God looks past our natural circumstances!

I am on a mission again today to remind myself of how God views me. I pulled out Connie Witter’s devotional, Because of Jesus, for some inspiration. In week 1, day 4, she writes:

“Throughout the Bible, God looked past the natural circumstances of a person’s life and saw something supernatural in them…

Gideon (Judges 6-7): Even though Gideon’s clan was the weakest in Manasseh and he was the least in his father’s house, when God looked at Gideon, He saw a mighty man of valor who would save the Israelites from the hand of Midian.

Saul (Acts 9): Saul was a persecutor of Christians and he had killed many of them. However, when God looked at Saul, He saw the great Apostle Paul who would share the good news about Jesus to the Gentiles and write a large portion of the New Testament.

…Moses (Exodus (3-4): In the natural, Moses stuttered and was not a good speaker; but when God looked at Moses, He saw a great leader who would deliver His people from Egypt.

None of these men had the natural ability to accomplish what God had declared about them. yet, as each one put his trust in God and believed what God said about him, God did a powerful work in his life and brought His plan to pass.”

Not only do I see, from these examples, that God can use me, a broken woman with no natural abilities, but God can and will use my child with special needs to bring His plan to pass.

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I’ve had one o…

I’ve had one of those mornings where I realize that I better stop trying to be a power mom, get in the Word and look at what the Bible has to say about how much God loves me before things get depressing.  My husband and I have had a hard couple of weeks…coping with the challenges our sweet child deals with.  It became really obvious to me this morning that I was not remembering what God thinks of me, that I am special too. 

 

When I am feeling down about Tori’s situation I pray these scriptures over her:

 

Victoria is fearfully and wonderfully created by God.  She is His masterpiece.  Psalm 139:12-14

God watched as Victoria was being formed in my womb.  He wrote down in His book His special plan for Victoria.  Psalm 139:15-16

God is Victoria’s Heavenly father and she is His precious child.  2 Corinthians6:18

 

But I think us moms (and dads) should remember to put our name in that space instead of our child’s every once in a while.  I get so consumed with Tori’s care and the future that I forget to remember this…God is not just in control of our children’s needs but He loves and cherishes us parents as well and has special plans for us.  God loves us!  

God thinks Stephanie is is beautiful.  He sees no flaw in Stephanie.  Song of Songs 4:7

Nothing in all creation can separate Stephanie from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus Stephanie’s Lord.  Romans 8:38-39

Stephanie is blessed by God and He surrounds Stephanie with favor as a shield.  Psalm 5:12

God’s plan is to prosper Stephanie and not to harm Stephanie.  He gives Stephanie hope for Stephanie’s future.  Jeremiah 29:11

 

Try it, I promise you will feel better!

Feeling guilty?

At times I feel guilty, that I have not done enough to help my daughter. It floods over me so fast, when I hear a statistic about the time line that the brain stops soaking in the most information, that I feel like I will drown. Oh and then there is the instant chest pain. I start questioning…between the ages of one and three did I let her watch too much TV because I could not cope with life? Did I read to her enough when I was trying to work from home and get her to doctors and therapy sessions? Was I patient enough with her when life was hectic? I know that I must use these questions to evaluate what I am doing now as a mom and learn important lessons of life but I also know that with God there is no guilt…let us always remember to pray against the guilt and pray that God will change our hearts and lead us to be the best parents we can be, the parents he wants us to be!

Then I let it all out; I said, “I’ll make a clean breast of my failures to God.” Suddenly the pressure was gone-my guilt dissolved, my sin disappeared. (Psalm 32:5 MSG)

Guilt is banished through love and truth; Fear-of-God deflects evil. (Proverbs 16:6 MSG)

It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three-sin, guilt, death-are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God! (1 Corinthians 15:56, 57 MSG)

You lifted the cloud of guilt from your people, you put their sins far out of sight. (Psalm 85:2 MSG)

Miracles taking place

Yesterday, at church, our pastor spoke about how we should be in continual prayer, beg (ask over and over and over) and continue to bang on the gates of Heaven for an answer to our prayers. I decided to pray more continually for Tori yesterday and continued today to pray for healing, specifically that she would walk…she has been taking more independent steps today! She had been at about the same 6 steps at a time pace but I saw drastic improvement today, thank you Jesus. She may have had to work hard at it but she did it, once twenty steps a time, I cried…I know God heard the begging from my hurting heart. I know that God is continually working miracles but I have witnessed the power of continual prayer…begging and bringing my requests before God. He showed me in one day that He is listening and working on my behalf.

Tonight I will be praying for all of the kids with special needs and their parents in this world. That their faith will be strengthened and that they will continue see miracles everyday and see that God loves them and wants to do them good and not harm.

Now that we know what we have-Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God-let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all-all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. (Hebrews 4:14-16 MSG)

Connect!

Yesterday I had lunch with the mom of one of Tori’s classmates after we dropped the girls off at school. It was the first time we had any one-on-one time together and I found out that she is a believer as well! We enjoyed sharing and asking each other how we deal with specific situations. I feel like God has blessed me with a special friend, we had a real connection, thank you Jesus! I know it is hard to open yourself up to others when you are feeling pain or sadness but I encourage you to connect with other parents of special needs kiddos, you never know, you might find a really kindred spirit, someone you can have a deep connection with, who you can share your trials and triumphs with!

I’m not in bondage!

It is amazing that all it takes for me to have the Holy Spirit leading my life and my heart changing to be more like Jesus’ comes solely from believing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and not by being in bondage to the Law…trying to reach perfection on my own, with my own strength. I pray that I do not get so caught up in my “sufferings” and living by my “flesh” that I forget my Faith means God is leading me, strengthening me and changing me into exactly what He wants me to be!

Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the [Holy] Spirit as the result of obeying the Law and doing its works, or was it by hearing [the message of the Gospel] and believing [it]? [Was it from observing a law of rituals or from a message of faith?] Are you so foolish and so senseless and so silly? Having begun [your new life spiritually] with the [Holy] Spirit, are you now reaching perfection [by dependence] on the flesh? Have you suffered so many things and experienced so much all for nothing (to no purpose)–if it really is to no purpose and in vain? Then does He Who supplies you with His marvelous [Holy] Spirit and works powerfully and miraculously among you do so on [the grounds of your doing] what the Law demands, or because of your believing in and adhering to and trusting in and relying on the message that you heard? (Galatians 3:2-5 AMP)

Trust

I have to think that if God gave me all the answers to “Why God?” I may not believe I need Him as much as I do or have to put so much trust in Him. I was watching Joyce Meyer on TV one day and she said “trust requires having unanswered questions in our lives.” I’m trying not to ask so many why questions and remind myself that God’s plan is way more complex than I can fathom. Trust in God is the only way to find peace in this life on earth!

For in Him does our heart rejoice, because we have trusted (relied on and been confident) in His holy name. (Psalm 33:21 AMP)

Blessed are those who do not see but believe. John 20:29

And all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing. And He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay His hand or say to Him, What are You doing? (Daniel 4:35 AMP)

Love drives out fear

“When you begin to fix your thoughts on how much Jesus loves you, fear will have no place in your life. God’s love for you is revealed in the promises He has given you through Jesus.”
Connie Witter from Because of Jesus.

Wow! I’m so thankful that God led me to this study, I really needed the reminder that God loves Victoria and wants His best for her. Thank you Jesus for continued encouragement and reminding me that I have nothing to fear because you are in control!

In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins. (1 John 4:10 AMP)

…for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] (Hebrews 13:5 AMP)

… for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (1 Peter 5:7 AMP)

Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean and in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my inner self to You. (Psalm 143:8 AMP)

Accordingly God also, in His desire to show more convincingly and beyond doubt to those who were to inherit the promise, the unchangeableness of His purpose and plan, intervened (mediated) with an oath. This was so that, by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us]. [Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it–a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil, Where Jesus has entered in for us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:17-20 AMP)

MINISTRY MOMENTS

Now that we’ve had a chance to briefly pull apart each of these questions on video, here we have the main points summarized for you in one spot.  Hopefully, this will become a resource you refer back to again and again.  You can be sure that this is a solid entry point for parents, in that you will explore verses from 18 out of the 66 books of the Bible (27%) in just these 10 questions alone.  We appreciate any feedback from you, so that we can make this the best tool possible for parents of children with special needs.

1. WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVE THIS?

• BIBLICAL REFERENCE POINTS: John 9:1-3, Romans 3:23

• You may not have done anything to “deserve” having a child with special needs. In fact, this may be a hidden blessing that has not yet become apparent to you. We all sin…

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