Our Faith in the Lord:
Many people have asked us what helps us cope with Bradley's diagnosis. I believe our faith in the Lord has definitely helped sustain us on this journey. He has been there for us. We have leaned on him in times of hardship and in times when we needed help discerning which decisions would be best for Bradley. It is good to know we can seek God's wisdom.
God has provided us with great physicians, nurses, physical therapists, teachers, friends, family, organizations and other families affected by Duchenne (as well as those families affected by other diseases or disabilities). I thank God for his provision on many levels in our lives. It's hard to believe anything good can come out of a diagnosis like this, but God has blessed us and taught us so much through this diagnosis.
Bradley's favorite verse from the Bible is Philippians 4:13. Paul said, "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." When Paul wote this verse, he was talking about how through the strength of Jesus, he could persevere through his suffering for the sake of Christ. Jesus also gives us strength to persevere, not only for the sake of Christ, but in other things. For Bradley, Jesus gives him strength to live the Christian life, to continue walking, to have a positive mind state, and to fight Duchenne.
We are thankful to God that Bradley is still able to walk, much longer than we expected. He is almost 17 and still able to walk. This is truly a miracle because we were told he would be dependent on a wheelchair full time by the age of 12 years. In the last few years, he has had a couple of muscle MRIs that have shown such severely damaged muscle in his legs that the doctors say it is a miracle that he is still able to walk. I believe it is the hand of God working in his body. For this I am grateful. Even if Bradley loses his ability to walk one day, we will still be thankful to God for the extra years that we didn't expect he would walk. We will also be thankful that God gave Bradley to us, so that we can be a part of his life.
My husband and I were both raised in Christian families so it was important for us to raise our own children in the same way. My husband made a decision to accept and follow Christ at the age of 12 and I was 7 years old when I made that same decision. I am thankful that our children have also come to know the Lord at young ages and have both accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. We have been taking our children to church since a little after birth, but we have also taught them about Jesus in the home, as our parents did with us.
This is a really great video called God's Love Letter:
The Roman Road and Other Scriptures:
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Romans 1:20-21
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one. Romans 3:10
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your hear that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Romans 10:9-10
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Roman 5:1
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:16-18
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. James 2:10
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19