So, now that we had Kennedi’s diagnosis, we had to return to some semblance of our pre-injury life. Her wheelchair arrived, we applied for a temporary handicap placard, and started to adjust to our “new normal” that revolved around caring for Kennedi around the clock.
As we ventured out, Kennedi would regularly be questioned about her condition. “What happened?” became a common greeting, even from strangers. She would usually respond, “I tore my PCL”, or “I have a torn PCL.”
I previously blogged about the power of our declarations, and that life and death were in the power of our tongue/words. I shared with Kennedi that I wanted her to stop saying that she had a torn PCL, and that we needed to find a way to speak differently about her injury.
I wasn’t in denial – I saw the MRI with my own eyes, saw exactly where her PCL was supposed to be connected. We followed all instructions from the doctor, and completely understood her condition.
But I also knew I had been praying fervently since the onset of her injury, and declaring that she was healthy, healed, and whole. My words indicated this was her present state, I wasn’t using future tense when verbalizing her healing.
And no, the physical facts and evidence in front of me didn’t support this reality, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t the truth about Kennedi’s condition. Having faith in something meant believing in it, even though there was no tangible evidence to support it.
As we talked, I advised Kennedi to respond to inquiries that she was diagnosed with a torn PCL, instead of saying “I have…”. This small change in her words was factual, but it didn’t cause her to speak against what we were declaring about her condition.
I had faith then and I still have faith to this day that my daughter is healed and whole (complete and lacking nothing). I take direction from today’s Trick Play scripture – my words have not fully manifested physically in her condition, but that won’t stop me from declaring and believing them.
Even though the doctor’s report hasn’t fully confirmed it, I still thank God for healing her PCL. I verbally thank Him that her PCL is intact, and that her leg is stronger than it was before the injury. I daily offer gratitude that she’s faster and jumps higher than she did before July 12, 2018.
I say this out loud in front of her, so she will start believing it as well. Just last night we received great words of wisdom from former NFL star and ESPN Analyst Louis Riddick. He encouraged a group of athletes that believing is half the battle of achieving – such a true statement! And it was even move important for Kennedi to believe this since it was her body.
No, I don’t have irrefutable evidence of what I’ve been declaring about her, but my words are my demonstration of what I’m believing that God will do for my daughter. And I believe this with every ounce of my being – this is my faith in action.
What if you replaced “I have cancer” with “I was diagnosed with cancer” as you are believing God for your healing? Or instead of “My son has ADHD”, using “My son was diagnosed with ADHD” as you are trusting God with his symptoms and behavior?
Take time to evaluate the words you are regularly speaking over the main areas that you may be facing difficult challenges in: Relationship/Marriage? Children? Health/Diagnosis? Finances? Career?
What have you been saying? Is what you are saying manifesting in the situation? What would happen if you spoke differently about it? Even though they may not be (currently) factual, what words of faith can you use instead?