Strength in the Struggle: Three Lessons Learned from Disability

Let’s be honest for a second. Sometimes, we face situations that are not part of our preconceived vision, our plan, or our ideal story. These situations shake us up, knock us down, and sometimes change our perspective on life. However, if we let them, these situations can spur us on in our journeys with Jesus and draw us nearer to Him. Here are five lessons that I have learned from my physical disabilities, Cerebral Palsy and Optic Nerve Atrophy.

When I am weak, the Lord is strong within me.

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

My disabilities make me rely more on God’s abilities.

To have an earthly body that is at times in pain, weary, and shaky gives me the opportunity to rely heavily on the strength of the one who created me.

With the Lord, absolutely no part of my journey is wasted. The same is true of you, friend.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

“I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2

I hope and pray that the lessons that I have learned from my journey meet you right where you are on yours. There is hope in the hard stuff, friends. I pray that you take hold of all that God has for you in times of weakness, as well as in times of strength. The Lord will keep holding on to you, just as He has held me.

For you and with you,


One Reply to “Strength in the Struggle: Three Lessons Learned from Disability”

  1. God’s word is powerful when it is known and felt! That was beautifully written and your testimony of God’s faithfulness through disability makes it powerful. Thank you Baylee.

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