Saturday, December 31, 2016

One Good Year Gives Way to Another

You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to 
move it out to make room for the new.
~ Leviticus 26:10, NIV ~

God blesses obedience and our parents were surely allowed to see that blessing this year at Snappin' Ministries. Our "Special Care for Special Caregivers" expanded in remarkable ways. More parents were served in person, online, and through shipments made via the US Postal Service. God's bounty and blessings have been overflowing in and through this unique ministry.

Here are some of the exciting things that happened:

Because of YOU, we were awarded GreatNonProfits' Top-Rated status again for the 4th consecutive year! 


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Readers had an interest in a wide variety of topics on...

2016's TOP 10 BLOG POST COUNTDOWN

10. I Am What I Am by Beth Clay, posted July 26, 2016
7.   7 Reasons YOU Should Care About Rare Disease Day by Barb Dittrich, posted February 29,             2016
6.   When Turning 14 Hurts by Barb Dittrich, posted May 4, 2016
5.   A Prayer for His First Day of High School by Vangie Rodenbeck, posted August 1, 2016
4.   TRANSITIONS TO ADULTHOOD: 5 Insights on Self-Care by Barb Dittrich, posted September 1,        2016
3.   I Don't Want To Be Your Project by Barb Dittrich, posted March 1, 2016
2.   Does God Care? by Donna Mckenzie, posted June 21, 2016
1.  Why it's Humanly Impossible to be the Parent of a Child with Special Needs by Tammie Hefty, posted September 22, 2016

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ANNUAL IMPACT

  • Tons of TLC Packages – WOW! Our parent TLC gift distribution was up 260% in 2016! We shipped out $5,215.70 in gift cards and gift baskets to 54 parents in need nationwide.
  • AWESOME family events! – In January our families enjoyed another Winter Water Park Adventure at Country Springs in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. In July we had a phenomenal adaptive water ski and family picnic on Brown’s Lake in partnership with the Aquaducks. And for the first time ever, we held FREE play dates for families at Oconomowoc’s Imagination Station accessible playground.
  • Matchless parent refreshment – Our annual Refresh Retreat for Mothers moved to Crosspoint Community Church on April 22nd in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Four dozen mothers received manicures, pedicures, haircuts, massages, enjoyed a prayer walk, bon fire, crafts, workshops, and an inspirational message from our leader, Barb Dittrich. On July 12th, we held our first Mom’s Summer Sanity Saver at Loft24 in Oconomowoc where moms enjoyed some relaxation and treats together. It was terrific partnering with local small businesses and volunteers on these events.
  • Side-By-Side Parent Mentor Small Groups Our small groups at Crosspoint Community Church (Oconomowoc, WI), Elmbrook Church (Brookfield, WI), on Zoom video-conferencing, and on Facebook collectively learned and grew through tackling multiple book studies including ANXIOUS: Choosing Faith In a World of Worry; 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit; STILL LIFE: A Memoir of Living Fully with Depression; REFRESH: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs; and The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas.
  • New Mentors Trained – Five more women were trained in two separate sessions via 12-week video conferencing classes. From Wisconsin, to Arkansas, to Florida, to Texas, these individuals were thoroughly trained to provide mentoring support to parents raising children with serious diagnoses.
  • New writers on the blog – We have been so blessed to have Bobby Lanyon (aka Jack’s Dad), Kimberly Drew, Amanda Furbeck, and Evana Sandusky join our writing team in 2016. While we were sad to say goodbye, writers Emily Krill, Michelle Bovell, Sheri Dacon, and Vangie Rodenbeck, we are looking forward to the addition of Jenn Soehnlin and Wendy Heyn in 2017. We are also grateful that Debbie Abbs, Cindy Barclay, Faith Clarke, Beth Clay, Alexandra Dittrich, Barb Dittrich, Mike Dobes, Tammie Hefty, Jennifer Janes, Donna Mckenzie, and Angela Parsley continue to share godly wisdom with our daily blog readers.
  • New grant awards – Snappin’ Ministries was honored to be awarded grants this year for our ongoing parent TLC by the Stackner Family Foundation and for our new “Band of Fathers” events by the Oconomowoc Area Foundation.


LOOKING AHEAD TO 2017, WE HOPE TO…
  • Offer unique refreshment for father’s only – Four social events for our “Band of Fathers” are in the works for the next 12 months.
  • Develop a new inclusion guide for churches – Our team has been working on a parent-written guide to empower churches to make simple changes to become more inclusive of families living with disability of every kind.
  • Train more mentors & start more Side-By-Side Parent Mentor Small Groups – We want to become multipliers by training additional mentors, starting new mentor small groups, and activate existing small groups to become missional communities that pass on the blessing.
  • Maintain our signature events and programs – We are following God’s lead to continue and grow our existing events and programs. Expansion and replication are the key to reaching more challenged caregivers.



THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  If you want to continue to be a part of our exciting work, please make your online donation at www.snappin.org/give.  And encourage others to do the same!  

Friday, December 30, 2016

All I Could Say Was, "Jesus"

Like many of you, our holidays, our "Christmas", looks a little different than most. Having a child with Autism can result in some changes in tradition. That is not always a bad thing...
Attending the Christmas Eve church service together as a family
For 20 plus years we have traveled at Christmas. Sometimes, the trip was a relatively short 3 hours or so, other times it has been a much longer trek. Either way, it always required much planning and packing to accommodate a growing number of children, a dog, and everything that goes along with Christmas.

But we have wonderful memories of mini-vans packed tight with gifts and children and a dog, all excited to see grandparents and family and open gifts.

Traveling during the holidays is fun, but it is also hard.

Christmas can be a little stressful and busy and very easy to get distracted and forget what we are actually celebrating. I wanted to slow down this year, I wanted to remember...what I really wanted was to avoid anything that might cause our son to have another seizure.

My children, like most, love Christmas. I love Christmas. I love it all; from the gift of Jesus and singing about his birth, to the lights and the tree, and the presents and food.

I especially love the time with family.

Last year was the first Christmas our family celebrated without my mom. We went home and stayed with my brother and had a wonderful time, but it was different.

Our son Cooper loves Christmas too, and I felt like this change was harder on him than we realized at the time.

Although I am not exactly sure how much he comprehends of the birth of Jesus, I know if you show him the nativity scene and ask him what it is he says, "Bible" so that's a start.

He definitely understands Santa and presents.

He loves Christmas a lot, maybe too much. I think the anxiety, the anticipation...it may be too much. So that love along with changes in tradition, I believe...resulted in...

When we came home from our family visit to East Tennessee last year Cooper had his first seizure. We started a journey I had honestly prayed we would never have to take.

I also realized, in those moments...I can't pray.

That surprised me a little.

When we get to the end of this post you will find a prayer. Hopefully, you will find it to be heartfelt and somewhat applicable to you and your life. When I can write out a prayer I have time to really quiet my heart and my mind and think about what I want to say to God and to you.

When your child is in the middle of a seizure, all heard was my own voice saying, "Jesus."

We decided for the first time in many years to stay home this Christmas. I was hoping that no traveling would keep things calm and normal for Cooper and we would avoid any extra stress and not have to worry about seizures.

That would not be the case, I think he just loves it so much. So when it hit on Christmas Day and we got to him...

All I could say again was..."Jesus".

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

When I read the above verse that His grace is sufficient...I realized, I saw, when I have nothing, when I am helpless and have no words....

I only need one...

"Jesus."

Oh dear Father, I thank you for that one Word, that one Gift that is sufficient for all our pain and suffering and when we have nothing...no words, no answers, God when we just don't understand why..."Jesus". Amen


~Beth

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Relentlessly Refuse Angst

God has told his people, “Here is a place of rest; let the weary rest here. This is a place of quiet rest.” But they would not listen.
Isaiah 28:12 (NLT)

So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter that rest.
Hebrews 4:9-11a (NLT)

I'm Late!

Before I knew it, I was staring 2017 in the face and I hadn't started Christmas yet! Let me back up. I love to go slowly the winter holidays. To ruminate, to think, to hibernate, to enjoy being slow.  But this year, the holidays seemed to go by without me noticing them. It was December 23 and the ornaments were still in the basement.

Habit-forming ...

The rush of life threatened to mask the beauty of the season. Hurry and the related stress can help erode good intentions and habits. So at times I had less

  • healthy movement
  • healthy food
  • healthy reactions
  • intentional connection with God
and it's easy to chalk it all up to the holidays, resolving to get back to normal in the new year. Unfortunately, the deviation becomes the norm after a few infractions, and the extra slice of fruit cake, reduced prayer and meditation become the way of life. The poor quality holiday habits are threatening to consume January 2017, if I don't take stock.

And, if I only had me to consider, myself, I might let this slide. But the hurried habits of the season have all kinds of effects on kids, and on their various developmental differences. My angst is like a tangible thing in the air, and sensory sensitive humans pick up on that. They don't know what they are  noticing, but I know. 

Anchored to Rest

The incredible gift of relationship with the Eternal One, is His persistent presence. As soon as I look up, noticing that I'm lost, He's there, holding my hand. So this week, His guiding hand encouraged stillness, rest, awareness and some healthy rhythms.  This means more
  • deep breathing
  • quiet
  • slowness
  • immersion in what I love
  • reliance on the Eternal One to keep my family (and the related sources of anxiety) while I let go
Research suggests that promises to behave differently (like New Year's resolutions) without the process of being ready for the change, will fall flat quite quickly.  The action stage of change comes after a long process of building awareness and then preparing to change. I can't help but think that stillness and yielding the Holy One, listening to the nudges He sends my way, and storing them up for further reflection, must be part of that initial process, and actually, must be a part of marinating my change efforts, once they are fully underway. 

2017 Resolutions?

So perhaps my resolution for 2017 is more of what I've been doing the week. Less hurry, more rest. Less anxiety, more releasing anxiety (we hope for more trust). Less angst, more music and dancing. More letting go. More giving over.

Dear Heavenly Father, the buzz of the holiday season can sometimes haunt us, as we feel the responsibility of creating the 'right' experience for our families. That burden feels extra heavy with the challenges that we live with  sometimes. Please remind us that many of the responsibilities that we have taken up have been our own choice, and not your requirement. Help us to be still and to listen to your quiet voice, and be led into your rest.  May your irrational peace and overwhelming rest be our continued experience in 2017. Open our eyes to any obstacles to this rest and energize us to relentlessly refuse angst.
Amen.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Immeasurably More

Photo credit: Teddy Kelley, unsplash.com/@teddykelley

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, 
according to his power that is at work within us, 
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, 
for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

Life has felt pretty chaotic lately, from medical issues, procedures, holiday anxiety, extra family gatherings, lots of extra food preparation so my daughter would have food to eat at parties, and all the usual daily craziness. Add in some extra craziness due to some personal issues we're experiencing, and there's more than enough chaos to go around in my household. 

When the holiday season began, I didn't have much hope. Things looked pretty grim, and we didn't have a lot to look forward to. We had each other, though, and that's what we were clinging to. Then God intervened. He brought not only comfort in the chaos, but also blessings beyond what we could have foreseen or imagined. God reminded me once again that He is in control and that He is holding my children and me closer than I sometimes think. 

Just when I look around and am sure that all is lost, God shows up, and He often shows out. He is faithful to provide comfort, peace, and a helping hand when I most need it. My job is to look to Him and quit trying to figure everything out on my own.

Pray: Father, please forgive me for relying on my own solutions and strength instead of Yours. Everything works out so much better when I trust You and let You work in and through my circumstances as only You can. Thank You for blessing us with Your peace, love, and faithfulness during this holiday season. It has been a wonderful reminder that You are going with us into the new year, whatever it may bring. Amen.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Rejoicing in the HOLYdays

 This is the day the Lord has made.

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24 

Three Holidays - Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year - make for quite an - ummmm - "interesting"? season of celebrating.  

Add a child with special needs to the mix of the cacophony of the holidays- and you might have a recipe for disaster.  

But I've found as a parent I have to when I let go of commercial expectations of what each "holiday" should look like. I don't let someone else dictate how we celebrate for the holidays or even how we manage to get through our regular days! For days come in all shapes and sizes.

The joy comes when I purpose to see each day of my life as a HOLYday.  

When I begin to see each day as sacred -
 infused with the gift of God's presence -

 when I can slow down and be captivated 
by the wonder
 of what God has done
 is doing
and will do for me,
I am filled with rejoicing and celebration!

I've finally learned to release my romanticized, Hallmark, Currier and Ives, Norman Rockwell dream of a perfect holiday (or life) and just rejoice in the day the Lord is giving me. 

And if I have trouble rejoicing in the day, I know I can always rejoice in past days He's given me and I can always look forward and rejoice in the amazing days when His kingdom comes and He will rule with truth and grace!

And if I still have trouble rejoicing in the day, 

I take the day moment by moment.

It doesn't matter what my day looks like- it matters WHO my day is centered around.

On the good days - the rejoicing flows.


On the bad days - the rejoicing is the only way to get through.


For we have a Savior -
One who is with us -
One who is for us -
One who didn't exempt Himself from the pain, sorrow, and frustrations of this world.
He traded His divinity for the limitations of humanness.
He lives to pray for us and is always interceding for us. 
He sings and rejoices over us- I want to learn to sing and rejoice over Him each day.

Pray: Good and Gracious Father, you ask us to live a life of rejoicing. Teach us to live in Your presence- for in Your presence is fullness of joy and in Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Cindy Barclay

Monday, December 26, 2016

A MUST-HAVE Gift For The New Year - Part 1

Photo image courtesy of Oleksandr Rozdobudko via 123rf.com
Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:

"Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?"
~ 2 Samuel 7:18, NIV ~

Another Christmas Day has come and gone. You survived the trimmings and trappings. It may not have been pretty. And you may still be missing one gift. 

It's easy to look at all that went wrong with our holiday and feel disappointed. I can remember one year where the behavior was off the charts with our youngest because of the cocktail of holiday over-stimulation combined with major executive functioning issues. It felt horrible when family members had snide comments about my parenting skills or thinly veiled disdain for my child. Another year trauma related to infusing our son made for an upsetting start to Christmas morn. Still another year, I just barely made it home for Christmas after knee surgery complications had me hospitalized. It felt so empty not being able to attend church with my husband and kids that year. 

Because years like the ones I described are so incredibly difficult, the gift of retrospect is a must-have. Looking back with gratitude empowers us to face challenges today as well as in the future. Taking time to reflect about days past also grants us the perspective to see how far we have come.

I often find myself thinking, "How did we ever survive that?!" Whether it be behaviors, or traumas, or medical crises, or financial devastation, I have received a clear picture of God's unfailing faithfulness when I can look back and see all that He has brought our family through. Yes, my family has had heartache, disappointment, and tragedy over the years, but it has knit us closer together and grown our tenacity. I have grown in my ability to trust God because I have seen first hand how trustworthy He truly is. 

In addition, I can rejoice now that I am not who I was even a year ago. Looking back I can say, "Well, at least I'm not THERE this year!" Too many years in a row my husband and I commented to one another, "This was an awful year. I will be so glad to kick it out the door and begin a new one. We've got nowhere to go but up!" Unfortunately, we would discover in the New Year that things can and do get worse. Thank God that nothing lasts forever in this world! Change would eventually transform our misery, even if was only in attitude and not in our situation or difficulties. I have found that this year in particular, I am much more able to give thanks in ALL circumstances. What a relief to have a better perspective! I am also not the constantly sleep deprived, hopeless, overwhelmed, feeling-like-a-failure mommy that I was several years ago. How can my heart feel anything but FULL when I look at all that sad negativity behind me?

As we recover from Christmas and look towards the New Year, don't just set goals or make resolutions. Be certain to take that must-have gift of retrospect with you! Join in King David's prayer of humble awe. You will never regret pondering the past and gratefully thinking, "Look how far we have come!"

PRAY: "Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?" We have faced so many obstacles over the years. Plans have been derailed. People have disappointed. Circumstances have been difficult. Yet, YOU, gracious Lord, have seen us through them all! Thank You, God, for giving us the gift of retrospect so we can grow in gratitude and gain strength for the days ahead.

~ Barb Dittrich

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Our Christmas Wish For You

Taken at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral, Los Angeles, CA
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
~ Matthew 1:23, NKJV ~

On this holy eve, our prayer, our wish for you is that no matter where you find yourself -- in a hospital, struggling with autism meltdowns, or managing minute-by-minute with family -- that you would sense the awe and wonder of God with YOU. Christmas, friend, isn't in all of the worldly celebrating, pressures, and traditions. It is in the amazing intimacy and profundity of a Maker that loves you so much that He was willing to wrap himself in flesh and come into this world in the most humble of conditions. 

He knows your challenges because He endured them too. He knows your pain because He felt it too. He knows isolation, poverty, the pressure of expectations, and rejection. The celebration of Christmas is a chance to sigh with deep contentment because God cares enough to come sit close with you no matter where you are at in this space in time.

Be encouraged, friend. Merry Christmas!

~ Barb Dittrich & Your Friends at Snappin' Ministries

Friday, December 23, 2016

In Whose Strength Are You Serving?

"If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen."
 ~1 Peter 4:11b

I read a really good book recently. It was called, Pursuing Health in an Anxious Age, by Cutillo. The book, in general, is about considering the whole person when the need for medical care arises; body and soul. It is a really good read especially for people like us who do much dealing with the medical field because of our life circumstances. I want to quote from it because it really helped open my eyes to God's sovereignty and goodness over our bodies. 

"Medicine can also help people to learn to live in and through their bodies, teaching the limits of the body and the wisdom that comes from accepting those limits. Aging will not be seen as a disorder to be corrected but as a time of adjustment for continued growth as we face increasing limitations as part and parcel of our being embodied living creatures. Likewise, the restrictions of imperfect bodies will not be viewed as automatic barriers to full life but as possible means through which life is found--and sometimes taught only by those who are living it. As one father said when taking his daughter with spina bifida to a father-daughter dance, 'It's harder for me....than it is for Michelle. She has a blast!' I look around and say 'What a tragedy that she can't do that.' She says, 'Come on, let's dance, Dad.'" Helping people to dance should be one of the good purposes of medicine" 
(Pursuing Health in an Anxious Age, Cutillo, pg 159).

Helping people to dance, in their own body, considering their own limitations, helping them to live full lives for the glory of Christ should be our aim and goal. This was eye opening for me. I am still undiagnosed but endure severe limitations on my body. At times this "illness" plagues me so terribly I can barely make my legs take me to the kitchen to prepare food. It is not constant thankfully because I heal and my legs work perfectly fine after the flare-up is over, but in those times of a flare up, I would usually get angry and curse my limitations. I had the wrong mindset. Instead, I should direct my mind to the One and Only who controls all things. 

He is the One I can trust. He knows what this "illness" is called. He enters into my pain and suffering and I share in His. I must direct my mind toward Him and His greater purposes in it. His promises are abundant toward the sufferer. Instead of lamenting the "I can'ts," I should focus on the "I cans". When this mystery "illness" hits, I get to rest. I don't really have a choice. I can choose how I use my time. I can rest in the love of my Father or stew in my self-pity party over it happening again. 

Those of us with limitations need to take the mindset of accepting what we can do. In the Scripture above, God says to serve in the strength that He provides. I don't have to muster up the strength, it is God who provides it. So for someone like me, strength may be minimal on one day and massive on another. Instead of fretting over what kind of day it will be, I can choose to glory in the place that God has me. It is all a gift and from Him. He does not expect more of me than the strength He provides! I am learning to live within these limits. 

When I try to live beyond the strength God provides, that is only moving into pride and self-sufficiency. When I do that, I am not following His instructions and in my disobedience, there are often many bad consequences that occur; specifically from not treating my body well. It is much easier to submit to His given strength but I am stubborn. I need help in this area and this book has really opened my eyes and encouraged me to live for His glory in whatever strength He gives for a certain day. There is Sabbath rest in that. It takes the pressure off. 

If you struggle with this as well, I am saying a prayer for you right now. If you don't, I hope it encourages you and that you will pray for me. Overall, may it help us all better understand the concerns of the weak so we can better serve them.

Pray: Father, thank you for opening my eyes to the necessity of resting in you. You are the giver of strength. Help us all work within the limits that you have given. Help us to do all things for your glory. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Until the World is as it Ought to Be

But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.  Hebrews 2:9 NIV

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Let     your     soul     K*N*O*W -
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Be not oppressed.
SHALOM
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Until the world is as it ought to be.


Pray:  Heavenly Father, I don't understand this broken world, and I don't understand your plan.  I do, however, know that you came down from Heaven to walk among us, to be crucified for us, so that we may some day live with you.  Help me to remember that; to CLAIM that, to LIVE THAT every single day, until the world is as it ought to be.  Amen.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Weary Mom Rejoices

Nevertheless, the time of darkness and despair 
will not go on forever.
Isaiah 9:1 NLT 

A thrill of hope - a weary world rejoices - for yonder breaks a new and glorious dawn - 
(Oh, Holy Night)
 Image result for the weary world rejoices
There is so much joy in my world, that I hesitate to share a recurring despair and darkness that falls on me.

Most days I can "count it all joy"- the various challenges and "adventures" that having a child with down syndrome brings. Bethany truly has been and continues to be "Joy to our World."

But........

Fear descends to devour my peace and joy when I begin to wonder about Bethany's future.


Who? Her future:  Who will care for her as deeply as we do? Who will have her best interests in mind?  '
What? What will she be able to do with her life? Will she be fulfilled in the doing? 
Where? Where will she live when we are gone? 
When? When will I be able to trust the Lord completely with her precious life? 
How? How can I get her prepared for her future?


These fears temporarily paralyze me.

They drain my joy, my hope, my peace.

And that's why I need the message CHRISTmas every day of the year!


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Isaiah 9 is beautiful with promise- to us- to me- a mom of a child with special needs- because we can all be overwhelmed with weariness.


Isaiah 9 Promises to a weary world looking to God for help!
v1 -  the time of darkness and despair will not go on forever

v2 -  those who walk in darkness will see a great light

v3 -  we will rejoice as God unfolds His promise

v4 -  He will lift the heavy burdens from our shoulders!

v5 -  our enemies will be destroyed

v6 -  God's Only Son is given to us - Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

v7 - The government, the load, the burden, the decisions, and weighty matters will be upon His shoulders!

v9 - ties it all up with a bow - The passionate commitment of the Lord will make this happen. 


Christmas is the beginning of the fulfillment of His promises to His children.



He will make everything right- in His time- in His way.


So I comfort myself with tidings of great joy. I remind myself the glorious message of CHRISTmas was FEAR NOT. I remember that God took on flesh and suffering and limitations so that He could experience everything I experience.

Because of this I know: He is with me; He is for me; His compassion and mercy will never fail me... or my child.
That makes this weary mom's heart thrill with hope.


Pray: Oh Wonderful Counselor, give us wisdom and insight to be the parents we need to be to our children. Help us trust you, Mighty God, to know that you have all things under Your good control. Everlasting Father, remind us you have a Father's heart and you know our fears and failings. Prince of Peace come rule in our hearts, our minds, our families.

In Jesus Name,
Amen