Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she grew up in the
small Illinois town of Byron, having been born with cerebral palsy in 1958. She was raised in
a Christian family, members of an Assembly of God church. She had such difficulty being
understood (because of the cerebral palsy) that she hardly talked. Parents were very loving
but strict, knowing of the difficulties awaiting Julie in the "real world". I first met Julie
when she e-mailed me 23 December 2004, having read a testimony on my
Julie came to belief in Jesus at an early age...no
special salvation testimony. The miracle testimony is of how God has worked with her cerebral
palsy and scoliosis of the spine.
This miracle testimony, written by Steve Blow,
appeared as a write-up in The Dallas Morning News, 18 December 1998. Julie copied it to me,
and here it is for your information that God currently is in the business of
The student has also been quite a
"They will call it graduation. But transformation
is probably a better word. Julie Reagan will walk across the stage at Dallas Baptist
University on Friday morning to receive her master's degree in liberal
"That's quite an accomplishment at any standard.
But for people who have known Julie over the last few years, its nothing less than
miraculous. And I don't use 'miraculous' lightly.
"When Julie first appeared on the Dallas Baptist
campus in the early 90s, people saw a 30ish woman with terrible physical disabilities.
Cerebral palsy caused her left arm to draw up at an awkward angle. She got around campus in a
wheelchair or with an electric cart. A curved spine cast her head partially downward. And
when anyone tried to speak to her, she could barely get out a stammering
"To put it kindly, people wondered what Julie was
doing on a college campus. And the truth is, so did she. 'I felt like God was telling me to
"She grew up in a small town in Illinois. And it
seemed that she would remain there all her life. But she made a long visit to Dallas in the
1980s. And when she got back to Illinois, she couldn't stay.
"'It took everything for me to move down
here'. People said, 'You have to be crazy.' I said, 'Yeah, I am crazy. I argued with
myself about it, but I knew I had to do it.'
"If you ask the experts, there is no cure for
cerebral palsy. It's a brain injury, usually birth-related, that impairs physical movement
"Intelligence is often unaffected by cerebral
palsy. But Julie said her family and friends didn't seem to understand that. 'I felt like
they were treating me as if I was retarded,' she said.
"Julie did have problems with memory and with
organizing her thoughts and words. 'I always felt like my elevator went all the way to the
top,' she said. 'But it seemed like some floors were missing.'
"Nevertheless, she had a passion to attend
college. And as she struggled through class after class at DBU, those missing floors began to
"Beverly Powell is director of Dallas Baptist's
writing-improvement program. She had big doubts about Julie in the beginning. 'When she first
came to the writing center, she had a 40-page paper due. And she couldn't even create a
sentence. She was so frustrated. And to be honest, so was I. I didn't think I could help
"But Ms. Powell said that 'something clicked', and
Julie has been writing well ever since.
A new freedom
"Julie said: 'I could feel the words coming
together in my mind. And it was like the whole world opened up. I felt like I had been
released from a prison.'
"At the same time, people on campus began to see
physical changes in Julie. Librarian Judy Srygley was drawn to Julie because she has a child
with cerebral palsy.
"'Her whole physical appearance has changed', Ms.
Srygley said. 'She's standing taller and straighter. And now she gets around without the aid
of a wheelchair or electric cart or anything of that nature.'
"Julie brought the audience to its feet for an
emotional ovation two years ago when she wobbled across the stage unassisted to receive her
"Today Julie gets around even better. She looks
far younger than her 40 years and has a bright, bubbly personality that's well known around
"Ms. Srygley said she thinks there has been a
transformation not just in Julie but in the school. 'I think I have seen some attitudes
change because of her example. I think we have begun to see that limitations in one area are
not limitations on all of life', she said.
"Julie has always relied on Social Security
disability income. Now she wants to leave that behind and support herself. 'I'm ready to go',
she said. She hopes to find a job helping others with disabilities.
"Oh, and Julie has her own idea about the right
word for today's event. Not graduation. Not transformation.
"'Celebration', she said. Her Face Book page (Sept. 2015) is HERE.
Note another cerebral palsy miracle story & links to others HERE.
***give me your comments about this
(posted 3 January 2005; latest addition 8 September
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now