“I can do all things through him who gives me strength.”Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
When Danny opened his mouth to speak, he started with the words that had always given him courage, “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”
Those words were an important part of Danny’s childhood. They were the words his mother had repeated when she was in a difficult labor with Danny. They were the words she’d repeated over him when doctors had said the tiny baby wouldn’t live for more than a few hours.
Danny had been born with a neuromuscular disease that paralyzed him. He defied the doctor’s dire predictions and lived. When Danny lived, the doctor told his mom that her son would never be able to do anything.
As was common at the time, the doctor suggested that the best option for Danny was a group home. Knowing her history, the doctor pointed out her other children, “Go be a mother to them. Danny will only be a burden on your family.”
“But my mother refused,” Danny said, smiling, “And today, I’m graduating magna cum laude from one of the best universities in the state, thanks to the grace of God and the love of my mother.”
You may not be able to provide your child with the fanciest foods or the best clothes. But you can offer your child the knowledge that you believe in them, and that God can carry them through the toughest times. That gift is far more valuable than anything else you could give.
God, help me to be a sweet encouragement to my little ones. When others see grim statistics or terrible outcomes, let me remind them that You are the God of the possible and impossible. Nothing challenges You, and nothing changes You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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