I’ve gotten the question from a few people, “Is Abide just for special-needs moms?”
The quick answer is no. I wrote it as a special-needs mom, but not for special-needs moms only. There are lessons I’ve learned from being James’s (and David’s) mom that I think apply to every one. For example, in the chapter on knowing your season and roles I write,
This idea of living in your season applies to everyone, but it’s been especially important for me to remember. My son James (who is nine) is more like a typical two-year-old. So my season of life is more like that of a toddler mom than a mom of a third grader. When we visit someone’s house, I can’t send him in the backyard alone to play. I always have to watch him, making sure he’s safe (and the house we are visiting is safe from him *smile*).
I’ve learned that seasons are just seasons, even when those seasons feel long. The key is to find hope no matter what season you’re in.
And then I go on to share how you can live best in the season you’re in. That’s for all moms. The moms chasing their toddlers around the house (and the play ground, and the grocery store, and the church lobby). The moms sending their kids off to school for the first time. The moms dealing with preteen emotions. The moms handing over the keys to the car and going to bed before their kids are home. And it’s for moms like me who won’t go through all those seasons with their each of their kids.
I wrote Abide for all moms, and I’m praying each mom who reads it will be encouraged!
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