Tuesday, September 16, 2014

~*Wondrous Things*~

We recently restarted our bible study fellowship and a wondrous thing happened. Analina had confidence and she noticed something that has changed her (I hope) indefinitely. 

She noticed all these other little girls that were so much smaller and younger than her doing so many things she never does. She is forever acting helpless and tends to have the "I can't do it" attitude. A wee bit of competition has turned a fire on in her that I could never ignite. 

She was comfortable and confident for longer than I have ever seen her be and she didn't go to the other adults to seek out validation or attention. For moms of RAD kids you *know* I'm calling that a huge victory! 

The following day she made some bad choices and had to go to bed early and as she sobbed "I'm so disappointed in myself", I explained how consequences work (again) and today (two days after bible study) she was actually able to calm herself down from a rage because she knew the rage wasn't worth the consequence it would bring. 

WOW! Cause and affect thinking is elusive for these kiddos! So it is a HUGE breakthrough for her to make these connections. 

Following several days of rages, which have been happening since July, Sunshine was able to calm down from a huge rage and even tell me his line of thoughts that caused him to be so scared in the first place. For Sunshine this is enormous due to his intense fear. His self-confidence needed this boost. 

Such difficult work for children that were never taught how to use their words to process emotions. 

Keep covering them in prayer. They are healing one step at a time. 

  Proverbs 16:24
Gracious words are a honeycomb,
    sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

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