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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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Whether or not the people in your world effectively tell you so, you are highly valued. Family caregivers are “essential workers.” And it is not weakness to need to feel valued. God made us relational beings. The exchange of affection is essential for maintaining satisfactory relationships. What is weakness is relying too heavily on others to keep us feeling affirmed. God insists on being our first love.
If you’re fueled by feeling respected, affirmed, appreciated or loved, read on for valuable tips and encouragement.
This is the third article in a series exploring what puts family caregivers in their "sweet spots" when supporting a family member with special needs. Today’s focus is on how caregivers experience refreshment through affirmation, appreciation, respect and a sense of competence.
Rachelle felt her life was like a “Groundhog Day” of caring for her daughter with disabilities. There were beautiful moments. But most days she was dealing with many of the same issues that she'd been dealing with for a long time. She longed to thrive, not just survive. She wondered, is there more to life than this?
In today's blog, follow Rachelle's walk on the beach where she began discovering something she calls THRI-VIVAL.
The life of a caregiver can be socially isolating for a variety of reasons. And limited socialization has unique impact from one person to another. Some people simply don’t need a lot of interaction with people. Others have great need to feel loved, cared for and valued.
As you ponder the nature of your own needs for community and relationships, consider how the tips in today's article may help you function from a place of strength.
This post is the latest installment in a developing series for caregivers. We're exploring what helps us find our "sweet spots" in the family that cares for one another amidst the challenges of disability. We hope today's article encourages you and offers tips that help optimize your strengths.
Some people are “wired” for projects. They actually get energized by putting things in order, finding efficiencies, coordinating team members and checking the lists. If this describes you, let me just say how admired and valuable you are.
We hope today's blog encourages you and offers some tips to help you optimize your strengths.
This is the first post in a new series for family caregivers. We're exploring what helps us find our "sweet spots" in the family that cares for one another amidst the challenges of disability.
Tell us in the comments what works for you!
This month, we're celebrating loving families and the legacy we can leave our children about love in marriage. Marriage is challenging, at times, even in the best of circumstances. When there is the added complication of circumstances like disability, medical concerns, traumatic injury, a mental health issue or some other special need, a marriage can become neglected or strained. Here are some practices — yes, things we can work at together, over time — that will help strengthen any marriage. But these are particularly powerful points of focus for the family impacted by special needs.
What if we took this time, while many of us are stuck in our homes, to reconnect with those right in front of us — to make protecting and cultivating connection within our families a higher priority than anything else? Read more as Erin, a special needs sibling, continues a series of reflections on communication in caregiving families.
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.