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God, Isaac and Me: Our Story © 2012, Karla Dorman
By Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Friday, August 17, 2012

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For Karen, whose daily stories of families living with disabled children inspires me. And for Lori, one of the chosen angels. Thank you.

Image © 2012, Karla Dorman


'No way, God,' I said.  'There is no way I can do what You're asking of me.'

His voice boomed like thunder.  'Yes, you can, and you will.'

'But, but --,' I began, before I was ... hushed.  And when God tells you to hush, you obey.  Quickly.

He repeated, 'Yes, you can, and you will.'

And that was how I became the Mama to a child with special needs.

Significant special needs.  My son can't walk.  Sit up without support.  He is deaf.  He has seizures, but not like he did when he was small.

Born this way?  No.  He's like this because his mother's boyfriend shook him.  Ten days old.  For crying.

What kind of person shakes a ten day old infant?

After he was discharged from the hospital, I was asked to foster him.  I said, 'No.'

And God basically told me to shut up.

He overruled my objections.  When I told him I couldn't do this, He said, 'With Me, all things are possible.'  When I told Him I couldn't afford the medical bills, He said, 'I will supply all your needs according to My riches in Christ Jesus.'

I believe I heard a chuckle in His voice.

So!  Here we are:  God, Isaac, and me.

Jehovah Jireh:  the Lord will provide.  Isaac:  laughter.  And unworthy me.

Isaac was given up on by the doctors.  God didn't give up on him.

I was told Isaac would die.  Thirteen years later, he is thriving.

They told me he was profoundly retarded.  That he was incapable of learning.

My boy is in the top five percent of his class:  he gets A's and B's.

My son:  I adopted him when he was three years old.  Isaac is the biggest blessing ever to come into my world. 

Can't hear?  That doesn't stop him:  He learned to read lips early on.  He doesn't miss a thing.  His Signing is a little slow, but gets his point across.  So he can't walk.  He gets around just fine in his electric wheelchair (what he calls his 'Cadillac'), thank you very much.

Once in a while, he has a seizure, but they're not as big and bad and scary as they used to be.

Kids used to pick on him, but not any more.  Isaac is one of the most popular kids at his school.  

He loves baseball.  He's on a special league.  He loves to bowl.  Pretty sad when he beats his Mama.  He loves to read.  He loves church.  He loves life.

And the bills?  God has always provided a way to pay them and to keep us from losing everything we have.

Unworthy?  No.  God didn't think so.  Together, we can handle anything ...  thank You, Lord, for Isaac.  For believing in me.  For always being there.

And for telling me to hush.

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Reviewed by Dallas D'Angelo-Gary 10/23/2013
Reviewed by Donna Chandler 8/24/2012
A wonderful testimony to the wonders of our Creator.

Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 8/24/2012
Truly, Karla, and I do not say this lightly; Truly your story brought tears to my eyes and as one that is about as far from being religious as one can get without being labeled an atheist, I do believe that the writer of this wonderful story has found her way into heaven.
Your friend, Mark
Reviewed by Darrell and Kathy Adams 8/18/2012
Karla, you surely are a stormspinner. Your life is a storm and you live it in the glory of God, trusting in Him, albeit reluctantly at first, to get you by, but harder maybe still, believing that you were worthy, oh yes, I believe, and God knew, you were the perfect one for Isaac. May God continue to bless you both. Thank you for this very inspiring, hearwarming story! Be well, Kathy
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 8/18/2012
A beautiful story of love and faith Karla, sometimes our fears become our greatest treasures
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/17/2012
Love the humor and inspiring message that love can overcome all obstacles as long as one learns to lean and trust in the Lord! Very well penned, Karla; brava!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin, Karen Lynn. :D

And thanks for the dedication; glad I can inspire you ...

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