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…

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15 09 2011
dianne marino

being a parent of a special needs child has driven me to seek God’s word for answers. although i have not had questions of why, many people do and as i am reading, i find scriptures that answer this question. 1. 2nd cor 1:3-5 in this passage it describes you, the sufferer of a particular trial,( in our case a special needs child) as uniquely qualified to comfort those that are suffering through what you have already experienced with the comfort you have received from the lord. 2. 2nd cor 1:9 “….this happened so that we might not rely on ourseves but on God.” 3. 1st peter 1:6,7 “…all kinds of trials…have come so that your faith- of greater worth than gold which perishes even though refined by fire. – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when jesus christ is revealed. ” to build up our faith. three reasons so far that my trial was allowed. this is solid. this is real. Our son has cried out to God and is trusting Him daily. reading His word and praying daily. He was brilliant and quick whitted but not walking with the lord. Now, he walks closely with Jesus. I wouldnt turn back for anything. God is faithful and good. all the time!

15 09 2011
Vicki Chandler

Hi Dianne,
Congrats for being the first to post your thoughts about being a parent of a child with special needs. This is like the blind leading the blind…I’m new at hosting a blog and you did a fantastic job contributing to a blog for your first time.
I’m thankful I knew Steven when he was younger and got to understand what a sweet and smart boy God created in him. Having spoken with you on several occasions during difficult times, I can truly rejoice with you that Steven walks with the Lord – even in the midst of his mental illness. God honors the Truth we invest in our children. It doesn’t come back void. And yes, God is faithful and good all the time. He is able to help us say that with confidence even while we are traveling though dark times. Keep me posted on how things are going with Steven.
Love ya,
Vicki

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