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August 14, 2017 — Leave a comment

What do you have going today?  Is it busy or laid back?  Worrisome or calm?  Whatever it may be, here’s a great idea from the Psalms~

This is the day the LORD has made;
         We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (New King James Version)

               Go ahead.  Just let ‘er rip!  Sing a song of praise and remember that if you are His child, you are truly a Friend of God! He never takes His eyes off you and His love for you is greater than you can imagine!

More on our different children.

If your child has a disability that is not obvious, it seems that folks are all the more likely to tell you what you’re doing wrong, and how you should fix the “problem.” The usual advice includes “bustin’ his backside.” If the situation calls for it, maybe so. But that’s not always the case. In fact, sometimes it just makes matters worse.

A brain positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test of the brain. Trying everything we could think of to help our son, we had one of these test done. You can see the vast difference in an ADHD brain and a non-ADHD brain in the picture.  We learned that the parts of his brain that should be working fast were working slowly. Conversely, the parts that should be working slowly were working very fast. At least we now had positive proof that there was something different about him other than his attitude.

When we face challenges, we sometimes ask, “Why me?” Why not you, Love Heart? Let’s remember our scripture. Psalm 139:13-16.

“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. My frame was not hidden from you

    when I was made in the secret place,

when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body;

all the days ordained for me were written in your book

before one of them came to be.”

The God of the Universe, the King of the World, has not made a mistake. He didn’t get distracted in the middle of brain making and let things slip. For HIS reasons, your child’s differences were designed. You will probably never know, this side of heaven or maybe beyond, why your kiddo is like he or she is. The wonderful news is that God knew you’d be the perfect one to raise this magnificant creation.   This you must do – Trust God!

My tip for today. Love, love, love the one, or ones, God has gifted you with. Gwen~

Today I want to begin a series of a few blogs about children who are “different.” If you happen to be the parent of one who struggles with his or her differences, I know you feel confused, inadequate and frustrated.

This is my story and the actions we chose. In no way am I suggesting you do what we did.

Our son was diagnosed with ADHD at 3 years old. He is adopted, and there was not much family history to go on. After much consideration and consulting with professionals, we decided that medication was the best course of action for him. A top pediatric psychiatrist in Houston, Texas advised us that if we did not medicate him, he would never be able to fulfill his potential.

While the medication was a tremendous blessing, it was also a nightmare to regulate. Trying various kinds of meds and then tweaking the dosing was tedious. Every time a new med came on the scene, we tried it. All the while, I read about ADHD and talked with those experiencing the same thing we were.

I remember talking with a mom who had a second grader with ADHD. I didn’t know the woman but had been “referred” to her as someone who might help me understand or encourage me. It was the worst conversation ever. Apparently her little guy had either had a bad day, or maybe his meds weren’t good for him, but she was anything but encouraging!

Years later, we were trying neuro feedback, which did help, when a lady told me, “Yeah, we tried that. My kid’s just a *****.” I was horrified that a mom could talk about her own child like that, no matter what was going on with him.

Here’s my tip for today. It’s good to join a support group for parents of ADHD kids if there is one in your area. The one I was in helped me understand why our son had been doing so well only to twist off. Their question to me was, “What are you doing differently?” Cough medicine was the answer. AND, try to talk to someone who has adult children with ADHD. There are days when you don’t think there could possibly be an upside to the disorder, but you’ll be surprised.

Love Heart, no matter what’s going on in your life, good, bad or indifferent, you must hang on to Jesus.  Our text from the Holy Word of God is Psalm 139:13-16.

“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. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

More next time. Gwen~

 

Cookie?

August 6, 2017 — Leave a comment

A friend of mine has a four-year-old granddaughter who has a ton of food allergies including wheat and gluten.  Wow, that narrows things down. Cookies and cakes are out of the question unless they are made with special ingredients.  Even at her young age, when she is offered something that she’s allergic to she wisely responds, “I can’t have that.  It will make me sick.”   Now this little one will even refuse things at a party!  The reason for her response is because her mom has taught her what will hurt her and, after all, who wants to be sick?

     Wouldn’t it be great if we could easily pass on the badstuff?  Sometimes we think, “Well, maybe just this once.”  Then, one cookie turns into a bag!  It’s the same way with sin.  Sometimes we recognize it, but we don’t REFUSE it.  We don’t want to think ahead and consider the consequences (and there are always consequences.)  We don’t head for the carrot sticks. Next thing you know, we’re sick.

Our Father has also taught us what’s good for us, and what’s not.  It’s up to us to be diligent to say NO when the enemy dangles a cookie before us.  Just one?  Sorry. Afraid not.  Remember the whole bag?  Listen for His voice-“It’s not good for you, even once.”  Gwen~

Too Far Gone?

August 4, 2017 — Leave a comment

So many times we feel as though we have disappointed God…maybe too many times. Our enemy, the devil, would love for us to believe that. He’d love for us to just chuck our faith away because of our shortcomings.

Do you remember that Peter, in all confidence, thought that denying Jesus was beyond his capabilities? As we read in Scripture, deny Jesus is exactly what he did. The unthinkable had happened in Peter’s life.

peter's denialTwo points I want to make here from Scripture. First, before the deed was done, Jesus said to Peter in Luke 22:32-34, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

The obvious is that Jesus already knew what was going to happen. However, do you notice Jesus says, “And when you have turned back?”  Turned back? Turned back from and to what?

Women-Discover-Jesus-Tomb-Empty-1The second point is found in Mark 16:6-7. On resurrection Sunday, the angel of the Lord told those at the tomb, “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Why do you think the angel added, “and Peter?” I don’t know, but I feel that Peter needed that extra boost to assure him that Jesus hadn’t turned His back on him in spite of Peter’s denial.

Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves, Love Heart. He knows every thought before we even think it. If we belong to Him, He’s promised to never leave us or forsake us. And I don’t see any stipulations added to that. He is yours, and you are His. Praise be to God!