Pastor Chad Veach and Wife Learned This One Thing After Receiving Devastating News About Their Daughter

Chad and Julia Veach's dreams for their daughter were dashed after a crushing diagnosis. As they care for her every day, they are growing in love and choosing joy over defeat.

Pastor Chad Veach and Wife Learned This One Thing After Receiving Devastating News About Their Daughter

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Chad and Julia Veach's dreams for their daughter were dashed after a crushing diagnosis. As they care for her every day, they are growing in love and choosing joy over defeat.


In this episode of I Struggle. I Rise., Julia and Chad Veach, senior pastors of Zoe Church in Los Angeles, recall the feeling of having their first child, Georgia—seeing the birth of new dreams for the future and becoming absolutely enamored with the journey of becoming new parents.

Navigating day by day as every parent does, there came a day when the course of their lives shifted drastically. On April 10, 2012, when Georgia was four months old, everything changed for Julia and Chad. After having some tests done, they discovered that Georgia had been born with a rare brain abnormality that would prohibit her from ever being able to walk or talk. The doctor looked at them and said, “It ‘s going to be a difficult life.”

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Chad reflects on what was going through his mind in that moment, saying, “I remember thinking [that] our whole life just changed. In a very, very drastic way.” Yet, the moment in which the doctor delivered the news didn’t define their lives. Instead, Chad explains that it’s been exactly the opposite: “We are defining our situation.”

While their circumstances have by no means been easy, Julia and Chad have both been able to see firsthand the ways in which Georgia has changed them for the better. “Georgia really gave me an understanding of love that I didn’t have before,” Julia shares. “And it wasn’t love for children in general; it was love for humanity.”

Similarly, Chad recognizes that their own pain has made them acutely aware of the pain everyone around them is experiencing simultaneously: “You don’t really realize how much pain everybody else is in until you have pain. It began to break our heart for other people,” he says.

What has been the biggest realization they’ve had through it all? It’s a realization that may seem small and insignificant, but has actually revolutionized their approach to a daily life in which they have the ability to shape their outlook on life’s circumstances. Watch the video above to hear it straight from Julia and Chad, and be inspired by their strength and joy in the unexpected, yet beautiful turns that life takes.

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