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Student Spotlight - Brandon

posted Nov 26, 2012, 11:04 AM by Kelton Shipman   [ updated Nov 26, 2012, 11:05 AM ]

I'm a junior at the University of Texas At Arlington studying English. In 2008, I was diagnosed with Lumbar Spondylosis, a degeneration of the spine which causes debilitating back pain. Three different doctors recommended back surgery. I thought to myself, "What value could God place in me; what if I deserved it; why did God allow those things to occur?"

During this time I embraced a lifestyle of drugs and promiscuity within the gay culture. I was depressed and highly doubted my value, who I was and where my life was heading. I realized my brokenness and started to seek the Lord for emotional healing and with the help of individuals God had strategically placed in my life, I started to develop freedom: physically, sexually, and emotionally.

This semester while at church, I went up and received prayer and as I went up, hopeful that God would heal me, I felt a shift in my lower back where the disk was that had caused me so much pain. It moved! The following Monday, I scheduled a x-ray for my back and awaited the results. After a bit, my doctor went through the results, showed me the x-ray and this is what the report read: "Misevaluation: normal skeletal structure", meaning my back looked as though I never had the condition in the first place!

I continue to seek God for freedom in my life as I know I still have areas to give to him. God touched me in such a powerful way that I can't even begin to really truly understand the weight of His love towards us; it is truly unfathomable!