On June 23, 2015 Amanda's husband, Todd, was driving his daughter Eliana home from a friend’s house on a 4-wheeler when a deer jumped out in front of them and they crashed into the ditch. While his daughter escaped with only a few bruises, Todd was life-flighted to a nearby hospital where it was determined that he had broken his neck, with a shattered C6 vertebrae and a fractured C7. The grim news was shared that Todd had suffered a spinal cord injury and was completely paralyzed on the right side of his body.
On the way to the hospital Amanda prayed fervently. It was through this prayer that God communicated to her that "he will be healed". This communication from God became the finish line that the entire family trusted in and held onto. Even Todd. Despite being immature in his faith and having been given very little reassurance of gaining any ability on his right side, Todd put his trust in God in a way that he never had. And God then revealed His presense in a very big way.
It was Day 4 after the surgery that was Todd’s hardest day. After a horrible night of awful discomfort, his body and mind were fighting a battle. Todd was having terrible full body convulsions that turned out to be the result of severe anxiety. Amanda, having suffered from body shaking anxiety herself for years, decided to share a verse with Todd that had helped her overcome her anxiety.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, with prayer and petition, present your requests to God. And the peace of God that transcends all understanding will cover your heart, and your mind in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
After Amanda shared the verse, Todd started praying. Approximately 20 seconds later, Todd’s convulsions stopped completely, and never returned.
Todd showed God his faith. God chose to bless him.
Within the next two hours, Todd's right side of his body started to wake up. First came his toes. Then came his foot. The next day came his leg. Every day something new, until 5 days later Todd was walking with a walker unassisted. 9 days after breaking his neck, Todd, the paralyzed spinal cord injury patient was walking.
It was nothing but a miracle.
Todd’s physical therapist said, “I’ve been doing this for over 30 years and I’ve never seen anything like it”.
But God didn't stop there. God continued to answer each specific prayer. Waking his fingers up, his arm, his hand. Continuously healing. Each moment revealing God's miraculous power.
God delivered on His promise that "he will be healed".
What was not known at the time of this miracle was how far God planned to use it. Just like the stories of the healing of the paralyzed in the bible, Todd's story was intended to change the lives for all those who feel paralyzed and uanable to move from broken areas in their lives. Through The Paralyzed Movement Amanda explores this connection with mental paralysis and the miraculous healing power God can have in everyone's lives.