February 24, 2017

Romans 6:23 (NLT) — 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

In light of Amanda Krause dying this week I was pondering these two words in our memory verse > eternal life.

Amanda had the rare genetic disease called Friedreich’s Ataxia. Friedreich’s ataxia is a rare genetic disease that causes difficulty walking, a loss of sensation in the arms and legs, and impaired speech. It’s also known as spinocerebellar degeneration. The disease causes damage to parts of your brain and spinal cord and can also affect your heart.

Amanda was confined to a wheelchair the last 16 or so years of her life. Eventually she lost the use of her legs and arms. Her vision became blurred. She needed a titanium rod put into her back so she could sit up straight. She was on many medications to regulate her heart and other organs. She had trouble talking and her speech was slurred. The past two years she need a trach to breathe and she had other physical ailments. She wasn’t expected to live past 15 years of age but the Lord had other plans for her. He had many lives that he wanted her to touch for Jesus. She was hoping to celebrate her 30th birthday but she missed it by a few weeks. She would have been 30 on April 21.

Because of God’s free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ Amanda is now healed! I am sure she is running and leaping and praising the Lord. Eternal life will do that to you. For most of her 29 years she suffered but now she has eternal life. In eternal life with Jesus there is no more sickness and disease. There are no more wars, famines, death and disappointments. No more abuse, muggings, shootings and traffic jams. No more doctors appointments, no more bullying, no worries or fears and no more 911 calls. No more taxes, bills or car repairs. No dropped calls, no more appliance break downs and no more roof repairs. No more sin and no more evil. All will be good. You won’t have to say, “Have a good day because everyday will be good. It will be life as God intended it to be.

What got me thinking about all of this in the first place was this verse that I read this morning in my daily reading:

Luke 9:28–31 (NLT) — 28 About eight days later Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on a mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly, two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared and began talking with Jesus. 31 They were glorious to see.

It said about Moses and Elijah that they were glorious to see. That is because they already had a few thousand years of eternal life under their belts. If we could see Amanda right now she would be glorious to see. Won’t it be great to see Amanda without her wheelchair, without the trach, without her glasses and without the bloating in her body and to hear her talk plainly?

Eternal Life, Wow! thank you Father and thank you Jesus and thank you Holy Spirit.

Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. Mark Gundersen says

    She lived with the joy of the Lord despite the infirmities that the world yoked her with.