The other day I thought about what to write and came up with nothing. Nothing exciting had occurred, nothing terrible, either. Life had just been going along.
With a rush of gratitude, I realized just how much I have to thank God for. And how much I’d learned to thank Him during the difficult times. Even in the darkest moments of dealing with autism, God has given me something to smile about. Maybe a song that makes me laugh while I scrub unmentionable things off the walls. Perhaps a Bible verse that reminds me of His amazing love. Or even the dry and somewhat dark sense of humor I’ve developed that helps me get through the worst times: At least it’s not poop this time.
I wonder. If I hadn’t experienced such deep valleys, would I have ever learned to be thankful for the littlest things?
Jennifer Dyer has an M.S. in Communications Disorders, which served her well in her professional career as a speech-language pathologist. Never did she imagine that her education and career were God’s way of preparing her to be a mom to her own daughter with autism. Today, she enjoys reaching out to other families who face similar diagnoses. As a cancer survivor, carpet-cleaning veteran, and originator of the “Messy House Ministry,” Jennifer feels blessed to share joy, peace, and humor with others facing life’s challenges. She is mom to two beautiful daughters and is thankful to be raising them, serving other families with unique needs, and using her gift of writing and speaking to minister to others. Jennifer is also the author of a youth fiction book series and is trusting God with His timing on publication. Jennifer has been a mom for 11 years. She and Brandon have been married for 13 years.