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Thirty-one Days Walking Through Darkness Day Seventeen :: One Can Learn Much From a Child


20121018-005954.jpgHer heart hurts today. Fear got the best of her and she is broken. She stood before a giant and she trembled. Her heart wanting to sing, but her mouth could not find the words. The giant was large and it stole her courage. And she is broken.

She has a second chance today. Hers for the taking, but the feeling is raw and it is settling in, her thoughts shifting to failure. She decides to go and listen. Maybe next time. Maybe. And we sit and listen.

Then the whisper… “I think I am going to do this.”

Her name is called and she takes her place on that stage. I sit on steps waiting to catch her if she breaks, if she falls again. Her eyes meet mine and the words cross lips and she doesn’t hesitate. Her voice fills the air. She stands boldly there, small and courageous, slaying her giant. And it’s magical. And it’s God. And she soars.

She soars because she knows… He is the One that carries her. Always carrying her. She knows that His perfect love casts out fear. And that love never fails. She knows these things deep and she lives them.

She stands in His presence. And it is right there in the lilt of her voice She sings for Him. Because it is all Him. It’s always Him. Walking her through her darkness.

One can learn much from a child.

Author: Shelly Richardson

A stay at home mom, married to my best friend, who loves like Jesus. Together we have four beautiful daughters. One biological, one adopted and two by way of marriage. Our 12 year old daughter was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome when she was 6 years old and our youngest was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old. I have dealt with chronic illness most of my life and at times has been debilitating. It is through this illness and the special needs of our children that drew us closer to God. Beyond Borders is the place where I write out my story of living beyond my borders. A place to share of God’s love and grace, His mercy and sovereignty, and what that looks like in my own little world of chronic illness and autism. A place where courage and faith intersect and He moves me to action. My hope in writing is that you find something that inspires you. Encourages you. Makes you smile.

3 thoughts on “Thirty-one Days Walking Through Darkness Day Seventeen :: One Can Learn Much From a Child

  1. Pingback: Thirty-one Days Walking Through Dark « Beyond Borders

  2. Yay!! It is always Him! Cheering her on!!!

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