Hope is her middle name.
Literally. You can see it tucked in there—snugged right in between her first and last name.
If you’re new to our family, then you might know that our youngest daughter suffered a massive stroke before she was born. And that our little darling has faced more than her share of challenges. The brain damage was so severe, we had to tube-feed her for the first three years of her life since she couldn’t swallow.
The medical staff told us that if she didn’t learn to swallow as a baby, she’d never be able to. I really didn’t want to believe it, but those voices are so strong…so very strong.
Her dad, on the other hand, refused to listen.
So every day for three years straight, he offered something small up to her lips. No matter that it hadn’t worked the day before, or the day before that, or the day before that. He didn’t mind. He just kept talking to her and trying, never losing hope.
Then one day, quite suddenly and unexpectedly, she swallowed. Just like that. Down the hatch.
Her dad smiled.
And I cried.
From that day on, she began making rapid progress.
Now she sits up in her wheelchair and eats everything by mouth and even feeds herself.
Funny how when we don’t see any progress in a person or a situation, we think nothing is happening and probably never will.
But stuff is going on that we can’t see. God is at work even when it’s not readily apparent.
And just when we’re losing all hope . . . there’s suddenly a swallow.
Infuse Hope into Your Child’s Heart
Have you ever been impatient with the process of watching your child achieve milestones or mature in some way? Do you ever feel that way about your own spiritual growth or your ability to learn something new?
Consider this: There’s no point in being impatient with apple blossoms. They will mature as they need to. Your child is no different. Love her by being patient and gentle—with yourself and your child.
Infuse hope into your child’s heart.
Keep trying and keep believing, reminding her—and you!—that you serve a God of patience, kindness, and hope who promises to complete the good work He has begun.
In His grace,
*The above is an excerpt from my life and can also be found in our NEW book, 100 Ways to Love Your Daughter (see below).
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