Passion

August 17, 2017 — Leave a comment

My husband and I have been watching some of the old Billy Graham ministry programs.  Wow!  He preaches straight from the heart and lead by the Spirit.  No holding back from this man.

As I watched the telecast, one thing stood out for me.  The people who had made a decision for Christ were RUNNING to the altar.  When is the last time you’ve seen or felt that kind of Passion for anything?  Especially the Lord!

Thesaurus defines Passion as: fervor, obsession, excitement, enthusiasm, zeal, delight!

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul with all your mind with all your strength!” (Deuteronomy 6:5) Deb~

 


Praise

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~