If you are the parent of special needs children, there are simple ways to enjoy them more and find health. The way I achieved this minor miracle was to set my alarm clock for the amount of time I craved. In the beginning, I made time for 20 minutes. I read a short devotional or an inspirational story. Sometimes I would read my favorite Scripture and then ponder it. On the days I faithfully used this time, I would end up going through my day more peacefully. I would also be more productive and have more physical energy. This literally changed my life!
Although my two boys are grown and living elsewhere, I still need to invest this time to achieve a more peaceful day. I've also stopped watching the news. I will look on my phone for a few headlines and that is it. The news is designed to instill fear in us. I would rather invest my time in a way that will instill faith and freedom from anxiety.
The wonderful discovery I made during my early days of parenting was that the calmer I was, the boys would play together better with less arguing. Yep! This was a treasure! Kids really pick up on our moods. To this day, even on the phone, my son will ask, "Are you mad at me?" When I reply that I am not, he asks why my voice sounds mad. Wow! When I am fatigued, my physical tension is displayed in my voice. On those tired days, I have to work a little harder at sounding calm.
There is a lot of science to back up the importance of regular mental rest and spiritual filling. I am so thankful I discovered how to achieve this. In my book, The Song of My Hope, I have included helpful Scriptures to look up on everything from "anxiety" to "worship". I have some other tried-and-true treasures I have used over the years that helped me transform from anxiety-ridden to lavishly peaceful (most of the time!).
The stress from being a parent of special needs children can shorten our lives and rob us of our joy. Our children bring many delightful moments to us. A small investment in time will help you recognize these treasures more often while you enjoy better health!
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