SUPPORT GROUPS: Cultivating Close Friendships

Do you ever find yourself thinking about things that are beyond your control? It’s amazing how stress can make your whole world spin out of control. There was a time where I didn’t want to talk to anybody, be around anybody, or go to church. I did not do well with the stress and anxiety I was going through because I kept trying to control everything that was going on in my sons life.

I have three sons, and the son that I’m talking about is the one that has severe special needs. It was a struggle and every day instead of trusting God to get me through I tried to do it in my own strength. In Colossians 1:11 it says “We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need.”

I seriously was at a point where I needed support. Instead of looking for it in the right places, I thought I could do life all on my own. If you’re in that place I encourage you to find a support group that gets you through the hard times to help you get through those super difficult moments. Even if it’s a Facebook group that understands what you’re going through a support group or you can begin to connect with other people and understand what you’re going through. In Ephesians 3:16-20 it says, “I pray that from his glorious unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength of spirit. In Christ, you will make it home and your hearts as you trust him.Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, it’s all gods people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. When you experience the love of Christ, you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all the glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

Caring for my son Jaiden has been a blessing and has also been consuming leaving me exhausted at times. Joining support groups online has helped me to find information that is relevant for helping Jaiden and also making it a point to take care of my mental health and connect with my friends that truly care. I also absolutely encourage people to seek out coaching or counseling if you feel you need intense goal oriented support.

I hope that all of the overwhelming emotions you are feeling subside and you have peace and also that the Scriptures I have referenced here speak to your circumstances. I hope and I pray that you find the right support to help you through the things that you need to get you through all the difficulties you’re facing and begin to establish support so you can have the right kind of relationships on your journey.

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