Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Lynnette's Book-Chapter 7 & Week 4 The Secret

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This book reading is for In Faithfulness, He Afflicted Me by Lynnette Kraft. (To visit Lynnette's blog click here.)

At the beginning of Chapter 7, Lynnette says that like any other mommy would do, she asked God every day to let her little girl's problems go away but if she must have them then to make them less severe so she'd be able to live without much intervention. Well, I must not be like every other mommy because I did not pray for Carleigh to be healed. Not even once. I knew very well that God could heal her and if that was His will then I'd be forever grateful but I just could never bring myself to ask for that. I know that plenty of other people prayed for healing though. What I did pray for was that she could be born alive so we could spend some time with her living outside the womb. We obviously didn't get that but God is still good.

When Lynnette was out one day with her mom she said, "I know why God didn't leave the boys here with me, because he knew that I could never handle a sick child." Lynnette gives us 2 verses to dispel the common "God will never give you more than you can handle" line.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. 2 Corinthians 1:8-10

What do you think of these verses and how they relate to that line?

I am so with Lynnette on the word 'birth defect'. I hate the word. I don't think my daughter was defective at all. I think she was perfect just the way she was. Although, like Lynnette, I have used it at times for lack of a better word. I prefer to use the word anomaly if I must refer to her anencephaly as something. Anomaly means deviation from the average or norm.

I think it's really neat how Lynnette felt so in touch with God that one morning while reading scriptures. Have you had any moments in your life where you felt really close to God?

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April said...

I know that when I read in the beginning of this chapter that Lynnette had prayed for healing for her baby, and I remember you saying once before that you never did that :)

I don't think I have heard the term anomaly used much, but I do highly prefer that term to the alternatives!

Thanks for leading us today

croleyc69 said...

What a great post and I never heard that term before at least I don't think. Thanx for sharing all you do. HUGS :)

Khanh said...

I know what you meant not asking God to heal Carleigh. I didn't do that either. In fact, I didn't want anyone to pray healing. Just trust that God would do what was best. Thank you for sharing.

stitchndeb said...

I've heard the term anomaly before. I think everyone (even people with an anomaly) looks perfect to God already! I think it doesn't hurt to pray for healing for people because you can at least share your heart with God. It's up to him what happens and I know it's really hard for most people to accept it at first and hard to trust that he sees the Big Picture. ~Debbie

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