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   This Week...                        UNSTOPPABLE FAITH                         3/17/19
                                                     Bethany Hamilton
       Beautiful Bethany Hamilton was born in 1990 in Hawaii and grew up surrounded by the beauty of the islands. It’s no wonder then, that at a very young age, she fell in love with surfing, becoming seriously competitive by the time she was eight years old. Then at age thirteen, tragedy struck. It was the Devil’s way of trying to tear apart her life. Just when she was winning awards and placing first for her country, a horrible accident rendered her disabled . . . well for a time.
       One morning while surfing along Tunnels Beach in Kauai with family and friends, she stopped to lay on her surf board for a bit to lounge in the water. Without warning, a 14-foot tiger shark approached her and did the unthinkable: it rose up and bit off her arm!
       Her friends helped her back to shore and her friend’s dad wrapped a make-shift tourniquet around the stump of her arm. She was then rushed to the hospital where it was determined that she had lost over 60% of her blood and was in hypovolemic shock. Doctors immediately performed surgery. Following a successful procedure to close her wounds, she spent three weeks in recovery before being released to go home.
       How does one go on from something like that? How does one find the hope or the courage to continue with life? Bethany had lost her entire left arm! Just living life from day to day would prove difficult enough. And then there was her love for surfing. Surely her dreams in that respect would be shattered. Most people would have given up, but not Bethany.
       Despite the trauma she suffered, Bethany persevered and returned to her sport. Just one month after the attack, she went back to her surfboard, trying to figure out how she could learn to surf with one arm.
       She started with a custom-made board with features that made it easier for her to paddle. And she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her arm. After three months of fine tuning her skills she started competing in major events again. In time she graduated to a standard surfboard. But she kept her shark-bitten board that she eventually donated to the California Surf Museum in Oceanside, California.
       Is it a coincidence that Bethany is a born-again Christian? No, it is not. Bethany was blessed to grow up in a Christian home where she learned how to live by real faith in God. And those early teachings shaped her attitudes and convictions, and held her together when her whole world collapsed around her.
       You see for those who believe, winning is a way of life, and victory is not dependent on positive circumstances. As believers, we can rise up in victory even when bad things happen. As believers, we walk by faith and not by sight. In other words, we stand our ground based on what God has said, regardless of how the Devil might try to interfere or change our perspective.

SOUL SURFER (DVD) is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton,
who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds
to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and
unwavering faith. The film features an all-star cast, including
AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt, with Carrie Underwood
in her film debut, and Dennis Quaid.

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       The following are quotes by Bethany Hamilton. These words come directly from her website; a site that promotes health, wellness, and unstoppable faith in Jesus Christ. Bethany writes: “God’s word is my constant source of truth. It’s where I place my trust and where I discover the life He’s called me to. God has so many beautiful gifts for us. His word is one of them. I encourage you today to find some time to meditate and dwell on God, His word, and His promises for you.”
       Bethany also talks about resting in God’s presence: “My overcoming strategy for today is: His Presence is My Weapon. Rest is more than a nice feeling. Rest can help you thrive in all that you have going on. Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
       Are you resting in Him, today?


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