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Hospitality as a Special-Needs Family

By Sandra |

  In our first year after moving to Texas we had people over to our house 47 out of 52 weeks. I haven’t kept track since then, but I’m pretty sure it’s been close to that often in the second year. Our small group comes over each week. We’ve had neighbors and friends we’ve met … Read more

God’s Purpose in My Child’s Disability

By Sandra |

  My sister Syble has Down syndrome, so when our family goes out to eat or out anywhere, people notice us. Sometimes they stare. Sometimes they smile. Sometimes they just look away. Young children may ask questions or point. It becomes so expected we don’t even notice it anymore. But our son James has autism, … Read more

An Exciting Announcement to Share

By Sandra |

I’m excited to share I have signed on with Bethany House Publishers for my newest book for special-needs parents! Over the last few months I’ve been working with Karen from Credo Communications on a book proposal for a project that will equip special-needs parents to move from a place of pain and confusion to finding their purpose, … Read more

God, empower me and my house to serve you

By Sandra |

…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15  I requested a weekend respite worker from the agency that works with my son to help me care for Dan during church service on Sunday. It took a while but they finally found one, a very lovely young lady. She came over … Read more

Thank You for Restoration

By Sandra |

I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten … Joel 2:25 My friend Jolene wrote a piece recently about the guilt she carries about mistakes she feels like she made in the early days of parenting. I think we all carry guilt from things we did do or didn’t do for our kids. … Read more

Help Us Run with Endurance

By Sandra |

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the … Read more

Help Us to Walk After You

By Sandra |

You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him. Deuteronomy 13:4 Isn’t this what we want most for our kids? That they would hold fast to God? Since our kids on the spectrum are often literal and brutally honest, … Read more

Help Us Have Peace in Tribulation

By Sandra |

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33 When Christ ascended to the right hand of God, He didn’t leave us alone. The Holy Spirit indwells in believers and comforts us. He reminds us of this promise … Read more

Help Us Comfort Others

By Sandra |

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, … Read more

Help Us Encourage Others

By Sandra |

Set up road markers for yourself;     make yourself guideposts; consider well the highway,     the road by which you went. Jeremiah 31:21a I still hear it now—how encouraging my parents were to other special-needs parents in our small town in Oklahoma. I’ll get a friend request on Facebook from one of their friends and they will ask, … Read more

Your Vessels

By Sandra |

(Today’s prayer and devotion are from Mary Buhr) Therefore, since we have this ministry, just as we received mercy [from God, granting us salvation, opportunities, and blessings], we do not get discouraged nor lose our motivation. But we have this precious treasure [the good news about salvation] in [unworthy] earthen vessels [of human frailty], so that … Read more

Your Peace

By Sandra |

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. 1 Cor. 14:33a There are times on this special-needs parenting journey that are confusing. When we first hear the diagnosis, it can be like learning a new language. When we transition to school, it’s confusing again—what is the best option for my child? Each new … Read more