The Story Behind the Book
Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Special Needs is finally here! This book has been about 4 years in the making and I wanted to share a bit of the story behind it here.
Several years ago I was given an opportunity to put together a few small book series based on promises found in the Bible. A few of these I completed before my first child was born. After my son was born, I continued to work on these projects, although more slowly! I think this was God’s way of ingraining his truth and words of hope into my mind to prepare me for the unique journey that was ahead of me!
About the time my son turned 2, I began to have this nagging feeling that something wasn’t quite right. I took him to the doctor and he was meeting all of his milestones and so our doctor dismissed my concerns. I started to fear that maybe, I was just a really bad mom and didn’t know how to parent a strong-willed child. As his tantrums grew stronger and more frequent, and his sensory needs and behavioral issues became more than I could handle, I began to realize that there was more going on. This was more than just an active toddler boy and eventually, people started whisper and mention the word “autism” in association with my son.
Finally at age four, we had him evaluated and he was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. I was absolutely shocked and devastated and immediately set myself on a mission to help in anyway I could.
I felt like our world was flipped upside down as we were flooded both with therapy and doctor appointments as well as hours put into studying and learning about this diagnosis and what this meant for our son and for our family. Within weeks, I was completely overwhelmed, overtaxed, and pushing through new rough seas with a dwindling sense of hope.
I started searching for resources that would help me have a hopeful perspective. A bible study or a book maybe. I found many wonderful studies that required a lot of time to sit and think (something I didn’t have with my schedule and super active little guy) or lengthy books (also something I didn’t have time for). What I craved was a resource I could turn to to help me find God when I needed him most - to be reminded of the certainty of God’s presence with me and to give me truth to hold onto when I felt like my world was crumbling apart.
That’s when the idea for Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Specials Needs came! I decided if I couldn’t find this resource, I would have to write it! I started working on this book in 2013, right after my son’s diagnosis. I had to get up early in the morning before anyone else woke up, and I’d write over naptimes, squeeze in 5 minutes here and there when therapists were in our home. It took me over 3 years to complete!
In the end, I really wanted to bring the hope and certainty of God’s promises to other parents who have children with special needs. God’s word stands forever and when God makes a statement, it is something we can hold onto! When things seem shaky and chaotic, it’s so important to have an anchor, something that sheds light on our situation to give us the strength to keep moving forward. My hope is that Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Special Needs will be a resource for you to help you find God when and where you need him most on your journey as a special needs parent.