My heart has been burdened for our son Jeffrey. He recently turned 30 years-old and has quadriplegic cerebral palsy. He’s been confined to a wheelchair from when he was just a small boy. Yet from ages 10 to 20, he was a go-getter. He refused to let his disability define him. He worked hard at … More Falling Down Through The Cracks
OUCH, Lord, You’re hurting me! I’m supposed to be learning how to heal, not learning to suffer more. Have you been there? Have you been to the point where you’re so angry at God that you don’t even want to have anything to do with Him? A few years back, my heart was really hurting. … More Why Does Healing Have to Hurt?
I don’t like the season of winter. It gets dark around 5:00 pm. I feel like it’s time to go to bed. And it’s not just because I’m getting older! As far back as I can remember I’ve always disliked it. I need light – light makes me feel so much more alive. It gives … More Is It Berry Pickin’ Time Yet?
How would you react if you asked for prayer about a major issue, knew hundreds of people were praying, and then nothing happened? Well, here’s a couple thoughts: Get mad at God – after all, He let a lot of faithful prayer warriors down; Start beating yourself up – maybe God didn’t answer correctly because … More Hanging Onto Peace When You Hurt
Heartbreak – it happens to all of us. Clint Eastwood did a movie about it (Heartbreak Ridge), and Elvis Presley sang a song about it (Heartbreak Hotel). I’m sure you have your own stories. As do we. In my last post And, We’re Off, I mentioned how blessed we were when a wonderful Christian couple took … More Heartbreak Comes
I’ve only been to a racetrack once in my whole life, and it was many, many years ago. But the starting line of, “And, they’re off,” has always stuck with me. Funny how things like that happen, huh? We were feeling like we were off to start a race as we finally got everything loaded … More And, We’re Off!
It’s really hard trusting when there’s so many blind spots, right? That’s how we felt as we continued our quest to get our special needs son Jeffrey ready to possibly move out of state to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Arizona (The “Impossible” Becomes “Wow”). But God knew all, and came through in amazing … More Is It Really Going To Happen?
So many parents with special needs kids never get to the point where they dare dream their child will ever be able to leave home – without Divine Intervention, of course. There are just too many “what ifs” that you have to deal with. Gary and I were leaning towards that acceptance phase with Jeffrey … More The “Impossible” Becomes “Wow!”
When you have a loved one in a wheelchair, you find yourself always scanning restaurants, stores and other buildings for “best routes.” Even though our son moved out of our home about 8 years ago, still I find myself checking things out sometimes. It’s just a habit. And, relating to the above, I’m very thankful … More Armed For Battle
Aargh! You just want to plug your ears sometimes. Either that, or punch someone in the face (which is not a good thought especially as a Christ follower). When you have a child with special needs of any kind (Not Quite What We Thought), doctor visits become the norm. Along with that, typically you visit … More Stop With The Negative!