My life began on a low. My parents had no warning that Baby Judy would arrive with a severe deformity of her lower limbs. My height would never exceed three feet. Fearing I would never thrive in life, my minister father taught me the compensatory skill of public speaking. At age thirteen, I gave my first of many speeches entitled “Learning to Walk with Artificial Limbs.” Over the years, this evolved into “Learning to Walk with Jesus Christ.” Hundreds of speeches later, my messages continue to model a life empowered by a relationship with Jesus, Who holds us steady in the highs and lows.
I was flying high when I married my college sweetheart, David Squier, receiving my MRS. degree the same month I received my MS degree. I enjoyed ten years as a speech pathologist before becoming the full-time mother to Emily, Elizabeth, and Naphtalie. Our three daughters are grown and have blessed us with three sons-in law and seven grandchildren.
We expected grandparenthood would usher in our golden years together. Not quite. Two months short of our golden wedding anniversary, our lives took a nosedive. On June 8, 2018, family and friends gathered to celebrate our fiftieth anniversary. Minus the groom. Simultaneously, we celebrated David’s resurrected life. And then came widowhood. I share my crash course in death and dying in my new book The Shepherd Showed Up: How our Family Survived the Valley of the Shadow of Death! Experience with me how my bottomless lows of grief and overwhelm were met by the highs of God’s presence and daily provision.
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