Give Thanks

Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope as you’ve prepared for this day, and all the tasks that go along with it, that you can pause long enough to reflect on all the evidences of God’s goodness in your life. And give thanks.

As I reflect on this past year, it probably looks something like yours – it has a lot of ups and downs. And while I could focus on the challenges and what could have gone better, I choose to focus on the blessings and the good. The things that went right.

Just over a year ago, I started seeing my first client at my new practice. This was something new to me (business owner, solo therapist, home therapy, and juggling being a mom of two small boys) and if I am honest, it was scary. But I decided to walk through the doors God had opened and rely on Him to make it work. I often thought of Philippians 4:6-7.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I am now over a year into this journey and my heart is full! I love what I do and the families that have entrusted me with providing therapy for their children. I do not have to deal with the stress and time it takes to deal with insurance (instead I get to focus on my own kids when I am not working). Over the course of the last year, the Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to work with 18 families! 18 precious children who I have been able to help but they in return have given me joy and filled me with a newfound passion for this career. It has been an incredible blessing to see these kids succeed and meet their various goals. I can not wait to see what this next year brings! And I love seeing my clients (kids and families) reaching their therapeutic goals!

In January, I had asked a child I was working with, “What do you want to learn more about in 2019?” He replied, “How to use my body together better.” This little boy has learned how to do this and is about to be discharged! Another child, whose parents worked with him on therapy a lot at home saw a significant increase in motor skills and reading. In second grade, he struggled to read making reading comprehension difficult and he became frustrated with it. Fast forward 9 months, that same child has been discharged. He is now in the 3rd grade and just tested at an 8th grade reading level! I thank God made our bodies in such an intricate and awesome way that our brains can re-wire themselves to function appropriately, which is the case here.

As I started this business I reached out to private schools in the area to offer free occupational therapy developmental screenings. A few schools have been very open to this but what I did not expect was to be able to return to my alma mater, Fredericksburg Christian School, on a weekly basis. I attended this school from PreK-12th grade. The school had a significant influence in my life and who I am today. I am so thankful that I got to attend school there. I am now part of the resource team for students that struggle academically. Offering services such as mine to students was a vision of FCS founders, Gary and Andy Foss. I feel honored to be a part of bringing their vision to reality. The leadership not only has given me space to work in their facility, they allow me to see students for therapy during the school day, and next year (at their brand new facility) I will have space for a small sensory gym! The leadership and staff have welcomed me as if I were on staff.

Thanks be to God for his incredible blessings!

-Christiana Cooper, OTR/L

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