When autism hits a home, no one is prepared for what they have to deal with. The emotional despair and pain hits the heart and impacts the family in so many layers. It was not different in our life when we learned that our first born son, Maximus, was on the autism spectrum. As each year goes by, we are still learning and growing in what it means to cultivate a spiritually healthy home, while also living by an intentional strategy for the future.
Learning to remain emotionally and spiritually healthy takes hard work on top of having an autistic family member. Melissa and I have decided to pull the curtain back and share some of the vulnerable experiences that have come with this journey. No one could have prepared us for what we would face, but we want to be a voice to parents and families out there who have unexpected disabilities or illnesses hit their home. We pray that our story will impact your life in a powerful way and give you hope to live as an overcomer.
When your heart is to minister restoration in relationships but you can’t have a conversation with your own son, how do you deal with this? What does it look like to remain spiritually healthy in this? How do you parent a child with acceptance of their issues, but maintain a heart that God can work miracles?
This and so much more is discussed in part two of a two-part series on Parenting a Child with Autism. Be sure to also catch the first episode.
Today, we go into a second part of this subject, discussing the following:
- Some of the relational frustrations we’ve have to navigate.
- Learning to deal with people that don’t understand what it’s like.
- Being gracious to those who mean well but don’t say helpful things.
- When people give you the blank stare.
- Some of the limitations we have to think about and work through.
- What our current strategy is.
- The importance of supportive relationships.