Monday, April 20, 2009

Miracle Monday - Hope

It's Miracle Monday again!

Last Monday, I introduced you to Jeneil and Rhema. Rhema has Autism. She recently turned 5.

Five normally holds so much promise and delight.

But for Rhema's mom, Jeneil, five meant that Rhema had reached a mark in time "where 'early intervention' is no longer early, and brain plasticity is… not so 'plastic.' The age where the 'window' of opportunity for an autistic child supposedly slams shut.

According to Jeneil, Rhema, at age five has, "the receptive and expressive language of a 12-month old. If that. She will not understand that it’s her birthday. She will not march off to the local kindergarten with her peers. Last month, the neurologist said that medicine had done all it could do."

According to the doctors and their research, five was the magic number for Rhema. If her outcome was going to be "favorable" she should be talking by age five or she most likely would not ever have functional speech.

Rhema had just turned five when Jeneil wrote this post two weeks ago. She wrote that even though five was upon them and Rhema was not talking yet, she was not giving up hope.

Because Jeneil knows she doesn't need to depend on the word of neurologists or therapists or medicine. Because she has hope. Hope in Jesus.

A hope that says "...we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." - Romans 5:3-5

And it is because of that hope, that two weeks after Rhema turned five, this happened.

The Lord is good. All the time.

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is he who takes refuge in him. - Psalm 34:8

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Denise said...

Bless you for sharing, love you.

Diane Teague said...

I am so glad you shared this. It truly blessed my heart. What we take for granted is a miracle to others. Praise the Lord He is still in control.

Lee and Beth said...

Wow. That is awesome. Praise God!

Annikke said...

Thank you for posting this today. I needed to Rhema's story. Thank you.

Sneaky Momma said...

Thanks for sharing, Beth. What a beautiful story.

EntertainingMom said...

beth... i have tears streaming down my cheeks... there are no words more beautiful than "i love you!"

thanks so much for sharing... and here's hoping that mothers everywhere will hear those words from their little ones!

Grandma T said...

Rhema's love story is beautiful!

Jeneil said...

Yah! Thank you, Beth. Now I have tears (AGAIN!). And guess what, since that night she has said it twice more. My cup runneth over! God is so good.


Jaina said...

What a wonderful miracle!