At The Elisha Foundation retreat last week, the children with disabilities ranged in age from teenagers to 16 months.
The parents of the baby girl with Down syndrome were a huge encouragement to me – in a good church with people who loved them, had obvious affections for God and each other, and were seeking to parent their little girl in the strength God provides.
And they said they found encouragement in our story.
Just to recap, I lead my family AWAY from the church a few months after my son was born, said horrible things about God and had no desire to be with the people of God.
BUT GOD (Ephesians 2:4-7) had a different plan, for his glory and for my good.
I am still amazed at the kindness of God in calling me out of darkness – there wasn’t one speck of anything good in me. And that story of God’s mercy is what people find encouraging.
And I find God’s sustaining strength in these young families to be a powerful testimony back to me!
In the end, it is always God’s story. And I’m so grateful God has been placing more and more people in my life who love that story!