I began re-examining diet last year during the process of being diagnosed with microscopic colitis, and as most of you know, I had a “crash course” in shingles over the last few months, even as I have learned about asthma and food allergies with my son Noah, who was diagnosed about the same time.
Along the way I’ve learned more about cooking, sewing, writing, childcare, parenting, IEP’s, employment options, relationships, dementia (still helping my in-laws regularly, now researching nursing homes), and perhaps most importantly, about myself. I continue to discover new gifts and enjoy exploring ways to further develop and use them to bless others. I also learn more about my personal challenges, and along with acknowledging them, look for strategies to compensate for or overcome them.
Over the last few months, I have been thrilled to explore more fully what God’s plan is for his people on earth, and more specifically, what He has called and equipped me to do. I have been reading great books on the Holy Spirit, spiritual warfare, worship, making disciples, becoming less materialistic, sharing with those in need, developing a more meaningful and intimate prayer life, and sharing Christ with others. I have been involved in Bible Studies, growing in knowledge and understanding, forming beautiful relationships with other women who are striving to be more Christlike, and stepping out into the community—even the homeless shelter—to share the gifts I have been given. Never have I been more aware of how little I know, and how much more there is to learn, but I am very excited to be on this journey!
All of the knowledge, wisdom, and experience I have gained on this earth is nothing compared to the knowledge that although I am a sinner, I have been saved by grace, through Christ’s death on the cross. I have been given the Spirit to guide me and give me words to say, and power to share Him and help meet the needs of those He brings into my life. And someday, I will be with Him for eternity!
Do you know this beautiful truth for your own life? Do you want to know more? I hope you’ll keep learning, and feel free to contact me if I can help!
I want to continue to use my gifts to meet your needs. I know that you likely have questions about autism, social understanding and insight, employment, relationships, relevant resources, etc. I want to continue to inform and encourage you, and hope that you will contact me so that I can continue to learn from you! But I have become increasingly convinced that nothing has any meaning apart from the perfect plan of our Heavenly Father. I want to walk in step with the Spirit, responding to His prompting as I write, coach, plan, work, make connections with employers and prospective employees, parent, and interact with you and anyone else God chooses to bring into my life.
I do not have a plan. I do not have a volume of future Social Incites™ articles written, ready to send. But I know God has a plan, and I am excited to be used by Him to continue this process of learning, and hopefully being a blessing to you along the way!
9 I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ--for this will bring much glory and praise to God.