Unexpected blessings are getting easier to recognize as I get older and see how God takes things I saw as bad and turned them to good.

Unexpected blessings have gotten easier to identify the longer I’ve lived here on earth. As a kid, I dreaded the stares of onlookers when I pushed Dad’s wheelchair down the sidewalk. As a new mom, the diagnosis of my baby’s life-threatening diagnosis sucked the joy out of his first day of life. As a teacher, I sometimes resented the extra time required to make accommodations for students with learning needs in my classroom.

Now I see those challenges as the unexpected blessings God used to prepare me to encourage and equip caregiving families through writing. Even so, the benefits of hindsight and age did not prepare me for the unexpected blessings of co-authoring Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities with Dr. Gary Chapman.

One of the unexpected blessings of writing Sharing Love Abundantly was an endorsement by Joni Eareckson-Tada, featured prominently on the back cover of book. (I circled Joni’s endorsement and the Joni & Friends logo in the picture above in case you missed it.)

Another blessing was being a guest on the Joni & Friends podcast hosted by Crystal Keating. By the end of the interview we felt like old friends, something that often happens when people in solved in disability ministry connect and talk. You can listen to the podcast on the Joni & Friends website, on iTunes, Google Play, or Spotify.

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