Post by blessedbygod on Jan 31, 2012 23:42:50 GMT -5
I read your daughter's testimony - it was really good and very encouraging. She asked questions about "if she had been born with a disability" We had a similar experience..... We have a daughter with down syndrome The doctors came to us and said ...."I am sorry to tell you....." They were talking to us - as if - it were a really awful thing. There is nothing to be - "sorry" - about. Our daughter is wonderful and precious - she is just the way God made her and he didn't make any mistakes. Thank you so much for posting her testimony!!!!
We have had a case of healing like that in my family a few years ago. My mother had acute kidney failure, she had about 7% or something of kindey functioning and was going to be put on dialysis - the doctors said that she wouldn't ever get better. But my entire church and all our friends were praying for her and she started getting better! The doctors were amazed and said it wasn't possible! They still don't have an explanation for it. Mum's kidneys are no 100% function and there's no sign that she ever had kidney failure.
It seems horrible that abortions happen to babies at all, let alone babies who are so well-formed and alive. How can anyone say that a baby the size your oldest daughter was isn't a 'real person'?
Something happened in my church recently. Well, it was really on family in my church. They had a baby girl. It doesn't seem so remarkable, but Elizabeth is what is called a 'snowflake' baby. She isn't their biological daughter, but Mrs Brown carried her to term.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the embryos created in IV which aren't used? Well, they're kept in cold storage for ten years. They're not allowed to be kept any longer and then they're destroyed. Well, naturally enough some people don't like this. Some hospitals and some individual families give their remaining embryos to the snowflake foundation, because they don't want them killed. These snowflakes are then adopted to families and carried and raised by their mother (this also avoids any messy adoption problems after birth).
Baby Elizabeth is so perfect, it's hard to imagine that anyone was ever going to kill her. But thousands of 'snowflake' babies are killed every year, because apparently it's nothign more than 'disposing' of 'medical waste'. Elizabeth must be one of the most-loved and most-anticipated babies since Jesus, and it's hard to wrap your mind around the fact that, according to most doctors, she shouldn't exist. Who are they to say that she shouldn't exist?
Tahlia asked: "Would God still love me and have a plan for my life if I had been born with a disability?... Would I still be able to love and bless God and my family and friends if I had a disability?"
Well, my answer is a great and resounding YES!!!
I sort of think that the word 'disability' is a bit of a misnomer. So often, people with 'disabilities' can be so intelligent in an area, see things in a way 'able' people can't. Having a 'disability' doesn't, whatever some people might say, prevent people from loving people and being loved by people. It doesn't prevent them from blessing people, and it doesn't prevent God from having a plan for them.
I have Asperger's Syndrome. It's considered a disability. I wouldn't say I'm disabled. I know Asperger's Syndrome isn't as much of a disability as some out there, but sometimes I find it is harder for me to do some things than it is for 'neuro-typical' people.
Tahlia also noted, "If I had been born with a disability I would have lots of different challenges and prejudices. " I have encountered a lot of misconceptions about Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asperger's is a form of ASD), and sometimes it's hard to overcome these prejudices. One is 'Autistic people don't have feelings'. We do. We can love and be loves as much as anyone else. Maybe people with ASD don't express it in the same way, but we have emotions! This is just one of the misconceptions, and I know it's different for others with a disability, but these misconceptions and prejudices are everywhere.
However, God can and does have a plan for these people, just as he does for everyone else. As Bethany Hamilton, a Christian girl who had one whole arm bitten off by a shark, said, "I can embrace more people with one arm than I ever could with two."
Well, I'll get down off my soapbox now, but I guess your daughter's testimony struck a chord with me in more ways than one. It was a blessing to read it.