Please join me today in welcoming a very special guest writer, Chris Morgan.
From the moment we met at church, I knew I had made a lifelong friend!
As Chris mentions in her post, even though this was our first time getting together outside of church, we can relate to each other in so many different areas of life.
Chris provided a bit of a biography of herself and her son, Phillip.
Phillip is seventeen years old and has a neurological and seizure disorder caused by a male chromosome.
His neurological disorder affected his entire brain causing severe developmental delay. It affects his fine and gross motor skills. He has a balance disability and is only partially verbal. He struggles with issues on the "spectrum" like loud noises.
The anti seizure medicine he takes is a blessing, but certainly takes its toll. Having seizures changed our world and only God has brought us through. His first grand mal seizure happened when he was seven years old.
A roller coaster of medical issues happened and after a few years of this new life is when my brokenness took its last hold on me and I asked for the Lord to carry us through life.
Baby steps every day walking with Christ has broken chains that at one time almost suffocated me due to fear.
I felt most comfortable at home in my surroundings. Over the past ten years, I have slowly learned to listen and rely on God for strength.
I'm fifty years old. My dream was to move to the country.
Live a life of quiet moments on a farm.
Allowing Phillip to have a sense of purpose, gathering eggs, etc. in a relaxed setting.
The process was documented on Instagram.
My Instagram gallery became a place to share our journey. Share my life as a mother and specifically a special needs parent. I share parenting ideas and my faith openly. A legacy of pictures for my children.
My gallery name on Instagram is Finally_a_Farmgirl
And, of course, once I started seeking God and a life of faith, Randy and I found each other after thirty years apart!
We have five children together and one grandchild on the way. I don't know what being a grandparent will look like for me with limits, but God does and I trust its going to be perfect!
**The following is what Chris wrote a few days ago. I guarantee you will be blessed by what she shares!
It's important for me to remember yesterday.
I shared our visit with a special friend from church. She suffers from chronic illness and shares openly about it. Time and time again she reaches out to us with cards of encouragement. Over the years she has created a card ministry and a blog that spans the world.
We understand each other and what life with limits feels like.
in the middle!
Until yesterday, we have never gotten together.
I wanted to bring her fresh eggs and lunch. Truly, I did not know if it would even work for Phillip to go inside.
I kept my faith until just before getting in the car when Phillip decided he had other plans. I had to pull out all the special needs behavioral skills. The tears started coming. By the time I got him settled in the car, he was angry.
Should I retreat home?
I felt like giving up.
Seconds from messaging Barb that it wasn't going to work, I turned my car and headed towards church.
Driving and in prayer asking the Holy Spirit to intervene in Phillip's heart. This is what I ask for when he's in a time out.
God may not show himself physically today, but He certainly got my attention!
My mind fixed on Him and this scripture.
"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
We parked at the church and watched the workers building our new church roof. I shared how they were using their hands to "help" God. I reminded Phillip we were going to do that too by taking Barb lunch!
I could see him soften.
Of course, I had to check myself just to make sure I wasn't crazy, so I Googled bald eagles in Florida!
"Florida has one of the densest concentrations of nesting bald eagles."
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
is with us
And as for the visit, it could NOT have been more PERFECT!
Hey this is Barb with just a few words!
Not much to share after the heart-stirring post from Chris!
I just wanted to say that I'm still smiling BIG from the visit with Chris and Phillip!
I'm so thankful and very proud of Phillip for not only coming inside my house, but being "at home" during our visit!
Grateful for this truth,
"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."
I John 4:4
Chris is truly an example of a Christ-honoring, Christ-serving wife, Mom and friend. She is constantly giving of herself to meet the needs of others.
My life is richer and I'm a much better person because of knowing Chris and her family!
I praise the Lord that Chris did not turn back that day.
with her faith
and the Lord
If she would have given up I would have missed out on much!
No, I wouldn't have gotten my delicious fresh eggs and my yummy lunch from Chick-fil-A, but oh my dear friends, it was way more than that!
Looking forward to many more visits with my kindred-spirited friend, Chris, and lots more laughs and giggles with my favorite buddy, Phillip!
Here's a quick sampling of just some of the FUN we enjoyed during our visit!
"A merry heart
like a medicine."
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May God Bless You,