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Aimee’s Joy

My husband and I did a weekend Marriage Event at a church a few years ago, combined with him preaching a series of messages through the following week. In the first service, I noticed a young woman who was intently listening. She leaned into the message, like she didn’t want to miss one crumb that might fall to the floor, wanted to gobble up every bit of truth that came from the Word that day. I was impressed.

I love hungry-hearted women. 

When I first saw Aimee in the service that day, I didn’t realize that she was actually related to my daughter-in-law. Later, I had the joy and opportunity to travel to her home (with my daughter-in-law) to get better acquainted with her. Aimee is an unusual young woman. Her love for God hasn’t been depleted by her physical circumstances, instead her heart for Him seems to have deepened.

You see, Aimee is a paraplegic. 

Aimee suffered injuries from a car wreck that could’ve taken her life as a young woman. Right at the season when most young women are caught up in the world of dating, preparing for marriage, living a care-free life, and beginning early adulthood, Aimee’s life took a drastic turn.

Aimee would never have another “care-free” day again. 

This was not the way Aimee would’ve scripted her life. Her days are often filled with battling physical illness and complications due to life in a wheelchair. She needs assistance for the simplest tasks that we take for granted. She lives with the constant reminder of her loss, and yet, in the hours we visited, as I asked deeply personal questions, I never once heard her question God’s goodness. Instead, Aimee only expressed a love for Him and desire to honor Him with her life.

Aimee doesn’t allow a wheelchair to impede her ministry to others. 

If you follow Aimee’s Facebook page, she is faithfully sending out prayer requests for others. She is her church’s best marketing source as she sends out invitations and reminders to the community letting everyone know what is happening at the church and how they can get involved. Aimee isn’t focused on her own pain, but her eyes are set on Christ and His work.

Visiting with Aimee was a true joy for me. Her life testifies to the grace of God at work and the value of cherishing Him through the deepest loss. And I’m sure He is brought great pleasure as He watches her beaming face while she leans in to hear the Word and gobbles up every speck of truth during the services at her church.

Do you know an Aimee? Do you know someone who has suffered deep loss that affects them on a daily basis? The difference I’ve noticed between those who suffer in Christ and those who face suffering without Him is: deep joy. There is an abiding joy and peace that comes from the knowledge that God is good and He can be trusted.

And that kind of joy brings God great glory.

[box]You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. (Isa. 26:3)[/box]

[box]You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Ps. 16:11)[/box]

Are you experiencing joy?

Are you allowing what you know of God to keep you in perfect peace—even as you walk the road of suffering?

16 Comments

  • Naomi

    Guilty! I confess I have not suffered well, nor have I waited well. Lord, please forgive me on this day. I have mumbled, grumbled, cried and complained. Help me to trust you more. Aimee’s joy has put me to shame making my problems seem so small, compared to her physcial challenges. I am inspired to focus on God, his work and how can my trial be used for His Glory?!?!?

    To God Be the Glory,

    Naomi

  • Nickk

    Ive know amy for quite a a few years now, and shes helped me so much without even knowing it, thank you Ms. Amy

  • larae

    I’ve had the pleasure of knowing amy. Not as close as I’d like but we’ll enough to know how great of a person she is and her love for the Lord. There’s never a prayer request posted that she doesn’t include in her own prayers. I look forward to many many more years

  • Bethany Kennedy

    Actually, I know Aimee. I’ve known her for over 30 years.We were children together, she is older than I am. Her baby sister and my oldest sister are the same age and so we were often at the same events. She was always like that. I knew her before and after and I never will forget a whole town praying at once begging God to spare her. Her parents gave up so much to devote themselves to her care They had to move and sell their business,but they have all kept the faith and love they have for God even as the parents both got cancer. This family is an inspiration of love and faith, an example of how we should love God and each other.

  • Charloett Mode

    I’ve knew Aimee all her life, and I will never forget the Sunday after her accident that so many of us crowded around the altar to pray for Aimee’s life. And her life has been an inspiration to us all at Mt.Olive. We love you very much! Your faith in God is so visible and your service to Mt.Olive is a need that you fill daily. So proud of you!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Gail!

    So glad you were blessed by her story! I love seeing God at work in people’s lives like this!

    Good to hear from you ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Wow, Naomi ~

    So thankful for your transparent response and how God used Aimee’s story in your life. God is faithful and although we walk through many valleys, what a joy knowing He is at work for our good and His glory! (Rom. 8:28-29)

    Blessings, friend ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Larae ~

    Thanks for sharing, so glad for how Aimee has touched so many lives! God uses those who delight in Him and His glory.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Bethany ~

    Thank you for sharing more of her story. It is such a blessing to see how God uses our trials to serve as an inspiration to others–and ultimately to bring us to a point of glorifying God. I loved meeting Aimee and thankful that you have the opportunity to be a part of her life.

    Thanks for taking time to leave your sweet comment!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Charloett ~

    Thank you for stopping in to leave such a sweet word to Amy. She told me that she is reading all of your comments and is very encouraged by this outpouring of love and support!