ADHD Frustration

Sometimes living with someone who has ADHD and/or other special needs can be frustrating. OK, it is frustrating! Some days more so than others. And I’m really frustrated! It’s been one of those weeks. Do they need a different medication or just a dosage change for the same medication? How can I be more consistent? Why does it have to be so much harder raising this child than my other children? These questions fill my mind.

Lord, I am so weary of fighting this daily battle. I give constant reminders of completing the most ordinary tasks in life and then there are the multiple prompts of focusing on the next question in schoolwork. It takes hours to get one worksheet finished, a worksheet that should take only 15 minutes for my child to complete. We were even late to church last Sunday because of not of brushing teeth, combing hair, and putting on shoes quickly enough; even though plenty of time was given to do these tasks.

Prayer:  Jesus, help me with my frustration.  Help me to be the best parent I can be. I need your wisdom and guidance to figure out what will work better so we won’t all be frustrated.

God’s Word to us: Parent, let me soothe your heart with the Balm of Gilead. I want to bring peace to you here again. Let’s go through this week together and I will show you some things that will help.  Thank you for loving your family so much.

“I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”  John 14:27

My Heart’s Cry for myself and every other parent who is dealing with a similar situation, is to go to Jesus when we get frustrated. Walk away from the situation, if you can, and spend a refreshing moment with Him. Or, if you are waiting for them to complete a task, take that time to be close to Jesus and let Him pour His Balm of Gilead into your heart.   The Balm of Gilead is a healing salve. It relieves inflammation. That is what is going on in my heart when I have to wait soooo long for them.

So now I ask you . . .  would you please take a moment and pray for someone you know that has an ADHD and/or special needs child. Pray for the parent and the child. I’m sure that parent, especially a single parent, would appreciate your prayers more than any advice you could give them . . . because trust me – they have probably already tried everything.  They just need your support in prayer and your encouragement.

Pray and be a blessing to someone today.

Kim

 

 

Planting Seeds

Recently I’ve had many teaching opportunities.  I am very thankful for them. God is always faithful to give me a message for each unique group. However, the other morning I woke up discouraged. I’m doing all this work but I see no fruit. So I took my discouraged heart to Jesus.

Prayer: Jesus, I do these teaching opportunities because I love you. I want to use my gifts for your glory.  I also want to affirm and help people grow and mature in You. But somehow I don’t feel like I’m making any difference. I just don’t feel fulfilled or have any sense of growth or progress from these teaching experiences.

God’s Word to us: “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

God, in His mercy to my discouraged heart, reminded me of this poem that was placed on a plant given to me. These words immediately soothed my heart.  It reminded me of what was important.  Yes, I won’t see fruit all the time. So it seems God’s focus, His desire for this season in my life, is that I continue planting seeds of hope and encouragement.

 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. Hebrews 10:24.

My Heart’s Cry  for us is to do as this verse says, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.”  You may not have a group to talk to but God has given you a family and friends that probably need some encouraging and motivating.

And remember this dear friend, if you get discouraged one of these mornings as you sit in your chair. You think that what you’re doing isn’t really making a difference, then think again . . . because it’s the seeds you plant that are important. And seeds need time to grow and mature.

 

A Coffee Break

I am taking a break from drinking coffee – for a month! So bear with me, my mind is a little fuzzy in the mornings.  Actually, it’s a little fuzzy all day! I started cutting down a couple of weeks ago, so I didn’t get the crazy headaches.  I am doing this because I’ve felt the Lord asking me to do this . . . hummm, for about a year now.  I’m not very quick to obey in this instance; probably because drinking coffee has become way too important in my life – again. Hence the break.

Lord, why does just drinking coffee have to be such a stronghold in my life? It took me a year to obey You! That’s a long time.

God’s Word to us: Sister, you want to obey, but you are afraid to obey sometimes. You don’t know how it’s going to go if you do it the right away.  You weigh all the options and plan a slow-to-obey process. A year ago I wanted to touch your heart in this area – again. Look not to your own desire but to My will. There are things I want to show you during this “fast” of coffee. In the end it will be a blessing! For now, we will wait through this fuzzy brain period. I love you. Thank you for obeying.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
    and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”

 Psalm 139:23-24

My Heart’s Cry for us is to be willing to do what God has called us to do even when it’s hard. And don’t be like me and wait a whole year to obey what you know He’s placed on your heart. Trust Him. The desire of our heart needs to be like this prayer: “Search me, O God and know my heart, test me . . . and point out anything in me that offends You.”
Are we brave enough to pray such a courageous prayer? It’s hard. Honestly, that kind of prayer makes me nervous. If our desire is a heart that is truly His, then we will allow Him access to the deeper things hidden there. Things that only He sees.
Now it’s your turn. Will you bravely pray this prayer? Fast what He is calling you to fast. In the end it will be a blessing.
On a lighter note, I hope by Friday’s post I’ll be able to think a bit more clearly.
Have a blessed week.
Kim

Teaching

This week I get to experience the joy and satisfaction of teaching a sewing class for youth.  Our projects will include a bookmark, pillowcase and tote bag.  Two of my students received sewing machines for Christmas so they are very excited to learn more about sewing. It is truly wonderful to teach students who really want to learn!

“Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser.
                                   Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.”                                          Proverbs 9:9

Lord, thank you for giving me the ability to sew and the ability to teach. Thank you for my sewing teacher and grandma who helped me learn to sew. I pray I will be able to teach this useful skill to my students in such loving ways, they will be encouraged and have the self confidence they need to continue learning. Please bless this class.

God’s Word to us:  I long to bless classes like this. Your words to them are like honey, sweet and kind. You will soothe over any frustrations they might be having. And it will become easier and easier, like it did with you. Wait on the Lord, who will renew your strength when you teach these classes. They are a bit long but you will do well. This is what I have for you right now. Enjoy where you are right now. When I told you to give up teaching crafts to girls at church 13 years ago, I knew you would be sad but I also knew this day was coming. Oh, let’s rejoice that this day has come!

“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”  Psalms 118:24

My Heart’s Cry  for us is to be thankful for the opportunities God gives us to teach young people practical, creative, life skills. Take time to really enjoy it. And when we get tired (because we know we will), remember to ask Him for more strength.

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
                                                       They will walk and not faint.”                                                                       Isaiah 40:31

I thank God for the opportunities He gives me to teach sewing.  He has given each of us skills we can pass on to others. This is a great way to connect with younger generations!  Consider how you can bless others by using the skills you have been given.  God longs to bless you in teaching too.  Pray. Wait. Then be alert to recognize God-given opportunities to step out in faith. Be courageous!

Have a blessed day! Think of me, because my first class starts in just a few hours.

Kim

How to Meditate

There are many ways to spend time learning scripture. But meditation is a little different because the purpose is to slow down and really absorb the truths declared in scripture. Here is what I have done to help myself do this. When I read scripture, I will choose a verse or group of verses I want to remember and write them down on an index card. I started in Psalms, but now I have added scriptures throughout the Bible. I have a stack of index cards that continues to increase.

Each day I set aside a few quiet moments to read my scripture meditation cards. After a few deep breaths, I read the first card, take a few more deep breaths and read the next one.  The reason for my deep breaths is to slow down and not treat this as another task to perform. And frankly, I know how my mind wanders. I will think of dinner or something I need to get from the store in between cards if I don’t purpose to breathe slowly and focus on each scripture. The other reason is to allow these scriptures to have the time to go from my mind to my heart. Slowing down allows time for this to happen.

God, sometimes I have such a difficult time concentrating on my meditation cards. My mind is busy already and it’s trying to remember everything I need to accomplish today. Please help me focus on these scriptures.

God’s word to us: I will help you. Thank you for asking. Sometimes in faith you need to move forward and keep reading your cards. By the end of your stack you’ll understand what you are reading. Remember the enemy is a great distracter. So keep moving forward while asking me for help. Together we will overcome your very active mind.

But they delight in the law of the Lord,
    meditating on it day and night.
 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
    bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
    and they prosper in all they do.

Psalm 1:2-3

Here is the very first card I wrote.  This could be your first too.  Go get some index cards. They are usually under a dollar and found at almost any store. Spend the time making and meditating on your scripture cards.

My Heart’s Cry is for us to consider a new way of meditating on scripture.

Let the love of the Lord so fill you as you meditate on God’s word.

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