When Autism is a Relief

When Autism Is A Relief: Dare to Share 2

World Autism Awareness Week is this week.

So when my long time friend, Becky, answered the #daretoshare challenge and asked me to coincide it with Autism Awareness week, I knew her testimony would lift Jesus high.

I have known Becky for nineteen years and for nineteen years I have seen a woman who has thought deeply about God and has fought strongly to make Him glorified in her life.

Without any further introduction, I invite you to hear Becky’s testimony.

When Autism Is A Relief

God gave me more than I ever thought I could handle.

I have always wanted children. Even in my younger years, when I pretended I didn’t, I wanted children.

However, the thought of having a child with a disability filled me with anxiety. During my pregnancies I remember going to pre-natal tests where they check for Down Syndrome and thinking to myself,  

“What would I do if my child had Down Syndrome?”

I knew coping with a child aged 0-5 years old would be hard enough for me (I’m much better with older kids), but having one with a disability? I am not sure I could handle that.

The tests came back -“You’re child has no signs of Down Syndrome”. Phew! Thank you, Lord!

Four and a half years later, I now have two beautiful children. Two sources of unquenchable joy and happiness, as well as, at times, overwhelming fear and annoyance. After all they are children aged 2 and 4!

On 20th of July 2016 and then again on the 11th of November 2016, my greatest fear came to fruition.

They were diagnosed with a disability.

My son, 23 months old, and then my daughter, 4 years and 2 months, were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Instead of grieving, like so many parents who have just found out their children have Autism do, or how I may have envisioned four years earlier, I was relieved!!

I thanked God for the journey he had taken me on to prepare me for this day and I prayed that he would now take my children on their own journey.

When Autism Is A Relief

I could see that He had taken me on a four year journey of preparation to face my greatest fear. This journey included:

  • God working on my issues of self pity and helped me appreciate the blessings I had received.

  • God allowing the journey of diagnosis to be long so I had time to deal with the outcome.

  • God taught me to let go of the need to be perfect.

  • God taught me to build up my faith and let him have control.

  • God changed my values and helped me appreciate things that were different to how I expected them to be.

  • God taught me to accept and love myself just as I am, because although not diagnosed, I meet the criteria for high functioning ASD too.

Many of these paths in my journey are still at work, but they are at a place where parenting disability, though still a challenge, does not defeat me.

When Autism is a Relief

Now God is taking me on a journey exploring healing. I believe in a a God of miraculous healing, but I also believe God has his reasons when he chooses not to heal or takes a long time to do so.

So this is my new journey of faith, to trust and pray for healing, to trust and pray for development and to continue to give up control of my journey to God. Because these two things I know:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and I will trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding.

If you have not heard of the Dare To Share challenge, it is all about sharing the message of Jesus’ transforming love and power by sharing your personal testimony of salvation.  Then, it is up to YOU how you want to share it.  You might want to share it personally with someone over a cup of tea, you might want to share it with that person at work who Jesus’ has put on your heart.  OR you might want to submit it to me, so I can publish it on My Faith Tree and share it through various social media platforms.

I would love to have a collection too numerous to count of testimonies for people to read to and be inspired to draw closer to Jesus.

There is no time frame, there is no deadline.  If you submit a testimony to me today, I will work on getting it published.  If you submit a testimony to me in a year’s time, I will work on getting it published.

You can check out more details about the challenge here: Dare To Share

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About Megan

Megan, is a wife and mum living in Western Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Education in Primary teaching and teaches as a music specialist. Her passion is Jesus and her love for writing about Him and for Him took her by surprise. She is author of My Faith Tree where she shares her faith and encourages readers to live faithfully following Jesus and seek to leave a legacy of faith for generations to come. You can follow her on the social media platforms listed below.

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