Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy Holidays?

Okay, let's face it, there's nothing like getting through the holiday season with a special needs child! Schedules are totally disrupted (which special needs kids especially thrive on), emergencies happen (regardless of the scheduled celebrations), and stress is through the roof (anticipation only feeds it more).

Having a son with severe hemophilia-A, I've had my fair share of challenges. Nothing can put me to the test like a nasty bloody nose right before the school Christmas program starts. Having relatives walking through the front door as I'm just about to start an emergency infusion isn't all that fun. And running to the ER while everybody else is enjoying food and football is exhausting, to say the least.

Even so, God is with me. In the book of Isaiah, Chapter 26, verse 3, the Lord promises us He "...will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you." Am I cracked? No. (At least not on most days.) What I'm saying is that my mind is always on God (ie "steadfast"). I NEED Him. I trust Him, because most days He's the only one I find worthy of my trust. Face it, being in a sleep-deprived, stressed-out state doesn't make me the most trustworthy person. Doctors are "practicing" medicine and not living with what we do every day, so they're not the most trustworthy. And family and friends, well, God love 'em, but they're opinions aren't always as helpful as intended.

We are promised in Hebrews 13:8 that, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." My prayer is that through the holiday season, you will find Him as trustworthy and peace-giving as I always do!

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