Long Term Support
“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
After a few scary hospitalizations for breathing issues, our daughter Faith was diagnosed with asthma before her second birthday. She is now on a couple long-term medications, and thankfully has not needed rescue medication in almost a year. Today her pulmonologist remarked she was doing great but would need to stay on those preventative treatments for now. Although she has had no flair ups, she has also not had much contact with the world during these pandemic times. Until Faith gets some exposure, and we have had a chance to see how she reacts, those supporting medicines will not change.
So why am I sharing this? It just struck me how similar it seems to Harvest House. When young ladies live here, we can isolate them from a lot of the issues they face, or at least be a very hands-on guide to get them through it. Once things start functioning smoothly, a transition comes, and they want to try living on their own again.
We can act like Faith’s long-term medicines. We are already in place and “in their system” so if an obstacle arises, they can fall back on those helps. The support stays in place while outside obstacles are introduced. As they build their strength, their dependence on us becomes less and less.
Most of the world’s systems do not seem designed to help us succeed, but we are grateful to stand in that gap for any of these young women who will let us help them take on whatever comes their way!