Sunday, December 22, 2019
by Tammy Terry

“Have I not commanded you – be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9

As I was pondering my Advent devotional, I couldn’t help but think of my daughter. Most of you know Erin – she is a “mini-me” of her mother in appearance. She is funny and outspoken. She is compassionate and has the kindest heart of anyone I know. She runs her mouth continually, and is a “butt pain”. But, I wouldn’t trade her for anything in the world. Erin is also “special needs”. However, there is one other thing. In the past year, my daughter has taught me how courageous she is.

Last November, at 32 years of age, Erin decided that mom and dad were old and boring, and she wanted to move out into a group home. This was entirely her idea. She left what was comfortable and familiar, safe and secure. She moved into a situation where she didn’t know anyone, and would start a new job. It was a completely new situation for her – having always been “sheltered” by her parents, now she had lots of individual responsibilities, as well as getting used to 3 roommates.

It has been a time of great transition, and there have been some tears along the way. But through it all, my girl has realized several things:

  • She “can do”. She is quite capable of making decisions, and having responsibilities.
  • No matter what, mom and dad are only a phone call away.
  • And – most of all – God is with her wherever she goes.

This is a lesson to us. If all we do is stay wrapped up in our little cocoon, we miss out on quite a lot – new experiences and new challenges.

Erin has gotten plugged into a church and witnesses to her fellow housemates and staff. My girl has proven that she is strong, she is brave, and she is courageous. And she does this with the confidence that God is always with her, wherever she goes.

Every day, each of us face life’s challenges. With those challenges, however, comes the assurance that we always have the Holy Spirit to guide and comfort us. Keep your eyes on the prize and hold on!