Living on encouragement

February 14th, 2010

~God doesn’t give children with special needs to strong people; He gives children with special needs to ordinary, weak people and then gives them strength. Raising a child with special needs doesn’t TAKE a special family, it MAKES a special family.~

When I read this quote in the note a friend wrote to me in response to the news about Verity, it immediately rang true.  Just that morning II Corinthians 2:14 to the end of chapter 4 was jumping up at me as if I had never seen it before.  Here is part of my answer:

“We are watching Him work out His will, little step by little step, with our small, incapable hands in His big ones. We are beginning to get little glimpses of how He has prepared us for this time.

“You know, I have prayed so often for things that only God in His grace can work in a human heart. I’ve prayed that He would humble me, no matter what it takes, and that He would manifest Himself, His glory, through me and through our family. I’ve prayed to want what He wants instead of my own agenda. I’ve prayed that God would not give us any success that we would take the credit for. I’ve prayed these things in (reckless!) faith, knowing that they are the will of God for His people and that the tool He usually uses is pain. Now I am praying that the little seed in the ground (my SELF) would die and that He would bring forth much fruit.”

Someday soon I am determined to collect all the wisdom others have spoken to me during this time.  I also want to print out and save all the encouraging words that have been poured into me over this past week.  “I just want you to know, it will not be all pain.” To me, right then, a valuable jewel.  This one week has yielded a treasure-box full of them.

“We have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”

God is such a tender Father.  He is strong and He is tender.  I am glad He made me His child.  He knows what I need.  This week He sent me encouragement in huge doses, from His Word and from many others.

Thank You, Father.

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6 Responses to “Living on encouragement”

  1. Maybe you’ll finally know what the rest of us already have the pleasure to know, you are special and strong and inspiring to the rest of us. I say that because I saw Christ in you already, shining forth from your life. This is a hard thing, and yes His power is made perfect in weakness.

    Love and prayers,

  2. Tami Swaim says:

    I have to request the permission of yet another great quote, your opening one of this post. At a different missionary conference than the first one I requested using a quote for (from your first post), they want me to focus on raising special needs children on the mission field. I would love to use this quote your friend shared with you. Does she have an original source for that?

  3. Susanna says:

    Tami, of course you may use it! (The friend who gave it to me said she didn’t know the source.)

  4. Susanna, I’m so thankful that you posted about the change in Samaritan Ministries. One of the specific needs that Brandon and I have been praying for, was for your financial needs for Verity’s healthcare. Praise God. I have my typical goosebumps from a story of provision. (((HUGS)))

  5. Jenileigh says:

    I have just found your blog via Lynn Joshua. I just wanted you to know how much your family’s story had touched me. Your faith in God and the way you are able to handle lifes trials and struggles. Just the way you look at them is inspiring. I have been struggling so hard with so many things this year and you have set such a great example for me to follow. I’m so thankful to have found you and your blog. May God continue to bless you all. Hugs Jen

  6. ashleypmo says:

    Susanna, I am sitting here in tears. The words above that your friend sent to you are very special to me! You see, six years ago this month, my son with Mason was born with Down syndrome. When he was two or  years old, as I was thinking about what a beautiful little ambassador of the truth he was, these words came to my heart. I wrote them with dry erase marker on my mirror as a reminder. I blogged them and posted them on FB. And every time that God leads me to another mother whose heart He has soothed with these words, I rejoice at what He has done, how He has connected us with this invisible thread that is the 21st chromosome! I am so enjoying reading about your journey with Verity and now Katie. You have blessed my heart!

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