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Topic: Inner Strength (04/20/06)
TITLE: Strength Given When There is Nothing to Give
By Anne Harrell
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Numerous of times is the last twenty-one years of raising multiple handicapped children I felt like there was no more energy left to give when the day was over. Having four autistic boys with various degrees of severely is very stressful and heart wrenching. Having a multi-handicapped family takes a lot of love and patience to endure the daily routine.
There have been days when all four would have several aggressive behaviors where sometimes they were acting out all at the same time; I wasn’t sure which way to turn. I had given my all and there was not anything left in me to be able to go on with out stopping and praying for the Lord to give me inner strength, the courage to go on and get the situation under control.
When those days would happen, I have had to dig deep in my heart and muster together my entire forte and hit the problem head on. I would have to put my intensity into holding a two-hundred pound child down with out any help from any one. I have gotten up after holding one of the boys down and wondered how I managed to hold them down by myself. I knew that the Lord had given me inner strength to contend with the boys and their behaviors.
After dealing with the boys out of control incidences, I find it very tiring with having low energy making it challenging to get my daily work finish along with doing dinner for the rest of the family. I find myself on my knees praying to the Lord to give me more will power to finish my duties and still to make a pleasant meal for the family.
When I just cannot go any longer the scripture that means the most to me and reminds me that I can deal with stress and find inner strength is Philip. 4:11-13 (ESV)
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. “
I have my strength to go on then since I know that the Lord will lift me up and help me through any trial that comes my way. My Lord has been faithful and just giving me strength to carry on in my life knowing that He is on my side. When I feel I cannot go any longer, I know I can with the help of Christ.
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