The Autism Times

An inspirational blog for parents and caregivers of persons with autism and other developmental disabilities.

The Work in the Wait

by Dr. Karen Colvin on May 8, 2015

in The Autism Times, Word of the Week

Jesus and business men Sometimes we are waiting because we are missing the lessons all around us. Whether it is because of busyness, personal struggles or self pity, we are missing our lessons. I have been so guilty of this—so busy doing that I missed loving.

Sessions in Pain pg. 185

As I have work with my son with autism and other children I have noticed how sometimes the schools must move them on to the next grade or even graduation because they are aging out and they have no room for them to stay – they cannot wait for them to learn. In contrast, our Lord waits patiently for us to achieve to the next level in Him. He does not move us into places where we will fail because we are unprepared. He loves us enough to take the time and wait for the work to be accomplished…

Jesus on a park bench,man                                                                   in us

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The Road Less Traveled

by Dr. Karen Colvin on February 6, 2015

in The Autism Times, Word of the Week

Our Lord will often take us down the road less traveled or the road not taken. As I look back today I am so grateful, once again, that He was so passionate for me as to set up the circumstances in my life so that I would choose His agenda.                                                                                                                            Session in Pain pg. 144

 

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I have come to love the Road Less Traveled. I even look for it in most situations. It is the road where I am mostly likely to meet my Lord and find the treasures He has for me.

“They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts feel strangely warm as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32 NLT

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Precious Moments – the Quiet Victories

by Dr. Karen Colvin on December 26, 2014

in The Autism Times

Keeping-a-Journal-More-Precious-than-GoldJournal what God is teaching you. You must grasp the precious moments with Him in this season; take advantage of this time of waiting…the lowliest hearts are closest to God. You may think you are stagnant, but you are never closer to the flow of His Spirit than when you are waiting with your heart ready to receive.

Sessions in Pain, pg. 189

 

Oh the joy of a cultivated heart! A heart that has been turn toward Christ through adversity; a heart that sits waiting to receive the seeds of God for the future of its life. These precious moments of waiting will become benchmarks of your best growth. These will be the quiet victories that you will testify to, encourage others with, and even write books about. They are the moments worth recording in the journals of your heart.

Seeing the Glory of God

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The God-smith

by Dr. Karen Colvin on November 21, 2014

in The Autism Times

goldsmithYou may have heard the story of the old goldsmith who kept putting the unrefined gold back into the fire, over and over again. Finally someone asked him, “How long will you continue to put the gold back into the fire?” and he answered, “Until I see my own reflection.” When God keeps you in the fire, He is being good to you. He is the patient goldsmith who sits by the fire and carefully tries you until you are pure before Him, until He sees His reflection in your life

Sessions in Pain, pg. 166

 We are in the capable hands of the God-smith/Goldsmith. The one who shapes us into His image, day by day and moment by moment. His loving hands are ever on the the gauge working and watching to bring us to Him in the Eternal. The God-smith is patient as He sees our beautiful and strong end in Him.

 

“He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places. Psalm 18:33 KJV hinds feet on high places

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Forge Forward!

by Dr. Karen Colvin on November 7, 2014

in The Autism Times

moving-forwardOh, beloved, trust His ways and be sensitive to the directives He is giving you. On-going pain in our lives can often cloud our judgment and keep our emotions at the forefront of our mind; therefore, we must decide to listen to His voice and work to keep our feelings in check. We must forge forward in the belief that we serve a God of justice. He cannot be corrupted; He is Holy and He is faithful who promised.

Session in Pain, pg. 172

 

In many situations forging forward is simply doing what you should do or must do each day in the face of pain, disappointment and discouragement.  It involves “staying on the wall” watching and praying and carrying out acts of obedience even when you do not see the results. You forge forward in faith knowing that there is a top to the mountain – a place where you will see God!

Seeing the Glory of God

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Random Acts

by Dr. Karen Colvin on October 10, 2014

in The Autism Times

 

Jesus watching. leftside copy croppedThe Word of God teaches us that in the lives of those that love God, no pain in life is just a random act having no purpose or meaning other than to hurt us. He always has a plan for whatever events take place in our lives. In our time of deepest agony this is a difficult pill to swallow, but it remains true through those moments when our faith is weakest. I encourage you to look up and start again; even if everything or everyone you trusted in is gone, take His hand and start again.

Sessions in Pain pg. 76 

In this fallen world that we live in sometimes it is hard to see the involvement of our good and loving God. He did not choose a fallen world for us, He did not choose autism for our children, and He did not choose the random acts of evil that may hit our lives. But what He will do is remain with us through these acts and cause them to work together for our good as we choose to love Him and trust Him. God gave humanity the gift of free will and sometimes that translates into suffering and acts of evil; but He remains the Lord of the Eternal that holds us in this life and into the next.

In Him there are no Random Acts.

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The Journey to Healing

by Dr. Karen Colvin on September 12, 2014

in The Autism Times

rane-jesus-healing-baby-christ-160161-galleryI have much respect for the desperate father in Mark chapter 9. He wanted Christ to heal his sick child but was honest enough to say, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24 NLT). Honest conversations with God are needed to begin the journey to healing.

Sessions in Pain pg. 33

The Journey to Healing begins with a twinkle of belief. Honestly, believing is not easy for us. It goes against everything we have learned in this way of life that the Bible refers to as Babylon. We have been taught not to believe anything until we see it. The problem with that is once we see it then it is too late for our faith to act. Faith is essential for great things to happen in our lives. Faith can move mountains and most importantly, faith moves God!

Move Him!

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Pickers

by Dr. Karen Colvin on August 29, 2014

in The Autism Times

imagesPickers keep picking their wounds open, over and over again, so that they remain visible to those around them.  They keep recalling that terrible event even after years and years of counseling, support and prayer.  Their wound becomes a badge—a banner of their perpetual state of hurt. 

Sessions in Pain pg. 117

Christ died so that you could be healed. He did not die to perpetuate chronic pain by picking wounds open again and again. He died so that you and I could overcome. This overcoming is not dependent upon a situation changing but on us changing. For your wound to heal the dressing of the Word of God must be applied to your lips – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). Decide today that “you cried your last tears yesterday! “

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Good Morning Heartache

by Dr. Karen Colvin on August 8, 2014

in The Autism Times

stock-footage-sad-worried-woman-girl-sit-on-wooden-window-sill-and-drink-coffee-teaCan it be that many of us embrace our pain and suffering so much that it becomes like a companion or a friend?  Have we become so used to and even addicted to the routines that come with our suffering?  Can it be that our pain has kept us company for so long and has become so familiar to us that we would miss it if it were gone?

Sessions in Pain pg. 174

I recall working with some parents that have become so familiar with the heartache of raising a child with autism that they actually resist any relief when it comes. They will make excuses like, “nobody know hows to care for him like me”  or “what if he has a meltdown and people don’t know what to do”. The truth many times is that as parents we grow so comfortable with this disorder that we no longer reach for anything greater for ourselves or our children. Our whole life becomes built around the difficulties of autism. It is easy to do. I encourage you to fight the  embracing of  your heartache and instead mold it, with God’s guidance, into a pedestal of daily victories. Work against isolation and toward a good quality of life for yourself and your family. God loves you and will be with you.

He is faithful who promised! woman-her-kids-playing-6082115

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Of Damaged Goods

by Dr. Karen Colvin on July 26, 2014

in The Autism Times

We feel less valued when we have been hurt; we stamp “damaged  goods” across our hearts. This feeling is an inescapable aspect of our humanness. You may try to hide or even deny it, but it becomes apparent as you decline invitations and offers to enjoy life events from friends and family. God desires that you overcome shame and come to a place of knowing your value to Him.

Sessions in Pain Pg. 83

I remember the grief that I felt when we got the news that  Matthew had autism. I was not just grieving for Matthew but also for the son I thought we had. Everything would be different  now – our family would be marked as less than perfect; damaged goods.

Then God, entered into our circumstance in this fallen world and showed us a path of hope and victory. He took the pain of our family and strengthened us. It was our choice to step out of the “damaged goods” box and live in the light and freedom of His Love.

We did!                                    OpenBoxWithLight

 

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