Chandra... My life was good until four years ago when my husband was in a terrible accident... this is my story!
I was saved in 1997, but my family and I went without a church for a long time. One day my daughter and I visited the Nazarene Church while my husband attended somewhere else. After attending the Nazarene Church I knew that this was the right church for our family. I told my husband that we would be happy at this new church, and we both agreed to take our family to this new church.
Life was busy, but it was good. We really didn't know just how good we had it until the accident happened. The accident happened about four years ago. It was a terrible unexpected accident. My husband had gone out with friends, desiring time alone and peace from our busy family life, and the next day the accident happened. Instead of peace, he received severe permanent paralysis to his right arm.
My husband was driving a snowmobile in the freezing snow when things started to go wrong. He was almost back to the cabin when his face shield froze. This caused him to not be able to see and led to his accident.
Life for me and our seven children has never been the same since the accident. My husband has had several surgeries, but none have taken the pain away. The hardest part is learning to trust God and find my place in life. I used to never be concerned or afraid of the future, but this has changed. Because of the accident my husband lives with pain all the time. As my husband suffers, I have found that I am living with a whole new person. Because of the accident, our children and I have had to make life changes.
Not long ago we were led to a new pain doctor and today my husband's pain is covered by 70-80%. I believe that God helped us find this new pain doctor, and I praise Him. My husband's accident has brought us closer together and to God. I have become a more patient person as we continues to deal with the accident.
My husband's construction business has been a challenge to our family, but God is taking care of us. It is a miracle that my husband is now able to work with the loss of his right arm. I want to include in my testimony a few verses that have helped me, my husband, and family during our darkest days, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. " Matthew 11:28, and "Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory." II Timothy 2:10.
My life has changed dramatically since the accident. Because of what we have experienced with the accident, I know that God can get us through anything that comes our way. As I learn to trust Him more, He sustaines me and continues to work in my families lives.
By Chandra Nierman, Angola Church of the Nazarene