Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Finding an Oasis in the Desert

Let us not become weary in doing good, 
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest 
if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV

2014 was a very difficult year for us, and despite our hopes, 2015 has continued to be hard for us and so many we love. Because these circumstances have gone on for so long, I often feel like the Israelites must have when they wandered in the wilderness for forty years. A very wise friend has encouraged me time and time again with the words, "Do the next right thing." And I have tried, even when I felt like my prayers were bouncing off the ceiling, even when I wasn't sure where my next meal was coming from, even when I was terrified beyond the ability to act rationally about much of anything.

Fear and anxiety have been near-constant companions, but I followed the sage advice of my friend and kept trying to do the next right thing. It has finally paid off. In the past week, I have had a breakthrough. Every devotional I read, every Scripture verse I'm directed to, and most of the conversations I've had have had the same theme: Don't give up. Keep praying. Persevere in prayer.

What else am I to think but that victory is nearer than ever? I have given up too many times before on this special needs parenting journey. I have failed to pray through to the breakthrough, and I have probably delayed its coming.

Not this time. If you need me, I'll be the broken special needs mom praying with everything in me, doing the next right thing, believing for our every need to be met---medically, financially, spiritually, and anything else that comes our way. I'm not going to give up this time. I'm going to keep praying, keep doing the next right thing until I see the results.

Pray: Father, please help me to keep praying through until I see Your answers for my family. Please forgive me for the times I haven't persevered and have given up too soon. Thank You for giving me an oasis of Your Word in the desert this week. Help me to always do the next right thing. Amen.

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