Children Labor Special Needs

THE GREATEST GIFT TO MY CHILDREN

If you would have told me ten years ago this is what my life would be, I would never have believed you. As a mother of five with two special needs children, I have experienced the joys and heart breaks motherhood brings. I’ve had my ups and downs, my supermom moments, and the times I would consider a failure. Through it all, I have learned to depend completely on the Lord day by day to fulfill the ministry He has called me to in this season of motherhood. I have always wanted to be in ministry, specifically ministering to youth. As I watched my husband, who works as a full-time pastor, I often wondered when my chance would come. But years ago, the Lord put a strong revelation in my heart that I am doing the most important ministry that I will ever have in raising my children. I am a committed to bringing up followers of Christ who are going to impact this world for the Kingdom of God. Jesus had 12 disciples, I have five! If I can raise our children to be strong lovers of Jesus, it will be the greatest contribution I can make to the Great Commission. My ministry with my children isn’t a glamorous one. There are some days that I don’t think I can kiss another boo boo, listen to another pointless scream or endure another temper tantrum. But having a dependence on the Lord in everything I do carries me through those challenging moments. By the grace of God, I can fulfill my ministry in washing those dishes, home school my kids, and be an example of Christ to them as I watch them grow and develop in their own relationships with the Lord. The greatest gift I can give to my children is the gift of knowing Jesus. I may not see every day the impact my ministry is having, but even if I don’t see it here on this earth, I will see it in heaven.

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