Friday, December 12, 2014

Special Needs: Joy to my World

Isaiah 45:3 -  I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden wealth of secret places.


Before “special needs” made its grand entrance into our lives,

I walked in ignorant bliss, unaware of hidden treasure.

“Special” Needs – the gift that no one asks for ……
When Bethany was born and the genetic testing came back positive for down syndrome,
 there were no angels accompanying her arrival with the message of “Fear Not.”

And I was so afraid.

There was no star to guide us into the “light.”

I stumbled forward in the darkness, seeking any pinprick of light.
Although on earth, my heart was initially breaking,
in heaven there was repeating of sounding joy!
For to us a child was given - a soul created in God’s likeness.

God always has good purposes and a plan, no matter what her DNA or limitations might be.

So our mandate - our calling - is to rejoice.
For every child is a gift to be treasured!
They're back!!!!

Here’s just a peek at my JOY in the journey of Special Needs:
The joy of learning - I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
The joy of acceptance in WHO we are, not WHAT we accomplish.
The joy of understanding God’s unconditional love.
The joy of constantly seeing through child-like wonder.
The joy of bubbly, hilarious, ridiculous, unfettered love and acceptance.
The joy of trusting God will journey with us - no matter what comes our way.
The joy of eternal perspective.
The joy of compassion.
The joy of understanding my own brokenness, and the amazing restoration Jesus is willing to do in our lives!
Though I wouldn’t have put it on my Christmas list or wished upon a star -  God knew exactly how much love and joy a child with “special needs” would bring into my life.

Our lives.
Joy to our World!

PRAY:  Dear Father in Heaven, thank you for the "joy" you so freely give us in this life! Thank you for giving us eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to embrace Your presence and Your gifts. You are JOY to our world.

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