Children Need Chores

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“Does your child pick up her toys when asked?” I waited.

The young mom looked bewildered as she pondered her answer. Continue reading “Children Need Chores”

Face the Fear

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In his first inaugural address to the nation in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

About all any of us recall of his speech was the infamous quote, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” But, it is so easy to fear the fear. There’s even a medical term for it–phobophobia. This is the fear of the internal sensations associated with fear, the tingliness, the panic, the floaty and out-of-body sensations which are so unpleasant.

I’ve experienced fear of the fear and can tell you without reservation, it is real. However, I can also testify to you the power of facing the fear and using God’s words to defeat it.

We are told in the Ephesians 6:17:

“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

The word of God, the Scriptures, are the weapon to use against fear. Say to the spirit of fear, the devil, “You are a liar! I have nothing to fear for God is stronger than you.”

You will have to say it over and over and over. The devil is a persistent enemy and must be faced with confidence each and every time.

Whatever you are fearing, even if it is fear itself, choose to believe God is stronger and use His words to combat and overcome the lying words of the devil, those words he whispers to you, such as “You’re not good enough.”

My prayer for you this week is you begin the process of following God’s ways when it comes to doing battle with fear.

Here’s a wonderful song you may not have heard.

Remember words have extreme power–both nice ones and hurtful ones. The devil, yes he is real, only tells you the hurtful ones. Decide today and tomorrow, to only listen and believe the ones God tells you: you are beautiful, you are loved, you are forgiven, you need me.

Love y’all and know God’s ways are best, today and always!

Ginny

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Are Some People Useless?

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As we celebrate National Down Syndrome Day, it got me to thinking about usefulness.

Face it, there are many who view some children/adults with special needs like Down Syndrome as useless.

Humans tend to look at things in a transactional way. What is the value? What is the net worth? How much is this going to cost? How much work will this require? Will I have to sacrifice my comfort?

Thankfully, God doesn’t view my worth in a transactional way. But, what if He did?

Would I measure up? How long has it taken for me to pay my way? How long has it taken me to find the path God wanted for me all along? What if He had decided I wasn’t worth the effort? What if He had said, “if you’re stupid enough to do that, you’re not worth my life?”

As Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, “God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong” (1 Cor. 1:27).

“The mystery of people with disabilities is that they long for authentic and loving relationships more than for power,” writes Vanier in Living Gently in a Violent World. “They are not obsessed with being well-situated in a group that offers acclaim and promotion. They are crying out for what matters most: love. And God hears their cry because in some way they respond to the cry of God, which is to give love.” from “Why We Need ‘Useless People’ by Amy Julia Becker. Christianity Today, 3/21/2017

Read these sentences again. “The mystery of people with disabilities is that they long for authentic and loving relationships more than for power.They are not obsessed with being well-situated in a group that offers acclaim and promotion. They are crying out for what matters most: love.”

And that is the mystery we want solved.  The why we want answered.

God creates each of us for a specific reason. Regardless of our utility or usefulness in our transactional society, each life has value to God.

God sees value in me. He wants me to help him with his work and that is how he measures my usefulness. How much love have I spread? Do I love those who are unlovely? Do I love those who don’t love me?

God transacts business using the currency of love. And when I look through God’s eyes, I see the value of handicapped/special needs children. They’re here to teach me about unconditional love. The same type of love He has given me.

Love y’all,

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