On being forged into a warrior mom
If I could summarize our journey from Hell to HOPEISM, it would be in my faith, which I call HOPEISM. It has been my weapon of choice to get me through each battle I have had to fight in my mission to win our war called life with autism and seizures. Vaccine injury to be more specific. It would also be in committing to heart, soul, & mind the words and motto's from Forged, NDCQ, the Lone Survivor, and Levi Lusko in his book, "Through the Eyes of a Lion." I will be forever grateful to the inspiration, encouragement, and mental fortitude found through all of them collectively. Because of that, I am not allowing this tragedy of vaccine injury that has come into our lives to be an obstacle to being used by God. I am instead turning it into an opportunity to be used like never before!
This blog is dedicated to Brandon. His life has been forged by difficulty, obstacles, & all too often because of seizures - pain, blood, broken teeth, & broken bones. Yet through all that he has shown such fortitude. The bravery, strength, & resilience of a true warrior. He taught me that having strength through adversity means that even if you lose every battle, like the Lone Survivor, you never quit fighting until you win the war. That in the words of "NDCQ," you keep "dreaming," keep "daring," & keep "doing." As Team Guppy has yet to be able to escape vaccine injury, we have no choice but to as Levi Lusko writes, "Run toward the Roar." God has indeed given us such incredible power in enduring such impossible pain.
Some days the HOPEISM in that simply takes my breath away.
June 5, 2012
Experiencing God through "Desperate for Respite" ---
I guess what brings me to sharing these thoughts today, is an "Experiencing God" Discipleship Class I attended years ago. The most significant words to me, came back to me today as I read an e-mail I received about an event cancellation.
The e-mail was from the non-profit organization Desperate for Respite. Each month that organization has been meeting the needs of parents who are DESPERATE for Respite. But due to a scheduling conflict that should not have ever been one in the first place, they had to cancel the event.
The parents receiving that notice will be crushed.
I am crushed because I know that if my son were not attending camp that weekend, I would very much have been counting down the SECONDS until I could take my son there for him to have a fun evening with fellow friends while my husband and I had some much needed "us" time.
I just can't help but remember these words from that "Experiencing God" class:
“Watch to see where God is working and join Him.”
God is working through Desperate for Respite. That is an undeniable fact. The people who run that organization have seen a need, felt a calling, and answered it. Though at times it has been nothing but struggle.
As Christians sometimes the hardest thing to figure out in serving, is how, when, where. How do I know I'm doing what I am to be doing? How do I know where to serve?
"Watching to see where God is working" is the answer to those questions.
"and Joining Him!" is the exclamation point at the end of the sentence.
God is working mightily through Desperate for Respite -- and our community as well as the churches within that community would do very well to join in that. Not cancel that, not ignore that, not work against that and not try to recreate that on their own. But to simply partner with that and join in that.
God is using that organization to increase his Kingdom! Families who perhaps never stepped foot in a church are stepping foot in a church. They are "Experiencing God" through the hands and feet of the faithful volunteers.
In a day and age that could use all the light it can get, why on earth anyone would work against those who are shining a light or just turn the switch off completely - for any reason -- is beyond me.
Please join me in sharing this June Newsletter for Desperate for Respite -- if you would like to join in where God has been doing a mighty work, please contact them!
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The opinions and views expressed here are those of Michelle M. Guppy and Michelle M. Guppy only!