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Finding Purpose While Tubing (As a Quad Amputee) with Wendy Wallace the Most Positive and Happy Quad Amputee You’ll Ever Meet
Episode 24326th January 2023 • Beyond Adversity with Dr. Brad Miller • Dr Brad Miller
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Wendy Wallace is a Christian living & positivity coach and a digital content creator at One Exceptional Life.

In this episode, Wendy shared her story of having necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating bacteria that caused her to be a quadruple amputee and how she overcame this adversity through God, who gave her strength.

As a mother, a husband, and an entrepreneur, Wendy wondered how she could fulfil her duties with her condition.

However, she did not let her condition stop her. With the help of God, many prayers, and her loved ones, Wendy thrives and takes the next step for her future.

Along the way, she realizes that things will happen not always because of something we have done but because God needs it to use for his purpose.

She has always been optimistic, thankful, and looking for blessings in disguise. This helps her have the right mindset to face her challenges in life.

Wendy tells Dr Brad the story of her family and people who didn’t treat her like a handicapped. This is about her daughter inviting her to go tubing in the river and people telling her to write a book despite her saying she is not a writer.

Wendy Wallace’s story is motivational, spiritual, and powerful. She is one who rises from the darkness of disease and becomes a vessel to deliver God’s joy and peace to create an exceptional life.

Episode 243 of The Beyond Adversity Podcast is a must-listen for anybody who believes in God and the blessings he bestows on us and that he helps us overcome whatever adversity we face, no matter how difficult it is.

“The Beyond Adversity Podcast with Dr. Brad Miller is published weekly with the mission of helping people “Grow Through What They Go Through” as they navigate adversity and discover their promised life of peace, prosperity and purpose.”| |







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actions that you took in order to break, you

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know, break these patterns to deal with a

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situation at hand and then developing your

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spiritual life and choosing to trust God over,

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you know, being beaten down or distrust God

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because this bad thing has happened. Let's

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go for a minute about the disciplines or

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the lifestyle or the things that you do now that

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maybe you took it for granted before, or that you

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just do differently now. And about how you use

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this opportunity that you've been given in order to,

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you know, be productive in life, you know, not

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everybody does. So some people are just going to

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give up. What are you doing now I'm going I've

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talked about disciplines or practices, or habits

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or lifestyle, tell me a little bit about that, how that works out.

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When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I

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do is grab my coffee and open up my Bible.

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Because when I've when I start with the Lord,

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my day goes better. And then also, you know,

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I have a business that I rent from home, and I

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am his CEO, he's the owner of my business, and

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I need his guidance to direct you know what I am

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going to do on the business today? This is you

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business, show me how to do it. I, you know,

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with the physical aspect of things, being able to

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manipulate around the home after a couple of

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months, I did get prosthetics on my legs. So I

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can, you know, put them on in the morning,

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take them off at night. And it's as if.

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So you're able to maneuver around the house

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things like this. I'll just ask you a couple questions.

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If I go play, I shouldn't go you let me know,

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are you using a wheelchair? Or are you able to walk?

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Nope, I am fully independent. I walk, I don't use prosthetic arms,

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because while I had them in the beginning, they

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were fairly useless for me. So I, I keep this stylus

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strapped to my wrist. And if you can see it there.

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This is what I used to type with, or you know,

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read a book, or dial the phone.

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But yeah, I'm independent.

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So you've managed, the obstacles, the

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physical obstacles that you've had, you've found

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new patterns and new ways to figure that out

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to get through that. Fair enough. And so you're

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also found some patterns may be new, and some

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may be affirmed in your spiritual life and in your,

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in your other aspects of your life that you are

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focusing on now. More intently. So let's go to

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how this whole process is that has impacted

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your relationships with other people, your

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marriage, or your family, your friends, your

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church folks. Has it? Is it different? Is it the

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same as it strengthens? Is it? How's this kind of

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worked out in your relationships? Is it still an affirming party?

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Oh yeah, I would say it's strengthened,

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everything is strengthened. You know, even

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when I was still in a wheelchair, my family

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never considered me as handicapped. They

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always knew that whatever I decided to do,

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I was going to do it. And in the beginning,

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I didn't have quite that confidence. But I'll tell

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you a story. Because just a perfect example

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of this, my daughter came to me one day and

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said, Mom, we're going to go tubing, I want to go

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down to the nearby river and get in the inner

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tube and go floating down the river and

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you're going to come with me? And like

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Was it something you did before?

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Was this something you did before you had your

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situation where you two person? Okay,

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so there's a whole new experience.

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I tied to this because it was the

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pivotal moment where I got that sadness

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behind me. And the realization that I could

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do more than I was giving myself credit for

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because I was doing all the mom's stuff.

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But I had so many doubts about, my future

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and what I was going to do with it. And so we

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went to Bing. And I had so many people say,

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you know, you should write a book. This is an

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amazing story. Write it down. I was like, no, no, no,

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I'm not a writer. Well, when we were out there

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floating, we were talking about all this stuff that

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we could write about. And it became evident

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to me that I was far more capable than I was

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giving myself credit for. And I knew I was an

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encourager. Just that's my thing. I'm an encourager

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so it sounds like your kids, your daughter,

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or do you take you on this, knew of some

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aspects about your personality that need to

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be brought out, she, you, she needed to encourage

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you, in order for you to kind of have a breakthrough

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to continue your get it done. aspects of your

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personality because you had been kind of assaulted

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here, literally, your body had been assaulted.

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And now you had to get through that. And that's,

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that's good. That's what I'm getting. I think people

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get through bad things and adversities in many ways.

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And one of them is our own personal actions

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that we take and their connections with God.

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And then the part of the processes, also loving relationships.

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You gotta have those where we give love, where we

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are loved, and where we give love and where we

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are loved. And then also the encouragement part

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of that, and that's what you had. And that's awesome.

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Yeah, and it's just evidence

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Said that to some of the celebrants

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that, you know, my family never saw me differently.

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I was the one they had to overcome I am

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handicapped mindset, even though I worked

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really hard, but it was still there.

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Well, that's cool that your family did not treat

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you like something different than whatever.

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Sometimes people get treated less than for much

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less physically dramatic reasons that what happened

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to you, you know, they may have, I don't know,

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somebody didn't go to college, or somebody

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had a, you know, something bad happened to

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them to get arrested or whatever, you know, yeah,

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I'm just going off on a tangent here, where,

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where people get treated differently by family

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or by others. That doesn't have to be, so that's good.

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Let's go down for what we've talked about a little

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bit here windy about your, you know, what happened

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to you physically, and how you kind of got through that.

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We've talked about your spiritual life, your

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relationship with God, that, to me, that's all so important.

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And we talked a bit about some of the habits

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and you know, I call it the cognitive kind of the

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application of your things into your life. But let's talk

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about what you're doing. Now. You know, while you're

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talking to me, and while you're trying, it seems like

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you've taken this experience that is, you know,

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by any measure is traumatic and dramatic.

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And a lot of people could handle it. And you've only

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handled it, but now you want to share it with others,

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you want to share your story with others, and

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you want to share how you can be helpful to other people.

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And I think it comes out with encouragement

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that you have experienced yourself, but also some

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leaning within you to want to share

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in love with other people. So tell us a little bit

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about that. Why are you doing what you're doing?

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Now tell us a bit about your coaching programs,

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or why you want to share your story with other

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people. A lot of people could just say no, thank you, but you do

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well, because when I started writing, I did went,

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I think it was pretty much the next day after

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that tubing adventure. I set up my website

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and I started to write about initially it was life

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as an amputee. But I didn't want to talk about

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that I wanted to talk about moving on and just

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putting those struggles coping with them and

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moving on. And what I found was a huge response

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from people who needed that encouragement

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that I couldn't get to, I mean, in my little circle

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here of influence. And so this is where I found

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why God allowed this to happen to me because

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he needed me to share with people that

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kind of losing my training my words here. It's like

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it's my purpose. It's my way of sharing the love

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of Jesus, with everybody, everybody that I can reach.

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And there's a scripture, Second Corinthians one

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four, which talks about God comforting us in our

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struggles in our tribulations so that we can

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comfort and encourage other people in theirs.

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So I've been through something where not

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everybody I talked to is an amputee. But

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everybody struggles, and we can relate to people

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better when we've been through something similar,

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right? So it's, I feel like it's my calling. This is what

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he wants me to do. This is why he allowed this to

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happen to me. So I can be an influence and

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encourage her to help those people who might not

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have somebody right there with them.

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That's awesome. And you are doing that through

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various means. You've mentioned writing and

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tell us how you are doing that. You've

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mentioned writing, but I know you have some

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social media impact. How are you doing this?

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How are you impacting people, not only in your

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local community, but I think there's a need out

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there. I'll give you one quick perspective. I think

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Google every year puts out some of the things

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the biggest search terms for the year in the

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last year, I believe, the number one search term

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in Google was how to how can I heal? Well,

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that indicates there's a lot of hurt and pain out

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there that people want to heal, and you're offering

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some things that can be a healing thing. So how

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are you getting the word out there? Tell us a little

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bit about what you are doing then to share this encouragement?

Wendy Wallace:

I have a website called one exceptional life.

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And this is where I focus on helping people rediscover

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God's joy and peace amid the trials of their lives.

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So I talk about overcoming struggles, spiritual

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growth, growing, gratitude, joy, positivity,

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all of these things because they're all little

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components of the things that I needed when I needed

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to move past my struggle. And so the blog is a big

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part of that. And when I take that through

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social media and I am now the one exceptional life,

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lady, I don't know. I had somebody call me the

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peace lady today because they talk a lot about

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having peace and joy through your struggles in the

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only way you can really have joy and peace is

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with Jesus. He gives you that comfort. And so I can

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spread that message through social media through

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guesting on podcasts like this through the

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writings on my blog, and even though coaching,

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because people get stuck. It's part of what you

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talk about getting unstuck, right? And sometimes, they just don't know how.

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And so you have a lesson to teach them and

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give them some of the how-tos. And so let's go

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there for a second in terms of if people want

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to go to you for coaching and learn more

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about that. What are they going to find if they

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if they signed up for you know if I sign up for

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a coaching session with with with Wendy, what

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kind of things are we going to talk about?

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What is kind of the process that you're going

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to work through? For our listener, maybe

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we have a listener out there who's had some

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devastating physical thing happened to them,

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and they're struggling to get out of it. So

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what kinds of things do we talk about in your coaching session?

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We talk a lot about faith. Because oftentimes,

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when hard things happen, our faith tends to waver.

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You either grab on to God or you blame him.

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And so we do talk a lot about faith and growing

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your spiritual life and your prayer life and gratitude.

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Kindness is another thing when you're when you're

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feeling sorry for yourself one of the best things

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you can do is go help somebody else. Because

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it always lifts us up when we see somebody

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else being encouraged by your help. So yeah,

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it's just a combination of all of those things.

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So give us an example in about you.

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You've shared how you're coaching you're helping

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other folks and part of your courage to help them to

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help others with things of this nature, let's just be specific,

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for a moment, maybe some sort of a testimonial,

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tell us about a person or a situation that you've

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paid talk to you that you've seen, okay. You've had that

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feeling that vibe, where you say, okay,

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something I've said or something we've done here is

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a good thing. And we've seen some transformation

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take place. Do you have a story like that?

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Yeah, just the other day, I was working with a

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young lady and simply, you know, because a

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lot of times, we get a lot of negative self-talk

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that's happening. And whether it's from someone else,

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knocking us down, or you know, even what we say

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to ourselves, that can be even more hurtful.

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But when we look at the promises of God and

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what He says, When you're one of his children,

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you're adopted into His family You're redeemed,

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you're blessed. You're there a list right now. But my point is

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So you see this young lady, you saw some trends

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yeah, just the recognition that, Oh, my goodness,

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I am his child. So why should I let this person

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over here telling me, I'm no good matter?

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Wow. So and you saw that happen in her and

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I think you've got a message of encouragement

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to share with other folks here, Wendy.

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And so if there are folks like this young lady who

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are out there on our listening audience, or audiences,

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a lot of folks who've gone through what are

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all kinds of tribulations in life, some of which are

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emotional, some are physical, and some

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of them are relationship oriented. But if folks

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want to learn more about you and get a hold of

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you maybe see your blogs and other things

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you've written or understandable about what

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you're about to perhaps take advantage

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of your coaching. How can they get connected?

Wendy Wallace:

My website is oneexceptional It's the word one.

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O N E and everything you need to reach me is there.

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I also have a free PDF that is five steps to unlocking

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peace when you're going through tough times.

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And the link for that is oneexceptional

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So it's easy to find it on the site as well.

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And yeah, I welcome anyone who has questions

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or just need some resources just to reach out.

Brad Miller:

Awesome. Awesome. And just one last question

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for you somewhere in the materials about you.

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It says you love ice cream. What's your favorite

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ice cream? Tell me about that.

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I have to one of them is moose tracks. But the

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one that I'm allowed to have three a week because

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it's an addiction. And so I have to limit myself

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but their double Carmel Magnum ice cream

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bars. You never had them up. There are only

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three in a box. We know I am limited, but there are some.

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Well, it's been awesome to have you with us

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here today. Yeah. And we'll keep that in mind if we

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ever need to, you know, tempt you with something

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double Magnum ice cream bars, carbohydrate bars

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are the way Absolutely, but some fascinating,

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fascinating story to tell Wendy about how something

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is dramatic, as you know, coming close to not

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only losing your life, but you know, coming outside

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of that experience without your hands and feet

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and then learning how to live life. What an amazing

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story you've got here, and you've got some great

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things to share with others. And it's been a blessing

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to have you here on the beyond adversity podcast

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with Dr. Brad Miller. We'll put links to everything she's

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about at And he's a person to get

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to know because she's an encouraging person, a

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great smile and a great countenance about her

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and a great attitude of gratitude. We thank you,

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Wendy Wallace, for being our guest today on

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the beyond adversity podcast.