When I was a child, the perfect Thanksgiving began with the women cooking in the kitchen in the morning, putting the turkey on in the early afternoon, the men began to watch football, and then the drinking began promptly at 5:00. We ate Thanksgiving dinner at 9:30 or 10:00 at night. And shopping began for the women only at Neiman Marcus the next morning.
The same thing was repeated at Christmas, only at that time, it was the after Christmas sales.
My family's traditions revolve around special needs
We are sensory sensitive. We are cautious not to leave food out, so that my special needs son does not overeat. We keep the food locked up, and out of his reach. We eat healthy, wholesome food that agrees with his digestive system. We keep him busy. We play when he plays. We take naps when he does. It is simple really.
The funny thing about centering activities around your special needs child is that in the end, life ends up uncluttered, and more family centered. Yes, there are those special issues that may come up, but in the end, it is more about working and living together as a family with a special needs person.
But, sometimes the holidays go wrong.
Your child is in the hospital.
Your child gets sick.
You have family relationship problems.
Someone passes away.
You are grieving the death of someone in the past.
You can't cook for some reason.
You add your own issue.
The devil wants nothing more but to steal, kill and destroy.
He attempts to reflect to you all of the mistakes and bad decisions you made for whatever reason. Then he attempts to keep you there until he can destroy you. Yet, if you are a Christian, you are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, and the only reason the devil terrorizes you, is because he cannot do anything else to you anymore. You are God's, and have His Holy Spirit in you.
Jesus gives us hope.
During the holidays, we as special needs parents, can find hope in the Lord's healing of our children. Hope for our family's future, even in the smallest details of our lives. Hope for love, healing and peace in our close relationships. Hope for the future. The enjoyment and fellowship with family and friends, no matter what may be going on around us. Yes, we have hope in Jesus, but we need these practical pieces of hope that He will come to our rescue.
I will tell you, friend, that if you are serving Him, the Lord will surprise you. If your heart is pure before Him, in a moment, in a flash, He will bless the socks off you!
#RealLove brings life.
The Lord's blessings to you and your family~Kim