In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:1-2, 6-7, 9-10 NKJV
“Everyone who is numbered, from twenty years old and over, shall give the contribution to the Lord. The rich shall not pay more and the poor shall not pay less than the half shekel, when you give the contribution to the Lord to make atonement for yourselves.” Exodus 30:15
I cannot thank Elihu enough for posting this. You may recall, my daughter has autism, SPD, an IQ of 45 and language disorder. She is 13 going on five. Her 13 yo body is in constant conflict with her cogntive and language challenges, which results in severe behavior concerns. If that isnt frustrating enough, she also struggles with abstract thought. She has trouble connecting consequences to her behavior. As a mother, it is heartbreaking to see your child struggle so much and know she has no friends. Many adults, let alone kids,do not want to be around her. Elihu’s advice about prayer and wise council is spot on. I ask that you continue to join us in praying for our Beauty, and for us as we train her up in the Lord.
Parenting is tough.
It’ll chew you up and spit you back out. It’ll wring your heart out until it’s dry. It taxes the mind, burdens the heart, and dominates your prayers—all while demanding constant creativity. You become a strategist, investigator, and commander, as well as a comforter, counselor, and coach. You must be fair, patient, willing to be inconvenienced, diligent in training, and protective of your child’s innocence.
Every decision has major consequences—from how you give birth to how you choose to educate. To survive, you develop a thick skin against both tears and tantrums while bearing up under the scathing criticism of everyone—from your own family to the irritable lady at the grocery store.
Are you ready for the hardest part of this gig?
These kids have free will.
You could do everything “right” and they might still…
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