In addition to my own two nearly grown children, I’m in the business of caring for children. God has given me the opportunity to influence the learning and well-being of hundreds of children and their parents. It’s not an easy day to be a parent raising little ones in a day of great uncertainty. Many parents face added needs in raising children with special needs. Today is a good time to know we trust in God.
- This week I shared about Election Day and empowering, enduring truths for moms on The MOM Initiative. “As generations pass the baton of stewardship on election day, we teach our children how to choose and follow leaders. The leaders of tomorrow absorb what we mutter as we scan the headlines, listen to conversations in the checkout line, or check the channels for election results. As we cast our votes and respond to the results, our children watch and learn.”
- I also wrote on The MOB Society about A Prayer for Direction in a Future of Corruption. I began writing this post in my heart when I was walking in front of the White House and found myself caught up in a protest march. “We live in a chaotic day of affluence and aggression. Even Christians practice violence, corruption, and poverty of leadership. What does He want us to do? What does He want our sons to do?”
A new resource for parents: Refresh
Every parent today faces the predicament of raising children in problematic times. For those who have children with special needs, they have added reasons for concern. Will they be bullied? Mistreated? Accepted? Cared for? Protected? Invited? What will the future look like for their dear ones who will grow up vulnerable? I was glad to receive a copy of “Refresh – Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs” from Kregel, written by Kimberly Drew and Jocelyn Green.
These paired authors comes to parenting from their combined perspectives as school teacher, author, military and ministry wives. The disabilities of their children brought them together, but the hope they find in their faith in Jesus inspired their writing. Every parent can be tired or discouraged, but Kimberly and Jocelyn speak from first-hand understanding of the joy and pain of raising children with special needs.
“Sometimes the new normal is excruciatingly difficult, yes, but it can also be amazingly beautiful. There will be days when it feels like it’s all you can do to keep our head above water. But not only is God with you, he will also lead you through, until you’re safe on the other side.”
Because these women have walked through these waters, they combine a blend of stories, transparent admissions, and biblical truth to fill a parent’s cup. Segments are short enough to be a realistic read for moms short on time but long on “help me.” I usually write with a pen in my hand, to mark the lines that really speak to me. But this time, I put the pen down, so I can share my clean copy with one of my friends who parent children with special needs.
It’s not an easy day to raise a child. For those raising children with added vulnerabilities, there’s a daily need to be refreshed. This new collection for parents will uplift readers needing spiritual nourishment and hope to do the great work of nurturing the children entrusted to their care. Today is a good time to know we trust in God.
Where to find Refresh
You can find a copy of Refresh – Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs here.