Trusting God With Your Special Needs Son RTC 65
Laurie Christine
Laurie Christine
February 24, 2023

It’s often hard to trust God when our children have special needs.

trusting God with your special needs son

In a recent episode of Redeeming the Chaos, we talked about trusting God with our kids’ hearts. But what happens when our kids’ needs feel like more than we can handle? How do we trust God when parenting a child with special needs? 

That’s what we’re going to talk about on today’s episode of Redeeming the Chaos. 

Trusting God When Your Son Has Special Needs

We have a special guest on the show today who is going to talk with us about trusting God on the journey of raising a child with special needs.

Allison Byxbe has been a college writing professor for 15 years and recently received her certification as a journaling instructor from the Therapeutic Writing Institute. She inspires women to experience the powerful, life-giving practice of journaling. She’s a monthly contributor to The Glorious Table, an intern with Ann Voskamp, and she maintains her own blog, Writing is Cheaper Than Therapy. She is married to her husband Ben, has three amazing kids, three dogs, and too many chickens. 

In this episode, Allison and I discuss her son’s Reed’s rare genetic diagnosis, known as 49ers syndrome. There are only about 100 cases world-wide. Allison shares some of the challenges, as well as the joys of being a mom to a son with special needs.

Allison recognizes that Reed’s diagnosis does not define who he is. It simply explains some things about him. His sense of humor, generosity, and head of thick ginger hair are just a few of the things Allison adores about her son.

Allison and I discuss topics like:

  • How does having a child with special needs challenge and strengthen your faith in God?
  • How are children affected by a sibling with special needs?
  • What are some ways you can encourage other families with a special needs child?
  • What are some common misconceptions about kids with special needs?
  • What are some ways moms feel misunderstood when parenting a child with special needs?

Journaling as Therapy

Allison has found that journaling has proven to be very therapeutic in processing the challenges of parenting a special needs son. Always a prolific blogger and writer, Alison decided to pursue certification as a journaling instructor from the Therapeutic Writing Institute. She offers courses and workshops that inspire women to experience the powerful, life-giving practice of journaling.

You can sign up to get notifications about Allison’s free Saturday Pages journaling workshop HERE.

You can check out all of Allison’s journaling classes HERE.

Allison’s Blog Posts About Parenting a Child With Special Needs

Loving Families with Special Needs

A Letter to Reed’s Kindergarten Teacher

Owning It

What They Say

Unexpected Gifts

The Answer

A Generous Story

Four Years Later – Coming Clean


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Parenting intense kids can often feel isolating. You feel like you’re the only one with kids who are struggling. Or you feel ashamed of your kids’ behavior. 

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Why does my child have such big outbursts?

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