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“It felt the same, because it was something that took me beyond my limits,” she said.
She said her spiritual health was restored as she spent more time in her “soul room—the most intimate part of your relationship with the Lord.”
Like the Apostle Paul, Crews said she has learned to be content whatever her circumstances. Unlike the first year after the accident, she now has no pain, but her arm remains fragile. Her limitations were learned by “retraining my brain, making it a habit.” Even with nerve damage in her hand, Crews has returned to her old hobby of crocheting.
She also worked to record her story in Be Lifted Up, an undertaking urged by friends and family. Ken Westbrook, interim pastor of River Road Baptist Church during much of Crews’ ordeal, said learning of her struggles made him a more empathetic minister.
“Her book reminds me that as we live our day-to-day lives in relative ease, there are many around us who suffer in silence,” he said.
Crews said she has come to the point that she “I don’t have to understand why this all happened.”
“I can say to others, ‘Don’t give up no matter how you feel. God is still in control. Always go back to God’s Word,’” she said.
Her “hang-on Scripture” is Isaiah 40:10: “See, the Lord God comes with strength, and His power establishes His rule. His reward is with Him, and His gifts accompany Him.”
“I could repeat that Scripture and feel God’s strength coming back—not in body, because it was broken, but in spirit,” she said.
For more info on Be Lifted Up, go to www.bettycrews.com.
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