At the International Christian Mompreneur Network, we’re not making New Year’s Resolutions. We’re choosing a scripture verse to guide us through the year instead. We’re selecting a verse that speaks to our hearts and offers support, hope or motivation for us to live out the following year with purpose and direction. The following is part of a series of posts featuring members of the International Christian Mompreneur Network sharing their scripture verse of the year. We pray these posts will inspire and encourage you to select a scripture verse to guide you through the year as well.
Scripture Verse of the Year 2014 – By Jeannie Ewing
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and rely not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
When our infant daughter, Sarah, was born in March with a rare chromosomal anomaly called Apert Syndrome, my mind and heart swelled immediately with myriad fears and worries about our future (financially, the amount of energy required to maintain her medical care, etc) and hers (what her prognosis would be), mostly due to the fact that my husband and I exhausted all possibilities of acquiring financial assistance from the state or federal government, to no avail. Late at night, I would worry about how we would possibly be capable of paying for 20-60 surgeries over the course of Sarah’s lifetime, and the verse from Proverbs 3:5 came to my mind instantly, followed by a deep and abiding peace: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and rely not on your own understanding.” I had the distinct feeling that God would provide for our needs in ways we could not imagine at that time.
Since then, there are countless ways in which God has provided for our family and for Sarah’s care. People in our community and our family, friends and neighbors have come together to support us, and we continue to receive donations – be they monetary or gift cards – in the mail or from our parish, often from total strangers who have heard our story.
Jeannie Ewing has a MSEd in School Counseling and is currently a proud stay-at-home mom to two girls, Felicity, 3 and Sarah, 9 months. She blogs about her infant daughter’s medical journey living with a rare chromosomal anomaly called Apert Syndrome and is a monthly contributor to CatholicMom.com. Jeannie feels called to share her God-given gift of writing to bring about healing, hope and encouragement to other women, especially moms who have children with special needs, and is currently working on a memoir that showcases the spiritual graces her family has received since Sarah’s birth. She blogs at “Love Alone Creates.”
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