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700 Club Interactive: Parenting a Special Needs Child - May 29, 2014

Few experiences are as challenging and rewarding as parenting a child with special needs. Meet some amazing families and lean more on today’s 700 Club Interactive. Read Transcript


Gordon: A MOM RECEIVES

DEVASTATING NEWS.

THE DOCTOR LIFTED HER UP,

AND IN THAT MOMENT BOTH MY

HUSBAND AND I KNEW SOMETHING

WAS WRONG.

AND I WAS AFRAID.

I WAS REALLY, REALLY

AFRAID.

Gordon: HOW SHE WENT

FROM FEAR TO FAITH.

ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

Gordon: WELL, WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

IN AMERICA, THERE ARE OVER

10 MILLION CHILDREN WITH

SPECIAL NEEDS, AND IT

AFFECTS ONE IN FIVE

HOUSEHOLDS.

AND WHILE THOSE CHILDREN ARE

GOING THROUGH THEIR UNIQUE

STRUGGLES, THEIR PARENTS

ARE, TOO.

Terry: JENNY JONES

KNOWS THIS ALL TOO WELL.

SHE STRIVED FOR THE PERFECT

LIFE.

SO WHEN HER DAUGHTER, ABBEY,

WAS BORN WITH DOWN SYNDROME,

JEN THOUGHT HER LIFE WAS

RUINED.

BUT SOON SHE REALIZED

SOMETHING LIFE-CHANGING,

THAT WE ALL HAVE SPECIAL

NEEDS.

IT WAS MY FIRST BABY, AND

I WANTED TO FEEL EXCITED.

I WANTED TO FEEL, LIKE, WOW

THIS I WOW, THIS IS

GLORIOUS, BUT IT WASN'T.

AND I WAS AFRAID.

I WAS REALLY, REALLY

AFRAID.

I PRETTY MUCH ASSUMED

EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE

PERFECT AND WONDERFUL.

YOU IMAGINE THAT IT IS GOING

TO BE THIS GLORIOUS MOMENT

WHEN THE DOCTOR LIFTS UP

YOUR BABY TO THE HEAVENS AND

SAYS, IT'S A GIRL.

AND WHEN I HAD ADDISON, IT

WAS VERY DIFFERENT THAN

THAT.

THE DOCTOR LIFTED HER UP,

AND IN THAT MOMENT BOTH MY

HUSBAND AND I KNEW SOMETHING

WAS WRONG.

AND IT SEEMED LIKE IT HAD

BEEN HOURS OF ME BEING VERY

MUCH IN THE DARK AND

WONDERING WHAT'S HAPPENING

WITH MY BABY?

WHAT ARE THEY DOING?

MY DOCTOR ACTUALLY CAME BACK

INTO THE DELIVERY ROOM.

AND HE BEGAN TO DRAW

PICTURES OF WHAT HAD GONE

WRONG IN HER ESOPHAGUS AND

HER STOMACH AND HER

TRACHEA.

AND FOR HER TO SURVIVE, THEY

WERE GOING TO HAVE TO DO

SURGERY.

NAIVELY I WAS OKAY WITH THAT

BECAUSE WHAT I WAS HEARING

THE DOCTOR SAY IS, WE CAN

FIX THIS.

AND THAT'S WHEN THEY SAID,

AND WE'RE GOING TO DO SOME

CHROMOSOME TESTING.

THEY PERFORMED THE SURGERY

ON DAY ONE, AND DAY THREE

THE GENETICIST DELIVERED THE

NEWS THAT IN FACT ADDISON

HAS TRI ZOME 21, ALSO KNOWN

AS DOWN SYNDROME.

I HAD BEEN SERVING THE LORD

MOST OF MY LIFE.

I SORT OF HAD THIS IDEA I DO

GOOD AND EVERYTHING WORKS

OUT PERFECT WITH A PRETTY

LITTLE BOW.

I FELT LIKE I HAD BEEN GIVEN

LESS THAN.

I FELT LIKE WHEN GOD GAVE

ADDISON TO ME, HE GAVE ME A

BROKEN BABY.

HERE IS THIS CHILD THAT IS

NOT SO TYPICAL AND NOT SO

PERFECT, AND WHAT IS

EVERYONE GOING TO SAY ABOUT

THAT.

WHEN ADDIE WAS ABOUT SIX

MONTHS OLD, I HIT A REALLY

LOW, LOW.

I WAS SUPER ANGRY AT GOD.

MY HUSBAND WAS SERVING AS A

PASTOR, AND I TOLD HIM,

FIGURE IT OUT, TELL THE

PEOPLE WHAT YOU'VE GOT TO

TELL THEM, BUT I'M NOT GOING

BECAUSE I'M DONE WITH THIS

WHOLE THING.

I'M DONE WITH GOD.

I'M DONE WITH CHURCH.

I THOUGHT WHERE TWO OR THREE

COME TOGETHER AND ASK

ANYTHING IN HIS NAME, IT

WOULD BE DONE.

AND WE'D DONE THAT.

WE PRAYED FOR ADDIE TO BE

WHOLE AND HEALED, AND THAT

WASN'T HAPPENING.

MY HUSBAND, HE SAID, I GET

IT, YOU DON'T TRUST GOD.

BUT CAN YOU TRUST ME?

AND I'M, LIKE, YES.

AND HE SAID, FOR ME AND MY

HOUSE, WE'RE GOING TO SERVE

THE LORD.

SO YOU FOLLOW ME, AND I'M

GOING TO KEEP FOLLOWING GOD,

AND WE'LL SEE WHERE THIS

TAKES US.

AND AS HE FOLLOWED GOD, IT

ENABLED ME TO WALK THROUGH

THAT LOW TIME AND THAT

PAIN.

IT WASN'T AN OVERNIGHT

SENSATION, BUT ONE STEP AT A

TIME, AS SHE BEGAN TO GROW

AND SHE BEGAN TO DEVELOP,

AND AS I BEGAN TO GET RID OF

MYSELF, I SAW ALL OF THE

GOODNESS INSIDE OF THIS

CHILD, AND I BEGAN TO SEE

THE UPS AND NOT THE DOWNS.

ADDIE!

[LAUGHTER]

SHE HAS DONE WAY MORE

THAN WE EVER DREAMED THAT

SHE COULD DO.

HER DISABILITY -- I DON'T

LOOK AT IT LIKE THAT

ANYMORE.

I LOOK AT IT AS THIS

OPPORTUNITY FOR

POSSIBILITIES BECAUSE THAT'S

WHAT SHE MAKES OF IT.

[YELLING]

HERE, HERE, HERE.

I DO THAT.

I THINK SOMETIMES ADDIE

IS PRIVILEGED TO BE CREATED

THE WAY THAT SHE IS BECAUSE

SHE DOESN'T HAVE THE SAME

INHIBITIONS.

SHE IS THE BRIGHT LIGHT IN

EVERY ROOM THAT WE WALK

INTO.

WHEN GOD SAYS TO COME TO HIM

LIKE A LITTLE CHILD, I GET

IT.

I UNDERSTAND WHY.

IT'S JUST THIS INNOCENCE,

THIS ABILITY TO ENJOY LIFE

AND NOT CARE ABOUT SO MANY

THINGS THAT REALLY DON'T

MATTER.

THAT'S HOW ADDIE LIVES.

EVEN WHEN IT'S HARD AND WHEN

IT'S PAINFUL, IT'S OFTEN

THOSE TIMES IN OUR LIFE

WHERE WE THINK IT IS A

PERIOD, WE THINK IT IS THE

END OF THE STORY.

SO WHAT I'VE LEARNED WAS

ADDIE IS THERE IS ANOTHER

CHAPTER, AND THAT YOU CAN

TURN THE PAGE, AND REALLY

THE PAIN IS JUST A COMMA.

EMBRACING WHAT GOD HAS

PLACED IN MY HANDS, AND

LETTING GO OF MY

EXPECTATIONS AND IDEALS, AND

SURROUNDING THAT TO HIM, IT

DISLEAVDID LEAVE ME VERY

WEAK.

BUT IN MY WEAKNESS, HE WAS

MADE STRONG.

ONE, TWO, THREE.

[GIGGLING]

IF THEY CAME TO ME AND

SAID, HEY, WE CAN CHANGE

DOWN SYNDROME, I WOULD SAY,

NO THANKS BECAUSE I LOVE THE

LITTLE GIRL THAT GOD CREATED

HER TO BE.

ADDIE, BECAUSE OF YOU, I

LEARNED TO SURRENDER.

YOU BROUGHT ME TO A NEW

LEVEL OF DEPENDENCE ON GOD'S

WORD.

YOU INSPIRED AN ENDURING

CHANGE IN MY PERSPECTIVE AND

A LEAP IN MY FAITH.

I SEE THAT NO ONE IS FREE

FROM STRUGGLES OR

OBSTACLES.

WE ALL HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS.

ADDIE, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH

JUST THE WAY THAT YOU ARE.

Terry: SO MANY TIMES,

WHEN LIFE DEALS US AN

UNEXPECTED EVENT OR

HAPPENING, AND WE SEE IT AS

NEGATIVE, IT REALLY IS GOD'S

INVITATION TO A DEEPER

UNDERSTANDING.

YOU HEAR IT IN JEN, DON'T

YOU?

SHE HAS DISCOVERED SO MUCH

NOT JUST ABOUT ADDIE, HER

DAUGHTER, BUT ABOUT HERSELF

AND ABOUT LIFE IN GENERAL.

JUST TODAY I WAS PRAYING

WITH A FRIEND WHO HAS GONE

THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT

THINGS, AND GOING THROUGH

SOME DIFFICULT THINGS, AND

JUST TALKING ABOUT WHAT GOD

IS DOING IN THE MIDDLE OF

THAT.

HE IS ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS

THERE, ALWAYS DOING MORE

THAN WE COULD ASK FOR OR

IMAGINE.

IT IS JUST THAT SOMETIMES IN

OUR SPECIAL NEED, ON THE

FRONT END IN THESE THINGS,

WE DON'T SEE THE OPPORTUNITY

THAT JEN IS TALKING ABOUT.

WE WOULD FAR RATHER HAVE THE

SHALLOW THAN THE DEEP, FAR

RATHER HAVE THE EASE THAN

THE PAIN THAT OFTEN

ACCOMPANIES OUR GROWING, OUR

UNDERSTANDING, OUR

BECOMING.

AND GOD IS SO MUCH MORE

ABOUT OUR BECOMING.

AND YOU CAN SEE IN CHILDREN,

SPECIAL CHILDREN LIKE ADDIE,

WHAT A WONDERFUL QUALITY

THEY HAVE TO JUST LIVE

UNENCUMBERED BY A LOT OF THE

STUFF THAT THE REST OF US

SHARE.

AND WHAT A JOY SHE IS TO HER

FAMILY.

EMBRACING GOD'S PLAN AND

PURPOSE EVERY DAY, NO MATTER

WHAT IT BRINGS.

KNOWING THAT ROMANS 8: 28

APPLIES TO EVERYTHING IN OUR

LIVES.

AND EVEN WHEN IT IS NOT WHAT

THE ENEMY HAS MEANT FOR EVIL

, THE THING THAT SCARES US,

THAT MAKES US FEEL INCAPABLE

OF RISING ABOVE IT, AND

TEACH US HOW TO LIVE IN YOU,

THROUGH YOU, TO THE OTHER

SIDE, TO THE DEEPER SIDE OF

THINGS THAT MATTER.

THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING

ABOUT TODAY.

AS WE GO ON WITH OUR

PROGRAM, IF YOU'RE

STRUGGLING IN YOUR OWN LIFE,

IF THERE ARE THINGS THAT

YOU'RE ENCOUNTERING IN YOUR

LIFE THAT MAYBE ARE

DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO GET

OVER OR UNDER OR THROUGH OR

AROUND, CALL AND HAVE

SOMEONE PRAY WITH YOU.

WE HAVE PEOPLE STANDING BY

TO TAKE YOUR CALL.

AND WE WOULD LOVE TO PRAY

FOR YOU TODAY.

BUT KNOW, ABOVE ALL THINGS,

THAT GOD IS ON HIS THRONE.

THAT ALL IS WELL.

THAT NOTHING COMES ACROSS

YOUR PATH OR MINE WITHOUT

FIRST PASSING BY HIS

THRONE.

GORDON?

Gordon: COMING UP ON

THE PROGRAM, WE'RE GOING TO

HEAR WHAT CHILDREN ASHED

AROUND THE WORLD HAVE TO SAY

TO AN EXPECTING MOM.

ALL OF THAT WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Gordon: EARLIER IN THE

PROGRAM, WE MET A MOM WHO

THOUGHT HER LIFE WAS RUINED

AFTER HER BABY WAS BORN WITH

DOWN SYNDROME.

SHE IS NOT THE ONLY MOM WHO

HAS FELT THAT WAY.

SO WE WANTED TO SHOW YOU A

MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM

CHILDREN WITH DOWN SYNDROME

FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

WHO SAY THERE ARE MORE

POSSIBILITIES THAN

LIMITATIONS.

DON'T BE AFRAID.

Through Translator:

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Gordon: WHAT A

WONDERFUL MESSAGE OF HOPE.

I LOVE WHAT THE MOTHER SAID

IN THE EARLIER PIECE, THAT

WE ALL HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS

WHEN YOU START RECOGNIZING

THAT WE'RE ALL BROKEN, WE

ALL HAVE OUR OWN UNIQUE

PROBLEMS, OUR OWN UNIQUE

DIFFICULTIES, NO ONE GETS AN

EASY RIDE IN THIS LIFE.

BUT FOLLOW THAT WITH HIS

STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT IN

OUR WEAKNESS.

SO INSTEAD OF REJECTING THE

WEAKNESS, EMBRACE IT.

AND UNDERSTAND THAT AT THE

WEAKEST MOMENT, THAT'S

PRECISELY WHEN HE SHOWS

HIMSELF STRONG.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE LIFE OF

JESUS AND YOU SEE ALL OF THE

MIRACLES, YOU SEE THE

WONDERFUL PROPHECIES ABOUT

HIS BIRTH, SEE HIM GROWING

WITH FAVOR, WITH GOD'S

HAND.

YOU SEE HIM AT THE TEMPLE

WHEN HE IS 12 YEARS OLD.

YOU SEE HIM START HIS

MINISTRY.

BUT THE GREATEST MOMENT IN

HIS MINISTRY WAS AT HIS

WEAKEST POINT, WHEN HE'S

HANGING ON A CROSS AND HE IS

DYING.

IT'S THAT UNDERSTANDING THAT

IN YOUR WEAKNESS, THAT'S THE

STRONGEST POINT.

AND THAT'S WHEN GOD REALLY

SHOWS HIMSELF STRONG.

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THAT,

THAT'S THE KEY TO FIRST

EMBRACING IT AND THEN SEEING

IT THROUGH.

WELL, THIS IS "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," AND WE WANT TO

PRAY FOR YOU.

AND LET'S GO OVER TO JESSICA

TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING

ONLINE.

JESSICA?

GORDON, ASHLEY WRITES IN,

"NMY SON WAS BORN WITH DOWN

SYNDROME, HE IS NINE YEARS

OLD BUT CANNOT TALK WELL.

HE IS VERY FRUSTRATED IN NOT

BEING ABLE TO COMMUNICATE

CLEARLY.

WE HAVE NEVER STOPPED

BELIEVING THAT GOD WILLLY

HEAL HIM.

PLEASE AGREE WITH ME IN

PRAYING."

SHIRLEY WRITES, "I HAVE

THREE SONS WITH SPECIAL

NEEDS.

I LOVE THEM VERY MUCH, BUT

THEY'RE DIFFICULT SONS AND

ARE CONSTANTLY GETTING INTO

TROUBLE.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THEIR

SALVATION AND DELIVERANCE

FOR THEIR DISABILITIES."

WE'RE GOING TO GO TO PRAYER

FOR THESE NEEDS.

IF YOU'RE WATCHING AND YOU

HAVE A CHILD WITH SPECIAL

NEEDS, OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO

DOES, JOIN IN WITH US.

HEAVEN FATHER, WE JUST THANK

YOU, GOD, THAT YOU LOVE

THESE CHILDREN EVEN MORE

THAN WE DO.

AND, FATHER, YOU'VE HEARD

THE REQUEST OF ASHLEY, WHO

IS BELIEVING AND HOLDING ON

IN FAITH FOR HER CHILD TO BE

HEALED AND FOR HIM TO SPEAK

CLEARLY.

SO, FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU

DO A MIRACLE.

THAT YOU TOUCH HIS BODY

RIGHT NOW.

FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOUR

KINGDOM COME AND YOUR WILL

BE DONE RIGHT NOW IN JESUS'

NAME, IN HIS BODY.

FATHER, WE THANK YOU THAT HE

IS FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY

MADE.

AND FOR ASHLEY, WHO IS

PRAYING IN FOR HER THREE

SONS, LORD, WE JUST ASK THAT

YOU TOUCH THEM AS WELL.

THAT YOU STRENGTHEN HER.

FATHER, THAT IN OUR OWN

WEAKNESS YOU ARE MADE

STRONG.

FATHER WE ASK FOR THEIR

SALVATION.

WE ASK THAT YOU WOULD GIVE

THEM A REVELATION OF YOUR

FATHER'S LOVE FOR THEM.

FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU

TOUCH THEIR BODIES, THAT YOU

DO A CREATIVE MIRACLE,

LORD.

FATHER, WE THANK YOU, GOD,

THAT ANYTHING THAT WE ASK IN

YOUR NAME, THAT WE CAN

BELIEVE, APPROACHING THE

THRONE OF GRACE WITH

BOLDNESS.

FATHER, KNOWING THAT YOU

GIVE GOD THINGS TO YOUR

CHILDREN, COMING BEFORE YOU,

TRUSTING YOU, LORD.

SO WE ASK THESE THINGS IN

JESUS' NAME, AMEN.

Gordon: IF YOU NEED

PRAYER, WE'RE HERE FOR YOU,

24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A

WEEK.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US, 1-888-777-1999.

TERRY?

Terry: STILL TO COME, A

MOM MEETS HER NEWBORN SON

FOR THE FIRST TIME AND IS

SHOCKED BY WHAT SHE SEES.

IT WAS A SHOCK TO ME.

I EXPECTED TO SEE MY BABY

CRYING OR LAUGHING LIKE ANY

OF THE OTHER BABIES.

Terry: SEE HOW VIEWERS

LIKE YOU CHANGED THIS SON'S

FUTURE.

THAT'S NEXT.

Terry: CBN PROVIDES

SURGERY TO CHILDREN ALL

AROUND THE WORLD, LIKE

SANTO, WHO'S LIFE WAS

CHANGED AFTER HER MOTHER

WATCHED A TELEVISION SHOW.

Reporter: ANGELA WAS

EXCITED ABOUT HAVING HER

FIRST BABY.

BUT WHEN HER SON, SANTO, WAS

BORN WITH A CLEFT LIP AND

PALATE, THE NEW MOM WAS

DEVASTATED.

IT WAS A SHOCK FOR ME.

I WAS EXPECTING TO SEE MY

SON SMILING, LAUGHING, OR

CRYING, LIKE ANY OTHER

BABY.

BUT WHEN THE NURSES TOLD ME

ABOUT HIS PROBLEMS, I CRIED

AND CRIED.

Reporter: SHE KNEW HER

SON WOULD HAVE A DIFFICULT

LIFE.

IT WAS HARD FOR ME TO SEE

MY SON SWALLOW FOOD AND EVEN

BREATHE.

IT REALLY BROKE MY HEART.

Reporter: WHERE THEY

LIVED IN MADAGASCAR, NO ONE

COULD HELP THEM.

AND TRAVELLING TO HAVE

SURGERY WOULD BE TOO

EXPENSIVE.

I KNEW MY SON NEEDED

SURGERY, BUT THERE WAS NO

WAY WE COULD EVER AFFORD

IT.

Reporter: ONE DAY,

WHILE ANGELA WAS WATCHING

THE FRENCH VERSION OF "THE

700 CLUB," SHE HEARD ABOUT

CBN HAD HELPED OTHER

CHILDREN WITH CLEFT PALATE

LATES.

AND SO SHE CALLED CBN AND

SOON WAS ON HER WAY TO SOUTH

AFRICA WITH HER SON.

THE WHOLE TRIP AND SANTO'S

SURGERY WAS ALL PAID FOR BY

CBN'S "ORPHANS' PROMISE."

I AM VERY THANKFUL THAT

THE LORD SHOWED US HIS

GRACE.

NOW HE WILL BE ABLE TO GROW

UP AND HAVE A NORMAL LIFE.

Reporter: THANKS TO

CBN, SANTO WILL BE ABLE TO

MAKE FRIENDS AND HAVE A JOB

ONE DAY.

CBN HAS BEEN THE HAND OF

GOD STRETCHED OUT TO US.

THANK YOU.

Terry: WHAT SHE SAYS IS

WHAT OUR DESIRE IS, TO BE

THE HAND OF GOD,

OUTSTRETCHED TO PEOPLE IN

NEED ACROSS THE WORLD.

WE INVITE YOU TO BE A PART

OF THAT.

IT IS SUCH A GREAT THING TO

KNOW YOU'RE CHANGING

PEOPLE'S LIVES, THAT YOU'RE

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR

MIDST OF NEED.

IF YOU HAVEN'T JOINED "THE

700 CLUB," YOU'RE MISSING

OUT ON A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

WE WANT TO INVITE YOU TO DO

THAT TODAY.

IT IS 65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A

MONTH TO BE A GENERAL CLUB

MEMBER.

THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF US

WHO HAVE LINKED ARMS

TOGETHER, SAYING LET'S TOUCH

THE WORLD WITH THE LOVE OF

JESUS.

YOU CAN DO THAT BY CALLING

THE TOLL-FREE NUMBER YOU SEE

ON YOUR SCREEN,

1-888-777-1999.

YOU CAN ALSO LOG ON TO

CBN.COM.

IF YOU CALL, JUST SAY, I

WANT TO JOIN "THE 700

CLUB."

THERE IS SOMEONE ON THE

OTHER END OF THE LINE WHO

WILL WELCOME YOU TO THE

FAMILY OF MINISTRIES AND

OUTREACH FROM HERE.

GORDON?

Gordon: WE HAVE SOME

QUESTIONS THAT HAVE COME

IN.

DESTINY SAYS, "I HAVE TWO

CHILDREN THAT HAD BRAIN

TRAUMA AT BIRTH, AND NOW

THEY HAVE PHYSICAL AND

LEARNING DISABILITIES.

PEOPLE SEEM TO HAVE NO

FILTER AND MAKE COMMENTS

ABOUT THEIR CONDITION AND MY

CHOICE TO HAVE THEM.

I TRY TO BE KIND AND EDUCATE

THEM, BUT SOMETIMES THE HURT

GOES DEEP.

WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP FROM

LOSING MY TEMPER WITH PEOPLE

THAT DO NOT UNDERSTAND MY

CHILDREN OR MY DECISION."

TERRY, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Terry: WELL, DESTINY, I

THINK THAT WHEN YOU SAY, I

TRY TO EDUCATE THEM, YOU

HAVE HIT UPON A GREAT

OPPORTUNITY.

YOU KNOW PEOPLE, I THINK,

SOMETIMES HAVE STRONG

OPINIONS ABOUT THINGS

THEY'VE NEVER EXPERIENCED OR

GONE THROUGH.

GOD SAYS LIFE IS PRECIOUS,

ALL LIFE.

HE DOESN'T QUALIFY IT AS

SOME OF IT, OR PEOPLE WHO

LOOK LIKE THIS OR MEASURE UP

TO THAT, OR HAVE THE SAME

LEARNING CAPACITY AS

EVERYONE ELSE.

SO IT IS A WONDERFUL

OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU NOT JUST

EDUCATE THEM IN THE VALUE OF

YOUR CHILDREN, BUT THE VALUE

OF LIFE IN GENERAL.

I KNOW IT IS DEEPLY HURTING

WHEN SOMEONE DOESN'T

UNDERSTAND WHATARE INVESTING

SO MUCH OF YOURSELF IN AND

WHERE YOU FEEL SO

MISUNDERSTOOD.

I THINK IN MOST PLACES WE

HAVE TO FIND OUR PEACE OF

HEART, PEACE OF MIND, IF YOU

WILL, IN THE LORD.

IN THE SOLID KNOWLEDGE WE

HAVE DONE WHAT HE CALLED US

TO DO, THAT WE'VE BEEN

FAITHFUL.

THAT GOD HAS A WAY THAT IS

DEEPER AND BETTER THAN

ANYTHING WE HAVE PURPOSED OR

PLANNED.

I THINK WE SAW THAT IN THE

FIRST STORY IN THIS

PROGRAM.

NOT EVERYBODY IS GOING TO

UNDERSTAND THAT.

AND MOST PEOPLE DON'T

UNDERSTAND WHAT CAN BE TAKEN

AWAY FROM THAT, THE VALUE

THAT CAN BE LEARNED, AND THE

GIFT THAT CHILDREN LIKE THIS

CAN GIVE.

BECAUSE THEY DO GIVE THE

GIFT IN THEIR PRESENCE AND

THEIR DEVELOPMENT.

EVERY MILESTONE IS A

CELEBRATION OF FAR MORE

SIGNIFICANCE THAN THE

AVERAGE CHILD BECAUSE THEY

HAVE TO COME THROUGH SO MUCH

TO GET THERE.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, I THINK

THAT FINDING YOUR PEACE IN

GOD AND THEN RECOGNIZING

THAT GOD WANTS TO USE YOU TO

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OTHER

PEOPLE'S THINKING AND

UNDERSTANDING OF THINGS.

THERE IS FRUSTRATION IN IT,

AND THERE IS NO QUESTION.

SOMETIMES I FEEL THAT MYSELF

WHEN PEOPLE SAY TO ME IN

FRONT OF MY KIDS, WHAT A

WONDERFUL THING YOU'VE DONE

TO ADOPT THESE POOR

CHILDREN.

AND I THINK, THEY WERE THE

GIFT TO ME.

AND LITTLE DID I KNOW UNTIL

THEY CAME HOW MUCH CHANGING

I NEEDED TO DO, HOW LITTLE I

KNEW ABOUT LOVING

UNCONDITIONALLY.

BUT I HAVE COME TO THE PLACE

WHERE I DON'T EXPECT THOSE

PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND

ANYMORE.

NOW I JUST SMILE, AND MY

CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED TO

SMILE, TOO.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: I DIDN'T KNOW

THAT HAD HAPPENED TO YOU.

Terry: OH, MANY TIMES.

Gordon: WHAT WAS THAT

FAMILY CONFERENCE LIKE?

Terry: USUALLY IT

HAPPENS RIGHT IN THE MOMENT,

AFTER THE PERSON LEAVES.

AND SOMETIMES WE JUST HAVE

TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT PEOPLE

DON'T UNDERSTAND.

AND I SAY TO MY CHILDREN

WHAT I SAY TO YOU, LISTEN,

GOD PROVIDED FOR YOU, BUT HE

SO BLESSED US IN THE

PROCESS.

SO IT'S BEEN AN OPPORTUNITY,

REALLY, TO REINFORCE TO THEM

JUST HOW PRECIOUS THEY ARE

TO US, AND HOW OFF THE MARK

THE OTHER WAY OF THINKING

IS.

Gordon: AND HOW MUCH WE

GET TRAPPED IN OUR OWN

THOUGHT PROCESS AND

CONSCIOUSNESS, AND THE KEY

REALLY IS THEY JUST DON'T

KNOW BECAUSE THEY HAVEN'T

LIVED IT.

Terry: EXACTLY.

THEY'RE NOT TRYING TO BE --

Gordon: BECAUSE THEY

DON'T UNDERSTAND AT ALL.

THERE IS NO FRAME OF

REFERENCE FOR THEM.

THEY EVEN DON'T UNDERSTAND

HOW OFFENSIVE THEY'RE

BEING.

Terry: OH, NOT A BIT.

SOMETIMES WHEN PEOPLE WOULD

SAY SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO

YOU, AND RIGHT IN FRONT OF

YOUR CHILDREN, THEY MAY BE

PEOPLE WHO HAVE A DIFFERENCE

OF OPINION ON THE VALUE OF

LIFE.

SO WHAT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

TO TALK ABOUT WHAT GOD'S

PERSPECTIVE AND TAKE ON IT

IS.

AND THEY SURELY DON'T

UNDERSTAND THE INVESTMENT

YOU'RE MAKING IN THOSE

CHILDREN.

SO PARTY ON.

Gordon: WE'VE GOT

ANOTHER QUESTION.

LET'S GO TO JESSICA IN THE

CHATROOM.

MELANIE WRITES IN, "OUR

LITTLE GIRL WAS BORN WITH A

SPEECH IMPEDIMENT.

I WANT TO TEACH HER SIGN

LANGUAGE SO SHE CAN

COMMUNICATE, BUT MY HUSBAND

IS ASHAMED AND SAYS IT IS

OUR PUNISHMENT FOR LIVING IN

SIN WHEN I GOT PREGNANT AND

HE WON'T LET ME TEACH HER OR

GET HER HELP.

HOW CAN I GET HIM TO

UNDERSTAND WE'RE ACTUALLY

PUNISHING HER AND KEEPING

HER FROM COMMUNICATING WITH

OTHERS?"

Gordon: TAKE HIM TO THE

GOSPEL OF JOHN, IN THE NINTH

CHAPTER, AND AT THE VERY

BEGINNING, THE DISCIPLES

BRING A MAN BORN BLIND TO

JESUS.

AND THEY HAVE A THEOLOGICAL

QUESTION.

THEY'RE NOT LOOKING FOR HIM

TO GET HEALED OR HELPED.

THEY'RE ASKING A THEOLOGICAL

QUESTION.

WHO SINNED?

DID HIS PARENTS SIN, OR DID

GOD SOMEHOW KNOW HE WAS

GOING TO HAVE A HORRIBLE SIN

IN THE FUTURE, AND THEREFORE

JUDGED HIM AT BIRTH?

WHICH CAUSED THE BLINDNESS,

HIS PARENTS OR HIM.

FROM IS A LOT IN THE OLD

TESTAMENT ABOUT THE SINS OF

THE PARENTS BEING ON THE

CHILDREN.

BUT I WANT TO GO TO WHAT

JESUS SAID.

HE SAID, "NEITHER.

THIS HAPPENED SO THE GLORY

OF GOD WOULD BE REVEALED."

SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOUR

CHILD, THINK HOW CAN THE

GLORY OF GOD BE REVEALED.

HOW CAN YOUR CHILD, WHO IS

FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY

MADE -- HOW CAN YOUR CHILD

SHOW GOD'S GLORY.

TAKE YOUR HUSBAND TO THAT.

WE REPENT OF WHAT WE DO, AND

WE RENOUNCE THAT, WE FORSAKE

IT, AND WE WILL NEVER DO IT

AGAIN.

WE WANT TO LIVE HONORABLY

BEFORE GOD, AND WE WANT TO

SEE GOD'S GLORY IN OUR

CHILD.

WHEN YOU DO THAT, YOU'LL SEE

THE VICTORY.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PSALM 139:

888-706-8767 "I WILL

PRAISE YOU FOR I AM

FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY

MADE.

MARVELOUS ARE YOUR WORKS,

AND THAT MY SOUL KNOWS VERY

WELL."

FOR JESSICA, FOR TERRY, FOR

ME, FOR ALL OF US, GOD BLESS

YOU AND WE'LL SEE YOU

AGAIN.

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