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Advent {Week 4} ~ Paralyzed or Purposed?

{So proud of her color choice… purple glitter!}

She’s four, funny and anything but fragile, and she’s my girlie who got a hearing aid last week.  It’s been a long time comin’, and let me be the first to tell you that we’re all about as giddy as it gets.

Funny how hearing makes you realize just how much you’ve been missing…

Immediately after she wakes each morning, she begs me to put her hearing aid in.  She knows the benefits already, and happily accepts that trying to hear on her own would be in vain.  Now she turns to me the first time I call her name. She sings along instead of asking me to turn the music up over and over.  She gasps with excitement at the breakfast table when her brother’s voice comes in loud and clear.    We actually get through an entire book without her saying, “Huh?”.  Thoroughly impressed, she stops me mid-sentence – several times throughout the day – just to say, “Mom, I…JUST… HEARD… THAT!”  She doesn’t take one clear sound for granted, this sweet, spunky girl of mine.


She was born with a deficiency, but she’s not held back, because she’s connected to the source of help that she needs.


As we’ve dived into this new chapter in our lives, I’ve learned a whole lot about the amazing technology that accompanies such a tiny device.  Tess’s hearing aid comes with two microphones: one placed to amplify noise in front of her, and one situated behind to pick up background noise.  Because of technology and timing, these two microphones allow sound to be divided into different parts, separating background noise from speech.  In mom terms (heh), what this means is that if Tess is facing and focused on the person who is talking to her, those sound waves hit her main microphone first, and the distracting background noise is essentially “turned off” so that she is able to clearly hear the speaker’s voice.  Pretty amazing stuff.


What had previously been paralyzed now has great purpose.


As we’ve mourned and wept for the families affected by the Connecticut tragedy these last few days,  it could be easy to give into thoughts that leave us feeling paralyzed.  Paralyzed by the evil in this world.  Paralyzed by overwhelming sadness for families we’ve never met.  Paralyzed by fearing for the safety of our own children.  Paralyzed by the unknown, and by our lack of control of what happens to us on this side of heaven.


Because sin entered the world, all of  human race has a deficiency.  But because of Jesus, praise God we don’t have to be held back, paralyzed by our sin any longer!


As I wake up each morning, I recognize my need to plug into the Source of Life - Jesus.  I’ve experienced the benefits of knowing Him, and recognize that I am nothing without Him.  He calls me by name, and I find comfort knowing that I am His child.  I can sing songs of praise, knowing that my Redeemer lives.  I’ve even caught myself stopping mid-sentence, overwhelmed by His love and the fact that “GOD… JUST… DID… THAT.”  And just like my girl’s hearing aid, I’ve learned that when I’m pursuing and focused on Jesus, only then is the background noise of this world hushed, so that I can clearly hear the voice of my Savior.


 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have PEACE.

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart!

I have overcome the world.”

~ John 16:33

What had previously been paralyzed now has great purpose.  Because of the hope we have in Jesus, we are free to be messengers of PEACE to a hurting world.  


Paralyzed or purposed?  Which will you choose today?


At His Feet,


 And the PEACE of God, which transcends all understanding,

will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

~ Philippians 4:7



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  1. May the Lord bless you and your little daughter with her new purple glitter hearing aid. You touched my heart today and increased m y resolve to be a woman of purpose!

    Your post encouraged me because my own daughter has POOR eye sight for a girl her age. We had the same experience when she got new glasses, and presto, voila, she could SEE!

  2. Thank you for this post today, it is such a good reminder of what we have in Christ! It is easy to get wrapped up in the fear of the evil of this world, but like you said we can also be messengers. It is time to step out and be one to the world around us. Thank you!

  3. Becky CUnningham says:

    I too have a purple hearing aid. Mine is frosted. and when i go to get it adjusted or worked on, they always remember me for my pruple hearing aid. due to my age many people think it is a blue tooth. I;m surprised people dont figure it out! Good luck to hear and it is a blessing it works so well for her

  4. What a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing your heart and thoughts with us. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  5. Precious post, I love what you said ” But because of Jesus, praise God we don’t have to be held back, paralyzed by our is any longer. Praise The Lord for what He did with your daughters new hearing aide what a blessing! This is so encouraging thank you for sharing Whitney!!


  6. Thank you for your thoughtful and wise words. I have been encouraged by the sharing of your faith. God bless you and your family.

  7. Nancy (in Ohio) says:

    I wanted to share how today’s post affected my heart:
    Isn’t it amazing how something like noise can be a blessing and yet a distraction-this little hearing device is an illustration of that in that it takes 2 microphones to focus in on what an individual is to listen for and not the background noises. That illustration really ministered to me as I read Whitney’s Blog post. How many times should I have that 2nd microphone to block out distractions in my my thoughts that create these emotions and sometime-most times-actions that are not of Jesus Christ. Today’s reading is such a daily reminder to me of putting my thoughts in His Hands-giving to him every day and every moment. When I do that and that 2nd microphone is turned off I find that Joy that this little child is experiencing in hearing the voices in the primary microphone, and recognizing the one for who those words came from to Me!
    This was a blessing to me-may you all Rejoice and find His Peace by giving it All to the God in our 1st microphone!!!
    Thanks Whitney for allowing God to use You to Bless me :)
    Nancy Termer
    Doylestown, Ohio

  8. She’s beautiful! What a sweet encouraging post! Thank you so much for posting your heart. I was praying this morning for purpose and focus to realign – sometimes we get out of alignment and life seems hard. God is so faithful and I’m so blessed! Merry Christmas!

  9. Absolutely love this! So true! Thanks for sharing!

    God bless,
    Jessica @ Proverbs Living

  10. I can relate to your post today on a couple of different levels. My oldest son (now 10) has worn hearing aids (in both ears)since infancy. He, unlike your daughter though, has not always embraced them – but he gets better as he gets older. I just love your analogy of the 2 speakers and the sound they allow…I love what you wrote: I’ve learned that when I’m pursuing and focused on Jesus, only then is the background noise of this world hushed, so that I can clearly hear the voice of my Savior. This will be posted at my house and work for a while. Thank you for sharing, I heard exactly what I needed to.
    Bless you and your family!

  11. What a beautiful post! God makes no mistakes, and He designed each of us to fulfil His unique and special purpose. Thanks for hosting & God bless!

  12. I have been blogging and writing for Christian websites for almost 4 years. I am so grateful to Good Morning Girls – you have given me so much food for thought, encouragement, hope, enthusiasm and Biblical wisdom to share with my readers. I especially gained so much from the week on hope and this week on peace.

  13. Your post reminded me so much of our similar experiences with hearing aids…our daughter had almost exact responses several years back when she too got her 1st (also) purple hearing aids. We were marveled at her responses to the world around her. What she ‘thought’ we were saying for so long was suddenly clear and was not at all what we actually said, clarity was revealed in a simple device. Her world was changed. Amazing how that can parallel our lives with Christ.

    Blessings to you –so glad your daughter likes her aids-that makes life so much easier.

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