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March
26
2021

March 26, 2021

It has been a little while since i have posted an update on Josh's progress, which has been amazing.  He is doing very well, and rather than give you an update about him, I am going to allow Josh to update you himself.  This may be our final installment for awhile, but from Josh:

Hey everyone,

 

              I want to pen something to thank everyone who has reached out to my parents and me in regard to my brain injury that occurred last month. It was overwhelming to know how many people were worried about me. I want everyone to know how thankful I am for every comment and message, letting me know that prayers were coming my way. While I read over my dad’s Caring Bridge posts, I was blown away by the eloquent words he used to paint a vivid picture of the reality of my injury. In that moment, I just wanted to tell everyone “hey it’s all good,” because scaring anyone is the last thing I ever want to do. This injury allowed me to have alone time to reflect on the fragility of life. It was confirmation that I am lucky to have so many people who care about me. I hope that my actions and words will let everyone know how grateful I am for every person who has reached out to my family and me. We serve an awesome Almighty God who answered the prayers everyone sent up.

 

              As many know, I’m not the most patient person. I wanted to beat any problems that the TBI brought on as quickly as possible. I worked as hard as I could to “get back to normal.” I looked forward to appointments with my doctors, and anticipated being cleared and returning to my normal way of life. I was completely blown away by the first visit. Being exactly one month after the fall, I was hoping to get cleared upon arrival, and am so relieved to tell everyone that has happened.

 

             Prior to the visit, I thought being cleared was the most important information I would hear that day. However, my Neurologist left me with even more profound words. I want to share a tidbit of what he said to me with all of you. After handing me a letter of clearance, Dr. Capel began to dive into something that will stick with me forever. He began by telling me there are four pillars of faith to take away from this experience. The first: You have been given a huge gift and you can recognize that God has a plan for your life; Two: You have suffered and can now empathize with others who suffer, especially Jesus who suffered on the cross for your sins; Three: Recognize the people who God has put in your life to care for you in times of need; and Four: You are called to share your story and your gifts with others. After going through all these pillars, I was completely moved. It helped open my eyes to being as intentional as possible with all of my actions. Another piece that motivated me while I was with Dr. Capel was a reference he made to a verse from the book of Isaiah 64:8, stating that “we are broken cisterns, we all have leaks and cracks, but God is our master potter.” It really stuck with me. I found a little humor in it due to my cracked head, and a lot of truth due to the fact that we are all part of the Master Potter’s plan.

 

Beyond Grateful,

Josh

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Comments

  • Cary Chandler : That's amazingly great news Josh! So relieved that a merciful God and hard work have given you your life back. Blessings for many years of great health!
    3/31/21
  • Angie Lane-Barker : Such wonderful news, that you are cleared to go home Josh sand that you felt well enough to send such a lovely message out. God is so good 🙏🏼
    3/30/21
  • Claire and Ronnie Williams : Josh, What an amazing story you have to share! God has healed you for a reason and we know you recognize the gift you were given! We are happy for you and your family! God is so good❤️ Claire and Ronnie
    3/27/21
  • Sharon Tisinger : You are truly healed and a gift to us. Out prayers were answered the way we hoped. We are still learning our place on this beautiful earth. Thank You Josh.
    3/27/21
  • Angie Callahan : Truly a miracle to be reading your words, Josh. Thank you for sharing. So glad you are doing so well. Thank you, Lord, for answered prayers.
    3/27/21
  • Jeannie Turner : We love you! Prayers for you all...
    3/27/21
  • Millie Jones : Truly great words to live by.
    3/27/21
  • Cindy Sears : A beautiful testimony
    3/27/21
  • Dave Young : A message worth sharing. And I have.
    3/27/21
  • Karen Waldrep : Wow! Don’t underestimate the eloquence of your words like your Dad’s! The experience you had and the opportunity you have on the other side is beyond comprehension. I pray you continue to shine and use your experience to find joy and be an inspiration to others.
    3/27/21
  • Roslyn Sahlman : Precious Josh...your post has left me in tears! God has answered our prayers for your swift, full recovery, which seemed unimaginable a few weeks ago. We love you so much and are so grateful to have you back!! Praise God!
    3/27/21
  • Pam Uglum : What a gift we’ve been given to have you back with us! When I prayed for you when you were so little and got hurt on the swing ( at the Seemans) and praying for you now, I realize how God’s hand is on you! What a huge blessing to be a witness to His love. Thank you for sharing ... you are dearly loved!
    3/27/21
  • David Wagner : What a beautiful update! Continuing to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    3/27/21
  • Lori Tuggle : I love you so much and am so glad you’re okay. You are precious to us!❤️
    3/27/21
  • Papa Johnson : I love boy. I love you man. I love everything about you. I love you head. I love your body. I love your mind. I love you totally. Papa
    3/27/21
  • Shannon Acks : You are blessed with a wonderful family and I can see the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree ❤️ So happy to hear the good news!!
    3/27/21
  • Sherrie Fulbright : Love all of this Josh and so thankful you are good💙. Your dad is not the only one good with words! So thankful for you and your great recovery. We love you lots!
    3/27/21
  • Kim Nettles : Oh, my, what a wonderful post to read! Thank you for sharing your good news!
    3/27/21
  • Lori Berg Anderson : Praise God Josh!!!! So grateful for your healing and your inspiration!!! You are a Miceli and so blessed by your amazing family!! Rosemarie and John are shining with pride today!! Much love and I hope we meet soon. Just over in AL at Lake Martin - you and your family have an open invitation!!!
    3/27/21
  • Jeff Hughes : Josh, I am so grateful that you have been cleared to continue to enjoy the abundant life God gives to those who put their faith in Christ! What a journey you have lived through! What a gift!
    3/26/21
  • Paul Hamel : Well Josh, it appears you have you fathers way with words, well done! There was never a time reading his posts that I could fathom the pain and anguish that your mom, dad and the rest of your family were feeling. You are a lucky man to have them and to have come through this so quickly and you are correct in knowing that prayer assisted in this. In Saving Private Ryan Captain Miller, in his dying breath said “Earn this, earn it.” After reading your eloquent words I am quite certain you will! Godspeed and we are nothing but thankful for your miracle.
    3/26/21
  • joy griffin : Wonderful! We are so thankful you are so much better and great advice from your doctor
    3/26/21
  • Duane Cochenour : Josh, Those are words much beyond your years. We thank God for your recovery. I look forward to watch you bless many people as you go forward in life. I hope you keep this perspective.
    3/26/21
  • Celia Ledbetter : You have a powerful testimony to share. I’m very proud of your courage and thankfulness and we are so happy to hear this amazing update! God is Good and how awesome that God blessed you with a Christian Doctor.
    3/26/21
  • Glenn Draper : Thank you for sharing your story and how the Lord brought healing to your body! I love the counsel your Dr. Capel gave you. Jesus said in Matthew 10 , “whoever confesses me before man I will confess him before my father who is in heaven.”
    3/26/21
  • Randy & Michelle Cheshire : Josh we are so glad to hear you are better and to actually hear from you 🙂🙂🙂 God's plans are always good !!!!
    3/26/21
  • sissy jordan : Amen Josh ....love you
    3/26/21
  • Teresa Johnson : Beautiful thoughts, my dear sweet boy. I love you
    3/26/21
  • Lydia B : I love this, Josh. All of it.
    3/26/21
  • Kelly Skinner : So glad you have healed and been cleared so quickly. The doctor gave you some great advice. Nothing puts our lives into perspective like injury or loss. Best of luck to you as you continue to heal and go about your daily life. God is good!
    3/26/21