God calls us in different ways.
Lisa was one of my roommates from college. She was called by God.
God gave her 3 healthy kids, 2 miscarriages, and Stephen. Because of her experiences she can help people in ways I can’t even begin to know how to.
Stephen is a very special kid with very special needs. He’s been diagnosed with multiple disabilities due to severe brain damage from birth because of preeclampsia; He is deaf, blind, epileptic, has a feeding tube, a shunt for hydrocephalus, non-ambulatory (meaning he can’t walk or sit or feed himself,) and Cerebral Palsy.
~~> When God calls you
it usually turns your world upside down. <~~
People are in their house all hours of the day (and sometimes night.) There’s no privacy.
Some of their house has been turned into a hospital ~ for Stephen.
People stare at him because he’s… different.
He’s a very beautiful “different” with a contagious laugh.
He’s here for a reason. God did not make him by mistake.
God has connected many people together because of Stephen.
If Stephen wasn’t Stephen, the nurses, doctors, therapists, and hundreds more people wouldn’t have been connected with Lisa and she wouldn’t have had this opportunity to share her faith with them.
She COULD have cursed God. But she didn’t. She COULD have said, “No. God, this is too much for me.” (…Because sometimes it feels that way.) But she didn’t. She accepted the assignment that she was called to be his mom as a gift and she loves him.
She accepts help from people she doesn’t know (medical and personal help) because caring for him is a full time job.
I cannot comprehend the faith and energy it’s taken her and Kevin to learn all they’ve had to learn to be his mom and dad. And I praise God for all the people who have been there to help love on Stephen and get to know his family.
I’m writing this ~ because of Stephen.
The truth is we ALL have special needs. Jesus is the answer to them all.
Notes from Lisa.
8 1/2 years ago my world was turned upside down. Fear was the theme for the day. I was afraid for my life as well as my unborn child’s.
It was too early, but apparently, it was time.
Some in this world would say it was a tragedy. I call it a true gift. It has brought unimaginable joy, heartbreaking pain, laughter, tears, patience, and humility.
Stephen Sanders was given as a blessing not just to me, but to the world. I would move Heaven and Earth to change things for him, but I would never change him for me.
I am thankful for my children in general.
David for being friendly and outgoing.
Micaiah for being willing to work hard even when she doesn’t really want to.
Stephen for teaching me patience by throwing me into the fire.
And Nathan for giving me a fresh look at the world.
God, bless my children as they walk their paths through this life and please take care of my two babies who are already in Heaven with You.
Monkey, You are such an amazing little boy. There aren’t words to describe how much I love you. Your strength inspires me to go on when I am worn down. The smile on your face makes me laugh through the tears. And the way you tell me you love me without uttering a word reminds me of what true love is really about. I am so blessed to be your Mommy.