A Silent Voice

With God’s hands lying over top of his, dyslexia has come as his greatest gift….the gift of creativity. An emotionally-charged, true story…..

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He listened to the adolescents innocently frolicking beyond the school. The merry-go-round is full of petticoats and saddle shoes, as very young men in dungarees and penny loafers fair the propulsion. Life was grand back then – hide and seek, dodge ball, and tag….except for the little child who remained on the school steps writing in his loose-leaf notebook. Tear drops fell where the pages filled up with dreams – sketches of boats and homes. A little child, reserved in dialog, smiled at the others as he drew a world others had never seen.

Parked on the hard concrete steps, weathering-in a t-shirt, shorts and Keds, sat this little butterball of an overweight kid. Drawing his life away, believing in his brothers, “Boy’s Life” magazines, he dreamt that someday he’d find his way to those pristine places.

A door opened and a teacher kicked him from behind. “Let’s go!”, she said as she blew her whistle. “It’s time for class. Lunch and recess is over.” So as not to be stampeded, he slid to the side and grabbed ahold of a rail, hoping the herd of classmates didn’t trammel his dreams. Last in class, he pulled his chair up to the front by the teachers desk. The class unmercifully laughed him.

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But in his world, time didn’t matter – just the joy of living somewhere else other than at a dirty desk of pencils and crayons. Trying to comprehend as a little child, the shortest in class wandered off in the middle of arithmetic. He took up space until the pre-dismissal bell rang. Finally! Another day of being made fun of had come to an end! So, he walked home with Peter, his next door neighbor.

And as the night drew near, the portable black and white waved it’s tinfoil rabbit ears. It was time to stick his nose back into the books of things he couldn’t remember. His little school desk at home sat in front of the window. He stared out into the dark and tried to count the lightning bugs. His mom would blurt out, “Okay, let’s go over your spelling words.” So he bluffed his way as though he had studied but there was no use….letters were reversed. Another night. In the tub, then saying prayers by 8:30. If only his father, who didn’t live with him, was there! He prayed so hard to him.

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No one knows the artistic mind of childhood dreams, especially when many things in life are incomprehensible. Dyslexics only observe their life like a race. Their peers succeed, leaving them behind to only dream and think, “Why can’t I be as lucky as them?” But our God above knows, like a mother’s love, when one is so distraught. Where discipline was physical abuse, the frustrations would then grow as his living became more difficult.

Looking to the heavens today, where only answered prayers are sent, we see this little child again, struggling to do another mission – God’s work. We now listen to the innocence of a silent voice – one that brings home the memories of messages of long ago. For no one could ever imagine that that little child, today, would ever become an author! No one – not even him!

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You have just read an emotionally-charged, true story written and lived through the eyes of its “author”, Dana S. Bicks. Though it was very difficult for him to recall and write these early moments of his life, his message can be read loud and clear – NOTHING IS UNATTAINABLE! With God’s hands lying over top of his, dyslexia has come as his greatest gift….the gift of creativity.

Exodus 4:10-12

But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”

 

 


EDITOR’S NOTES:

I do not profess to be in this medical field so my notes, here, will not dwell into the causes of learning disabilities. Rather, I prefer to expand your knowledge about the thought processes of adults with these types of handicaps.

Your chances of knowing someone with an LD are pretty good. Do not assume that learning disabilities are always a bad thing. For many individuals, an LD gives them a distinct advantage. Consider these facts:

  • People with dyslexia tend to be broad thinkers, and intuitive. They are a sign of character and strength when tackling every day’s problems.
  • Dyslexics are often said to possess exceptional creative skills and an ability to bring together ideas from different areas of their life – an original and out of the box thinker, if you will. (Excellent story tellers and writers, you think?)
  • Many individuals have the dual diagnosis of being both gifted and LD. Therefore, everyone stands to gain from their brilliant mind.

 

Do you or someone you know, suffer, as an adult, with learning disabilities? Here is a list of suggestions to overcome LD adult fears of success:

  • Work at a job that takes advantage of your strengths.
  • Get lots of physical exercise.
  • Identify people who, “say what they mean and mean what they say” and hang out with them as much as possible.
  • Find that special thing that you do extremely well and run with it!
  • A positive attitude makes a big difference.
  • Remember that you do not have to be perfect!
  • Work in an area with few distractions so as to remain focused on the job at hand.
  • Use books-on-tape and assistive technology, such as screen readers, voice-recognition computer software, and spell check features.

Above all, pray for God to bless you with all your capabilities! He does answer prayers! God uses the disabled for His glory. He allows some people to be disabled to show His awesome love for all of creation and to help us imitate His love.

 


Learning Disabilities and the Law:

Public Law 105-17, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997, is the federal special education law. IDEA was signed into law in June 1997, with final federal regulations published in March 1999. This law replaces all earlier versions of Public Law 94-142, the Education of All Handicapped Children Act of 1975.

In 2004, there was a reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, where significant changes were made as to the identification of individuals with learning disabilities so that they can receive the needed educational services.

Standing The Test

It’s only God that plants potential in our spirit as we try to figure out what we are supposed to do in life.

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An old statue remains in the middle of a town square and year after year, it deals with the elements. Walking by to admire the craftsmanship, I pause to reflect on the crosses I too, bear….

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Like a pillar, I stand in the site of God asking only for forgiveness. With my determination, I must proceed. My commitments are never-ending. Blessed, my integrity stands the test of time. And now, my life has been complimented. Only God could have made my miracle happen – the re-emergence of a “love child” of the eighties – a love I never knew.

But what is my point? Closely observing the statue in the middle of town square, one realizes that within ourselves God has given us all the ability to create anything we want. Be it in the form of dreams or prayers, our creativity is derived by our Father in heaven. After all, He only wants the best for us, like any father’s wishes.

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We do fall short, though, at times. As a baby learns to walk, we face our tribulations. I’m not a trained writer, or so I thought. I’m dyslexic, but it was God that put me up to the challenge. Feeling a bit like Moses, I have no idea of my potential. After all, I don’t think I could part the Red Sea!

It’s only God that plants potential in our spirit as we try to figure out what we are supposed to do in life. Think you may be too old to change? Better not! Biblically speaking, not one was young when they left their mark, “As it written…”

God loves us all. There is no bias or supremacy in His eyes. We are equal, as humans, in His light. We have the reserved right to reach for whatever it is that we can dream. Like Isaiah, we just never can conceive our own possibilities. He, too, realized that God had made him with unique characteristics and a special purpose – to serve him and proclaim His news.

As Dawn awakes, the sun rises from the East. A miracle of the morning, we are blessed with the capabilities to go out and conquer the world, just as God so intended. Be not afraid! I was scared to death too, but it didn’t stop me. Keeping my faith, I wouldn’t be swallowed. I, on this bright sunny morning, pray for all that step out and make a change in their own lives to the glory of God. Pray for the direction and faith to walk in the mysterious miracles that God holds for each of us.

 

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Messages From Above

God is calling….not just me but all those who sit quietly and wait on Him…


 

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Resting in the shade on a beautiful cool, crisp afternoon, I’m in between responsibilities. My love for life grows like the spring flowers on my porch. Nothing compares to gifts from God! The hummingbirds have flown south due to the encroaching season. This is a most beautiful time of the year. God above all, turns His harvest to many shades of amber and gold. Every tree is a different shade; I sit in amazement of all his splendid wonders. What an awesome Father we serve!

God protect and save the child that tries to live by your Holy Words from heaven.

I hear the bells that praise Your name and Christ, on High, delivers us from evil. A peace comes to calm the quiet and remaining still, I drift off like a fawn wandering in a meadow. Though my body may be old and tired, my soul rejuvenates by Your spirit. So I try to put into words that which is expressed from the mountaintops. God is calling….not just me but all those who sit quietly and wait on Him. It’s a wonderful feeling to have His spirit penetrate my tomorrows!

 

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

 

Casting the seed to the winds as though the sparrows will nurture, God shall bring them wisdom for they know not which way to fly. He is our only direction. Keeping us near His bosom, we desire those dreams of our heart.

I pray for every person that my writings touch you in some way. May they help pave your pathway to our Father. For it is He which saves the weary, cleanses the heart and strengthens the spirit on a cool, crisp afternoon such as this.

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It’s a miraculous feeling to be a mere servant….to hand carry this message from God. We all need to hear it – it’s the first and every lasting word from above.

The Last Dance

God watches the intentions that connects the spirits of the heart and instills hope….


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With best intentions, my integrity precedes and daily obligations manifest. Never would I ever believe the twists and curves I’ve been through. My life has now led me down a path of heaven’s way. From the gates of hell to the silver reflections as oceans wash ashore, God has certainly protected the innocence of my heart.

With riches from gifts that cannot be assessed, blessings pour from my writing hand to yours. Wanting to do my best for readers to share, my wealth now lies in God’s hands. In all the years of tribulations and trials, only a couple of bright spots exist in my mind – my son and daughter. My life appears as a child’s chapter story book. And I know many of you can relate.

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God watches the intentions that connects the spirits of the heart and instills hope. Though we wait in frustration, our souls hold on to faith. He allows our tough times to happen to test out our dreams before He gives us our gift. It is against all logic that He then places certain people in our lives to carry out His purpose. How can one not be in awe of His works??

 

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
~ Isaiah 55:9

 

Personally, in my eleventh hour, hell appeared to be an avalanche of no escaping. Miraculously, God heard my dreams that rang out years before. Saving the best for last, as an old Philco of songs we knew every word to, she waltzed back in for the final dance. A Scandinavian blond, with babes in hand, brushed my conscience with her poise and presence. The embryo of unforgotten love was held on to as the years moved onward.

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As seasons gray and gravity plays games, 20/20 reminisces with bifocals. But the band still plays our favorite tunes. Now embraced, I’m dancing my last years with her! Cheek to cheek, looking into teary eyes, I see dreams of fulfillment.

 

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Pray for your dreams and hopes and see what happens. Share it with me – I would love to hear your story! For it is He that now controls my destiny and yours too. What an awesome God we all serve!

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.
~ Matthew 21:22

 


Related Verse:

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
~ Ephesians 3:20-21

Can ‘One’ Make A Difference?

If you pursue the gift God has given you, He will ensure that it becomes successful….


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On a sunny morning in August, a young skipper pacing the docks patiently waits. An escorted entourage appears on the pier; the young man kneels and takes a hand. Kissing her hand, she looks at him and a tear falls on his cheek. “Fear not my lady I shall return.” Shaking her head she replies, ” I bid you safe travels. With a king’s ransom, I pray for you. So away with you,” he hears. The lines are chopped and the tiny fleet of three heads not south, but west, into the sun. Was the earth flat? They’ll find out!

Did he make a difference? Just ask the people of the Bahamas.

 

Working in his shop, the candle oil burns to the wick night after night. The phone rings. “Thomas, can you come here please?”….. No longer in the dark, finally, the filament glows. Living in the dark was a thing of past.

Did he make a difference? Just ask GE.

 

As the auto engineering race headed onward, another sat quietly in his attorney’s office. He had drawn up the way we contain our leftovers. My dear old granddad designed the screw top lid!

Did he make a difference? Just ask any bottling company.

 

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An illustrator dabbled in charcoal when he wasn’t busy. Now retired from a local hometown paper that started his career, he sketches for Boy’s Life.

Did he make a difference? Just ask the Saturday Evening Post.

 

Getting on her hands and knees, she asserted her muscles to scrubbing and disinfecting every inch of the hospital. Later, a queen rewarded her with an engraved brooch and $250,000 for making sanitation a necessary change.

Did she make a difference? Just ask any hospital.

 

What a beautiful morning to just open up a window and sash! Thank you to the first woman to be awarded a U.S. Patent. She lets us have fresh air in our homes.

Did this female make a difference? Just ask Anderson Windows.

 

Who would of thought a man could stand on the bow of a boat and write a poem of what he saw? Four years later, his brother, John Alfred, (who by the way gets no credit) took an Englishman’s music and applied it to his poem. And to this day we sing it at every event.

Did he make a difference?  Just ask any flagmaker.

 

There’s many others….the Jobs, Gates and even Zuckerberg. One person can change the world!

The stories untold….. “for God so loved the earth that He gave His only begotten son, Jesus Christ to change the world….” Indeed, God sends one person at a time to alter our way of life. Let us not forget it is God that blesses them with their creativity. So, don’t we all have a chance to change the world?? I think so….

With tired and heavy eyes, I owe my life for the gift I received from God above. Committed like Moses to do God’s work, we all have venues where God’s mission in our lives plays a part. If you pursue the gift God has given you, He will ensure that it becomes successful. What an awesome guarantee!!

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I pray tonight for us all to become what God wants….to make a difference – one by one. Make a spot in your world or someone else’s today!

Who’s next? Will you allow it to be you?

As Christians know, we are here for a purpose — to do God’s work!!!!

 


Matthew 19:26 
“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”

 

2 Timothy 1:7 
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

 

Philippians 4:13 
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

 

Stop And Smell The Season

For God promises us the beauty of this world forever…..


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As autumn foliage starts, we wake and share coffee together. With the colors at peak, you and I need to just go see the mountaintops and valleys. For those who question faith, let there be no doubt – only God could bring these majestic colors for us to enjoy!

Holding hands, we find a rock and sit overlooking the bluff. The landscape you couldn’t paint. For miles we stare off into the brilliant shades of color.

Giving glory and thanks to Him for these precious moments, it’s like stopping to smell the roses, only better. Your hair sways as an uplift comes; your fragrance enhances the view even more. And not a word needs to be spoken as we pay homage to our Father in heaven. He delights us with His awesome power.

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We sit until the rock turns cold and the sun turns it’s shades of red. Sealed with a kiss and “I love you,” we praise the Lord for letting us have this time together. It’s here in the peace that harmony finds us. Looking up, a star beacons and then God takes a brush to sweep a few clouds above us. Wow! What a moment to enjoy!

Tomorrow will be another rainy Monday filled with friction and frustration. So we savor the time that Gods allows us to be one with Him and to bless this world we call home….. Driving down from the mountaintop, deer guard the pathway of life. A buck stands alone beside the road, protecting the rest of the herd from harm. We stop….allowing Mother Nature to share the covered pathway with us. For God promises us the beauty of this world forever…..

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For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. (Job 14:7)


Inspirational Verse:

For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

(Isaiah 55:12-13)

Doors

Faith, the guiding light, has protected me, even from that which I could not see.


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Night falls on our trials. The winds howl and I hide in the dark protecting my heart. I feel a gentle stream as a tear slowly drifts downward. Life has dealt me the worst poker hand to play; and even the felt on the table is brown.

God, when does life begin? These bitter winds make me wonder. Trying to deal with the elements, I watch the nakedness of the winter foliage. It, too, prays for me to hold onto my faith as frozen precipitation begins to fall. Calling God, I can’t help but think that with these cards I’m holding, is He even listening??

So, I promise myself tomorrow I’ll wake up and climb out on the other side of the bed. Hopefully that will help. Days are hard. My heart pales, alone in the dark as prayers are sent…. and God hears my conscience.

Morning comes, a ray of sun, and I take a deep breath while realizing that worrying is for nothing. Faith is the entity that brings promise and doors open as God promises. Living through hell, a boot camp of trials, God has anointed me; feeling not comfort or peace but fortitude to proceed.

I’ve seen Satan at his best, trying to take everything away that I stand for; and in places where love was not respected. God, though, has made me stronger….and the outcome? Opened DOORS! God saved me!

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Faith, the guiding light, has protected me, even from that which I could not see. Doors closed for the best, the best for me.

God invites us all to join His way of life. Appointed to do His work, I “won’t” be needing you! Like stepping stones, we walk softly so as not to fall. As promised, Angels come to ensure my future.

Relating biblically to Job, I too, have lost much the same as you while standing in the face of faith. I will not leave a door ajar. God has shown his light, a new deck of cards on another playing field. My life, now guarded by angels, will be protected from harm.

Praise Jesus!

 

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Related Verses:

I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. (Revelation 3:8)

 
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)