About the time I’ve wrapped my mind around our Apraxia diagnosis, we’ve learned that Jackson has Sensory Processing Disorder. He’s a sensory seeker who can be quite aggressive.
Always seeking more proprioceptive input, the sensory craver may bite, kick, hit, and behave in a seemingly aggressive manner. (The Out-of-Sync Child)
I’m guilty of not always meeting Jackson’s behavior with grace. Instead I get frustrated, embarrassed. and doubt my ability as a mom.
I have no idea how to handle the aggressive behavior.
It’s something I’ve prayed about often; I’ve pleaded with God to show me the best way to discipline Jackson and put a stop to the biting and pinching and tackling.
One morning I told God, “The aggressive behavior is exhausting. I have no idea how to stop it! Help me!”
Then I opened up my devotion and read these words: Welcome challenging times as opportunities to trust Me. You have Me beside you and My spirit within you. So no set of circumstances is too much for you to handle. When the path before you is dotted with difficulties, beware of measuring your strength against those challenges – it will only cause anxiety. The way to walk through demanding days is to grip My hand tightly and stay in close communication with Me. Let your thoughts and spoken words be richly flavored with trust and thankfulness. (Jesus Calling)
Then my devotion led me to James 1:5-7.
I love the way the Message puts it: If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray boldly to the Father, He loves to help. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought.
Then there’s the promise of Philippians 4:14: I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
I fail daily.
I respond in anger instead of grace.
I feel like giving up.
But God says I can do anything through His strength.
So I endure.
I pray boldly.
I believe He will guide me on this not-so-easy journey.
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