Meeting Update


We have a support group for moms in the Tulsa area!

Our group meets the first Thursday of every month from 7-9p.
We welcome all moms who are parenting children who have Asperger's Syndrome.
For locations and last minute updates about meetings, check here or (even better) check our Facebook page.
We are currently meeting in the back room at Mazzio's on 51st & Sheridan in Tulsa.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thankful (with a forward about this Thursday's meeting!!)

First off, this Thursday night's meeting:
PLEASE BRING YOUR FAVORITE BOOK RESOURCE!  Just one book, that way we can all have a moment to talk about why we love the book!  Also, reminder, we are at the Mazzios at the Farm Shopping Center.  We tried this last week but never got to, let's try again!!!

Next...this month's post: Thankful.
Oh my, how typical, you might say.  Yep, it's November, Thanksgiving, be thankful for all the good stuff, etc. etc. right???  That's all true, and we should indeed be thankful for all the good.  But how about we kick it up a notch and think about thankfulness in another way.  2 things on that thought:
First thing: 
Be thankful for the hard things, the tough things, the things that can make you cry.  Not in the way of saying: "I'm so glad I have this ___________ to deal with"; but in the way of "what have you done with what you learned through those tough times, on the other side of them"?  I will say without a doubt I am not at all interested in being in a difficult spot when I am there and will do almost anything to get out of that spot.  But I will also say, without those times, I would be unable to help those that come to me for help and guidance, and sometimes, just a listening ear.  I would be unable to have a valid opinion based on "been there too", and I would be unable - most importantly - to have empathy, and understanding.  I know without a shadow that a big part of the journey we are on with our son is to forge a way for others.  I truly think we are all "path clearers" for others if we will allow ourselves to be.  So, I may not be (actually am not at all) thankful when I'm in the thick of a bad time, but I really cannot think of one time that I have not learned something that can help someone else.  I am also so very thankful for those that I look to for guidance and advice.  Without them and their own journey, I would not have anyone to look to.  For that, I am thankful.
Second Thing.  Bigger.  Better.
Be thankful there is indeed a God who is sovereign.  That's a wild word.  One dictionary version has the meaning as "one that exercises supreme, permanent authority".  In my small mind, I am just simply thankful that with all the opinions, thoughts, processes, rules and regulations out there, there really is One who is almighty, who has an absolute clear line on right and wrong, and doesn't get confused with fact...He made details...ever looked at cells in a microscope?  Details.  The amazing thing about that is He loves us.  He loves you and me.  He is all about our kids.  I am indeed thankful that no matter who says this or that is right or wrong about any given situation, there is a sovereign God who knows the right and wrong of every situation and will deal with it.  It may very well and seems to not be on my time frame, but I know He is there, we just need to join Him in working to right some of those wrongs, and listen for that still voice that tells us He is there.  I am thankful for my sovereign Lord.
                         "Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you."   Philippians 4:9

Happy November!  Blessings, Julie