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The Night I Died On a Texas Highway

Updated on April 23, 2015

By God's Grace I Returned!

One rainy autumn night, my husband and I were returning home from a day of shopping in Abilene, Texas. Traveling through the night in our new Chevrolet pickup, we listened to the first non-Christian CD we had bought in over five years. It was George Strait's newest music release containing the hit song "Carrying Your Love with Me." We were talking and then my next memory was of quick turbulence and the thought, If we could only make it to Coleman, we will be fine (Coleman was a Texas town midway between Abilene and our home). I was thinking this while spinning around as if trapped inside a "squirrel cage" carnival ride. Then I knew without a doubt I was somewhere other than here on earth; my body was physically present, but my spirit had departed. I remember feeling a most heavenly, indescribable peace, and I have no earthly memories of anything afterward on this Tuesday night, November 11, 1997.

My Husband's Personal Account

Since I have no memories for a lengthy period, what I will relay now comes from Doug's personal account, which he has shared with me many times over the years. It grieves my heart even now to think back to the scene of the accident and imagine what Doug was living through. He called to my still, limp, lifeless body, covered in blood and glass; he got no response as blood oozed out of my wounds. The pickup had turned over and come to rest upside down. I was hanging inverted; the seatbelt held me suspended in place. My husband felt sure I was dead and gone from him forever. In hopeless despair, as Doug too was hanging upside-down beside me, he cried out to God in heaven to bring me back to him. He beseeched God to please return life to my body. The "won't let go kind of love" that Doug and I share was the provocation for Doug's prayer. He could not let go and knew God was able to change the hopeless situation.

The young teenager who ran the stop sign and hit us also believed I was dead. There was complete chaos at the accident scene, with people running to and fro calling for emergency assistance and helping however they could. Doug was able to release himself from the seatbelt and climb out the broken window on the driver's side of the pickup. He then slowly maneuvered his hurt body to my side and continued to pray. There was a point amidst all the confusion when a heated encounter occurred between Doug and the teenager responsible for the crash. Believing I was dead, Doug lashed out at him, demanding an answer for why he ran the stop sign. The young boy could only say, "I do not know." He offered no reason for not stopping and entering the highway from a crossroad without looking. He was not obviously hurt and was later treated and released at the medical facility. Tests revealed he was not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It was just odd he could not explain his actions, since he traveled this road almost daily. He definitely had to be aware of the major highway there-why did he choose not to stop?

This young man had entered the highway we were on and crashed into us, hitting our front passenger-side fender. The impact stopped us dead in our tracks, which sent our vehicle rolling over. Our feeling of calm and security rapidly turned into sudden trauma filled with twisting metal, breaking glass, and the astronomical jolt of the impact that halted all forward motion. Then our vehicle became an uncontrollable rolling, turning ride, sending us in the opposite direction on the four-lane highway. Finally, the momentum created by the crash allowed gravity to take over and stop us just short of the traffic coming toward us. When the unrestrained ride ended, we were left hanging upside-down. A feeling of relief swept over Doug, but that feeling changed quickly when he realized I died during the rollover.

Comparing Emotional Wounds to Physical Wounds - What's worse?

Emotional wounds are similar to physical wounds. The physical wounds I received from the extremely bad car accident were extensive-a car accident that took only seconds to happen. In comparison, the emotional abuse I endured as a child happened over many years, causing suffering on the inside due to the pain and emotional wounds. The pain of the emotional abuse far exceeded that of the car accident. It also came with more permanent damage. But there were no visible wounds, no obvious pain, nothing clearly present that required healing at all. Toxic, dysfunctional family patterns, although old, familiar, and sometimes comfortable, must go-giving way to a healthy emotional life without all the doubt, distrust, hurt, and pain. Therefore, just as time for physical healing is necessary, time for emotional healing is also crucial.

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If you believe and are ready to receive Christ as your personal Savior, then pray this prayer and mean each word as your own as you speak to God: "Dear God, I know that I am a sinner, and I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again to pay for my sin. Please forgive me of my sin, and save me right now. In Jesus's name, Amen."

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I have known two people who died, their spirits left their bodies, and then returned. One is a family member. I have not experienced this myself, and wouldn't desire it. Your story is amazing, and this is more common than what people know.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've never been in an accident but my son rolled his truck a few years ago and he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. We are thankful he is alive and only suffered minor injuries. An angel was truly watching over him that night. Thank you for sharing your story and God bless.

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      renewedfaith2day 4 years ago

      Yes. But the reason for my comment is that this is perhaps the most important lens that I have read. Your account is sad due to the tragic events that were endured but also uplifting. Most importantly, this lens serves as a witness. God bless you.l

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      amazing story. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      WoW! What a powerful story. Thank God he chose to spare you so you could finish your life's purpose and travel here on Earth. I, too, was fortunate to have survived a bad automobile accident even though I was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Asked what happened when I had collected myself; I had no recollection other than hearsay. Anyway, Thank You for stopping by my Traditional Irish Stew Similar To Grandmas lens and giving it a "thumbs up as i appreciate it. Do give the recipe a try and enjoy the stew. Bon Appetit! (God Bless & Happy Easter!) - (^_-)

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      WoW! What a powerful story. Thank God he chose to spare you so you could finish your life's purpose and travel here on Earth. I, too, was fortunate to have survived a bad automobile accident even though I was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Asked what happened when I had collected myself; I had no recollection other than hearsay. Anyway, Thank You for stopping by my Traditional Irish Stew Similar To Grandmas lens and giving it a "thumbs up as i appreciate it. Do give the recipe a try and enjoy the stew. Bon Appetit! (God Bless & Happy Easter!) - (^_-)

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      CoeGurl 4 years ago from USA

      Yes, and it happens so fast that there's no time to comprehend what's happened.

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      Pastor Cher 4 years ago from United States

      Yes, I have stitches on my head after hitting the rear view mirror.

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Wow great story! Thanks for sharing it with me.

      TonyB

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Indeed, personal love can bring us back from the peace of the after-life. I can relate to your story, and know that life can never be discontinued, it only changes form.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning with fresh angel dust...glory!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      thank you for sharing this lens. i am glad that you survived that accident. this is your destiny, to survive and live. i am happy to meet you.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Obviously God still has plans for your life. Here's to the miracle of you! Thanks for sharing your faith.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thank you for visiting and squidliking my lens. Today 11-11-11 marks the 14th anniversary of this miracle from God in my life.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Great story and so pleased for your testimony,.Hugs

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @jgelien: Thank you for the visit and the squidlike :) We serve an awesome God!

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      jgelien 5 years ago

      What a powerful testimony of God's power and love. Thank you for sharing your miracle.

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      DLeighAlexander 6 years ago

      @bikerministry: Yes Jesus is our best friend. I have been a follower since age ten and would not want to know how my life would have been without Him. Thank you for your testimony too. Keep in touch and let me know what you think of my book. Blessings to you :)

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      bikerministry 6 years ago

      Thank you for being honest with your beliefs. I began my journey with Jesus in 1978 and have never looked back, other than to impart HOPE to others. Our stories are similar, can't wait to ready your book. Keep up the good work.

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      DLeighAlexander 6 years ago

      @jseven lm: Thank you for your comments. We do serve an awesome God.

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      I fully believe in the power of Yeshua and His cross. Loved your testimony and how your husband prayed in desperate faith. God bless you for sharing this.

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      DLeighAlexander 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes! Jesus paid it all and all to Him I owe. I agree with your concerns of things that oppose God's truth. It's good to be living proof of God's greater power. God is great and worthy of our praise. Glad to share. Love and blessings to you too.

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      DLeighAlexander 6 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: I'm sorry you lost friends in car accidents. Thank you for your kind, uplifting words. I appreciated hearing from you.

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      DLeighAlexander 6 years ago

      @ohcaroline: Happy to share what God has done in my life. This experience only increased my faith and trust in Him.

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      DLeighAlexander 6 years ago

      @tssfacts: Thank you so much, your comments are very uplifting. I love sharing the amazing things God has done in my life. Congratulations for 41 years of walking with the Lord, that is wonderful to hear. I know you too have experienced many great blessings. I too reached 41 years this year, my spiritual birthday is April 19, 1970. Knowing God makes life the greatest adventure ever.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Jesus Christ is Lord! Praise God. I love when I find a testimony on Squidoo. With so much witchcraft, astrology and other nonsense on here (which takes more faith to believe in if you ask me) it's great to see this kind of powerful story. Praise the Lord you are alive and that you are sharing His message. All my love to you.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I've lost a few friends in car accidents. I'm very glad you were spared. Thank you for sharing your story so beautifully.

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      I'm so glad you shared your experience. God is a faithful God.

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      Glory to the Most High God! What a wonderful testimony. I can tell that you really love Jesus and you have a relationship and not a religion. I have been walking with the Lord for 41 yrs (this Nov.). Every year and day has been more wonderful than the year/day before. Thank you for sharing.

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      DLeighAlexander 6 years ago

      @ajgodinho: You are right, glory to the Lord! Thank you for your kind words and your Squid Angel Blessing. :) Blessings to you too.

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      DLeighAlexander 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you Tipi, that song is very appropriate and one of my favorites. Death cannot bind when Jesus overrides. I did indeed live a genuine miracle. I appreciate all your input and your squid angel blessing too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You have this song playing in my spirit ~

      "To God be the glory, great things He has done and great our rejoicing in Jesus the Son. But purer and higher and greater shall be our wonder our transport when Jesus we see!"

      Praise God!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, to survive a crash like that surely was miraculous...glory to the Lord. May you and your family continue to be blessed and be a blessing to many. Blessing to you! :)

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      DLeighAlexander 6 years ago

      @ideadesigns: Thank you, that is a sweet thing to say. God has blessed my life in so many ways. And through writing, I have been reminded of even more blessings and miracles to share. Thank you for the comment and the "Like".

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      DLeighAlexander 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Glad to share. It is good to tell all that God has done in my life. That is why I felt compelled to write. God is a faithful Father. My life started out in childhood dysfunction but when I came to know God at age ten, everything changed for the better. I wanted to share the hope that I know is real. Thank you for the comment and the "Like".

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      I am so thankful for you being here on Squidoo. What a testimony.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such an awesome testimony!