Sharing my heart, expressing God's Love and Grace. HE always amazes me!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Autism...A Diagnosis of HOPE!
A few years ago, I was asked to teach a class for parents of newly diagnosed children. These families felt frustrated and had little hope for their children. I had an idea to make a PowerPoint presentation filled with pictures of my son, to document his progress. As he was growing up, we worked very hard to have beautiful pictures of him. Often (Always) we would take 30 - 50 pictures to get one we loved. The others were in files on our computer. Who wants to look at not-really-so-wonderful pictures that slap you in the face screaming there is something wrong with your child?
So in order to make the PowerPoint, I had to go through those files. What a shock! It became so obvious how far my son had come. You could see when LIFE was breathed back into my son. We are so grateful to Early Intervention for being there to help Jonathan. We are even more grateful to the dedicated teachers and therapists who have done more than required to help our kids. And we are ultimately grateful to the Lord for His touch on our precious son's life.
Today I finally figured out how to add music to my two year old PowerPoint Presentation (A miracle in itself!) and also learned how to convert the Powerpoint to a movie I could upload!
(First click the arrow to start the video. Then if you click the rectangle on the bar at the bottom of the video, you'll be able to see it full screen. Makes it way easier to see the pictures!)
God's grace. We know that our lives depend upon it. We realize that we are still here because of it. Basking in the knowledge that God's grace has transformed me continues to bring joy to me. The realization of what I deserve, and the understanding of what I've received is beyond awesome. Because it is by GRACE we have been saved, through faith. Not of works so no man can boast.I am continually amazed by it! : )
Sharing my heart...about God's grace and love for us. I have 2 children. Janeen Renee, 20, recently rented her own apartment and trying her wings. And Jonathan Ryan 9, who was diagnosed with severe autism at 2. At this point he is fully included in general education. Once again, I'm Amazed at God's Grace!