Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Always Grateful

"Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

How many times have we heard this verse? It's so easy to read and so hard to live! The challenges and demands of parenting a child with a special need seem to perpetually weigh us down. Add the holidays to that, and it's enough to do us in!

This Thanksgiving, pause to look at that precious gift that God trusted YOU with. Imagine parenting that child without some of the awesome blessings you enjoy daily. Here are a few from other parents to spur you on, when you're feeling so weary that you have a hard time coming up with some for yourself:
  • "I am thankful to know we are not alone and others will lift us up and surround us in our time of need."

  • "God's un-ending mercy is an awesome gift!"

  • "Thankful for the odd compliment: 'You have the craziest life of anyone I know, but you're the most sane person I know.' I'm walking there by grace alone."

  • "Thank God I have a husband who helps!"

  • "I really appreciate compassionate teachers!"

  • "I'm grateful for the ability to have compassion and love for others."

  • "People who give of their time & hearts are the best!"

  • "I'm grateful for the medical care my son gets in this country... In another part of the world, he might be dead by now."

  • "Thankful that all kids eventually fall asleep...even if they don't want to!"

  • "I am grateful for having the best friends."

  • "Thankful to cozy-up with my kids."

  • "Wow, God uses us even when we are not expecting it!"

  • "I still have trouble, but trouble does not have me."

  • "I’m thankful for my dear son’s behavioral therapist who comes to my HOUSE to manage my kiddo’s challenging behavior. She’s got “the touch,” I tell you!"

  • "What a blessing to connect with other parents and resources!"

Cling to God with a heart that recognizes even the simple things He gives us. Even each breath is a gift! As we focus on the awesomeness of the Lord, our troubles suddenly shrink. My prayer is that your challenges will pale in comparison to all you find to be grateful for this Thanksgiving!

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