Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Top Four Phrases I Stole from Jesus

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As a parent of a child with special needs, I have found that many times I can relate so clearly to many of the emotions that Jesus experienced as he walked the earth in the form of a man.  
The fear, the pain, the many things that you would never think GOD would experience; and yet, he did, so he CAN truly relate to us in many of our raw and brutal emotions.  
The following are my top four phrases which Christ himself uttered 2,000 years ago; long before I ever did.  And yet, it brings me so much comfort to know that "he gets it."

Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."  
Luke 23:34 NIV

Jesus said this while he was being persecuted, beaten and crucified...and I have had to think this and apply this to my heart many times when I've heard people make fun of others with disabilities, or express an attitude of loathing toward those with disabilities  I've had to remember it whenever people use the R-word, or when they say something about the various "options" one might have if they find out they are expecting a baby with special needs.  THEY DON'T KNOW...clearly...otherwise they wouldn't be continuing on as they are.  

If Jesus could plead for the forgiveness of those who were in hot pursuit of his execution, then surely I can ask for the forgiveness of those who do not know the value of people who live with disabilities.  

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"  
Matthew 27:46 NIV

Yes...I know others have told me that my "strength is inspiring," or my "faith is amazing," but I have sometimes felt that God has somehow turned his back on me, or left me alone when I've needed him.  But, while Jesus truly DID have to suffer through God's rejection (because Jesus carried the sin and filth of all humanity on him, God could not be "with him") I have never REALLY been alone.  

Just because God might seem silent at times, it doesn't mean he isn't there.  I need to keep the faith and wait for all his "behind the scenes" work to reveal itself in time.  

"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."  
Luke 22:42  NIV

Oh my...this is probably one of my favorite quotes from Jesus.  It speaks of his true humanity and the fact that what he did for us was a sacrifice in the literal sense.  He was scared.  He didn't want to do it.  If there was ANY other way for God to save the world...then, please, DO IT, God.

I've said this prayer a thousand times.  I've felt this in my heart so often that I named my OWN blog after it (My Cup Lifted).  I prayed this when we got our daughter's rare disease diagnosis, when she was diagnosed with cancer, when we learned that she would need surgery for her glaucoma, and to repair the hole in her heart.  "Father, take this from us!  I can't do this!!!!"

But, ultimately, we must walk in HIS will.  We must come face to face with the fact that HE is God and we are NOT.  Even God's very own son had to face sin, shame, and pain...and now we have victory through HIS victory.  

Not our will, but HIS.

"The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."  
Matthew 26:41  NIV

Especially with these past couple of weeks behind me; our daughter having started middle school this year, I can honestly say that my spirit is more willing than my flesh is capable of carrying out.  I WOULD do anything to help make life better for my daughter...but I CAN'T do everything.  I'm tired too.  After hours of e-mails and lots of tears from me, there are times when we just have to say, "I need a break!"  

How about those times we resolve to be better about reading scripture, or praying, or attending church?  But, oh, even though we want to in our hearts; it always seems that this or that comes up and snatches away the energy of our flesh.  

Jesus understands that struggle.  He was tired too.  He felt the limitations of being human or being covered in a dying flesh.  And there's something so very comforting about that.

So, there you have list of the top four quotes that I stole from Jesus as I carry out my life as a parent of a child with special needs.

What quotes would you add?

Pray:  Dear friend, my counselor, my advocate and redeemer...thank you for stepping down from Heaven to experience life as we do.  Where would I be without you?  I hate to even think it.  Help me to continue to find my strength in you.  Amen.


  1. Tammie I just loved this so much! Thank you for sharing these verses and how you apply them.

    1. Thank you so much, Beth!!! I appreciate the encouragement!

  2. Beautifully stated. I just wish more people outside of special needs parenting will read this. God bless.