Are you a regular visitor? If so, can you please pray?

Today marks the end of the first stage of a new season in our life.  After a very long and dreary last few months full of assessments and visits to various specialists, our son has now firmly been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  He specifically presents traits of Asperger’s Syndrome which is now widely known as Highly Functioning Autism.  In other words, this describes a child who has a mild form of Autism and is able to function relatively well despite their language and social interaction difficulties.

The second milestone in this process is that having been refused Statutory Assessment by the Local Authority, which stops our son from receiving the individualised and specialised help he needs at school in order to make satisfactory progress, we have today lodged our appeal to the SENDIS Tribunal, and so feel that though we may be unsuccessful, we have done the best we could to ensure our son’s needs are met at school.

You have probably been wondering why I have not written much in these last few weeks.  Well, now you know the reason.

Despite the fact that this process is proving to be one of the hardest things I have had to deal with yet, it is easy to see God’s hand in it all, and how He has been equipping me and my husband from childhood with interests and skills which have been paramount in being able to  face the challenges posed by the news of our son’s diagnosis, as well as the battle to ensure his learning difficulties are identified and provided for in the future.

I thank God that though the process has been extremely stressful and very upsetting at times, He has equipped our family well to withstand the challenges met so far and those ahead too.  On my way to posting the appeal this morning as I prayed quietly, I was reminded once again of Matthew 6:33 “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you”.

If you are a regular visitor to this site, may I ask for your prayers as we enter the appeal process?  Please pray that we continue to trust in God’s hand throughout these new challenges in our life, and that above all, we keep our focus on the kingdom of God and not our circumstances; that we continue to labour in the harvest and are not content or satisfied with reaping what others have sown.

God bless you

Mercedes

 

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18 thoughts on “Are you a regular visitor? If so, can you please pray?

    • Dear Michael,

      It is so kind of you to pray for us when you don’t know me.

      I look forward to checking your site further, and may I take this opportunity to offer you my sorrow for the loss of your beautiful daughter last year. You say on your blog that it was that event which became the catalyst for the wonderful thoughts and truths you express on your blog, and it is possibly thanks to your blog that you have encountered mine, so Your Angel has led you to bestow a blessing on us with your message and your prayers. I am sure that she continues to bless thousands of others through the inspiration her life and death have brought to you.

      God bless you Michael!

      Mercedes

  1. I know this has been a challenge and will continue to be. God is your strength and we will pray here for Him to reveal Himself in a might way in this situation and in your lives. Grace to you!

    • Hi Linden,

      How are you? It’s been a while!

      Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers!

      In a way God has already revealed Himself in a mighty way, which interestingly happens to be made up of thousands of little ways, and despite our son’s difficulties and limitations, we are often blessed to witness glimpses of the spiritual growth that God has set in motion for our son. The darker the circumstances the more beautiful light reveals itself as it appears.

      God bless you Linden

      Mercedes

  2. All is well here – just returned from Rome and love the history as it connects to our faith in Jesus. Glad to hear that He is showing Himself to you in those miraculous little ways that we so often are unable (or unwilling) to see. He promised to never leave not forsake us so it’s best, like you, to keep on high alert for those loving ways He is orchestrating and guiding moment by moment. Do take care and know we will continue to lift you all up!

  3. I’m praying for you, your son and family.

    I’m always amazed how God can look at a person, who the world judges as less than perfect, and how He can see a diamond. Fanny Crosby was blind and yet she wrote 8,000 hymns. Smith Wigglesworth was illiterate until he was in his late 20’s and his miraculous ministry is still talked about today. Kenneth Hagin was a failure as a student until he was saved and then he memorized two third’s of the New Testament and had a great teaching ministry. David Yongi Cho was a Buddhist, lying on his deathbed until a twelve year old girl read him the book of John. Cho now has the largest church in the world.

    Your son is one of those diamonds, waiting for the polishing to be finished. It takes time.

    One of the great things about you is that you are stubborn and it takes stubbornness to hang on when everything looks bad. But remember this scripture for your son:

    “No weapon that is formed against your son shall prosper; and every tongue that accuses your son in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17)

  4. Larry,

    You are another one of those diamonds as far as I am concerned. you have the power to heal heart and spirit when someone is feeling down just with the words you choose and the tone in what you express. Amazing!

    You are right in saying that what the world/men perceive as a flaw or an imperfection, God uses as fertile ground to make something truly beautiful and unique, something that is unassuming and often invisible but with great capacity for becoming a catalyst and an agent of change and transformation.

    Thank you for that wonderful verse. I will guard it close to my heart and his.

    God bless you
    With love
    Mercedes

  5. Mercedes,
    This is exactly what our youngest grandson has, so we have a good understanding of what you have described. Many prayers and support!

    Blessings and love,
    Mark S.

  6. Lifting up a prayer for you and your family right now. For the challenges you face and the extra grace to ride it out. I am so glad you are quick to acknowledge God’s place in all of this and know that He will bless you for keeping Him there. I will also pray that God will use you , through your son and through your blog to reach out and encourage others who struggle with special needs children.

  7. Thank you very much for your comment and for your prayers Robyn. God always allows us to go through specific challenges as a means to equip us to love on others when they go through similar trials, so I have no doubt this adversity will be the catalyst to help others overcome similar circumstances.

    God bless you.

    Mercedes

  8. Mercedes, I appologize for taking so long to respond to this post. I meant to respond immediatly, but was distracted and time slipped away. If you will recall, some time ago, you requested prayer for your son, and I asked you about testing for autism then. I believe this was a revelation from Holy Spirit. The good news is that, I believe, there is a cure for autism that will be coming soon. The enemy has used this disorder to minimize many of the children in our world today. I believe God is done with this and will bring about a cure. Stand strong and in faith, as He is true and sure, and His word never fails.

    Dave
    dadtalk.wordpress.com

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