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Topic: Work (07/27/06)
TITLE: The Magnum Opus Of Raising God's Special Children
By Anne Harrell
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The very first time I realized that God had given me a high calling job of raising His special needs children, I didn’t feel like I could do the work that raising them involves. I wasn’t sure that I was capable of raising children that were handicapped. God had already begun training me to work with them before I realize that I had already begun nurturing one child with special needs when another one was found to have more severe problems. My first child, a son was a little slow talking and meeting mile stones when he was a year old but I didn’t think anything of it until my daughter was six months old and was diagnose with profoundly mentally handicapped. That is when the doctors tested my oldest son for severe developmental problems.
Thoughts never cross my mind when I married that I would have special children. I didn’t feel worthily of such high calling. Over the last twenty-two years has been very trying to rear not just with two special needs children, but five of them. Every parent hopes to work their selves out of the parenting job. Usually our job starts when our children are born and over the years we work ourselves out of a job when the children turn eighteen. As a parent of handicapped children I will never truly work myself completely out of the job. There will still be needs for them as long as they are here on earth. The Lord calls raising His children a gift from Him. Psalm 127:3 (KJV)
“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”
When it comes to a special needs child, every little mile stone they make is a blessing that was worth all the exertion that was put into getting them to do something. I think mostly about my oldest daughter that was profoundly handicapped; when she was a baby she was normal in the first few months when she was six months old the doctors told us that she would never walk or talk much less sit up by herself. I started working with her day in and day out to get her first to sit up. Many months went by before she was able to sit alone. I felt like that not only did she labor but I did also.
The mile stones Cyndy made made me feel that my work here on earth was very successful bringing up her to do her very best potential. I will never forget when she first stood up. We had been on vacation, when we came in I had placed her in her play pen so that we could get the baggage out of the car. When I came back in she was standing up in the middle of the play pen. I was pleasantly surprised that she was standing. The joy that was felt from coaching her to stand was awesome.
Cyndy with help from therapist and me paid off when she doing things the doctors said she would never do in her life time. Cyndy did manage to walk in due time along with saying a few words. In her short time on earth, her job was to touch the lives of many and bring cheer to their lives. When her work was finish she entered Heaven to rest from her labors here. She now enjoys the love of her Heavenly Father.
Every single person has a job to do here on earth. Some get their job done early and leave this earth very quickly. Then there are ones that are here for a medium amount of years then are gone. Then there are ones that are here for many years. Yet no matter whether it is for a short time or long when we have done the work the Lord has given us then we enter eternality with our Heavenly Father to rest for all eternality.
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