Monday, April 22, 2013

The True Self

True Self. False Self. by Patricia Januszkiewicz

When I was growing up, my earthly father knew I had a cognitive disability but he never shared this information with me. Instead, he set out to teach me, day by day, all that he believed I could learn. In short, he spoke to the person deep inside of me, rather than to the person everyone else saw. He spoke only to my true self, and as a result I did learn along with the rest of my peers. 

Our Heavenly Father speaks to us the same way. We may act impatiently. We may hate other people. We may complain all the time. We may do worse. And indeed, the fact that we do these things but the Lord sees beyond it all does not mean we are not accountable for our behavior; however, the point is, Jesus does see past the external. And what He sees, He has the power to call forth. He can even call the dead back to the land of the living.

Every person is different but we are all the same in that we have more hidden in our hearts than mere words can convey. Most of us have not seen a release of our dreams, our thoughts, or our feelings, so often times rather than responding to negative behavior or words, I talk to people as if I do not see those things. And when I do speak to what is beyond, I always see a positive change. 

Call forth the gifts in others. Call forth Christ in others. In the Name of Jesus, call forth all that is good in them. Autism is but a shell. Don't be intimidated by it.  


Sunday, April 7, 2013

A Quiet Season

When I used to imagine myself as a healed person, I saw myself bustling with activity day and night, night and day! Anyone struggling with autism, or watching those who do, knows that there is great difficulty in wanting to leave what I guess I have to call the "cocoon of self." But once there is revelation that life exists beyond our own, we want to go out and live it! 

Though weeks and months now go by where I actually do not think of autism or refer to myself as having it, that extremely busy "normal" life I imagined has not quite materialized. Yet, I am learning this is wonderful and as a result I've discovered an extra facet to healing I never knew existed. 

I am in a season of being alone, yet not with myself as I used to be. I am alone with God. Had I known His presence could heal so powerfully and effectively, I would have sought Him out years before, gladly shutting myself off from the world to open my heart to heaven in order to receive all that the Lord would desire to share with me. Jesus is amazing. Far better than I could ever ask or think!

Bless you today. May you find peace and joy even in the desert.

"Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. "

Hosea 2:14