I've been reading "Listen Love Repeat" by Karen Ehman, and it is a truly inspiring book. It makes you want to both open your heart to other people, and see the people who have opened their heart to you in a new light. I have such gratitude for those that have loved me when I was prickly rather than plush.
Karen doesn't give empty ideas of how to help others, instead she shares experiences of how she has reached out, and the difference it has made in the lives of others. She invests in them, making sure to remember those little things that will make each person feel special. She is known as "Mama Karen" to many of her kids' friends. Many who treat her home as their own.
I have my own special Mama. Mama Cyr. She is an amazing woman. She is so quiet, but so strong. Her life story is a true testament to living a Christ centered life. And the most amazing part of the story, to me anyways, is that she loved me before she even really knew me. I used to work at a local bar during the night, and with her at a grocery store during the day. I wasn't really living a Christ filled life. Kind of the opposite. And rather than judge me, or scold me, do you know what she did? She prayed for me.
She didn't even know me.
And over 10 years later, when I walked in to her church, do you know what she did? She welcomed me. She gave me a great big hug. And she continued to love me.
I don't know where I would be without her prayers. I certainly didn't have many people praying I would find Jesus at that particular time in my life. I didn't even know she was praying for me. Such a little thing that had such a huge impact.
A beautiful spirit who saw someone struggling to belong, to find who she truly was. Someone who knelt down to lift me up.
Who can you open your heart to today?
Heavenly Father, I thank you for all the blessings that you have given me. Even the ones that I don't know about. I thank you for the challenges that have brought me to today. I pray for all the people who are struggling right now. I pray your peace, wisdom and protection over them. I pray that they would feel your living arms envelop them. Lord, that you would put someone so directly in their path that they could not help but know that it is You, and that you love them. Right where they are. No matter what they have done. They are worthy of love. They are valuable. And I pray that you would give us a heart to see those hurting around us, and to help us to know what to do to ease the burden. In Your powerful name I pray. Amen.
Thursday, 15 June 2017
Thursday, 1 June 2017
I haven't been on here in awhile. Honestly, because I have been busy with life. We have been continuing our home renovation. After 11 years, you'd think we'd be done by now, but we're still slowly plugging away.
We made it to our local Homeschool Conference and took time to visit friends.
We have almost finished our school year. The kids have been working diligently on their school report's, and that is our last project until we get to yell "SUMMER BREAK!"
And I've been busy with all of the paperwork so that we can get our amazing little masterpiece help to be the best her she can possibly be. We have had highs and lows on this journey, and it has most definitely been an eye-opening experience.
The school that we are working with has been amazing with their support of helping us. They have confirmed that she is gifted, and they are helping us pursue more assessments to pinpoint exactly where she is at. We have an amazing team on our side, and I couldn't feel more blessed to have people that have walked this road before to guide us along.
Most of our family is on board with us and see that she is definitely "more" than an average kid, and agree that there really aren't any other kids around to compare her to.
Up until a few months ago, we really thought that she was just your normal, everyday kid who had an easier time with LA and math than most other kids. She talks a lot, but so do lots of other little girls. She was our baseline, our everyday and our "normal".
Her brother is quite different in personality, but since most people say that each of our kids is the opposite of your others, it made sense.
I am saying this because I know somewhere out there is another parent, frantically researching their child, wondering if their kid is "normal", or needs intervention. Who is second-guessing their every choice, unsure if they could have done something better, or if they should have said that different.
I want you to know that I understand having to fight for what you know is best for your child. I have experienced the quick judgements of doctors who want to run to medication without actually attempting to understand your unique situation. I know what it is like to look at your baby and know that maybe the doctors are experienced in their chosen field, but that you are the one and only expert on your specific child. And that you will fight for them.
I need to remind you that no matter what answers you get or don't get, or the acronym's they may use to describe your kid, that is not their definition. Those little letters don't change who they are. They don't have to dull their sparkle. They are simply a way for you to access the help to make them the best they can be.
I want to assure you that God gave this specific child to you. He will equip you with everything you need, and He will fill in the gaps that you can't. You just have to ask. He has a plan for this sweet little person that is beyond what you could ever imagine. And He holds you and your child in the palm of His hands at this very moment. And all He asks? That you come to him and lean on him.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for the beautiful gift of family. And I thank you for surrounding us with people that love us along the way. I lift up all of us who are struggling to do this parenting thing right. I pray that you would speak into our hearts today, that you would give us wisdom in our decisions and grace for both ourselves and our families. Help us to lean not on our own understanding, but to look to you for answers. We ask for patience as search for answers, and that we can learn to wait on your perfect timing. In your name I pray. Amen.