What is it you are going through? Do you sometimes feel the entire world is on your shoulder and cannot take it anymore? Well, we all have that period of frustration and wanting to simply give up. The good news is, it is for a season/ phase. How we handle the situation is what is important.
Next Thursday, we will be meeting an amazing woman and her family who have come to love God and trust in Him despite ALL they have been through.
She grew up in a chaotic home with parents who were divorced but still lived together. She was abused by her father and still had to care (most of the time) for her family even though she was the fourth child.
When she eventually got married, she had two sons. The first son was diagnosed with ASPERGERS SYNDROME and the second son with AUTISM.
What is Asperger's syndrome? - "A developmental disorder related to autism and characterised by awkwardness in social interaction, pedantry in speech, and preoccupation with very narrow interests." (Dictionary definition).
People with Asperger's syndrome see, hear and feel the world in a different way to other people. It is said that when you have Asperger's syndrome, you have it for life. It becomes part of the person's identity.
What is Autism? - "A mental condition, present from early childhood, characterised by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts". (Dictionary definition)
Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person relates and communicates with other people. It also affects the way they see the world/ environment around them.
Though Asperger syndrome and Autism are disabilities, it does not mean that a person should not be treated normally. They just need some extra love and attention.
We will have a peek into the lives of this amazing family next week and trust me, you do not want to miss a single part of it.
Keep the Sparkle in you shining by showing love to everyone around you.✨