Next word in the 100 Day Challenge is Faith.

My faith is an important part of my life. You might be a person of faith, or you might not. Regardless of your beliefs, I think you will be encouraged by the words in my book Sight Words.

I like how author and pastor Max Lucado puts it: “Faith is trusting what the eye can’t see.”

For me, that included trusting God when our daughter was born. We knew seconds after she was born that something was not right. Yet we were at peace. Our doctors suspected and soon confirmed that she had Down syndrome. A few hours later, we learned of added complications — a heart defect that would have to be surgically repaired. Those were things known to us. There would be more times when our faith was tested. There always are. Who knew that 17 months later following successful heart surgery that she would contract a virus which almost took her life?

I did not know how I would do it, but I was certainly going to have to trust what I could not see. Scripture helps. I remember reading a verse in Ecclesiastes that just seemingly leaped off the page. “As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.” (Ecclesiastes 11:5).

Before Kyle was born, I did not do well when I saw people like her. Now, there was no place to run, no place to hide. I never ever thought of running away, but I was going to need someone stronger than myself as I walked into an avalanche of emotions that barreled toward me. I did not have to know why she born with Down syndrome and a huge hole in her heart. I only had to trust. I had unexplainable peace when I first heard the words ‘Down syndrome’. I had peace when I handed her to two anesthesiologists who would take her to the surgeons who would repair her heart, and I had unbelievable peace when I heard another team of doctors at the Mayo Clinic say they could do nothing more to save her life.

Today’s Winning Thought: “Many things in life will be beyond your control, so it is a good idea to get used to it and start developing your faith.” — Dan Britton and Jimmy Page

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