Special is Special

My heart aches for others to know that special is special, in it’s most pure and true form.

Special is SpecialOne result of my journey has been a redefinition of the word Special. It reminds me of a passage from Paul’s Letter to Titus, which says that to the pure, all things are pure.  The word Special, in the most pure form, means something extraordinary and to be highly valued.  The rest of the verse says “…but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure.  Both their mind and conscience are defiled.”  I can admit that the meaning of special had been tainted in my own mind.  Since I was young I knew that special, as referring to individuals who were different, really meant “less than”.  Not something highly valued nor extraordinary, but something oddball and abnormal.  My own thoughts had been defiled and were working against me to shut out the truth of God and replace it with the perspective of society.  I was unbelieving and therefore my mind and conscience were unavailable to received truth and purity.  I realize now that Nicolas is  special. Very special.  He is a unique, extraordinary gift. Continue reading

REDEFINE SPECIAL: not your typical mommy blog

Every mom has unique challenges. I’m convinced each of us finds ourselves completely alone at times, in situations unlike those faced by any other. As an infant my firstborn  sometimes spontaneously projectile-vomited all his milk after nursing. Then, when that same boy was 5 he broke his arm and we didn’t believe him  – after three days of crying, the ER docs showed us how awfully neglectful we had been.  From ages 5 through 13 he fainted at the sight of blood, a lot.  I recall lots of challenges here and there, peppered in with the joy and exhaustion of raising a typical, yet unique little boy.  As he grew, time flew by.  He seemed to go through constant metamorphosis – looking back now it seems like one day he was sitting, the next day standing, and a few days later walking.  His first day of kindergarten is fresh in my mind, even though he is now in high school. Milestones rushed along in flurries –  a whirlwind of growth, change and progress.  Overall an average story for my exceptional young man.

But there are other mommy stories – and I have one of those too.  There’s not much “typical” to comment on, or compare notes about, and not one instance of developmental milestones just breezing by, unaided and unnoticed.  These special stories, I believe, are among the most precious gifts from a loving God.  These are the experiences that can be so life-changing and overwhelming, so as to reveal a light and truth previously unfathomed.  It is for the purpose of pulling back this curtain that I write this blog.  So that perhaps one other mom can find the same truth – “having the eyes of her understanding enlightened so that she can know what is the Hope of [her] calling” (Ephesians 1:18) My prayer is that you will be able to see that “special” is really special. That challenged and flawed can simultaneously be perfect and blessed.

This writing is the result of my own change of view.  When my baby was diagnosed with a genetic disorder, I found myself in a situation I could not understand.  I was unable to discover any legitimate answer to the question “why?” and was left in a lonely confusion.  Gently I was nudged by the outside world and my intrinsic sense of duty towards “acceptance”.  While attempting to acclimate myself to resignation, I came upon a story in the Bible wherein God’s perspective is unlike anything  a human can reason or understand.  I was confronted with the proposal of viewing my situation not by what I could see, or rationalize, but through the filter of an all-knowing, all-giving, God whose plan and purpose were always for good.  This radically different thought process of abandoning my own perception and using God’s eyes, completely changed my life and my hope for the future.  I have come to know that “acceptance” is actually a far cry from “embracing” and “enjoying”, and that is where I want to be and stay.

 The change of perspective didn’t occur overnight, nor by happenstance.  The purpose of this blog is to share the various lessons I have learned along the way, the truths that have enabled and encouraged me to continuously renew my mind and maintain the new vision.  Taking this journey together we will unearth the promises of hope and peace, and a place far beyond simple “acceptance”.   Because Special truly is Special.

Please consider joining me  by Liking my Facebook Page, or following my blog on WordPress, as I continue to share reminders of God’s promises, and examples of how to apply them to your life.  Just today I found this quote in a book I’m reading called “Four Cups” by Chris Hodges:

“Don’t settle for less than God’s best for you.  Don’t stifle that voice in your heart that tells you there has to be more. Don’t stay on the treadmill of conformity, trudging along to someone else’s idea of who you should be.”

Let’s encourage and challenge each other to never settle!