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Friday, January 4, 2013

success

When I was a young mom and wife, I was newly united with my half sister. My father's daughter. She was 6 years older than I and she was a registered nurse. A Cardiac Care specialty nurse. However she never liked that type of nursing so she worked many years as a nurse in Rehab facilities. She wasn't married and she traveled a lot. She loved photography. My Dad loved photography.

I like to paint, and I couldn't take a "good" photograph if my life depended on it! My Dad was very proud of my sister. She was everything I was not.

He off handedly announced to my mom, my sisters, and my kids that day- that I would never climb the ladder of success.

I was surprised, but not hurt. Right then and there, I realized, that my Dad's definition of success was very different than mine.

And I LOVE my definition of success! LOL!!

My definition of success is following Christ with abandon! Wherever He leads, whatever He asks.
Go-do!
He is my success!
And just look where He led me! :o)

 
Jacob does not know yet that he too is a part of God's success story with me! Because God uses all things for good. God has not forgotten Jacob. God sees that Jacob is here. And God will reach him. Right now He reaches him through our family! We are called to be God's success with Jacob! Now that's what I call success! Climbing the ladder of success, climbing Jacob's ladder! (pun intended!) 
 
 
One step at a time. One little boy who so easily could have been left behind. He had given up. He had no hope. His value so small, he could be used for experimental brain surgery. They didn't worry about telling anyone or rationalizing the need for it. They didn't even tell his father,(Tom) 4 months after it was done, while his father was visiting him. Why? Didn't they think we'd care?
Was the surgery a success?
We don't think so.


Is it any wonder that Jacob prefers to be alone? He trust no one.
Is it any wonder why he cries, maybe fearing if we too will have him operated on?

 
Success! Jacob will never be alone again.
The ENT said no need to remove his adenoids and tonsils!! YES!
Praise God!
But they fear he may have a significant amount of  hearing loss from his brain surgery. They want to put him to sleep to check. We will wait to do this. He was just put out in Oct. for his MRI.
Praise God! The only surgery he needs right now is a circumcision.
He will continue yearly MRIs for his arachnoidal cysts. In March he will start physical therapy and see a "movement" specialist. The movement specialist is the Dr who helps you get braces, walker or a wheel chair, whatever you need to help you walk.
 
My Dad is not alive to see Jacob. He was always uncomfortable around our kids with special needs. He missed out on seeing the kind of success that is long lasting and never leaves. God's success in us. I feel sad he tried and worked so hard to make his own success, when God gives us all success for free! 

12 comments:

  1. I LOVE your kind of success. It has nothing to do with the world and everything to do with God.

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  2. Beautiful post Elizabeth! I love reading about your wonderful family and love seeing pics of your brand new boys.:) Ma is one of my favorites too.:) Love you and please know that I don't comment often but I have you on googlereader and I read all of your posts. Your Jacob reminds me a little of my Liam. When I begin to feel discouraged or down, I can always count on your blog and your Christian heart to put me back in focus to what Jesus sees in us. Love you!

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    1. Thank You Amy you are so kind! :o) (((HUGS))) I love your boys too!!

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  3. I call you and your life a success too!

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    1. Aaaaw! I love you Alex! Hope you got my e-mails! The boys LOVE their cute clothes you sent!! (((HUGS)))

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  4. I love this post...Jacob's ladder, which also reminds me of the account in the Bible when Jacob fled his father's home for fear of his life, and sleeping in the open, using stones for a pillow, he dreamed of a ladder resting on earth and extending into Heaven with angels ascending and descending. When you have time, you might find this commentary interesting and applicable to followers of Christ and the blessings we have when following God (spiritual success!). http://mhc.biblecommenter.com/genesis/28.htm It's from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary. Your Jacob suffered untold things that no one should go through, but God has placed him in your family where he is learning the love of Christ every day.

    Very thankful that Jacob only has need of the surgery for circumcision and nothing more. Praying his hearing is intact. So exciting that OT will be coming out to evaluate and help.

    Love you!

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    1. Oh Sonya that was beautiful! LOVE that commentary! Thank You so much for sharing. Our Jacob IS so LOVED by God. We are so LOVED by God! (((HUGS)))

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  5. It is so sad that society in general makes the definition of success dependent on one's bank account. I have known several truly wealthy people in my lifetime and none of them were truly happy. They spent their time worrying about their money and someone taking it from them. It controlled them. True success is having the security deep down in your soul that you have made a difference. Success does not come easy, it does not come in a package, in a bank account or from the admiration from others. IT comes from fulfilling God's word and knowing in your heart that your success lies in HIM. He will provide our reward. I pity people like your father who were blind to such success. I had a family member like that. He lived and died miserably and made others around him miserable, too. He did the same thing to his children that your dad did to you. He beat them down emotionally. Fortunately, thay had a mom who showed them that true success is in a Christian Heart and living for HIM. Elizabeth, you are successful! God bless you for having such a heart for "the least of these".

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    1. Aaaw! Bless your heart for commenting. So true. I came to forgive my parents for their ignorance. And my mom became a Christian in her 50's!! Praise God!!
      (((HUGS)))

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  6. I am so thankful that despite your father's words and attitudes, you had the strength, grace and faith to know your worth and your path. You are so very successful and valuable. Those boys are also successful and valuable. You should be very proud of yourself.

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    1. Thank You Lisa! You are so kind! (((HUGS)))

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