Chosen ~ 4 of 7

A Life Long Adventure ~ Chosen by Cathy Zimmerman

“For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.  In love, he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of His glorious grace …” (Ephesians 1:4-5 ~ NIV)

I am a mother through adoption, chosen by God.  We didn’t choose our son.  God chose us for him.  God knows Christian and knew what he would need.  I know God doesn’t make mistakes – including choosing me to be mom to our son.  What great insight to how God loves us, His adopted children, even with all our shortcomings, flaws, quirks and failures.  Wow!  That love is available to me to lavish on my son.  I only wish, on really frustrating days, that I was much faster in reaching for that love – that all important tool on my mom’s tool belt.  We all have a tool belt, things we use to help our children learn, grow and flourish.  Like most tool belts, however, it doesn’t come fully equipped, and you need to add to it every so often.  Sometimes it’s a while before a new tool comes to your attention that becomes invaluable to you.  One of my favorite tools that is of great help to me is a power nap in the afternoon.  I am certain this is not a tool for everyone, but I find that if I can rest or even nap for about 30 minutes in the afternoon while the kids have quiet reading time, I am in a much better frame of mind and energized for the rest of the day and evening.  It seems to me that God did not intend for us to go 200 miles an hour from the time we hop (or crawl) out of bed in the morning until we flop (or drop) back into bed at night.  Break time in the middle of the day just makes sense.  It also makes a good separation point from our home schooling time.  I change hats from teacher/mom to full-time mom and wife.

Since God knew ahead of time the challenges I would face in this roll of mom to a special needs child, there is no question in my mind that He has all kinds of tools just waiting for me to request from Him for my mom’s tool belt.  Sometimes I need to let go of a long-time favorite tool and seek something new, even when that seems scary.  When an old tool no longer works, we get rid of it (or, in my case, my husband stores it in the corner of the garage, because he is sure it has more uses left!) and get something “new and improved.”  The best way to new and improved is by working on my relationship with God and letting Him do repair work in my heart.

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