Attempt New Skills

For the first three months after my injury, I had no control over any part of my body. In rehabilitation, my upper arms were the first to recover. The muscle spasms usually drew my forearms up, effectively causing severe cramping.
My occupational therapist told me my biceps and deltoids were the only two muscle groups in my arms that still received signals from my brain. My triceps, the groups that assist in straightening the arms and pushing forward, had none.
In therapy, we focused on strengthening those muscles that worked. As I grew in basic strength, my therapist encouraged me to attempt new skills.
Since I was right handed, we worked on fine motor skills of feeding myself, brushing my teeth, and handwriting using splints. My left arm developed more gross motor skills: pushing, lifting and carrying items I needed during each day.
In God’s providence, my muscles adapted to my different abilities. Next, I had to accept my new life as a quad. Just as God causes new blood vessels to grow around a clogged coronary artery, God allowed new skills to develop around my paralyzed body.
Sunday school, Bible study, sermons, and talking with other Christians all taught me about God. The more I learned of His desire for His people, the more I knew His desire for me—for my life. He called me to make a difference for Him.
Through leading and teaching small groups, counseling, listening to the one who was hurting and telling people what God has done for me I have, and will continue to make a difference.
We may be weak, worn and weary yet God still calls us. He may seem distant but He’s right here. He has provided all you need to fulfill His call in your life. No matter what you have to offer, God will use it.
Be strong and attempt new skills in your daily life for Christ.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” Philippians 2:13 NIV).
In Christ,
Friends, Remember to share with your friends. People are being blessed around the world for God. I am so thankful to be a broken vessel in the hands of a loving God.


  1. Berta: I praise the LORD for what he has done for you.

  2. Berta, you are making a difference…more than most “able-bodied” people!! Keep using your platform!! I love to hear your stories!!

  3. Thank you, quietspirit.

  4. stiffneck, You bless me with your words. Thank you. Berta

  5. This lady is a blessing n inspiration to all who know her. The world needs to take heed to what she has to say! I have been blessed to know the Dickersons n know what true Christians they r! PTL for their witnessing!!!

  6. Thank you, Valerie.

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