The Pattern of a Life


photo from 99balloons

I hear the soft whoosh of a wheelchair moving over carpet. I look up with little girl eyes to see my Nana smiling at me from the doorway. It’s the same smile she gives everyone. The kind that says, “I know life can be hard but, even more, I know God is still good.”She works in the bookstore she and my Grandpa started together. Customers wander in and ask for best-sellers, Bibles, answers to life’s questions. One she gets asked often is this: “How can I have the joy you do?”

Polio at age twenty-nine took the strength from her legs. But not from her heart. She kept that until she slipped home to Jesus over ten years ago. And her legacy still lives on—in me, our family, all the lives she touched through the years.

My grandmother turned disability into Hisability…

Will you come read the rest with me at 99balloons during their special week of talking about imperfect vessels?



P.S. Happy Friday!! I wanted to announce the winners of the giveaways: Caley Kohler is the winner chosen through to receive Teske Drake’s book Hope for today, Promises for tomorrow! Caley, if you could email with your mailing address we will get the book to you. Congratulations! The other winner of God’s Heart for You devotional calendar chosen through is Stephany Cast! Stephany, if you could also email with your mailing address I will send you your gift! Thank you all for reading and sharing your hearts with me through your comments; I am always encouraged and inspired by you.


  1. Joy says

    His ability, that is pretty good! And, true. He is strongest in our weakness. Your Grandmother knew the key to unlocking a mindset from disability to HISability. I bet she is dancing-dancing-dancing for the Lord up in heaven! Woo-hoo!

  2. Gloria Gilpatrick says

    Oh Holley, once again you have touched my heart. Thank you for sharing and letting us all get to know a little bit about your Nana. Lately I’m starting to look at my life and the way I moan and groan about stupid things and telling myself to STOP. “HISability” is going to be my new screensaver but I’m going to put a little bit of a twist to the “HIS” part in my heart and mind. I like YOU, too!!! xoxox

    p.s. Have a wonderfully blessed weekend. WHOOHOOO – Friday at last :)

  3. says

    I love how God always use the less likely to teach us a lesson in His godliness, and how we can find joy even in the most dire circumstances. And I definitely love HISability! I think I’m going to do as Gloria and make this my screensaver. Have an awesome weekend!

  4. says

    I am always so excited to read your blog every day, and especially excited that you are guest blogging for 99 balloons!! I hope that you brought lots of traffic to their amazing site! I love their organization, and they love and support my little sister, Emily, who is the director of Ekisa Ministries International. She’ll be guest blogging for Imperfect Vessels in a few weeks- I am so proud of her and her God-sized dreams to bring grace to people living with disabilities in Uganda. I forward your blog to her often, because it will often remind me of her!

  5. Tracy J. Post says

    Consistently upon reading whatever you post I find a lump in my throat not knowing whether to laugh or cry! It is said anonymously that “Encouragement is oxygen for the soul”…God has beautifully entrusted you with the gift to bless! Thank you for loving & I glorifying our Savior in such a life giving way. Your words are a lovely ministry spreading hope &comforting much unexpected joy! May your cup overflow with the knowledge of His love as you share as you do!
    Because of His amazing sacrifice & neverending love,

  6. Melissa says

    Thanks a bunch for writing about your grandmother, it challenged me to look more on the bright side of things. I mean hey if someone polio can make lemonade out of lemons then I can to………………….RIGHT!?

  7. Sheng says

    disability to Hisability. Great to have such example. Our Lord is the greatest example. He too ask his heavenly father for strength.

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