Sunday, February 19, 2012
I grew up in the church. Both my grandfather's and my dad were pastor's. I've always been told that the Bible is God's word and the ultimate "how-to" guide for life. I remember listening to all the stories in Sunday school about Jonah and the Wale and Daniel and the Lions Den. All were fascinating stories to a kid who's imagination ran wild. But as I got older, the bible became more of a "rules" book and harder to understand. Sure, I could quote bible verses and knew the basics but I didn't really study it or apply it to my daily life the way God intended us to do. In fact, there were several years that I was struggling with what I believed. Was it what I was taught or did I believe something completely different? After years of trying to live by my own guide (not successful mind you), I realized that I needed to turn back to the Lord and His word. He clearly states in Luke 11:9 "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Since having two special needs children, I've tested this and He has been faithful to reveal Himself in a real way to me. Now when I read the Bible, it's that exciting feeling I once got as a child, sitting in Sunday school listening to all the wonderful stories. I learn something new and God speaks to me in some amazing ways each time I open His word.
With my job I get the amazing opportunity to hear how God is working in ever day peoples' lives. I hear about miraculous healing's, salvation and deliverance, marriage restorations, miraculous survivals, and financial restorations. I hear how God heals and restores people that aren't even living for Him or know Him. He grabs their attention in such an extraordinary way that they have no choice but to acknowledge Him and give Him glory.
This has led me recently to wonder if maybe just maybe God could heal Grace...to give her back the area of her brain that was damaged by the stroke? To allow her right hand and leg to be as normal as her left hand and leg? Is it possible? I think anything is possible with God. Is it His will? I don't know and I'm okay either way. I have been praying and seeking the Lord about this exact subject of healing for a few weeks now. Tonight I picked up my bible and read Matthew 12:13 "Then Jesus said to the man with the crippled hand, 'Hold out your hand.' The man held out his hand, and it became well again, like the other hand." This not only excites me to see that God healed this man (whom we don't know what caused him to be crippled but it sounds like a hemi-CP to me) but that He is acknowledging my prayer and letting me know that He hears me. He is the same God yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He still performs miracles today! Do you need a miracle? Do you need something in your life that needs the healing touch of Jesus? All you have to do is ask, believe and you shall receive. Whether it's medical, emotional, spiritual healing...God hears you!!
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Isn't it funny how today we can find answers to anything with just a few few clicks of a mouse? I remember spending hours in the library searching resources for research papers in high school and even college. We really had to work hard at searching, reading, paraphrasing and referencing all our work. Wish we had been as technologically advanced as we are today. I might have had more time to sleep!
Today, we just jump on the computer and "google" it. But how many times have you "googled it" and wished you hadn't? We have to be careful what we believe on the Internet. ANYONE today can post ANYTHING they want on the Internet. Just because it's easily accessible doesn't mean it's creditable. So I challenge you; don't believe everything you read. If you truly want to research a topic then go old school or make sure you are reading enough to wean out the crap and process the facts.
Unfortunately, I am human and have given in to the "google" epidemic myself when trying to learn about more about Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. I too have been influenced by what people believe their level of development or quality of life will be like. However, as they grow and develop I am realizing that they don't typically fit all the stereotypes and definitions that I've read about. That is part of why I'm writing this blog. It's just our opinion and our journey. It may not look anything like yours but I hope that it will be encouraging and real. Each individual has their own story, their own journey, their own obstacles, and their own triumphs. Don't let society and "google" distract you from what's important....from what is right before you.
Whether your child is autistic, has CP, Down Syndrome, is Deaf, is blind, or is typical; just love them and stay away from non-credible sites you may come across on the Internet! Read stories about real life people and how they deal with the day in and day out. Get involved in a support group or organization that helps educate people on the facts. Some of these are online and you can and will receive support. Attend play groups that involve kids of all abilities, ethnicity, and ages. This will allow us to raise a generation that doesn't look at people and judge on the exterior but shows them how to love people for what is on the interior! Can you imagine that type of world? It's possible and it all starts with us! :)
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Before I had a child with Down Syndrome I sadly admit I didn't know much about Trisomy 21. I didn't even know that was the medical term used for Down Syndrome. I was very blessed to find our local Down Syndrome Association. We attended our first meeting when Reese was only 6 weeks old. I had no idea what to expect or what the children would be like. I wasn't educated nor did I realize there were myth's about individuals with Down Syndrome.
Many of you might be sitting there not aware of them either. Unless you are educated then how would you know? So as an advocate I would not be doing my job if I didn't pass along some simple, yet important facts and truth's about Down Syndrome. I have learned a lot, being a part of our association. The best part, I must admit, is interacting with some of the cutest kids on the planet. If you don't know an individual with Down Syndrome, I challenge you to get to know one. They will change the way you think and infect you with a love and joy you will wish you had more of.
The following information comes from The National Down Syndrome Society. Take a few minutes and help debunk the myths and learn the truth!!