You have to take things day-by-day.
I quickly discovered from other special needs parents that day-by-day is a motto for daily living. This is not a new idea. When I found the same phrase in the pages of ancient Scriptures, it became even that much more significant to me.
We are being renewed day-by-day.
A dear friend emailed me this talk shortly after Nathan came home from the hospital. In it, John Piper walks through 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. It’s honest and powerful and completely worth the sixty-five minutes required to listen. I highly recommend you listen, whether you have a special needs kid or not. It forever changed my perspective on this life.
In the beginning of Nathan’s diagnosis nothing about our circumstances felt “light and momentary.” Everything we could see felt pressing and urgent. Never mind the unseen. And what about this eternal glory? Although initially I’ll admit it felt like a slap in the face, I’ve come to realize it’s incredibly weighty, mysterious, and beautiful.
After listening over and over I began to see that God was writing a beautiful story into my life and my family. I was so focused on the things seen here in this world. I was looking for perfection and comfort and happiness here on earth where things rot and decay and are temporary. God is focused on the things which are unseen. And all of the hard things in this life – including my son’s broken chromosome – He is using renew me. God’s grander plan is preparing me for eternity with Him one day when everything will be redeemed and resurrected and made whole.
After I listened to this talk, I started searching for more Scripture pertaining to taking one day at a time – and truly living day-by-day. These have become some of my very favorite verses and a source of great hope. I hope they are for you too.
Scroll all the way down to the bottom for a free printable. Designed for you to print and cut out the verses as cards.
Simply download and print out this 8.5×11 page. Then, cut into notecards and place around your home, office, or car. Either way, they will be a great reminder of how God sustains us daily! (Click the image below to open the downloadable version.)