Does Jesus Care? by Guest Author Myrna Easom

You finally got your child tested for his or her serious learning problems, which proved to be a specific learning disability. You were relieved to know help was on the way.

After the diagnosis…after it settles in, you think, “This is lifelong…the challenge of parenting a child with LD or ADHD!’ When the challenge may become overbearing, when the frustration levels hit the ceiling…then the question arises, “WHY?” Some ask, “Why God?” “Why did you allow a child to be born with a disability, such as Learning Disabilities or ADHD?”

The simple answer is, “Bad thing happens to good people.” True. But not without hope. We ALL experience trials, disappointments, and inevitably, death of loved ones. With the subject of disabilities, the focus must be on acceptance and determination, and encouragement.

Key to encouraging your child, is to daily instill in them their worthiness. Each child is precious in God’s sight. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19: 14).

Jesus set the example, to love and accept the children, unconditionally. Our children need to see and feel that their parents bathe them daily with love and acceptance.

It takes work and determination and most importantly, faith that God didn’t just “let it happen”, He allowed it and stamped His signature on the blessings that would flow from the “disability”.

The Lord says to all who follow Jesus, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8: 28)

So, parents, discover the best ways for your child to learn; encourage them to persevere and work hard, also teach them that God will bring His good from the trials that go with having a disability. Along the way, and after they are grown, they will look back and KNOW, Jesus cared about the trials and worked out His good purpose for them.

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