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Caregiving has forever changed me. In some beautiful, cherished ways and in some ways I'm not at all proud of too.
I believe we honor God and experience richer lives when we let life refine us — shape us for the better. The scary things is, the Almighty Refiner might choose to use a furnace of very high heat. The fires of life can make us terribly uncomfortable. Our human nature will be to resist the fire.
This week's blog considers the opportunities we find in the fires of disability and caregiving.
Clocks springing forward is just one seasonal change that can strike weariness or frustration in the family impacted by disability. Since establishing well-functioning routines is both essential and hard for us, the time change can create additional stress and stretch.
As my shoulders drooped and I sighed another prayer this weekend, God impressed reminders of hope on me. Friends, we don’t face these things without His presence, power, and daily mercies.
So, today’s post aims to bring a prayer and encouragement to us all. Jump over to the blog and find some good news for springtime!
Is there such thing as "good" grief?
For caregivers in families where someone has a disability, complex health condition or mental health concerns, grief can find plenty of triggers. Parenting my own daughter Carly, who has Angelman Syndrome, brings a joy and richness to our lives that can't be explained. But it also wrings us out emotionally.
Each person in my family has experienced grief in their own ways and at their own times. We try to make room for each other to work through those feelings. But that is a regular challenge.
Our aim is to live according to this biblical principle: We're called to create safe spaces for processing individual and family grief.
In today's blog, we're exploring this principle and how to find the "holy moments" when grief may be a regular visitor in our homes and hearts.
My daughter Carly used to struggle with strabismus, an eye focusing and teaming issue. She needed therapies to stimulate her macular vision and prevent her from fixating in her peripheral field.
As I watched her wearing those fancy glasses one day, I recognized a metaphor about faith and perspective. Carly’s glasses gave me new perspective about our family's struggles.
On today's blog, learn how God meets us at the end of our wits. Whether disability or something else has turned your world upside down, read on to discover how you can have new vision.
With a couple of exceptions, it has been more than two years since my family has been to church, in person. My husband and I are still uncertain about how or when we will get our daughter back to church. We aren’t even sure when we ourselves will go back.
The factors influencing our decisions about returning to church services range from logistical issues to behavioral concerns involved with our daughter’s readjustment process. If I’m honest, we are also struggling with the transition emotionally. We’re experiencing disappointments and longings about how church was done with us before the pandemic and during the pandemic. Now we’re wondering about the prospects for what life and ministry will be like for us after the pandemic.
God says special needs families and churches matter to each other. Today's blog explores three things churches can do to help restore community with families impacted by disability.
For many of us, growing in faith is hard. It comes more easily by doing life alongside others who want to grow too.
On today's blog, I'm sharing a story that may inspire, encourage or stretch you.
It was about this time of year in 2009, and I was sitting in a cafe waiting to meet a woman I did not know. She had contacted me after reading my family’s disability story in the newspaper. I was a little nervous. I was also feeling humbled realizing that someone might have been moved enough by something of our story to actually ask for a personal meeting. I felt very self-conscious, even a little afraid.
Head on over to the blog and find out what discoveries that woman and I made. I hope to encourage you to lean into the voice God has given you too.
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