O to Grace How Great a Debtor

August 15th, 2010

After all these months, the other day I finally opened my copy of “Gross Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome.”

As I read the first chapter, then skimmed the rest of the book, a realization began to sink slowly into my brain.

Every component of every step of every motor skill that Verity learns, she will need to be taught.

There are forty-five specific motor milestones ahead of her, with many increments between each milestone.

I had previously thought that she would be hard-wired to learn motor skills like our other children were, but that it would just take her longer to acquire them.  I thought our job would be to encourage her innate abilities.

But now I know that left to herself, she would fail to properly master all the motor skills that she needs to learn.  And in place of them she would form poor habits that would be detrimental to her over the long term.

Because of her Down syndrome, she faces some obstacles to mastering gross motor skills.  Low muscle tone, decreased muscle strength, increased joint flexibility, short arms and legs, an “increased likelihood of engaging in behavior to avoid learning tasks.”

She needs special motivation, guidance, and support.  She needs knowledgeable help from outside herself, lovingly and purposefully and patiently applied to her.  She is unable to want any of this for herself or do this for herself or get this for herself.  It will be years before she even understands that she needs help, and she may never understand just how profoundly she needs it.

Hey!  This scenario is starting to sound familiar!

Thank You, Jesus, for sending me a little girl who is a daily reminder to me of the Truth that I am utterly helpless to do what I should without Your knowledgeable, loving, purposeful, and patient intervention in my life.

Thank You for the confidence that I am a delight to You and not a burden.  I know You love me.

Thank You for supporting my innate inability, my weakness, with Your strength.  Every day, always enough.

O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be…

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5 Responses to “O to Grace How Great a Debtor”

  1. Samantha says:

    A beautiful reminder of God’s love and grace in our lives!  Thank you for sharing!
    “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
    Verity is so precious!  What a wonderful gift from the Lord! :)

  2. Denise says:

    So precious!!!! 

    She is SOOOO very beautiful!!! 

    She looks so happy and peaceful……

  3. Marilyn Osborn says:

    BEAUTIFUL reminder!  LOVE IT!

  4. Joy Horton says:

    Oh, I LOVE that comparison, Susanna. That’s a perfect example. This sweet little Verity is teaching me SO MUCH!

  5. Shari~hotfudgecustard says:

    What a great analogy of our relationship to the Lord!  And WHAT a wonderful thought that He loves us as much (actually more!) than you love your sweet girl!

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