LIM is based on an experience and a story
. Great things are born out of our experiences and the challenges brought to our lives can wake us up to truth...if we aren't blind to it. The question often becomes, are we willing to listen to our greatest teacher? Can we fall back onto His shoulders and allow his presence to manifest fully into our lives?
About Benjamin he said: “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.”
Deuteronomy 33:12 NIV
Some have truly felt the presence of God and others have walked near Him at times, never really allowing him to take control. But what if you didn't have a choice? Maybe you or a family member are battling a disease? Your finances are beyond your control or your boss is on a rampage that wages a war on your spirit.
It's pretty likely that I'm not the only one with a story. If your not struggling now, I'm sure the idea of struggling is not foreign to you.
My oldest is a brain cancer survivor. 7 years ago this September (2010), he survived an extremely large brain tumor that nearly took his life. There is almost nothing that this experience did not change about my life. During his time in the hospital I witnessed miracles. God told me specifically through people, prayer, and circumstances that he would live, and he did. I knew it wasn't in my control and I leaned on my then childlike faith to make it through. God proved himself very real to me during this time.
"But why God did this happen to me", I would ask in the aftermath. What was I supposed to teach others from my dreadful experience. 7 years later, Josh's type of cancer has gone from a rate of 1 in 1.5 million to 1 in 50,000. While I'm not able to find correlating statistics to support this on cancer sites, I looked it up then and I looked it up now... Moms don't miss these facts. By the year 2030, if we don't change something, half of your immediate family will experience cancer. I love games, but this is a game I'm not willing to play...are you?
ADHD, cancer, allergies, digestive disorders, heart disease, on and on. We didn't have epi-pens when I was in school and I'm almost certain I didn't know what cancer was as a child!
Its a big job, but we have an opportunity as parents to shape our child's future in multiple ways. Part of the message God has laid on my heart is that he does not intend for our bodies to struggle, he wants us to thrive! He calls us to watch over our bodies as our temple. As an IronMom or SuperDad, this means watching over our children's temples as well.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:19 NIV
My name is Karen and I'm just one of many Little Iron Moms and Super Dads trying to make a difference for our kids. This is a call to you, Iron Mom or Super Dad, to join me!