As parents, we all have our own set of a unique set of challenges to face as we raise the children God has entrusted to us.

I would like to share a few things that have helped me through my own parenting challenge of having a child with special needs. First, know that you are not alone. Even in the darkest moments God is with you and will always go before you as you care for your child.

Prioritizing time for self-care is also really important. It can be as simple as taking a quick walk to clear your mind, journaling, turning on your favorite praise music in your home, or simply pausing for a moment to write down a few things you are thankful for. Your needs as the caregiver are just as important as your child’s.

It’s also very normal to feel isolated and lonely. It’s ok to take a step back and reprioritize your relationships especially when you are feeling depleted yourself. When you do have the capacity to connect with others try to focus on the relationships that are life-giving and will fill your cup. And remember it’s ok to ask others for help!

Lastly and perhaps the most important tool that has sustained me on this journey is prayer. God cares about what you and your child are going through and he will be faithful to provide for all of your needs. On days when you don’t have the strength to pray call on a friend to stand in the gap for you. It can also be helpful to meditate on a scripture that brings you comfort and encouragement.

Caring for a child with special needs can feel overwhelming at times. However, God will give you the strength you need each day and perhaps even surprise you with unexpected blessings along the way.