My oldest daughter, Eve, was diagnosed with Apraxia (a speech disorder) when she was around three years old. God has told and shown me and a countless number of others that she will be healed completely of this speech disorder. The enemy even tried to tack on an intellectual disability a couple of years ago that I refuse to accept. To some that sounds like denial, but for me it is refusing to accept a lie. I had an amazing conversation with a pastor that I follow on social media last week Friday. Along with discussing spiritual and natural tools concerning Eve's healing, she said so many other things that literally served as gasoline to the fire already lit in my heart.
One of the things that she said was "Rejoice and give God praise for every improvement no matter how big or small." This hit me yall, it made me realize that I was being distracted by the totality of what we were dealing with and that I was ignoring the glimpses of healing that I was being able to see. Apraxia effects the motor planning portion of the brain so while Eve may have a wealth of words in her brain, planning to get them out and in the right order is very difficult. Even with this battle my child is your typical chatty ten year old girl.
Yesterday I picked Eve up from after school care and we commenced to having our usual after school conversation. "How was your day? What did you learn?" You know the usual. Eve asked me where we were going and I told her that we were going to pick her brother's (my God son's) up from after care. She looked at me and said, " What does care mean?" I paused as tears began to flood my eyes (I think someone is cutting onions as I write this lol).....I had never heard my daughter ask this question, she said every word clearly, and purposefully. She fully expected an explanation and that is what I gave her. She noticed my tears and said with confusion of course, "Mommy are you crying?" I said, "Yes baby, but these are tears of joy!"
It took me a minute to get it together and all I could do was think of the word's the pastor told me and I immediately began to thank Jesus! Yesterday it was few new words and a new sentence, but I know that very soon I will experience the fullness of her healing.
As you read this you may not be able to relate to my story but I am sure that you have something going on in your life that is so overwhelming that "small" progresses seem to not even matter. SLAP off those glasses of deception and DROWN those lies in the truth that movement is evidence of LIFE! As you move closer and closer to seeing the fullness of what God has planned for you rejoice in all things.
1 Thessalonians 5:16 AMP, " Rejoice always and delight in your faith." What may seem insignificant is really God giving you a moment to plant a seed of faith for the full harvest that is to come. When you give God glory for and in everything you are shining His light on to the path that He has set for you. The enemy will always come to snatch up what you have to protect your vision with praise and faith. I encourage you to take a moment and make a list of every good thing that has happened this week, even those things we refer to as "coincidences." As you praise God I declare that your eyes will be open to what once seemed HIDDEN.
Rejoice, and again I say REJOICE!
I too struggle with waiting for the totality of a thing and not rejoicing in the small. Or living in disappointment for so long regarding a thing that I can’t see the good in a thing if it isn’t the outcome I’m waiting on. Thank you for this!
Wow! VERY well written and stated. I’m believing with you!
I have to remind myself to do the exact same thing with a couple of people in my family…rejoice in those so called “small steps” to their healing!!! My grandson use to not speak using pronouns at all, and a couple of weeks ago in my living room he was pointing out all the pictures of himself and saying “that is me, and that is me too”…I couldn’t wait to tell John and I began to thank God! Thank you for sharing!
This was very touching and insightful. You are so inspiring!