We are excited to have Janet Borden as our speaker at our March meeting! Janet is an amazing lady. She is a dedicated advocate and has served in multiple capacities at state and local levels. She started High Aim, an incredible organization that trains and places service dogs for kids with autism spectrum disorders. Janet is a councilor in private practice, is married, and also a parent of two sons who attend college. One of her sons just happens to have an autism spectrum disorder and utilized a service dog for several years until recently. We are thrilled she will be joining us! Remember we are at the Mazzio's at the Farm!
March...I can almost see a visible stress level starting to creep up there as teachers start throwing around the "test" word in reference to EOI in public school land. It's not my favorite time. My son, who happens to be blessed with an abundance of test anxiety will swing from even tempered happy kid, to a crazed and attitudinal (new favorite word) teen with barely a heartbeat in between the change of mood. It's awesome! We LOVE it at our house!!
So! With more and more press on the testing possibilities/outcomes in our state, and more and more pressure on our kids - particularly at the high school level, sometimes it's hard to see if there is a "plan" for our kids. As for the plan for possibilities after high school, that is indeed the driving reason I am all over the implementation effort for college programs that provide more support than currently exists in our state for our kids (more on that next month). As for the bigger plan...Let's look to a crazy family situ in the bible.
The story of Joseph is a great example of how God can take a series of awful events and bring ultimate good out of these events on the other side. In short form, Joseph was the spoiled favorite of his father. His brothers hated him for it, so they sold him to traveling merchants who sold him as a slave. He ended up in all kinds of situations in the house of one of pharaoh's main officers, and finally ended up saving an entire region of people, and ultimately came to the rescue of his own family at a time of great famine. He eventually restored his family relationships and what is the most important footnote here, is the fact that is was through all this craziness that God chose this family as part of the lineage of Jesus. I find that terribly comforting. This family was a mess, yet God chose to have them as a stepping stone to bringing us the Savior of the world. My main take away from this story is the fact that if you read it (Genesis 37 - 47) you will find that Joseph never lost his trust in God. My pastor spoke to this and said something to the effect of: When stuff is happening in your life that you just don't "get": When you can't see His hand...trust His heart. God did indeed create our kids for a purpose, and even when we cannot imagine what on earth that purpose might be...trust His heart. He loves them more than we do, and He has a plan for them!
A verse that goes right along with this is a good one to keep handy:
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." Genesis 50:20
I know that in recent weeks, I've heard from several Moms with issues going on. Situations can be very serious and very nerve wracking, and it certainly can be that the situations seem to be harming our kids. Our job as parents is to be the best advocate we can be for our kids, yes, and ideally, to remember that God has a plan for our kids, and He can work out even the roughest of waters for good. Hang tight!