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I've always liked people & have delighted in their diver-sities, talents as the special persons God created. I've worked all my life not for the sole purpose of existence but a means to provide for livelihood. Worked my way through college obtaining a sociology degree & fell in love w/a young man who I thought shared the same goals. We opened our doors to young people within the communities in which we lived, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in a practical sense & raising our 2 children on the same principals. In 2001, I had 3 mini-strokes when my suddenly violent husband (of 27 years) threw me into another room. At night he abused me while I tried to sleep. I knew I read a book every morning & evening & tried to continue doing so although I had lost my ability to sound out words. Often reading 1 sentence took me hours & I couldn't remember what I read after I stopped. My speech was baby-talk although my mind thought short sentences but after 3 weeks, when my daughter asked me to point to what I wanted for breakfast, I was able to say clearly, "Scrambled eggs, please." The book was the bible & the scripture was the 23rd Psalm! That was the beginning of a long journey out of hell guided by the light of Jesus Christ. I have been divorced since 2003 but it wasn't until I was really able to forgive my ex-husband for what he did to me, that God gave me the ability to paint w/acrylic on canvas or wood despite 2 different types of arthritus. I believe in Philippians 4:13 & have claimed it w/every job I've tackled. With God by my side, there is nothing I can't do!