We had another mom write a beautiful story about her journey with their daughter. I’m amazed at how God uses these stories to provide comfort, hope, support, and encouragement for other families.
Our daughter has been 2 1/2 years old now for eleven years. “She is a late bloomer”; “She will catch up”. We heard these words for years. We were told that we needed to get our daughter diagnosed. “Diagnosed for what?!?” Autism was a foreign word to us, to society. We would soon learn what it meant, and that we were walking down a road that we had little, to no information about. Feeling defeated, in despair, and down on our knees ALL we knew was that we needed to do what was best for our daughter. But how?
Socially, emotionally, and academically, we had hoped that she would catch up. How long can one hope? We thought things would change with time. How were we entrusted with such a huge task as raising a child with special needs? Where was I when they passed out the manual, “How To Raise a Child with Autism” Looking through it all, Satan tried to grab hold of us; our marriage, our family, our self-worth. What do we do? You are always told that you are your child’s best advocate. It took time, though we never gave up. We still don’t. It is a DAILY struggle that we endure. With friends and family, medical intervention, and angels that God has placed in our lives at the perfect time, we KNOW and TRUST that she is a part of us and that God has a plan for her, and also for us as her parents.
~A Mother’s Story
Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)~ 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Father, I pray for my sweet friend and her daughter, their family, and her daughters therapists, and teachers. I pray that they would know the very best ways to serve her and provide the best interventions. I pray for her socially, emotionally, and academically! We know that you have the perfect plan for this family and we trust You! I pray that they will feel Your comfort as they travel down this road. Help them know which path to take and let them feel Your guidance. ~Amen