What a blessing to know my sweet husband is resting in Shanghai right now after a very long flight. He said he truly struggled with how long the flight was. Being squashed in like cattle doesn't help, does it?
One of the truths about our family is that our little guy struggles with anxiety, fear, post-traumatic stress, visual processing disorder, and attachment issues.
We've been knee deep in "emotional muck" since early this morning.
You know what the trigger was?
Talking to daddy via skype.
We *know* this is going to be a difficult adjustment for all of our children and we have prepared them the best we can. However much you prep, though, will not eliminate or prevent the anxiety that is going to creep in.
Will you lift this precious little guy up?
He doesn't need punishment and discipline right now.
He needs patience and love but mostly the same mercy and grace we were given on the cross by a holy and righteous Lord!
Parenting through this anxiety and stress is very difficult and sometimes we can only muddle our way through to the other side when the stress is lessened.
I will never give up on this little guy and we've come a LONG way from where he use to be. I am definitely going to focus on how far he's come.
It is such a difficult balance between loving and discipling and holding accountable for behavior.
Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.