God understands what you are going through

When you and I are going through difficult moments, some of us feel alone, hopeless, and wonder whether our problems can ever be solved.

We forget that we are not alone, for God is always with us (Isaiah 8:10; Ps 139:7-10; Ps 46) and He promises never to leave  or forsake us (Deut 31:6). Although He knows our difficulties (Ps 139:4), He desires to communicate with us.

We feel hopeless when we fail to activate our faith and believe God during our most difficult times; but God can, and will come through for us. He has done it for me after twenty-two years of praying and waiting for Him to heal my Special Needs daughter. While her healing is not complete, I have noticed positive changes  in her life. Most importantly, God has been working diligently on me and I thank Him for it.

God has not forgotten you; He has a plan for you (Jer 29:11). Be patient, pray continually, praise God, and give Him thanks ( 1 Thess 5:17) for what He has already done.



All Things are Possible to Those who Believe

In the weeks to come, I am going to keep you posted on what is taking place with our daughter Jo-an. I am thrilled to see how far she has come. God gives me the strength to care for her and the faith to expect great things. With Him, all things are possible (Matt 19:26).

Yesterday, my assistant Ali and I took Jo-an for her voice lesson. Remember the angel that I met at Staples? Well, she is amazing at what she does.  Vic plays the piano, plays  other instruments and teaches voice lessons. It was wonderful to hear  Jo-an sing “Amazing Grace.”

This song reminds me that it is by God’s grace that you and I are saved, through faith(Eph 2:8-10). God knew that we needed a Savior, His Son Jesus, to die on the cross to pay our sin debt in full. Grace is a gift from God; it is God’s unconditional love for us-His unmerited favor given to us not because we are deserving of it or because of works we have done.We have been justified by faith and have peace with God and now, we have access to God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1-2).

Since we have this access, why are we living below our blessings? Have you been praying for healing for your loved one like I have, or been praying to receive something from the Lord? Apply your faith. Keep believing; keep expecting. The Bible says: Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you (Matt7:7). Remember, all things are possible to those who believe (Mark 9:23).


God Sent an Angel to Help My Daughter

About two months ago, I ran into a special lady at Staples store who owns a music school. She explained what the school was all about and we exchanged numbers. Within a month or so, I was calling this angel after deciding that Jo-an will attend her school on Saturdays. At the same time, I had an assistant working with me who will help me to make this possible.

We got lost trying to find the place and arrived there late for our first class, which was free. The owner, who I will refer to as Vic, gave me the paperwork to fill out. On the first class, I was reassured that my daughter Jo-an will be successful because  of Vic’s mannerism, her encouragement, her laughter, her joy and her motivation.Vic was created by God to be a giver, to create in others what God had created in her. She has talent and she knows how to impart it.

This speaks to the fact that everyone can learn when he/she is given the chance to do so and is connected to the right person.  When you and I are faced with the overwhelming tasks of dealing with our special-needs loved one, we must continue to seek help, find an outlet, one that will benefit our son and daughter. Pray and believe  that God will send someone to assist you. God is faithful; He sent an angel to help my daughter.


How to Increase Confidence in Difficult Situations

It is so interesting that life goes on regardless of our situations. It has been two decades since our daughter, Jo-an, faced special challenges. Everyone I have spoken to, has asked me about her mental condition. I do not know how a mental state begins but I know that God does not want me to dwell on the unknown. We must look to the future because God has promised a future for each of us.

Whether you are a special-need person or someone who has experienced emotional pain, God can fix it because He knows all about you and He knows where it hurts the most.

My daughter Jo-an is doing quite well. When she gets dressed in the morning, I help her with her makeup and her outfits so she understands the importance of feeling good about herself.  This helps to improve self-esteem, confidence, and self-worthiness. I have seen what a big difference this has made on her life. I also believe in a great diet of chicken or fish with vegetables, a great smoothie to give her strength, and great supplements such as B vitamins and fish oil.

Whatever you do for your special-need loved one, make him/her feel confident and worthy of your love. God loves all of us, so we must extend that love to our loved one.

Trust God Regardless of the Situation You are in

Today, I promise to take our daughter to Church, but the way things are going, it doesn’t seem that I will accomplish this. The enemy is adamant that he wants to keep her in this mental state, but God wants to  set her free.

The state that she is in does not indicate that she will ever be set free. She is not focused on the things of God and she does not always obey instructions. She remains dedicated to the voice in her head. However, I am not concentrating on what I see but what I believe. We must trust God regardless of the situation we are in. Faith is hoping to receive what you have not seen {Hebrews 11:1).

Encourage Your loved One

My daughter is doing so much better now. I tell her how well she is doing and how much God loves her. When she repeats, ” Am I okay?” I help her understand how important it is to feel confident because God never leaves or forsakes us. He is forever walking with us and helping us through many life issues, even her issues.

For those who are also care-givers, I suggest that you reach out to your loved ones with love. Wouldn’t Jesus do just that? Yes, give a hug, speak a word of encouragement to your son or daughter and say a prayer of healing over them as no situation is too hard for God.

If anyone would like to give encouragement, please comment on this post.

My Journey helping my daughter

My journey helping my daughter began when my daughter was a baby but I do not want to go back that far. When she was thirteen and a half, she became mentally ill and was  diagnosed with Schizophrenia. That was the most difficult part of my journey as a mother.  My life was turned upside down as I became her advocate coordinating all aspects of her care. I found comfort in knowing that God was at my side regardless of the difficulties I faced. Know that in the midst of difficult life-issues, God will give you strength and hope. Everything that we do for God will last; we must endure to the end.

Do you have someone who you are caring for? What can you tell us about your journey with your loved one?