Ever since my son started school on August 1st, I have just loved mornings. Not necessarily the waking up early, but more the spending time with my happy little boy who just woke up. In the mornings he is so happy, so full of life. He loves going to school so he gets so excited in the mornings. In the car on the way to school, we like to count the number of buses we see, or say the alphabet. It’s a really enjoyable time for me.
Another thing about these early mornings is that I listen to early morning radio on the way to and from his school. The K-Love station is one that I enjoy listening to in the morning. They play the “encouraging story of the day,” have people call in, and play some good morning music! A few of the songs have really spoken to me as the past month as been a hard one for us. One of these particular songs is “Need You Now” by Plumb.
How many times have you heard me cry out
“God please take this”?
How many times have you given me strength to
Just keep breathing?
Oh I need you
God, I need you now.
The above lyrics are just a portion of the song, but it speaks to my heart because of all the times, I have wondered, “God why Autism? Why SPD? Why Apraxia? But then there are the times He gives me the strength to “just keep breathing” as the song says. Breathing through the times where our son starts OT with his 8th therapist in two years, when we get news that the best ABA supervisor we have had to date is leaving us, when I am told that no matter how much therapy my son has he may never eat regular foods like most people do, and when I wish beyond anything else that my son could utter the words, “I love you.”
But my favorite song by far has been “Overcomer” by Mandisa. It has such strong words that can speak to any heart going through something tough.
You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when He reminds You
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer
It’s on those mornings that I hear that song and pray, “Lord, make me an overcomer, remind me I’m an overcomer through Your name.” Only He can overcome my son’s Autism, SPD, and Apraxia, only HE can make help me overcome each day that is hard and rough and the days, I just want to give up.
Maybe you are feeling the same way. You are asking God to please take whatever it is that is in your life right now. You are asking Him for the strength to “just keep breathing.” He has already answered you. He says, “My child, YOU are an overcomer.”