Ten Suggestions for Embracing Your Special Needs Child
- Monday, October 21, 2002
7. Remember that God does not require a high GPA to use an individual in a mighty way-He looks at the heart! We need to remember to put academics in perspective. Your child has many strengths; remind him of that. Become his biggest fan and cheerleader. Encourage him to participate in activities that will showcase his strengths and giftedness. Put him in situations where he can succeed.
8. In our success-oriented society, we forget that God often chooses to use us the most, not in the areas of our giftedness, but in the areas of our weakness. Remember Moses? He argued with God's choice of him as a spokesman and leader, saying, "I am slow of speech and slow of tongue" (Exodus 4:10). Paul gives us a unique perspective in II Corinthians 12:9:
"And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me."
Although we don't like to admit it, sometimes God can teach us more through our weaknesses than he can through our strengths.
9. Pray. God can do exceeding abundantly all that we ask or think. He is the Great Physician, the Great Teacher, and the Perfect Parent. Hebrews 12:10 reminds us that as parents we have limitations: "For they (earthly fathers) disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness."
Pray that He will give you supernatural guidance from His Word. Pray that He will bring you into contact with the right support group and team of advisors to help you with your child's needs. Take all your needs and concerns to Him. God's parenting of our children is perfect: He makes no mistakes.
10. Exercise faith. Trust that God will give you wisdom above and beyond what you possess. Remember: God rewards those who believe that 'He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). Stand strong like Joshua and Caleb did when Moses sent them to scope out the Promised Land. They believed in the power of God and refused to be discouraged by the giants in the land.
Parenting brings with it painful vulnerability. Do not let this vulnerability cripple you. Instead, allow it to drive you to Christ, as you seek out the best path for your child and his education. He is our Counselor, Strength, Hope, Light, and Wisdom. He is always able and willing to be our Guide on this parenting adventure. He never fails.
Zan Tyler is the senior education writer for Crosswalk.com and the co-author of the book "Anyone Can Homeschool." She and her husband have three children and have been home schooling since 1984.
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