If I Told You My Story
There’s a focus this month on autism. Are you aware? It touches many families in our society, some we may not even realize. My sweet friend and fellow Jesus lover, Kim Stewart, understands autism. And here’s her story….
Do you ever find yourself waiting on God to finally answer those prayers you’ve prayed over and over?
Griping and complaining while you wait.
That was my story.
Those were the early years after my son was diagnosed with autism. Not-so-patiently waiting for a cure. Griping that my friends didn’t understand. Complaining that my son wasn’t getting the “quick fix” other children with autism were.
Not that those feelings weren’t valid.
Autism. Is. Hard.
But I quickly learned that all that complaining was getting me nowhere fast.
So I stuffed those feelings and hid behind the mask of “I’m good” and “He’s doing good.”
Luckily, God didn’t allow that to last too long.
When I was hiding, God knew I needed encouragement. He provided just what I needed through our special needs ministry at church.
I met other moms walking similar paths as mine with their own children with special needs.
I met other women, older and wiser than me, to speak truth into my struggles.
They spoke joyful words. Thoughtful words. Positive words.
They prayed thankful prayers.
No, we don’t have to be happy in our circumstances. It’s okay to grieve for what “we don’t have”. But let’s not forget to be thankful for what we do have.
They encouraged me to seek not hide while I waited.
This is my story.
I’m still waiting. Waiting for a cure for autism. Waiting for that “quick fix” for my son. And now waiting for the answer of what comes after high school?
But in my waiting, God is teaching me to be strong and take heart:
- to celebrate my son’s ongoing progress, whether big or small.
- to nurture my younger son’s heart for serving children with special needs.
- to appreciate my strong marriage, despite the odds when raising a child with special needs.
- to be patient, with both my sons and with His timing.
Waiting is hard.
Autism is hard.
I don’t know what the future holds for my son, but I trust the One who holds it.
Do you know someone with autism?
There are so many ways to reach out and help:
- April is Autism Awareness Month. Click here to learn more about autism: https://www.autismspeaks.org/wordpress-tags/autism-awareness-month
- Does your church have a Special Needs Ministry? Some children with autism just need a little extra help in their classrooms. Our ministry has been a God-send to us in so many ways. We wouldn’t be able to attend church without them. They also provide a parent small group experience that allows us to study together while volunteers serve with both our children with special needs and siblings.
- Some churches also offer a monthly respite night giving parents a much-needed break for a dinner out while their children (both with special needs and siblings) have a blast with volunteers.
- If your church is in need, Joni and Friends is a wonderful international organization that supports churches and their ministries: http://www.joniandfriends.org/church-relations/.
- Best Buddies is an international organization that pairs up children with disabilities with peers in their school to be buddies in and out of school. This organization has helped my son so much with his social skills: https://bestbuddies.org
- Special Olympics is an international organization that provides sports opportunities for people with disabilities: http://www.specialolympics.org. My son has enjoyed swimming, bowling, track, and basketball with Special Olympics. They are always in need of volunteers!
About Kim ~
Kim Stewart lives in Texas and is wife to Paul, and mom to their two teenage sons. Her favorite things include reading, messy crafts, and milk chocolate with caramel.
She writes to inspire women to seek not hide at www.kimstewartinspired.com. While she dreams of writing her own book, you can find her tweeting words from her favorite authors at https://twitter.com/KimStewInspired.
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