the body of Christ

In April, I was asked to share our family’s story with a group of folks who have financially and prayerfully supported our schools by giving to the Educational Support Services fund.

While I have often written about our journey at Apple Pie, Anyone?, I had never given a speech before. It was no small joy and even honor to stand before so many who have walked with us for so long. I considered it an opportunity to say ‘Thank you.’

But, as I was writing everything down, another Truth came through loud and clear:

The body of Christ is incomplete without my special-needs child.
The body of Christ is incomplete without my imperfect self.
The body of Christ is incomplete without You.

Hear me, Friends. Whatever your cross, however tall the weeds you are pushing through right now…

The body of Christ is incomplete without you. He does not make mistakes and He is not sorry. He is sovereign and holy and just. Grace and peace to you today.

Today is a BIG day.

HUGE day.

A couple months ago, Dayspring’s (in)courage website put out the call to women who were up for leading an online community.  There were lists of ideas… community for empty nesters, moms of teens, single women… but none for moms of special-needs kids.  I sat there staring at the screen and wondering what in the world kind of sign that was… and then I read the words “is social media one of your love languages?” Fine.  Alright.  I’m in.  But I’m not doing it alone.  So I called Kaylee, who I haven’t seen in person since we were both single and singing at Mars Hill. Now we’re married and each have a child with a fat medical file.  Kaylee said yes, and here we are.

The complete list of communities HERE.  There are online Bible studies, blogfrog groups, facebook groups, high commitment and low committment groups.  All kinds of groups.  It’s a way for busy gals to plug in, meet some new women, and share their stories. Maybe you need that right now.  Maybe you know someone who needs this right now.  The first session (for those in a time-sensitive group like a reading study) goes through December 2.  After December 2, you can continue or move on.  No big.

Kaylee and I are HERE.  We named our group (in)Able or (in)Ablers… because our lives often involve the opposite.  We want to enable moms… to build them up… to give them (and us) a safe place to talk. The Facebook group is HERE.  Send folks if you think it would be a blessing to them.

You’ve always been so supportive of our journey with Rylie.  I thought it was appropriate to celebrate this step with you, and to ask for prayers as Kaylee and I lead (?) this group for women who so desperately need to be near other women who understand what it is to live in the world of special-needs.  We’re excited and scared!

But, we’re ready.  Bring it.