As I drove my family home without the treat I'd been looking forward to I couldn't help but wallow in frustration, disappointment and anger. I felt like I was being held prisoner by my special son's personality quirks and that these quirks were causing me to punish everyone in the family. Emotions I never expected to have reared their ugly head, all chorusing around the question "what did I do to deserve this?"
My sweet sister in Christ, and fellow special needs Mama, Amber pointed me to this beautiful article she wrote reminding me the truth that I am not just parenting a special needs child, but in doing so I'm serving and worshiping Christ.
So I'm rewriting my thought pattern. Instead of feeling cheated by the new limitations some days might bring, I'm going to call them guidelines, invitations perhaps. Opportunities to exchange self indulgence for service and reflection. Isn't that so much more beautiful and easy to swallow?
Do you have limitations that you'd like to exchange for invitations? We'd love to hear about them.