Access-Life “East Tennessee Christmas Jingle and Mingle”: December 2, 2023 – Happy Birthday Jesus!

What a God blessed day we had in East Tennessee! Our annual Jingle and Mingle was so much fun! Thank you to all who participated! Special thanks to Wendy Oโ€™Neal and Hannah Grace Spradling for all of their hard work, Linda West Schumann for getting the nativity book slides ready and Robbyn Cassell for helping decorate last night! So, appreciate all our ministry volunteer that served. ๐Ÿ™‚ Merry Christmas everyone! We at Access-Life hope you all have a blessed one!

#Jesusisthereasonfortheseason, #merrychristmas, #DisabilityMinistry, #Jesusforeveryone

Happy Thanksgiving: November 23, 2023 – Attitude of Gratitude!

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s actually a brisk 68ยฐ and overcast here in Umatilla, FL for this gracious holiday of gratitude. This is a bit unusual for our neck of the woods but somehow brings out memories and a sense of thankfulness for all the good things that God has done in our lives.

We are obviously thankful for the precious gift of Jesus and all that means to us as well as for each other and the Access-Life Ministry that God has entrusted to us to further spread his love and gospel. We are also thankful for the many family and friends that God has brought into our lives and the encouragement and support that has followed. The joy that our toy poodle Joy Hallelujah aka Lulu brings to our lives each day is also an enormous blessing from heaven.

Although things are not perfect nor will they be until we get to heaven, we always try to follow the Lord’s call to pray and work for more of heaven to come to earth each day. We also try to follow his admonition to focus our hearts and minds on him and the goodness that he pours out upon us each day.

We know many are struggling in such a variety of ways in these days and times but God’s light, love, purity, holiness and abundant Life can be seen and experienced every moment of our lives if we will but choose to be intentional about what we think, pray, say, do, see and hear. Listening for that still small voice and looking for those glimpses of heaven on earth can have a huge impact on our lives so that we can be truly grateful for something every day of the year.

Colossians 3:2 is such a great verse exemplifying the importance of our thoughts (set your minds on things about, not on earthly things.) and Deuteronomy 12:7 (there, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you.) is such a beautiful picture of God’s hope and desire for us especially on this day of Thanksgiving. We hope you find these verses encouraging and enjoy the amateur artwork by Doug that is attached. ๐Ÿ™‚

Again, Happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for each of you and pray that the words of 3 John 1:2 (Beloved, I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.) describing God’s desire for each of us blesses you by knowing God’s heart for you.

Access-Life “3 in 3”: November 19, 2023 – Attitude of Gratitude!

Hey there boys and girls of all ages and abilities! #Thanksgiving is almost here and in honor of this season of an #attitudeofgratitude , we want to share with you a special Access-Life #3in3 for November. Check it out to find out what Doug Goddard is thankful for this year and please feel free to share what YOU are thankful for this holiday season of remembering God’s many blessings in the comments below to inspire and remind others of God’s Great goodness and generous blessings. :-)

Access-Life 2023 Fall Newsletter – Hot Tamales in Texas!

Hey there boys and girls of all ages and abilities! Our Access-Life fall newsletter finally made it out last Friday. Since we cannot mail it out to every one of our family and friends, I have attached it here so you can read the story and see the pictures. We hope that it is an encouragement to you as you see the work God is doing through the ministry and the smiles that he is putting on the faces of those we serve.

If you feel led to be a part of these moments through financial giving you can simply text the word “give” to 352-309-1455 or go to our website donation page at . You can always send a check to Access-Life, Inc and mail it to PO box 99 Altoona, FL 32702, too. :-)

No matter what, we hope that this 39th edition of our newsletter, the “Life Line” blesses you in a special way today.

#DisabilityMinistry, #AbilityMinistry, #jesusforall, #handsandfeetofjesus, #overcomersinchrist

Access-Life “3 in 3”: October 23, 2023 – Sweet Rest

Hey there boys and girls of all ages and abilities! Feeling a little tired, sluggish and need a nap? Then check out our Access-Life “3 in 3” for October hosted by ministry intern Hannah Grace Spradling. We hope this video can help you find rest in the busy world we all live in! Thank The Lord we can find rest in Him!

Access-Life 2023 Summer Newsletter – Memories of God’s Faithfulness Long Overdue!

Hey there boys and girls of all ages and abilities, it’s time for some summer in October! That’s right we’ve been running a little behind here on our administrative work and our summer newsletter just went out the first week of October. ๐Ÿ™‚

Despite our tardiness, this 38th edition of the Access-Life newsletter is still full of great testimonies and smiles. In fact it tells a great story of God’s faithfulness at this year’s East Tennessee Expo. So check it out, enjoy the summer memories and be encouraged.

Since this is a digital version rather than the print version we mailed out, you can give if God leads by texting the word “give” to (352) 309-1455 or go to our website at .

Take care, God bless and hope you are getting ready for a season of gratitude this coming Thanksgiving!

Picture and Poetry by Doug and Leanne Goddard – God, Goodness and Grace


Jesus in You alone I hope

For you so deeply love me

Jesus in You alone I trust

For you have never failed me

Thought I am not perfect in any way

You lead me safely through each day

Jesus you are so good to me.

Jesus you are so good to me.

You are forever faithful

Even when I am untrue

You are forever with me

Even when I stray from you

I live my life in you each day

Surrounded by your presence in every way

Jesus you are so good to me.

Jesus you are so good to me.

Jesus my friend and guide

Holding me tight by Your grace

Jesus my rock and foundation

Saving me and taking my place

Made safe in Your arms I rest peacefully

For as your child Iโ€™m with you eternally

Jesus you are so good to me.

Jesus you are so good to me.

Blessed by goodness and gifts

Your love and care are the best

Filled with joy and peace

Your grace and mercy give me rest

Walking with You and never alone

My eyes set on You as You lead me home

Jesus you are so good to me.

Jesus you are so good to me.