Welcome to Thursday Thoughts! We all can use extra doses of encouragement. When your life is particularly challenged by a chronic situation, hope often appears fleeting. Exhaustion, information overload, multitasking, and confusion all add to the daunting task of moving forward in our days. When you are caring for a child with special needs, your needs tend to get ignored in the quest to fill the cups of the other members of your family. However, your own wholeness affects the dynamic of the entire family.
I am inviting you to feast on a morsel of scripture to sustain you for the week. Sundays offer the opportunity for refreshment as we gather in worship and commune with our family in Christ. However, we all know that by midweek, reality sets in and we find ourselves ravaged by the energy spent struggling with Earthly circumstances.
I invite you to consume Thursday thoughts as a means to nourish your soul in order to strengthen you for the unseen battles lying before you in the days ahead. Print them out and hang them on the fridge, bookmark the page on your PC or pull it up on your phone as needed. It’s a morsel: small enough to remind you to “Taste and see that the Lord is Good.” and large enough to nourish your hungry soul. Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35).
” For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:13-14)
The images are everywhere: smiling, healthy , beautiful children. The children on T.V. may demonstrate the typical scenarios: desires for control, sibling rivalry, struggles with identity and choices. For the most part, they are healthy and happy. We can celebrate healthy, happy children. For they are created by God. But what is perceived about children who don’t express happiness so easily? Children who appear healthy on the outside but on the inside are not: children who experience social difficulties on a daily basis? Difficulties that may bring physical /emotional harm to others/self?
Psalm 139 does not give conditions. God’s hand is at work in the creation of ALL humans. Our human mind may not be able to fully understand or grasp the reason for the physical and emotional challenges of a hurting child. It may not see with the human eye, the purposes God is working through their lives. But the truth is in the words of the writer of Psalm 139. ALL children are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Read aloud the above verses, inserting your child’s name for “my”. Make it a daily prayer of praise. Let it shape your interactions and your relationship.