Monday, October 8, 2012

Lessons in Motherhood from Helen Keller

I was reading a synopsis of Helen Keller's life when this sentence pierced me:

"Living in a dark and silent world did not keep Helen Keller from reaching her God-given potential ----- mainly because one woman, Anne Sullivan, made the effort to look beyond the limitations and imagine what God could do with the abilities He had given her young student." 



I was pierced with the thoughts of rewording the sentence to read:

Losing both his father and mother at an early age and living on the streets of Ethiopia did not keep Daniel Soutter from reaching his God-given potential ---- mainly because one woman, his mother, Su Soutter, made the effort to look beyond the limitations and imagine what God could do with the abilities and gifts He had given her child.

OR

Being diagnosed with autism did not keep Brandon White from reaching his God-given potential ----- mainly because one woman, his mother, Jackie White, made the effort to look beyond the limitations and imagine what God could do with the abilities and gifts He had given her child.*


OR

Struggling with reading all thru school and later being labeled ADD did not keep Katlyn Miller from reaching her God-given potential ----- mainly because one woman, her mother, Ellen Miller, made the effort to look beyond the limitations and imagine what God could do with the abilities and gifts He had given her child.*

OR

Being born with the disease cystic fibrosis did not keep Dylan Smith from reaching his God-given potential ----- mainly because one woman, his mother, Nicole Smith, made the effort to look beyond the limitations and imagine what God could do with the abilities and gifts He had given her child.


How would you reword that sentence to include your child's name and your name?

Oh, may we as mothers affirm the potential we see in our children. May we see all the possibilities for their lives.

In the sentences with * by them, I have changed the name of the child and mom, but these are real life girlfriends' stories too.

I am linking up this post to my favorite linky parties: Titus 2 Tuesday, Titus 2sdays, Thankful Homemaker, and Women Living Well, Juana Mikel's blog, and  A 2 Z Home Stories.

4 comments:

  1. so the first time I read this, I cried too hard to be able to comment. But I immediately shared it on Facebook. I sent a link to it to another friend today, as she is struggling with her child's autism. And I came back here to post a comment on my child's mission...yeah, you guessed it. Crying again.Thanks for sharing these beautiful words. Hope is the best thing a weary mom's heart can get hold of.

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  2. What an inspiring post. Thank you for this. :)

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  3. I loved this post. Oh that we would realize the powerful influence we have been given as moms. It just hit me that on Monday, I wrote on a similar thought...http://daysnthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/are-my-peeps-following/

    Anyway, I visited from Juana Mikels link-up & am so glad that I did!
    Blessings,
    Joanne

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