We All Need Comfort and Support

Today's Guest article is brought to you by Tom and Julie Meekins. Tom and Julie are the founders of March Forth Family and serve as coaches for parents who have children with challenges or special needs. They will be offering a tele class starting March 7 called Help Your Child with Challenges. This article continues the series dealing with challenges facing the family today.

We All Need Comfort and Support.

Being a parent is the most rewarding and complex job on the face of the Earth. Being the parent of a child who has challenges, accelerates both the rewards and the complexity. You are wondering if you are doing the best for your child.

There are so many conflicting messages out there regarding every aspect of the development of your child. The questions are overwhelming: what foods are the most nutritious for my child? should they have supplements, and if so, which ones? which medical providers are going to truly care about my child and offer the best advice? which therapists (if any) do we need to connect with for our child? how are we going to pay for all this? what do I tell the teachers? do I believe what other adults in authority over my child are telling me (i.e. teachers, principles, Sunday School teachers, ministry leaders)? how do I incorporate my child in activities? how do I advocate for my unique and precious child in a godly manner? how do I truly love this creature whom I often do not understand? who can I talk to about my concerns? my fears? my struggles?

When our fourth child was born, she had major complications. The diagnosis came fairly quickly -- CHARGE Syndrome.  And with that came the prognosis that plunged us into exhaustion. Around that same time, our third child was beginning to show the symptoms of ADHD and was allergic to everything under the sun.  This catapulted us into a life journey we never expected. Is this true for you?

We know that every one of our children comes with their own set of challenges. As moms and dads it is important that we seek support as we navigate the sometimes lonely path of figuring out what is best for our children. 

You may be doing “all the right things”, but your child may be developing differently. Through the apostle Paul, God tells us in 2 Corinthians, 1:3-4 that God is the “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.” Calling on our brothers and sisters in Christ with prayer requests and leaning on the love of friends and relatives are important ways to refuel. 

How are you getting supported in your parenting journey?


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  1. I would love to hear responses from parents on the question raised above. Where are you finding support and encouragement in your parenting? Parenting is one of the toughest jobs in the world and we all need support and encouragement to stay on course. Where do you find that support?