The Family That No One Expected

After spending 35 days in Ghana, it’s been difficult trying to figure out how to get my thoughts and feelings written into stories. Each night while in Africa, I would try to journal about our days activities  but with all that we were experiencing, it would literally take me hours to express what was churning around in my head and the exhaustion would overtake me and I’d surrender to sleep. I ended up writing down the bare minimum of details, knowing that my mind would retain the stories that had deeply touched my heart. The Family that No One Expected After two years of planning and ...[Read more]

zachary-loved for who he is

A single mom with a three year old daughter, having to flee an abusive husband, staying with a family from her church, no money, no bank account, no education, no job, how could a baby with Down Syndrome be a blessing? One of the most influential people who the Lord brought into my life was my youth pastor, John. Born prematurely at a time when incubators where a fairly new development, he was born prematurely and given too much oxygen which caused the blood vessels in his eyes to proliferate wildly and the retinas to detach causing John as a newborn baby, to go completely blind. But the ...[Read more]

Sam Hears God

As Cheryl and Rob were getting ready to leave the hospital with their brand new baby boy, the social worker’s words came as quite a shock, “I’m so glad you want to take him home.” In their late 30’s, they had been extremely excited about the birth of their first child. Not even wanting to know the sex of their baby, they had kept it a surprise during their pregnancy. Cheryl and Rob had taken their Lamaze classes and the new parents had felt very prepared. But nothing could prepare them for this. “There were no folds in his brain. The doctors diagnosed Sam as having Microcephaly.” There ...[Read more]

Love Came Down

In a seat down near the front of the auditorium with my friend Chad next to me, sitting in his wheelchair, a paraplegic due to the complications of spina bifida, I had called him the day before and asked if he would like to come to this healing conference. I know Chad well enough to invite him to a service like this, he welcomes it when people pray for his healing. The guest speaker was a man, who has traveled all around the world doing healing conferences. Another young boy sat in a wheelchair next to Chad, I overheard his parents say to someone that he had a disease, the seriousness of it ...[Read more]

sarah-dancing in the rain

Like any other expectant parents, in the early morning hours of that April Spring day in 1983, Kathy and Terry were eagerly waiting the birth of their first child. In a very brief moment, their lives were changed forever. Little Sarah was born with numerous life threatening health problems as well as several physical "defects" or  anomalies. When faced with so many very serious issues, the doctors gave the same prognosis that seems to be so often given to the family of a tiny newborn baby, clinging to life, "She may not survive beyond the first 24 hours." Immediately, Kathy and Terry looked ...[Read more]

robert-seen as a gift

Editor- I had an incredible opportunity to interview an amazing young man on the phone!  Once again, a friend posted a video on facebook which was wonderful!  It was of Robert Pio Hajjar, speaking to a crowd in a large auditorium.  Robert was animated, full of life, dancing on the stage, arms raised and clapping above his head.  Soon, the audience joined in.  Then, Robert began to speak.  He was articulate, entertaining, had a wonderful sense of humor and a huge heart.  The focus of Robert's message was to share with the audience, that those with disabilities can have a full, meaningful and ...[Read more]

sent from above

Within you I've placed unique qualities and gifts many may not see and others might miss. The world surely needs you, it wouldn't be the same, if all were made perfect, each one just the same. I have plans not to harm you but for your own good. More love you will show than most know they should, arms ready to hug everyone so tight, while others misuse their arms to fight." God's intentions are simple, His message is clear, each child he's created, to his heart, he holds dear. So remember these words when you're tempted to feel, that you are the one needing to heal, God in his ...[Read more]