This last weekend I attended a baby shower for a girl I actually babysat along with her sisters when they were small. Anny is taking a new “adventure” in life, as she puts it. Anny is single and because of physical reasons can not have children. A co-worker’s daughter (who is a drug addict) had a child and does not want to keep the child. Anny was asked by the mother and the grandmother (coworker) if she would consider raising Eli. Eli is a beautiful 8 month old who was born while his mom was on drugs. So Eli suffers symptoms of his mom’s drug addiction.
Since I was a single parent, not by choice, for 13 years, I have some idea of the struggles Anny will encounter in this adventure. I truly admire her courage for venturing on this unknown path of life. Anny works full time, and like most of us, does not make a ton of money. She lives in a one bedroom apartment and is currently looking for a two bedroom apartment. Materialistically, Anny doesn’t have much. But what she does have is her faith in God and strong family support. And when the rubber meets the road, these are the things that count.
Courage – “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty”.
2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
It never ceases to amaze me how God's power and His love can take you on a venture you would never have planned for or by yourself.