Challenges

28 09 2011

What is your greatest challenge?

Sometimes my greatest challenge is ignoring my MS fatigue in order to get out of bed.   A year ago my greatest challenge was teaching two courses at a university.  I quickly got brain drain due to my MS cognition problems…didn’t have the mental stamina.  The Lord told me to inform the dean of education I could no longer teach a course.  It was such a loss.  I loved having a part in preparing the next generation of teachers.  I was happy to still have opportunities to assist other professors (being a guest speaker).  I also had several chances to oversee a student doing an independent study of a course.  Recently the dean asked if I’d consider teaching a course in the spring of 2012.  My mind said yes, but my body said no way!  But the Lord was saying, “Do it.”  That will be a huge challenge for me.  But I know God is greater still.  If He’s calling me to do this, He’ll provide all I need.

Are you facing a great challenge?  Is your challenge dealing with all the smaller details of life?  Is your challenge an inner struggle?  What’s your challenge?





21 09 2011

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New School Year – New Hopes

20 09 2011

With the new school starting, there are more pressures for children who have special needs and for their parents.  Adjustments, getting needed supports and accommodations, working through struggles associated with school (homework, socialization).  Our son was diagnosed with ADHD when he was five years old.  Every year at conference times the teacher would say something like, “Chris has a bit of trouble paying attention.”  I felt like answering, “Oh, I hadn’t noticed.”  Or “Well, that makes the 50th teacher who’s told me that.”  Thankfully, the Lord helped me respond in a God-honoring way.  So often I longed to hear the teacher acknowledge how hard Chris was trying…That he had to work harder at paying attention, at being organized, at making friends.  I wished they would see his love for the Lord, and his desire to memorize scripture. 

I’m certain there are Christian teachers who pray a prayer similar to the following:

For the Parents of a Struggling Child

 

Father,

They come to the parent-teacher conference

Warily,

Wearily,

Knowing full well

What they’re not going to hear.

They won’t hear that their son is in the top reading group,

Or that he’s a whiz at math,

Or that his penmanship is flawless,

Or that he’s entering the science fair,

Or that he was last to sit down

At the spelling bee.

But, Father,

Let them hear what I have to say.

Let them hear

That even though school is hard for him

(and probably always will be),

He never gives up.

He struggles on until he gets it,

And what he’s learned, he’s earned;

It’s his to keep.

Let them hear

That this report card doesn’t mean

Their son’s not good enough.

Rather, this standard of measurement

Isn’t good enough to measure him.

Father,

Let me say

And let them hear

That he’s as fine and brave and good a person

As ever I’ve met.

They came this evening

Warily,

Wearily.

Let them go home satisfied

And proud.

What do you wish teachers knew about your child or you?





Soothing Music

15 09 2011

So often the battle can be in our minds.  When faced with heartbreaking circumstances with my son or because of my MS, I have to fight thoughts of fear.  When hopelessness begins to creep in tempting me to have a pity party, I have to keep my mind stayed on Him.  The song ‘Blessed Be Your Name’ is one that expresses how I choose to bless the name of Jesus.   Here are some of the lyrics:

 Blessed be Your Name in the land that is plentiful

Where Your streams of abundance flow

Blessed be Your Name

 Blessed be Your Name when I’m found in the desert place

Though I walk through the wilderness

Blessed be Your Name

 Every blessing You pour out I’ll turn back to praise   

When the darkness closes in, Lord

Still I will say blessed be the Name of the Lord

Blessed be Your Name

Blessed be the Name of the Lord

Blessed be Your glorious Name

 Blessed be Your Name when the sun’s shining down on me

When the world’s all as it should be

Blessed be Your Name

 Blessed be Your Name on the road marked with suffering

Though there’s pain in the offering

Blessed be Your Name

 You give and take away

You give and take away

My heart will choose to say

Lord, blessed be Your Name

 Words & Music by Matt & Beth Redman 

© 2002 ThankYou Music 

 What worship song or hymn has ministered to you?





Kindred Hearts

9 09 2011

Do you have a child with special needs?  If so, we’re walking a similar path.  Your child may or may not have the same special needs as my son.  I invite you to read my profile to find out what special needs my son has.  But I imagine you have to work harder at parenting than parents who don’t have a child with special needs. That assumption is based on the comments I heard from fellow parents of special needs children when I led a parent support group, when I was an administrator in a Christian school, when I was a second grade teacher, and when I was a special ed. teacher.  Let’s begin to get to know one another. 

How would you finish this sentence?

Being a parent of a special needs child…