“Believe in yourself and all that you are in God.
Know that God, who lives inside of you, is greater than any obstacle you face!” (Emphasis Mine)
Our children know many of the poor decisions we have made when we were younger. They know of our marriage testimony and the great obstacles we have overcome. Some might not agree with our openness, but neither one of us wanted them to go through life as we did – learning from our friends, the media, and society as a whole. My husband and I felt that the most influential way the Pops would learn was by sharing our real life lessons, as hard and as rebellious as many of them were, and turn them into teaching opportunities. It was in these opportunities that God would show us His faithfulness and the disparity in life with and without God.
Here are some lessons we learned in a life with God,
We learned to not let others stand in our way no matter how tough the opposition was – we would persevere in Him.
We learned that being determined in life can make a significant difference in how you view life.
We learned that life’s victories begin with first loving yourself enough to receive the love of God so that you can in turn love others and life.
We learned that there are many who live and enjoy life. We have accepted and believed that we have an equal right to living and enjoying life too.
We learned that facing our fears brings us closer to God and strengthens our faith in Him.
We learned that our confidence doesn’t come from who we are or else we would be in T-rouble. Our confidence comes from Whose we are.
We share what we learned all the while pointing their tender hearts back to Him.
“We will fail you, but He won’t ever fail you,” we say.
“We may not love you perfectly, but He does and will,” we say.
“We don’t know all the answers nor do we know the best plans for your life, but He does and will constantly grow you to be better than what you ever hoped for in life,” we say.
So countless times in our parenting journey we would cry out to God,
“Show Yourself faithful to them. Let them know you love them with an unfailing love. Let them look to You as their source of strength, hope, and life that they may always overcome in the storms of life.”
We have sat countless times in our living room, over a meal at our dining room table, and in our Pop Sub driving to and from places as we shared raw and real stories of His faithfulness, love, and godly discipline in our lives. And, yes, I am sure there were multiple eye rolls from time to time with a slow murmuring of “Here they go a-gain.”
But, this time I look on at our oldest and youngest, and ponder the same words with different meaning and great hope in my eyes,
Here. THEY. Go. Again.
AJ and Tal have basked in God’s faithfulness and unfailing love for them in the past week. Tal, our youngest and 5 year old brain tumor survivor, was completely weaned off of his daily seizure medication last week as doctors felt that the cause of the seizures had now been removed with the brain surgery. Tal rejoiced for days, sharing the news of what God had done.
Earlier this week, Tal reveled in the important job of wheel chair pusher as we set out to multiple doctor’s appointments for AJ. Our first stop was AJ’s neuro-spine doctor to discuss her healing and progress of her L2 fracture in her spine. This doctor is in the same building as Tal’s neurosurgeon and Tal is always so excited to go to his doctor’s visits because he loves to share what God has done and how he is getting stronger. Honestly, one can’t be in Tal’s presence and not feel his passion for all things life. His positive mindset has kept AJ filled with hope and believing God for great things many times in her trial.
All three of us sat there intently listening to the doctor explain the x-rays of her spine and her fracture. Tal seized the opportunity to share with the doctor that she was going to be just fine because God had saved him and he unabashedly turned around to share of God’s faithfulness and works through his scar on the back of his head. His enthusiasm filled the room and each of us. The doctor continued happily sharing that AJ will no longer need to wear the turtle shell. God is faithful to heal and strengthen.
Next, we went to her pelvic doctor in which she received even greater news. She would be allowed to progress from a wheel chair to a walker. The doctors further stated that she would be in the custom walker for 6 weeks at which time they believe she will have all weight bearing restrictions lifted for both of her legs. The initial diagnosis was that she would be in a wheel chair for 3-4 months, followed by a walker for several months, and not walking on her own, full weight-bearing, until about 9–12 months.
Her accident was 7 weeks ago! God once again reveals who their source of strength, hope, and life is for them.
I was blessed to be sitting on the sidelines of two incredible lives who believe in an awesome, miracle-working God with their whole heart. Lex and I have shared our trials and as a family we encourage one another in personal trials. We are constantly reminded that God in us is stronger than any obstacle we face physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It is a reminder that will never grow tired for any of us.
“The body achieves what the mind believes.”
One of AJ’s favorite verses that rings true for all believers if we would just choose to believe as AJ and Tal do,
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13
If we dare to believe more then, we would enjoy life more. To not believe more is to put God and yourself in a box. The only limits we have in choosing to live a blessed life are the ones we choose to believe about ourselves and God. Therefore, stop wishing and start believing and living more!
Because of Him,
Laurie for the PopTribe