Welcome to the Walk Right In Ministries blog!
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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We’re celebrating Carly’s 23rd birthday in 2 weeks. When you have a child with disabilities, birthdays trigger an odd mix of thoughts, emotions, and memories.
I find myself experiencing awe and wonder about what God has done in her life and ours for more than two decades. At the same time, I still have moments and seasons of raw emotion — when fears, frustrations and sleep deprivation maintain an unwelcome grip...
Encouragement is essential nourishment for our souls. That need may be even more pronounced when someone is facing stresses like those involved in life challenges such as disability, health crisis, and financial strain.
Personally, it means the world to me when someone spurs me on with encouragement, truth, and words of appreciation. And this is never truer than when I’m especially worn out, worried, lonely, or otherwise stretched by caring for my daughter. When stressful situations erupt, the deepest needs of our souls will reveal themselves.
Are you one of those people who intuitively recognizes the needs and opportunities around you for bringing help or encouragement? Allow me to affirm the precious value of your gentle, tender-hearted spirit and generous ability to express things like empathy and support.
This final article in our "sweet spots" series explores how uniquely each of us expresses help and encouragement within a family impacted by special needs.
Some people learn to be well organized. Others are just born with the gift. In any case, having an effective organizer on the team of caregivers supporting your loved one and family is a valuable blessing.
In today’s post we’re exploring some challenges and opportunities for caregivers who are refreshed by getting organized. We’ll also look at what is different when being organized comes naturally compared to when it is a learned skill.
This is an ongoing series exploring what puts caregivers in their "sweet spots" when supporting a family member with special needs.
This is the latest installment in our series helping caregivers find their "sweet spots."
When family members are caring for a loved one with disabilities or other special needs, the household runs, in many ways, like a small business. There are daily needs for logistics management, ordering supplies, doing paperwork, tag-teaming or scheduling help in shifts and maintaining morale.
Today, we are exploring the roles of leaders and followers. Like any strong business, the thriving caregiving team embraces the strengths of both.
This article is part of an ongoing series looking at what puts caregivers in their "sweet spots" when supporting a family member with special needs.
Today we’re exploring challenges and opportunities for caregivers whose gift is for creativity.
Creativity is a wonderful gift! It is a particularly valued gift in special needs families, especially when an injection of new ideas and fresh energy is needed. Creative caregivers can be such a tremendous help in a family where there is great need for solving problems, finding new approaches to long-standing challenges, livening up tedious routines, spicing up the food menu, identifying new motivators for therapies, re-designing a home or room for unique functionality, making an old toy fun again and so much more.
Today we’re exploring some challenges and opportunities for caregivers who prefer life at a slow, steady and relatively predictable pace.
It may be surprising for you to know that your family longs for your involvement — not just because more hands make lighter work but because they genuinely enjoy your presence.
Caregiving requires a lot of energy. It can be challenging to maintain the mental and emotional reserves for the normal activities of daily living. Many situations are physically demanding as well. In some cases, there may be little margin for the kinds of activities or rest that refuel the caregiver whose energy level generally runs on the low side.
If this describes you or someone close to you, I think you’ll find encouraging tips to understand and optimize your unique strengths.
This is the sixth article in a series helping caregivers tap into their strengths.
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.