Speechless, I wrote about autism being our Plan B. You can't plan for Plan B situations. They happen when you least expect them. A Plan B situation like ours is completely life-changing. Nothing is the same again. But, what stayed constant in our lives during that time was our faith in God. It was changed, certainly, but it stayed strong.
In Kathy Howard's new book, God Is My Refuge, she shares stories from many women in Plan B situations, including illness, broken relationships, and temptation. In an easy to read, twelve-week format, Kathy shares Scripture, teaching, and illustrations that encourage all of us in Plan B situations.
This is the third study by Kathy I've read, and one of her greatest strengths as a writer is how relatable she is through the stories she tells from her own life. She's been a Bible teacher for over twenty years and lived across the US and in Canada. She's a wife, mother, and grandmother. She has been where so many of us are.
My favorite week from this devotion was week eight on weariness. Friends, there's weary, and then there's special-needs-mom, been-adopting-for-almost-three-years, home-schooling, pastor's-wife weary. I've referenced this chapter many days when I've needed a boost. The focus verse is Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Kathy writes, "The all-powerful Lord shares His unlimited strength with you, His child. Put your hope in Him and renew your strength from His infinite supply," (137).
If you are going through a troubled time, take refuge in God and be encouraged by reading Kathy's book. Don't waste the opportunity God is giving you to grow closer to Him through your struggles.