Train Up a Child (it strengthens the fight)

Caregiving is easier with God!

Caregiving is easier with God!

Battling your child’s cancer is not for the weak-at-heart.  The weird thing is that as a parent, you find yourself stronger-at-heart than you ever believed possible.  Probably because there’s really no other option.  What’s a parent going to do?  NOT be there for their child?

That’s not an option.  So you soldier on.

But the true strength, and the unexpected blessing, actually comes when you soldier on with Christ as your leader -When you keep trusting in God and when you take the time to pray with your little cancer fighter.

Today I’m sharing another mother’s journey.  Gianmarco is a nine-year-old fighting leukemia and as I write this, I just saw a post that says he’s two months into his fight. But even more important than how long it’s been, is that this boy is grounded in God.  Here are the words from his mother:

A conversation with Gianmarco during worship:

GM: Mammina…how big is your faith. Is it like mine?
Me: Well baby, remember that whatever we have, comes from God. So we need to thank God for our faith as well.
GM: You’re right Mammina. We are strong like lions Mammina, nothing can defeat us.
Me: Yes, love.
GM: Mammina…this will all be over soon, and we’ll all be together under one roof again.
Me: (almost at the point of crying). Yes, love. We will be.
GM: Remember Mammina…Nothing can separate us from the love of God
Me: (Crying). Yes baby, nothing can separate us from the love of God. Who told you that verse?
GM: You Mammina…you’ve told us that verse before.

We hugged. It was one of most touching moments I’ve had with him (including when he was born).

As parents we’re not always sure if our kids are listening. When they are going through difficult times is when we see what we’ve taught them really come through. I thank God for this moment. Hug your kids a little tighter today.

Join Gianmarco's fight with leukemia.

Join Gianmarco’s fight with leukemia.

I believe that when you choose to walk with God, life does not necessarily become easier, but God does send us these precious moments to remind us who is in charge, to remind us that we must have the faith of a child and especially to remind us that God has already won the war!

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  • Oh my goodness…its so hard to read these stories without crying! Lifting him and his family up right now!
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  • Always good. Tears today.
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    • From me too, Susan!

  • Beautiful! Isn’t it a blessing to know that our children really are listening even when we think they aren’t. I have learned so much from my grown sons about their childhood. Their perspective usually has me laughing and leaning in with wonder every time.
    Mary Geisen recently posted…Saying Yes Changes Everything ~ Day 21My Profile

    • Mary – you’re right. Sometimes it has me cringing at myself, but yes, I’m so glad they heard stuff, especially the God stuff (cuz sometimes ya wonder).

  • Tara

    I love children’s childlike faith. “And I little shall lead them…”

  • Precious! God is so good to give grace in though situations.
    Robyn recently posted…Hearing God in ConfusionMy Profile

    • God is good – all the time! 🙂

  • This is so beautiful. I can almost hear his sweet voice, even without having met him. We’ve had Leukemia in our family so I know how it can shake a home, but all glory to God for bringing us closer throughout the hardships.
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  • I’m so grateful for the truth that we need not fear because He has called us by name and we are His, when we pass through the waters and walk through the fire. Praying for Gianmarco and his family today

  • Thanks for sharing GianMarco’s story. 🙂