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Special Mothers: Omnipresent God


Jennifer Southern - Homeschool by Design BloggerOften times as mothers, we struggle when our kids struggle and we soar when our kids soar.  When you are the parent of a special needs child, the same holds true. However, what you find is that you simply are rejoicing over triumphs that to the naked eye may seem trivial, but you know that for your child, it was equivalent to climbing Mt. Everest!  And when your child is struggling, whether it is with a school issue, or a health issue, we can tend toward worry and fear for these precious children if we are not careful.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” -Phil 4:6

My journey of motherhood, has taught me many things. However, I have learned some very important lessons, while raising my child, who struggles with both medical needs, as well as, academic and social needs.  While wading through some pretty difficult circumstances, we, as a family, have learned how to find the joy in simple everyday life.  I have noticed that for the most part, we are not a family that longs to ‘keep up with the Joneses’.  When someone in your family has had to struggle to simply survive the day, it changes the lenses in which you see the world around you.  It makes you thankful for a good day of health, and thankful for the little accomplishments of each day. 

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. -Phil 4:11

Early on, I was tempted to question God, wanting to know why my child was the one that was afflicted. Why my child needed to be the child that had to suffer with seizures and autism, etc…   However, over the years, we have come to a place where our question has changed.  Now we ask; “Why not my child?” or “Why not our family?”  Don’t get me wrong, there are still moments that I wish that my child were not having to struggle so. And wonder what his life would have been had he not had to deal with the health and cognitive trials.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”  -Phil 4:8

However, we fully realize that God is at work in our child’s heart.  Our son, now 19, loves the Lord. While he struggles in many areas, he does not struggle in the area of faith. His faith has challenged me at times.  He sometimes struggles himself with why he has to struggle while his siblings do not have the same struggles. But through it all, his faith and trust in God does not waiver.

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. -Matt 19:14

When you are knee deep in doctor’s appointments, therapy appointments, designing your own curriculum for your special needs child, wondering if you will survive. Wondering if your child will survive…  Let me assure you, now that I am on the other side of this journey, your child will survive, in fact; your child will thrive, under your tutelage.  Our God is mighty, and He will fully equip you with all you need for YOUR child! 

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” -Gal. 6:9 

Embrace your role, as mother and teacher. Embrace your child, and remember, your child is not a diagnosis; he is a child of God! This journey with your child will bring you closer to God, probably more than you can possibly imagine. And while you would not wish this on your child, you will be thankful for the lessons you will learn!


“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” -Psalm 139:14

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer Southern is a Christian homeschool mother from Southern California.  She has been homeschooling her 5 energetic children, by the grace of God, for 12 years! Her first 2 are set to graduate this year! Jennifer is thankful to have been able to provide a Christian education for her children all of their years. Learning to lean on the Lord has been the cornerstone and what has helped Jennifer to stay the course during the peaks and valleys of homeschooling her children with different learning abilities and and styles.  Join Jennifer on Homeschool by Design where she will share special needs home education tips and tricks, as well as, encouraging you to keep your home and homeschool Christ-centered.


  1. Dayna says:

    Hello Jennifer, It is refreshing to read from another mom of a special needs child. I have 5 children, 1 of them having special needs. Sometimes it is a lonely road but the Lord is our source and strength. Blessings! Dayna

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