A Special Hope
Do you have a special little one in your life? So many do. You are not alone!
In 2008, while excitedly anticipating the birth of our second child, we discovered that her brain had abnormal development, and eventually she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Though her physical and cognitive limitations were many, and though I never would have chosen that path for my own motherhood journey, it was an unexpectedly beautiful path and my precious girl forever changed me. All the joy, sorrow, suffering, growth, giving, and receiving of unexpected simple gifts has revealed God's goodness in an incredible tangible way. I want to share here some of the tender ways God encouraged my soul and sustained me through parenting through developmental delays and medical fragility, some practical "mom tips" I picked up through trial and error, as well as some wisdom that others spoke into the heart of this imperfect mom along the way.
You Are Not Alone
I don't believe that carrying life’s burdens is like weightlifting in the gym - the old adage, "that which does not kill us makes us stronger." Haven't you seen people who have been trodden by difficulty, who are depleted, depressed, and knocked down? Strength doesn't grow out of suffering alone. We may have enough muscle to lift up our burdens and strap them to our backs for a while, but if we continue to carry them alone, eventually they will crush our souls. It is only when we lay the heavy burdens down at the feet of God that we can become truly strong.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30