A Special Needs Mom’s New Year’s Resolutions

A Special Needs Mom's New Year's Resolutions - jenniferajanes.com

A few weeks ago, as 2014 approached, I began praying about what God wants me to focus on this year. The words “Let God” kept coming to mind. I have a tendency to try to do things my way, to force things to happen through my effort—lots and lots of effort. My efforts often fall flat, and I am left frustrated, disappointed, and disillusioned. I realized that God was telling me to finally turn everything over to Him and let Him handle every aspect of my life, only doing what He asked me to do, no more and no less.

Then the holidays came, and my new resolution was put to the test. I got sick. Princess got sick. The illness has dragged on, and while we’re finally on the mend, we’re definitely not back to 100% yet. I have let my Avon business go, watched my blog stats drop below everything I’d worked to bring them up to, and seen my efforts at writing a book fizzle. I received some lab results I wasn’t expecting, which have me seeking God yet again for any lifestyle changes I need to make, and I had a reaction to a new food last night at a New Year’s Eve party.

It’s disheartening. I feel raw and vulnerable, empty and lost. I am praying hard about the direction of my blog, how best to minister to the families who visit here looking for encouragement and support. I am excited about some opportunities God has opened for the girls and me–both business and missions—as we get more proficient at knitting. I’m thankful for the opportunity to ease back into my blog and book writing with the #my500words challenge this month. I know that He has a plan, and that He will restore or replace what I’ve lost in His time and His way. It’s the waiting that leaves me feeling unsettled.

But I’m going to Let Go and let Him do the work He needs to do—in me and in my life.

A Special Needs Mom’s New Year’s Resolutions

So, what are a special needs mom’s New Year’s resolutions?

  • I will Let Go and let God take care of what’s out of my control—which is more than I care to admit!
  • I will give myself more grace. I’m not SuperMom, no matter how much I wish to be.
  • I will be more patient with myself and my children. We are unique individuals, and we don’t have to measure up to anyone else’s standards or timelines.
  • I will read, knit, and play with my children more. They’re growing up so fast. I don’t want to miss it!
  • I will enjoy every moment I have with my husband. Those times are precious, and I will stay focused and be present in each moment with him.
  • I will forgive myself when I fail to do one of these things, and I will try again.

Will you join me? What goals have you set for yourself for 2014?

A Look Back at the Top 10 Posts of 2013

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  4. I Can’t Homeschool Because My Child Has Special Needs
  5. Planning Homeschool for the Struggling Learner
  6. Ultimate Guide to Keeping CHRIST in Christmas
  7. Aslan’s Academy Curriculum Choices for 2013-14
  8. Free and Frugal Gifts for Parents of Kids with Special Needs
  9. 10 Unexpected Benefits to Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs
  10. Aslan’s Academy: Our Homeschool Room 2013-14

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8 Responses to A Special Needs Mom’s New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Joy says:

    I am joining you. You and I have talked and you know that I also said I am letting go and letting God have control. It is all about trust and faith. I trust God a whole lot more than I do myself. I just need to remind myself of that. Human flesh and all of that. I am praying for you!

  2. Caroline says:

    Oh, man. That last one about forgiving myself when I fail is a BIG one for me. I’m *terrible* at forgiving myself, and I fail *often,* so I have to forgive myself regularly!

    I love how intentional in focus these goals are, Jennifer! Happy New Year!

  3. Cristi says:

    I love your resolutions. I was thinking along the same lines, but you’ve stated it so eloquently. I may print out your six bullet points as a reminder for myself.

  4. Rebecca says:

    Oh, it’s so easy as a homeschool Mom to get back into the ‘I can have it all’ thought process the world wants us to crave. Others seem to be able to do it – but what if they have: less children, a husband at home, friends and family around, children who are self learners, more money and the list goes on and on and those things may help someone for a while, but in the end – what about those beautiful children right in front of us.

    This past year, I’ve remembered why I came home. WHy I made this choice and while we do need some help financially, God’s not going to do it just because I blog – He will do it because He desires to help me and provide for us.

    I love you sweet friend!

    • You are right, Rebecca! He can provide for us in so many different ways! He’s infinitely creative and really doesn’t need our help. 😉

      We can rest in Him and enjoy the time we have with these precious children, homeschooling and discipling them, while we have them with us.

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