Home » Learning to “Be Still” Hard to Accept for Special Needs Parents
It’s hard to always be on top of how I feel, of everything I need to do for the boys, of the hopes and dreams I am still working toward (for myself and my guys!) … special needs parenting creates a level of stress that is impossible to “control.”
In my moments of greatest struggle, I have been helped by one very short, very amazing verse from my Bible. I call it my life verse, and it is Psalm 46:10:
I don’t talk about my faith here as often – I don’t want to make any special needs parent feel like I am forcing my religion into every post. But my faith … it’s an integral part of who I am. My strength comes from that faith, as it has grown and matured over time.
I think, as a person, a mom, a wife, a special needs parent … having someone to lean on, to depend on despite life’s greatest struggles … that is beyond words.
But these seven words say it.
The majesty of Psalm 46 spans the entire chapter – “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble”; “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God”; and “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” But the promise of the whole chapter, and of the Bible, even, can be summed up in my favorite 7 words of chapter 46.
No matter our worries, no matter our burdens, no matter our triumphs, even … we can always be assured the God is within those moments of our life, silently strong and gracefully protective.
It’s a promise I remember when Logan stops breathing during a seizure … and I can feel something inside me shift as I whisper the words to myself.
It’s a quote that quite literally can help me accept the things I don’t think can be accepted.
Your Turn: What do you hold onto when you are dealing with the storms of life? Do you have a favorite Bible verse, a quote, or a personal memory or promise that helps you through the tough times? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Special needs parenting and life is hard, but this verse has been a steady companion for years as I have navigated the rocky storms of our life.