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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Call it Karma? I call it Providence

WOW!!! I can't believe it's been almost two months since I have posted here! It seems my life gets more and more "interesting" as time passes. Just this year we've had deaths in the family, serious injuries, illnesses, weddings, funerals, crises of all types, meetings, fundraisers, medical appointments, you name it! Yet at the end of the day, I always find some time to thank my dear Lord for all of the amazing events in my life, whether good or bad.

Here I am, again, writing and praising God for moving mountains on behalf of Nathan:
I have worked in a wonderful school district for close to 20 years now. I have so often wondered how long I'd be there and have begged God to show me His plans. I won't lie, I have tried to leave, but God has always closed doors and I have remained constant. I cut back on my hours, transferred schools, anything to try to be happy where I was while trying to meet all of demands and needs of being Nathan's mom.

I can't say it has been easy to stay put... but I have learned SO MUCH along the way! I've also met some pretty fantastic people... colleagues who have come to me for help both professionally and personally (for their own children at home). I often thank God for making me the way I am and for guiding me in my every move. He has allowed me to make significant connections with people along the way. I also thank God for giving me the knowledge and allowing me to experience things that I could always use to help others.

I could be here for hours, days, if I started writing about all my attempts to change jobs or paths. Doors have closed and obstacles have stepped in my way, yet what is so remarkable is that each of those events, though painful at the time, have led God to moving mountains for Nathan. To give just a few examples: there's the Early Intervention program where I did my practicum in grad school- upon initial diagnosis, the director offered to see him for free and get the best team possible onboard to help us. There's the OT clinic where I did my internships and worked part-time- Nathan is now seen there up to 3 times a week for specialized services in one of the best clinics in the Northeast (and I have some of the best of their therapists and Nathan is SO loved and cared for just because he is mine). The list literally goes on and on... and just when things looked the bleakest was when God worked the GREATEST miracles (yes, I call them that because there are no other explanations!)

This week we received news that Nathan will be able to go to school in the district where I work. Not only that, but he will be at a school FILLED with so many of those former colleagues I mentioned earlier in this post. These are people who I know will look out for Nathan and keep an extra set of eyes on him to make sure he's OK. I see them as his guardian angels all around him...

As I tell people our story and share these new developments I often hear "it's karma" (getting back based on what I've given). I call it "providence," divine providence. Nathan is living proof that God still works miracles: from conception, to his birth, diagnosis and now his education. My God is a faithful God!!! We have chosen to walk by faith and God has truly been faithful! We may not always get what we want when we ask for it, but you can be sure that what we get is ALWAYS the best! I pray that you, too, will place your trust in Him and feel confident that closed doors are not always a bad thing. Nathan went from being seen as a failure and nuisance to being recognized as an asset and valuable member of a community just by being accepted into this new school district. I know God has miracles in place for you if you put your trust in him, grab on to his hand and take the leap of faith. No faith, no results!


I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth From the great assembly. Psalms 40:10

Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, For You have done wonderfulthings; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. Isaiah 25:1