i will praise you for i am fearfully and wonderfully made

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My special girl…

Yes, you are special. Of course, every mother says this about her child, but in your case, you really are extra special.

Because you aren’t like the other children who go to ‘normal’ schools, who learn to read and write and do math – some easily, some with a bit more effort.

Yes, you can read. You are twelve now, and you can read short sentences, when we sit down and take the time together. You can write your name and you try to write other words also – sometimes even a complete sentence. I can decipher your large, clumsy handwriting. You can solve easy math tasks. And I am so proud of you!

Because you do your best, with the possibilities you have. You keep motivated to learn, even though it doesn’t come easy for you at all. The fact is that you will always have trouble with learning. Your brain doesn’t work like that of ‘normal’ people. Because you have an intellectual disability.

That doesn’t matter though. I love you just the way you are. With your radiant eyes and your happy, sweet smile. With your love for music, the funny way you like to sing and dance, the way you giggle like any other teenage girl.

 i will praise you for i am fearfully and wonderfully made
July 2014

But sometimes you feel sad. Because you don’t understand why other children – even your younger brothers – don’t always want to play with you. You often don’t understand their jokes, can’t follow their stories, and can’t comprehend the rules of their games. And then you feel left out. Alone. And frustrated.

It makes me feel sad, too. Because I can’t fix that for you. I can’t make the others play with you the way you want to. I do try to help you and them get along, but I can’t give you friends. But I can be your friend!

I hope you won’t forget that. I will be here, and listen to your sadness, I will hear your stories and laugh with you about funny things that happened at school. I will try to connect with you even though we don’t always understand each other. I keep trying!

And remember, I am not your only friend. You have a much better Friend. A Friend that understands you when I can’t, a Friend who will always be here even when I’m not. A Friend who loves you more than I ever can. Who sees you wherever you go, and wants to help you wherever you are. Because you are His child, now and forever.

When I think of you, I often think of these verses of Psalm 139:

“For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.”

This is also true for you, my beautiful, special girl. He also made you. He didn’t make a mistake. He formed you, exactly according to the way He had in mind. With your possibilities and your limitations.

He knows your present. And He holds your future carefully in His mighty hand. I’ve decided to trust Him with that. And I hope and pray you will too, always. Even when you feel sad. Even when you feel alone. Don’t forget there is a God in heaven who loves you unconditionally, and remember: You are fearfully and wonderfully made!

Love, mom

August 2016

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14 Comments

  • Mjchristine

    June 16, 2017

    A mother’s love will always be unconditional. Lovely little girl, God bless you and mommy too 🙂

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    • Anne

      June 16, 2017

      Thank you! God bless you too!

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  • Kelsey

    June 17, 2017

    This is a beautiful letter to your daughter! I so admire your faith (and love Psalm 139) 🙂

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    • Anne

      June 17, 2017

      Thank you! Yes, it’s also one of my favorite Psalms 🙂

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  • Emma

    June 17, 2017

    So sweet!!

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    • Anne

      June 18, 2017

      Thanks 🙂

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  • Kristin Cook

    June 27, 2017

    This is so good. Love your heart for your daughter and for Jesus. I was blessed by this post.

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    • Anne

      June 28, 2017

      Thank you for your kind comment, I am thankful that it blessed someone <3

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  • Stacey

    June 27, 2017

    Where’s the LOVE button when you need it? I have a son with autism, and this spoke volumes to me. He’s 21 now, but things have always been hard for him. Not that it’s ever changed how vehemently he pursues what he loves!
    Thank you so much for sharing this. It really touched my heart!

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    • Anne

      June 28, 2017

      Thank you for your kind and understanding comment! It’s always so good to read / hear something from parents in a (somewhat) similar situation, but a few years further along the way. I wish you and your son the best!

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  • Jen

    June 28, 2017

    This is such a beautiful post for & about your daughter. You’re love is something she will never struggle with understanding. Yes you’re so right, God did not make a mistake when He formed her and I pray that God’s love for her is something she will always know and hold tight to.

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    • Anne

      July 7, 2017

      That’s my prayer too! Thank you for your comment Jen!

      Reply
  • Crystal

    June 28, 2017

    Beautiful girl and beautiful tribute to her!

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    • Anne

      July 7, 2017

      Thank you Crystal!

      Reply

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