work, family, gym and serving at church a few years had passed and I’d even started to let that dream fade, I thought well maybe that wasn’t God’s intention for me. Until…

Isaiah 41.10 Fear not for I am with you.

April 13 2010… I woke very early that morning unable to turn over in bed, what the heck was happening?  It felt like I had been strapped down in my bed. After struggling for a minute or two I realized I was unable to move. I grabbed my husband Barry and said something was really wrong. As he tried to comprehend what was happening to me I managed to get out of bed but collapsed to the floor. He then called for an ambulance.

As I was taken in the ambulance part of me was terrified but I just kept repeating …“Fear not for I am with you said the Lord” and “No weapon formed against me shall prosper”… I felt His presence and His peace begin to calm me.

Romans 8.31 If God is for me who could be against me.

I just knew in my heart that whatever was going on God was bigger and He would work it all out. Then after 10 long days in hospital the doctors diagnosed I had suffered a stroke.

They could not understand why this had happened so began searching, telling me I had everything from blood disorders to vascular disease, I refused every diagnosis and believed God would show them and heal me. The doctors finally diagnosed the cause of the stroke was from a chiropractic neck manipulation. The manipulation had caused trauma to my carotid artery, dissecting it, which caused a blood clot that broke away and went to my brain. As devastating as this was my faith told me God could and would heal me and use this trial to do His wonderful transforming work in me and to bring Him the greatest glory.

Months passed and I struggled to relearn how to shower myself, dress myself, feed myself and everything in between. I progressed from a wheelchair to a walking stick but still had great difficulty getting around.

Romans 8.28 And we know that God works all things together for good.

One night as I came into church my friend June Scifo walked straight up to me and asked if I was going to college? As she asked this random question I felt my heart skip. I felt an excitement deep inside.

That night I prayed and said “Ok God is this how you are going to get me to college? If this is your idea you will have to open the door.”

Within a week I had all the paper work completed and I was accepted into C3 Ministry College!

Mark 11.22 Have faith in God

Luke 17.6 If you have faith as small as a mustard seed.

As I limped across the courtyard with my walking stick on day one I didn’t know how I was going to manage, I just knew this was where I was meant to be.

My first subject was “Faith” with the amazing Sheralyn Bucknell.

This class was transforming. It gave me such hope and that seed of faith planted deep down in my heart began to grow. My faith told me I was an overcomer and more than a conqueror and that God would work all this together for good.

After completing that subject I felt so hopeful for my future I just wanted to carry on with college and life and I knew God was with me.

I had spent months at rehab hospitals but this was a new kind of rehab this was a spiritual rehab where God was going to do some wonderful healing and restoration work in me, drawing out those passions and gifts He had placed inside of me and pouring His healing balm all over me. And as I travelled this journey with Him He would reveal His plan and purpose for my life.

My college journey was going to take me 4 years part time. I was in no hurry, I couldn’t hurry anywhere for the moment anyway.  My friends and family began to see the positive change in me, physically and emotionally. College was a place of healing for me where I could sit under the most anointed teaching and learn more about my creator, my healer, my restorer, my peace, my comfort, My God and myself.

My son Jackson was so amazed by the work God had begun in me he resigned from his work in television to come and join me at college! So for the next 2 years we journeyed through college together, Jackson completing his diploma in Leadership and Ministry, whilst I still chipped away and enjoyed the road of transformation.

And now 4 years on my brain is healing, my mobility has improved, the doctors are amazed, I am back teaching scripture at Cromer Primary School and best of all I have completed my Certificate IV in Leadership and Ministry!

Ephesians 3.20 God can do exceedingly abundantly more than we could ask or think.

God is so good, He promised to never leave me nor forsake me. We walked that path together hand in hand. He helped me cross the finish line and blessed me with the Principal’s award for good measure!

Want to know more about C3 College? Visit www.c3college.com for more information.

She SpeaksSabrina Berry