Joy Despite Difficulties

12 Jun

Can joy coexist with difficulties, trials, and struggles?  

The Bible tells us “Yes” and Jesus is the ultimate example. 

Hebrews 12:2 “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” 

James 1:2 “Count it all joy, my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds.”

1 Peter 1:6 “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials.”

So why am I talking about joy in trials?  Well, that is what came to mind when I think about our 5 months home with our HIV daughter.  We have total JOY in our hearts and yet parenting her has had its moments of difficulties.  I hope to share over the next few weeks about some of the challenges we have faced with our precious, positive daughter. 

I want this blog to be open and honest about HIV adoption.  We have had some challenges and yet we are SO GLAD we have adopted our daughter and feel so BLESSED by having her.  We can’t imagine our life without her and her life without us.  So by sharing about our challenges I don’t want to discourage anyone from HIV adoption.  I hope to encourage others who have or may face similar things.

To give you a better picture of our daughter I will share the following: in Jan. our daughter was two and a few months old, she was not walking or talking, barely able to stand, ate only baby food and drank from a bottle.  She weighed only 18 pounds and worn size 12 months clothes.

So aside from her HIV, she is tiny and has developmental delays.  This is where it is tricky.  Does she have developmental delays due to her HIV?  Or delays due to orphanage life?  It is a little like…which came first the chicken or the egg?

I think that her HIV and orphanage life BOTH had a part in her size and delays. (I will explain more about this another post.) This is why I will also share about some of the challenges related to her delays.   The first challenge I will address in my next post is related to medications. 

We believe the way we have found joy in the midst of difficult experiences is by learning to trust God and depend on Him.   Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.”


One Response to “Joy Despite Difficulties”


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