“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I love the way God tells us how well He knows His plans for us. He actually declares His knowledge of these individual plans for each of us. His purpose is to help us be a success with a purpose in mind. Thank You Abba Father for taking such good care of Your children.
I’m sharing a beautiful piece written by a wise and observant mother. Someone needs to read this. Enjoy the read
This week is Special Education Awareness week. I am so thankful for both my girls and the different gifts God gave them. Faith has Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia…..yes we see them as gifts in our family now. We have seen how they cause her to think and learn differently which has resulted in her beautiful, creative and witty mind. (Walt Disney was Dyslectic….so if she has only a fraction of his success we are in good shape) Faith has such a sarcastic sense of humor! She likes to sing funny songs that tell stories. She loves to watch Documentaries and build things. She doesn’t do well in loud social situations but get her alone and she will talk your ear off! The journey of learning is a difficult road for Faith but education is making huge strides in helping kids who need special Education.
Ava was given the gift of what our culture sees as a typical smart little mind. She is very academic and loves school. This has resulted in a trustworthy little achiever with an excellent work ethic. She has a compassionate heart. Whatever she sets her mind to, she can achieve! She has a speech Apraxia which makes it challenging for her to pronounce words and sounds. Because of this, she has compensated by using her face and eyes to express what she is wanting to say. This has resulted in her being a beautiful little actress.
Because of my kid’s stories I wanted to share the following:
When you have a typical child, you feel reasonably assured that class participation and decent study habits will result in good grades. These kids have close friends. They get invited to participate in social things like dances and weekend gatherings. They make the teams, auditioned organizations and clubs.
But when you have a child or children with certain differences, this is often not the case. Learning may take longer, both academically and socially. Despite their tremendous efforts, results are often a fraction of their peers and social acceptance is fleeting, setting them up for painful comparisons and bitter frustration. Instead of a fun and fulfilling experience, the school can become a breeding ground for depression and anxiety, and assignments a battleground at home. It is exhausting for parent and child alike.
This is the week of SPED (Special Education), Autism, Dyslexia, and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) awareness. For all the children who struggle every day to succeed in a world that does not recognize their gifts and talents, and for those who are walking beside them, please let this be a gentle reminder to be kind and accepting of ALL people. Recognize that the “playing field” is not always a level surface. Children who learn differently are not weird. They are merely gifted in ways that our society does not value. Yet they want what everyone else wants: To be accepted.
Our world would be far less beautiful without uniquely beautiful children ❤️
Written by Shannon Bailey
I spent many years in the classroom with sweet little bodies with the gift of being different and I loved every minute. To this day I notice the gifts in children. They are all made in Christ’s image so I know he had a plan from the beginning. His very heartbeat causes our hearts to beat in sync with His. Thank you God for spreading yourself over all Your creation just because.