Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ministry offers respite for special "MAMAs"

The church is in Georgia and yet its message beckons to me like a lighthouse! It is not next door. In fact, it is several states away, yet the light it sheds is bright and provides a beacon of hope for SPECIAL MAMAs EVERYWHERE!

As I reflect on my day and the conversations I have had, I am reminded that "Parenting a teen with special needs is not a sprint, it is a marathon." The road is long and we get so tired. As special Mamas, we need a break, we need a place to breathe, we need time to reflect. Yet, where can we turn? Is there a place nearby that provides a place to rest and lay down our weary souls?

Read more about the special ministry in Georgia and let me know if you know of a similar place? If there is not a place nearby, please read through the questions and begin to ponder!

Ministry offers respite for special needs families

What can we do to ensure that parents and caregivers have a place to let go, to breathe and to reflect?

Where can a parent safely place their children while they take a moment to relax, refresh and reenergize?

What can we do to create an atmosphere of inclusion and acceptance for both the parent and the s child/teen with unique challenges?

What can we do to ensure that time away from the family is enjoyable for the child/teen with special needs?

How can we make this unique child/teen feel appreciated?

How can we help this Mama to continue to put one foot in front of the other in search of a brighter tomorrow for herself and her child?

Remember, you are never alone. Someone feels like you. Let's find her and begin to breathe easily.

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