Encouragement for Parents of Kids with Special Needs: Faithfulness

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Encouragement for Parents of Kids with Special Needs – Day 7: Faithfulness

To be honest, I hadn’t thought much about faithfulness as it relates to parenting a child with special needs until I began planning this series. Then I realized that I have become more faithful through parenting a child with special needs.

My child has to have medicine throughout the day, every day, and occasionally during the night too. For her health, I have to be faithful to give those medications to her. She needs therapy to help with delayed development in certain areas. To help her “catch up” as much as possible, I must be faithful to take her to therapy sessions each week and to do activities with her at home between sessions.

My daughter needs to see certain specialists each year to check her progress and adjust her medication for various health conditions. I have to be faithful to get her to these appointments and to be honest with these doctors about what’s going on so they can help her.

I must be faithful to work with my daughter on her academics and help her overcome the obstacles to learning that she faces so that she can reach her full potential and do what God has called her to do.

My daughter has a restricted diet. I must be faithful to prepare foods that meet specific requirements to keep her GI tract functioning well.

I have to be faithful to raise my daughter to know God and understand His ways to the best of her ability because I will be held accountable for her spiritual well-being too.

While doing all of this for my daughter, I must be faithful to meet the needs of my husband and older daughter. I have friends and extended family members who count on me too. There are community organizations that we support with volunteer hours. I must be faithful.

I must be faithful to spend time in the Word every day and to pray so that I can handle with grace the struggles that each day holds.

As parents of children with special needs, we are called to be faithful in dozens of ways that we never dreamed we would need to. The good news is that God is faithful, and He will enable us to do what we could never do on our own. (Lamentations 3:22-26)

Father, thank you for Your faithfulness in walking with us through each day as we minister to the needs of our families and especially to our child with special needs. Help us to remain faithful with joy as we do the necessary tasks day after day. We can’t do this alone. We need Your help. Thank You that You are always with us, giving us strength to do what we must. Amen.

In what areas do you find yourself growing in faithfulness?

Thank you for joining me for this 10-day series of Encouragement for Parents of Kids with Special Needs. Join me tomorrow as we explore Gentleness.

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