Anyone remember that song from several years ago by Nicole C. Mullen’s, “Call on Jesus?”
“When I call on Jesus, all things are possible! I can mount on wings like eagles and soar! When I call on Jesus, mountains are gonna fall, cause he’ll move heaven and earth to come rescue me when I call!”
Well, our faith is already being tested and the mountain seems like Everest. First day and we’re already frustrated…oh we of little faith! Amelia put up a fight today both with food and with the bottle and though I feel certain we did our absolute best and made every effort to get her eating, not much actually got down her throat and into her little tummy. As any one knows who has dealt with a child who has feeding issues for any length of time, it is a confusing, hard to define battle but an all consuming battle all the same! There are no easy fixes and unfortunately, it is not simply a question of finding just the right food.
Rick and I drowned our sorrows by eating the way she did not…my sweet hubby went to the Chocolate Room after dinner and brought us both back brownies with ice cream on top! At least some people in the house gained some considerable calories!
Anyways, our main prayer requests going forward continue to remain basically the same:
1. she would more consistently accept food.
2. she would learn how to swallow. This seemed to be improving but has become a problem again.
3. She would stop using her thumb as a wedge between her mouth and food. The Occupational Therapist had an interesting observation today…she said Amelia may be sucking her thumb between bites in an attempt to swallow. So therefore, it may not be the inherent stubborn action I had assumed it was. Though it is still a counter productive activity we need to change, it is interesting to think she might be doing it to achieve the act of swallowing more easily. Poor girl!
4. Rick and I would be an example to our kids of unwavering faith despite circumstances. That we would trust God’s goodness and plan no matter what His will is and that we would not utter foolish ventings such as, “it is hopeless” or “nothing is going to change.”
Something I’ve realized: I feel like God is shifting my priorities and showing me that a lot of shallow things I have held as important are not important. And He’s showing me the incredible joy of each new thing both “great” and “small” that our little girl achieves. If there is one thing I can encourage other parents out there to grasp, it is to bask in the utter significance of each new milestone and to see it as a display of an incredible work going on inside your child’s mind, heart and brain! Some children will take months or years to master things it takes the average child mere days or weeks to grasp and when that developmentally delayed child reaches a new achievement, it is as though even the angels in heaven celebrate. Development is a wonder and something we should not take for granted as it is all a picture of our maker’s master plan for each of His created works of art!
So onward into a new day! I have been finding helpful tips from Youtube videos featuring feeding therapy sessions and am expecting a day of God’s goodness and faithfulness no matter what! And that is always enough!
Reminder: “God’s purpose is higher than my purpose, His ways are higher than my ways.” – Charles F. Stanley, from his sermon series Praying in a Crisis.
(I attended First Baptist Church Atlanta for a few years way back and Stanley’s preaching always touched me).
Blessings all! We have been amazed…completely blessed and amazed…by the desire of so many to pray for Amelia! It has challenged Rick and I in our desire to pray for others. Thank you and we will keep updating!