Wednesday, August 17, 2016

You are a gift!


Therefore encourage one another just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thess. 5:11

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds 
Hebrews 10:9 

Two are better than one...
    
... if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

Ecc. 4:9,11
(NIV)

You are a gift.  A gift that keeps on giving.

Your son ran screaming up the main aisle in church and you calmly went after him. And I didn't feel so alone. There were cracks in the darkness.

It was you that day, I remember it clearly... It was very dark, my eyes were grainy with sleep deprivation. I read a note you posted online. You hadn't slept that night either.  I stopped, and prayed for you and it became a little lighter.

You. I remember the moment so well.  I texted you all the things that had gone wrong that day, and you listened and told me about the chaos in your home, your naked child, your laundry not done. And the day got a little brighter.

There was that day you called me for advice about the new OCD, destructive behavior, and we had just gone through that, and I could share it with you. You were so grateful for the tips we discussed. And we prayed.  It had been such a dark time, and yet, telling you made it .. better. Knowing my struggle helped you, helped me.

Remember that day when we met for a coffee and pretended we didn't have children for a few hours? Except we didn't pretend very well. Because we talked about then all the time. And laughed. And cried. And laughed again. And it got a little brighter.

I got to share a little about my parenting journey at church and you were there. And we talked afterward, you telling me about your child's new diagnosis and how confused you felt. And I knew. I understood that confusion. And we talked, and prayed, and felt the presence of the Holy God with us as we connected, filling us with His light.

Your 'typical' kids posted that video on YouTube about having a sibling with special needs. I was so moved. And I could see that they were quirky and interesting and full of compassion. And I was encouraged

Remember that night you texted that you were in the hospital and asked for prayer? I felt maybe a tiny fraction of what you were feeling, and I prayed. What if that was my son?  You didn't know, but those doctors got some prayer that night!  And it got a little brighter.

You posted an encouraging note on Facebook one day, and I was too shy to tell you... it helped.

You came to my home, and didn't even blink when my significantly underclothes son ran down the stairs. Could have been yours, you said. We just went upstairs and talked and worked.  Later, you were downstairs and I heard you telling him about your son, your family. My heart got full very quickly, as I felt the Light enlarging my heart with His Word, lived out by you.

Sharing with you and allowing you to share with me has added meaning to my journey. God was able to talk to me through you and He helped my story have more meaning by having me share it with you. Thank you. Words can't describe my gratitude. And I want you to know that I will pray for you, that He will fill your heart with peace for the journey today, as you put one foot in front of the other, adding meaning to lives as you go.

God, you give such good gifts.  Community is a very good gift. Thank you that you have helped us meet so many amazing warrior mommies and daddies who courageously live and love every day. Today I ask you for energy and strength for them, for all that will come their way.  Lord, I ask for your peace as they engage the opportunities and obstacles in their path, knowing you have already gone ahead of them and made the way clear. Help our bonds to become even stronger, our prayer for each other more fervent, our service to become even more passionate, so that You will be honored, and that people will recognize us by Your love, in action.

This is a tribute to the countless other warrior parents who, just by living their lives, have given me the courage to live mine.  THANK YOU! Inspired by Jack's Dad and his beautiful vlog. If you haven't already, check it out!



Enter today's drawing as we continue to celebrate Special Needs Parents Appreciation MonthToday's prize is a the book GET YOUR JOY BACK byLaurie Wallin.  The book has a retail value of $12.  Simply leave a comment below and also "Like" our Facebook page


16 comments:

  1. This is so good, Faith! I am so thankful for your friendship and faithful listening ear that encourage and sustain me on my journey as well.

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    1. words can't express how important it has been for me to have people who understand. Thanks for being one of those people.

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    2. You're a winner, Michele! I'll be sending your book soon.

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  2. I so need to learn how to get my joy back!!! I've lost it along the way.......��

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    1. Hi Lisa, Joy hasn't been a steady state for me either. Some days it's hard to reconcile all that's happening. It's been good for me to remember that God holds me, even when I don't feel it. Eveners now and then, someone will say that they are praying for me, and I remember that God has others supporting me in ways that I don't even realize. I'll pray for your joy and for a strong sense of His presence.

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    2. Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! You won a copy of the book too, Lisa!

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    3. I hope you enjoy and find encouragement in the book, Lisa. You're so right, it's hard to reconcile all that happens some (most!) days. It's those days that we keep each other warm.

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  3. This is great! We just moved, I'm praying I meet a good friend soon, for they surely make life brighter, don't they? Thanks for all the giveaways!

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    1. Jenn, CONGRATULATIONS! You also won a copy of the book! Be sure to e-mail your address to barb@snappin.org, so we can send it along.

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  4. Would really enjoy this book I think!

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    1. Tammy, we think you would really enjoy it too! That's why you are also a winner! E-mail your street address to barb@snappin.org, so we can send it along.

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  5. Often times I feel so alone as I try to make sense of my daughters specials needs. We try to determine what is actually specific to her and what is caused simply from being in an orphanage for nearly 2 years. It gets overwhelming and the joy is hard to find some days. Thank you for your ministry and what it means to families like ours.

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    1. Brandi, it is an honor to let you know you are not alone. We love being here for you. And BTW, you have ALSO won a copy of the book! Be sure to e-mail your address to barb@snappin.org so we can send it along.

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  6. This looks like a book that hubby and I need to read together.

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    1. Hey, sassafras! We're sending the book out to you and your hubby! Hope your boy is recovering well.

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  7. Thanks so much! Rigg is tolerating his casts....the hardest part is making sure they stay dry because he's a spitteršŸ˜œ

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