Monday, January 5, 2015

High Functioning Faith: 52 Weeks of Encouragement

"Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."
Proverbs 19:21

It wasn't a path we would have chosen. We were excited, expecting parents, but we never expected this. I suppose our labor and delivery experience should have been a clear tip off of things to come, but neither my husband nor I were thinking that far down the road. All we could focus on was the little guy who seemed to be taking his dear sweet time making his grand appearance. We had waited, what seemed to be an eternity, for him to even be conceived. And God was faithful. GOD IS FAITHFUL. And the months leading up to his birth were filled with joy, hope, and plans. Lots and lots of plans. We would raise him in a godly home: Bible reading would commence from Day 1, songs of praise and worship would be sung despite the fact that only one of us was gifted with a beautiful voice. And prayers would be prayed each and every day about every aspect of his life we could possibly think of: his education, his career, his future wife and family, and, most importantly, his decision to follow Christ (we hoped). 

Proverbs 19: 21 says, "Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." In all our planning, we failed to factor in one very important detail: God's plan. We gave Him "lip service" and like many good Christian parents, we always attached the standard, "Thy will be done.", to the end of each and every prayer---right after handing God our blueprints and expectations. But GOD IS GRACIOUS and patiently waited for us to slowly figure out that, although His plans looked nothing like ours, they were, and still are, the best plans. 

In the spring of 2007, our son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (now referred to more often as Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD) and though, the path has not been easy, we believe that God has been with us every step of the way. Because, after all, He holds the map (Psalm 25:10), and the compass (Psalm 37:23), and the lamp (Psalm 119: 105)*. 

The next 52 weeks are meant to encourage those who may be on a similar path. I wish I could say that we've responded to every challenge in a godly, Christ like manner. The reality is we have not. These posts aren't meant to display our Christian super powers. Except for Christ dwelling within us, we have none. :-)

But it's my hope that by being transparent, some will be encouraged and see that despite our weaknesses, GOD IS STRONG and willing and able to help us through. 

Welcome aboard. 

*These are the verses I referenced above:

Psalm 25:10-"All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth. To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies."

Psalm 37:23-"The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way;.."

Psalm 119:105-"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."

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