Meeting Update

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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.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

New Location for November/December!

All!

We will be meeting at Martin Regional Library - 2601 S. Garnett Rd. at 6:30 for both November and December meetings so mark your calendars!!!  There will be October treats since we won't be at a restaurant, and after all, it is Halloween time, so sugar is never a bad thing! As you come in the door, turn left, and there will be a sign pointing you to the right room!

I heard a terrific talk on a biblical perspective of the current state of craziness in our countries politics right now.  The talk never mentioned a particular party or nominee, even in veiled terms, but stressed the importance of simply knowing how "your" candidate aligns with biblical teaching.  The whole point was where is your focus?
Is it a horizontal focus?  (Be about the same as everyone else)
                         Staying about the same as everyone else
                                              Not making too much of a stand
                                                                    Not digging in too much to know the issues at stake
Or is it a vertical focus?  (Focus on God)
                         Making sure you are focused on a higher purpose
                                               Making a stand as long as it is on solid ground
                                                                     Digging in to know about the subject

I thought that was a unique and refreshing way to look at things.  I thought immediately that is how we should be about our kids.  Even when "everybody else" thinks a certain way, or feels like that is as good as it's going to be, or gives advice that something inside tells you it's not quite right, but oh well...we need to stop and see where our focus is.  We can all get entrenched in "inertia".  That is simply being so used to something, even if it is not something that is the best for us or our kids, but the easiest thing - so we stay in the same routine.
So, take a look at some of those situations, habits or thoughts that are just simply inertia.  Pick a day to change that situation, habit or thought and take a step.  Especially where our kids are concerned, every day that goes by in inertia, is not something that moves them forward.  So, I encourage you to pick a day, pick the thing that may be holding you back and get those eyes up and focus on God, and he will help you take a step to move forward!
                Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all        your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.    Proverbs 3:5-6

Yes, I've talked about that scripture before and always point out the "make your paths straight" original text meaning is actually "remove obstacles".  So, there you go.  I'd like a few less obstacles, wouldn't you?

Blessings and don't forget to stay current with the college effort!
Lead Learn Live

See you at the library!
Julie

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

There are plans ahead!

As you may have heard from the Facebook page, we had too many issues with the night and the location to meet Thursday.  We are so sorry, but hang with us.  We will have another location for November!

I write this as I just got back home from presenting the college program to a parent group in Yukon. Before that a couple weeks ago, I presented at an OKC group.  Being in those groups which were new to me but amazing groups, reminded me again that we all need to keep on holding to the fact that YES - look to the future and YES - make plans that assume the BEST for your kids!!!  Over the past 2 groups -  I met and spoke with an amazing young man who plans to be a forensic scientist and live where there are mountains and who was just about driving age, as well as a 9 year old who can't communicate well YET - being raised by awesome grandparents who already planned that he would be going to college.  
For those of us with older kids, on some days, we could not imagine the future, let alone a future of promise for our kids on those rough days.  But we MUST imagine a future and plan for the best for our kids!  Whether that future for them may be cutting hair because your kiddo is constantly styling the dog or Barbie, or working at a daycare because your daughter loves to take care of dolls or being an audio engineer because your son constantly tinkers with anything electronic that has speakers...you MUST imagine that future, look for it and PLAN for it.  None of us know what the possibilities are for our kids, but I can tell you after speaking to amazing parents all over the state and now raising funding to start college programs, please NEVER sell your kids short.  God has a plan for them, and all we have to do is be a bit of a detective and help them find it!  So!  shake off those rough days, get a good nights sleep and go at it again Mom's.  You are awesome and your kids look to you to be their guide, whether they are able to verbalize that or not!!
Yes, I've given this scripture before, but hey!  It never gets old..and we all need reminding!

             "For I know the plans I have for you", declares the LORD, "plans to prosper and not to                     harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."         Jeremiah 29:11

Blessings, 
(and don't forget to keep checking Lead Learn Live for info on the college program effort!)
Julie