Sunday, March 13, 2011

Scripture and a Snapshot- Romans 5: 3-4

"Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope."- Romans 5: 3-4

When searching for a verse on patience, I came across this wonderful passage and knew I wanted to share today. It's a great reminder to me, that even when I'm having a rough time, to just keep pushing forward.

To be honest, I have been in a bit of a funk! I try to keep things very positive, but sometimes that's easier than others! The last few weeks have been tough. Shaun has been in a mood...oh my goodness! He has always had occasional meltdowns, been into everything and even had aggressive tendencies, but never so constantly as it has been. We've had many very public meltdowns lately (and gotten a lot of mean glares because of it), but honestly those are easiest to handle sometimes. He can scream and thrash around all he wants, but if he tries to hit me, I can simply turn his stroller so he can't. At home, it's a completely different story! When he gets in that mood, he likes to use mommy as his personal punching bag and it's very hard to stay patient and upbeat at times like these. I try my best but sometimes I just want to let the tears come. He has been having some other behavior issues as well, but that's the hardest to deal with. In the past when it has happened, I was advised to just walk away, but lately if I do this, he either follows or if it was a matter of telling him he couldn't have something, etc he goes back to trying to get it himself...which often means climbing on cabinets or other dangerous activities.

Most that know my son personally might have a hard time believing this. Usually he is such a happy kid, so full of energy and smiles, and he still is for the most part, but when he gets in these moods, he's a completely different kiddo! But in the end, I just have to keep standing my ground and do my best to stay optimistic and through this we will both be stronger.


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  3. Precious verse and image. Autism is never easy, and can be lonely and challenging. God is a tower of strength to those of us who are raising one of His special children. Our autistic son just accepted Christ as his Savior a few weeks ago. He is almost 22 and is at home with us. The Lord builds those qualities in us through our struggles, that's for sure. Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings, Christine

  4. I'm sorry you are having a rough time. My DD has entered the "Terrible Twos" temper tantrum phase and with DH deployed, I have no back-up. Hope things get better for you!

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  5. I think hope is probably the thing I treasure most about my relationship with Christ. I don't know how I'd survive without it. Love the photo/scripture pairing. =)

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  7. It's so hard to be positive at times. I've been in a bit of sour mood myself. Dwelling on circumstances and asking why instead of resting at the feet of Jesus. It's hard. We are human.

    And I am so sorry that you are having to go through these tough moments. I pray in Jesus name that He pours His joy in to you and that He places a calm spirit in your beautiful little boy.

    Btw, your choice of scripture is a great reminder for me.

  8. Praying for strength for you... Although we do not deal with autism.. my daughter's sevre allergies would create a violent side that was rarely seen in a public setting.. It was like a different child.. and it is hard to explain to outsiders.. even the doctors would look at us like we were crazy

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    I have four autistic children in my kindergarten class this year, and it is difficult to have them for just a few hours...I can only imagine parenting a child with such issues, and feeling alone or at wit's end. God will reward your perserverance and diligence in teaching and raising him the way he should go...and to be the best that he can be!

  11. I really love your photo...and wanted to encourage you about your "funk"...this really will pass, faster than you realize. I'm saying a little prayer for you right now!

  12. Love the pic you chose. It really give a sweet little tie in to the scripture... just makes me smile. In the light of what you are walking through, I hope it did the same for you... brought you some smiles.
    My prayers are with you as you walk through the tough patches. I pray that God will satisfy your heart with surprises of His presence and reminders of how He is your strength when you feel weak an your delight when you're heart feels sad.
    This too shall pass.

    Bless you,


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