Monday, February 15, 2016

You were Made in Love and Made For Love - God

And to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:19

What do you think the most important "thing" is needed - for children with intellectual disability?

I think their greatest need (and ours) is to be introduced to - and grow in the experience of being filled with the fullness of God's love.  

People with intellectual disabilities have historically been underestimated, under-educated, and under-utilized in their talents and giftings.  And I'm afraid their aptitude for understanding spiritual things have been sold short, too!  

I love how this verse says that knowing the love of God is based on Him filling our spirit.  His love SURPASSES all knowledge.  God's love can't be earned, figured out in our limited understanding, dissected and explained, but God's love can fill our lives with truth, light, freedom, and purpose!

"So what" if our kiddos can't do Algebra or diagram sentences or get a 33 on their ACT test?  The most important thing we could ever "get" out of this life is not a degree or a title!

THE most important thing we can ever "get" out of life is to experience God's love -- in our identity, our purposes, and our spirit!

 First Corinthians 13 tells us, if we don't have God's love, we have nothing.

Experiencing, accepting, and living in God's Love is God's highest purpose for our life.

Oh, but this has been difficult for me to fully understand and embrace. When Bethany was born, we didn't know what she would be able to learn. I grieved thinking about all the things she wouldn't learn, the books she wouldn't read, the things she wouldn't get to understand or debate.

God started teaching me early on that I was going to have to re-evaluate what I thought was "important" in life.  As I did, I realized the most important thing for me to make sure Bethany understood were these:

1) She had a Heavenly Father who loved her absolutely and had purposes for her life.

2) She had a Savior who saved her from sin and death, and He wants her to live with Him forever.

3) God sends a Helper who will never leave her and guide her into God's truth.

Can our children love God?   Yes - because God has given us a spirit to know Him.

Can our ID children love people?  Yes - because love is not dependent on IQ or knowledge.

Can our ID children grow in the knowledge of God?  Yes - Because the Word of God says He makes wise the "simple."

Can our ID child be a spiritual leader?  Yes - Because the Word says - A little child shall lead them.

Can our ID child be great in God's kingdom?  Yes! Yes! And again, Yes!

 Matthew 18:25  The Message

For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.

Now that's a ranking system I like!  Be encouraged dear parents - We are blessed beyond words!

Maybe I should get a bumper sticker made that says:

"I'm the Proud Parent of a Child Who Ranks High in Heaven's Eyes!"

Our Prayer:  Father God, thank You for simplifying our life with an insight into Your value system. Anchor our children in Your love and let Your love flow out of them to others. Thank You that Your love knows no limits, and You delight in using all of Your children, no matter what our limitations are.  You overcome them with Your love and wisdom! In Jesus Name. Amen.

Basking in His love- Cindy Barclay


  1. Powerful message! Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement, Cindy.

  2. Thank you Rita! If we could all just "soak" in that truth- just think what that would do for you.