Encouragement for Parents of Kids with Special Needs: Full Circle

Encouragement for Parents of Children with Special Needs - Day 10: Full Circle - jenniferajanes.com

Encouragement for Parents of Kids with Special Needs – Day 10: Full Circle

If you’re following this series, you may have noticed that I’ve based the encouragement for parents of kids with special needs on the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23. I’ve shared how God is growing me in each area as I raise a child with special needs.

But I don’t want to leave you with the impression that I have it all figured out or that I show these qualities 100% of the time. It’s not true. I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t claim to. I don’t need to have all the answers because I follow the One who has the solution to every problem I will ever face.

Like Paul in Philippians 3:12-14, I’m not looking at what’s behind me. There’s a trail of mistakes and failures a mile long back there, and looking back only fills me with guilt and shame. The only reason to look back is to learn so I can move forward.

That’s what I’m doing. I’m looking ahead to the future, despite its uncertainties. I’m pressing toward the goal God has for my child and for me. (See Jeremiah 29:11.) I’m taking the lessons I’ve learned and continuing the journey with more wisdom and with encouragement to share with others who are coming behind me.

The goal is ahead for you too—and for your precious child. Regardless of the severity or type of disability, there is a finish line for you both. That must be our focus, and it means loving God with everything in us and loving others. And that brings this series full circle, back to love.

If we make love our top priority, the rest will fall into place. Love is a choice, and it involves action, not just feeling. Take time every day to love others sharing this wearying journey called life with you. It doesn’t take much to show someone you care. The few minutes you spend will plant seeds in his/her life that will bear fruit long after you’ve forgotten that act of kindness.

Thank you for joining me for this series. I hope you have received encouragement and been challenged to allow God to continue working in and through you as you raise the child He has given you. Your child is not a mistake. Your child having you for a parent is not a mistake. Cling to Him. He will help you through each moment.

Father, thank You for never leaving me or forsaking me in the difficult task of raising a child with special needs. Help me to stay focused on loving You and loving others as I go through each day. Open my eyes and my heart to opportunities to serve others in little ways that will make a difference for eternity. Amen.

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5 Responses to Encouragement for Parents of Kids with Special Needs: Full Circle

  1. Hi, Jennifer! I found your post on Pinterest and intend to go back through all your posts from this series. My son has Asperger’s Syndrome, OCD, and ADD so this series speaks to my heart. I can’t wait to learn how to apply the fruit of the Spirit in the situations we face together as mom and son!

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