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.
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.