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As far back as I can remember her hands were in a bowl of flour, mixing up another batch of biscuits. I used to think they were the best in the world, big and fluffy. If it wasn’t a bowl of flour, her hands were busy in loads of laundry, perpetual cleaning, frying up massive meals in an iron skillet to feed a family of six, or most importantly, about her Father’s business. I can hardly remember a time when she didn’t have her hands busy doing something. No matter how hard the years had become,
In a prison cell, he penned the words that lay highlighted in pink centuries later in the one thing I hold closest to my heart—my bible. Paul prayed for the saints that they would learn to sense what is vital and prize what is of real value.
Where is my focus Lord? Do I heal the brokenhearted the way you heal them? Do I feed the hungry the way you feed them? Do I forgive the way you forgive?
What is my perception of them? Do I see them through eyes of grace
It all started with a “not-so-tiny baby” introducing himself to the world at a hefty 10 pounds, 10 ounces. Born with autism, and other developmental delays, this family has witnessed the joys as well as disappointments that such a diagnosis can bring. I can almost take you through a panoramic view of years that began from age one through the twelfth year we celebrate now. Each year of birthday parties and Christmas gifts taking on a different form— a different miracle.
At its breezy and somewhat dreary entrance this year, my mind goes back to the arrival of winter last year, right on time, just as usual, but with a bitter cold wind that blew all through my heart and seemed as if it had tentacles that could reach every crevice of my mind and spirit.
Disappointing tragedies in life have a way of making the atmosphere cold, where it can only be warmed by the love of family and the closest of friends along with a fire ignited in our spirits by a sovereign
You planned for me.
You saw me sick so you planned for my healing.
You saw me weak so you planned for my strength.
You saw me bound so you planned for my freedom.
You saw me mess up so you planned for my restoration.
Seated at the right hand of the Father, you have everything you need, you are forever young, you are completely whole, you are strong, the enemy has no claim or hold on you, you are free……You said,