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Walk Right In Ministries’ co-founder Lisa Jamieson is the primary contributor to the WRIM blog. She also serves on the writing team for Key Ministry and regularly contributes articles to their popular special needs parenting blog and the Church4EveryChild blog. You can also visit Lisa’s personal blog at lisamjamieson.org. We trust you will find encouragement, insight, hope, and many useful articles with the following like-minded organizations as well:
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A lot of family caregivers are starting this near year depleted, wrestling with unfulfilled longing as well as things like “Covid-fatigue,” guilt, worry, restlessness and feeling stuck in the “woe-is-me” rut. There is a new, healthy and effective pattern you can cultivate in 2021 to break the ugly cycles of discouragement. There is a place to take your vulnerability and a way to find a deep sense of security.
I recently asked my friend to come over and help clean off some shelves. We sorted through things and threw piles of junk away. She was picking up each book and CD and telling me what it was. It was there we found something long forgotten yet full of surprises.
Considering how much personal history can be packed in certain scriptures, that got me reflecting on this year. After all, 2020 was a remarkable year. And there are a handful of scriptures that stand out to me as having met me in remarkable ways.
Things in my heart and mind are not always light and bright during the holidays. Caregiver fatigue is among the things that I let influence my mood. As I carefully set lights in their places for Christmas this year, I got thinking about how I love using liight to create atmosphere.
We (caregiving family members) can tend to neglect what is going on inside of ourselves in favor of what we have to do to care for others. Then we allow moments of stress to give us permission to unleash all of the negative emotions we’ve got stored up in there. But if we can process our emotions as they come, not every stressful situation will feel like the sky is falling.
As we make the final stretch toward Christmas, Claire is sharing tips, tricks and listening tools that can help us through a season of exhaustion and loneliness.
In order to limit travel, coming home for Thanksgiving meant staying through the New Year—a break I would have been used to in my college years. But it's a long time to be away from your own home when you’re 25 years old. Bittersweet opportunity borne out of frustrating circumstances.
These days, “how are you doing?” feels like a rhetorical question. Still, it helps to talk about it. Most of us benefit from having our feelings articulated and acknowledged.
I start each day like every other parent caring for a loved one who has disabilities or mental health concerns — with desperate needs to keep up my energy, feel competent, provide safe and efficient care, remain loving and compassionate, fight fears, feel a sense of control over my circumstances, get satisfying socialization, balance attention to each loved one in my life, do adequate self-care and generally stay encouraged. Caregivers don’t need to live at the end of their rope! There is a way to stay energized and effective.
In the late spring of 2020 when it started becoming clear that Covid quarantining wasn’t going to end soon, I started realizing a lifestyle reset was in order. It took several months and an untimely accident to shake me to my core and get my soul powered up for the long winter at home parenting an adult child who doesn’t understand why her world has so dramatically changed.
Every parent caring for a child with disabilities knows what it feels like to have complicated and insurmountable demands on our natural strengths and capacities. Every family caregiving team has felt stretched beyond themselves at times. There isn’t always an escape from the circumstances — a way to take a break or get help around the corner. In order to thrive in life and relationships, we must ask God to demonstrate His power in our weakness and teach us how to optimize our strengths. It is possible to find a caregiving groove.
Claire Krantz is back this month to share a new Resource Corner. She's offering reviews, ideas and recommendations about books, music and movies of interest to special needs families. Claire recently pulled some books from Walk Right In Ministries' Lending Library and found some surprises for herself and the Church as well as a couple of favorites for kids.
"I like to pray when I'm in bed at bedtime. I pray for my friends" shared Peyton Libby, one of our summer reader contest winners.
Tell us about a place you like to pray or a person you like to be with when you talk to God. Your story could be selected and you'll receive a gift card of your choice!
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Walk Right In Ministries' Resource Corner features reviews, ideas and recommendations about books, music and movies of interest to special needs families.
If the church is to be Christ-like and world-shaping, we need to be leaders and pioneers in loving all of God’s people, not lagging far behind our schools and social service organizations in how we respond to the needs around us.
This is the essence of self-care that simultaneously complements how we care for others.
We're exploring ways to cooperate with each other to meet mutual needs in a balanced and complementary way.
Just like immune systems need a boost of vitamin C when illness threatens, special needs families need a speedy delivery of fun, energy and hope at their doorstep!
We welcome guest writers too! It is our joy to help share your stories and resources. Whether you are a published author, a writer looking for a platform in the disability movement or the family member of someone with extra needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us for Submission Guidelines.