Day 12 :: We are simply jars

We took advantage of a long weekend and went to visit my parents.  They are in the midst of a home remodel, and graciously allowed us to stay with them in the midst of having no countertops, no oven and plywood for the family room floor.  We had a great visit, and even had some time to visit with my older sister and her family.  It’s always a joy to spend time with them and watching the cousins play together makes me so happy!

We spent today driving home, then grocery shopping, and our first Parent/Teacher conferences at school.  The day has just settled down and guess what?  I didn’t write anything new today!  And I have a headache, I’m tired, and just want to crawl into bed.

But, guess what?  There are so many new people here, that I’m going to pull a post from the archives.  I’m not sure I’ve ever even done that before, so I’m giving myself some grace, and technically I’m still writing today because I just typed these three short paragraphs.

This post first appeared on my old blog Only From Scratch, during the second 31 Days series that I wrote.  I titled that series “Truth Driven Heart” and in it I shared many of the lessons God had taught me during the first few months of Mason’s life.  And it’s still a lesson that I want my girls to know:

We are not capable of anything without the power of God at work in our lives.  



God gives special children to special people. 
God must have known that you all would be capable of handling a child with Down Syndrome.
Of all the people to have a child with special needs, I can see why God chose you.
In those first days of finding out Mason’s diagnosis, these things comforted me, and I know people who said them meant well, trying to encourage.
As time went on, though, and I struggled to accept and rejoice in the change in our
lives, I realized that there was nothing in me that was capable of dealing with this.
God didn’t give me a child with Down Syndrome because I’m something great.  He gave me a child with Down Syndrome because He is great and He wanted to display His greatness.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. – 2 Corinthians 4:7-
I’m just another jar.
This is Day 12 of a series “Lessons for my Daughters”.  Click here for a list of all posts in this series.  

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  • Reply Jenn A

    Thank you for this reminder. I too have heard the same comments regarding my son with autism. I also know the truth of my own lack and need. So thankful that God clarifies things for us in His Word. His strength is perfect in my weakness. Hallelujah!

    October 13, 2015 at 8:50 am
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