Discovering special hope in the stories of those living with special needs, those who strive to minister to special needs families, and the God who is making all things new.
Interview with Sandra Peoples: Self-Care for Special Needs Parents
Sarah and Sarah discuss what self-care for special needs parents, specifically moms, looks like and how those who love them can support them. (Hint: it's not about
naps and bubble baths!) Stick around at the end for a fun conversation about comma placement and parentheses grammar.
Sandra's story is built on the foundation of being a special-needs sibling to her sister Syble with Down Syndrome who passed away in July 2022. We'd like to share Sandra's words about her sister in this post. Our hearts are grieved by this loss, but we look forward to the hope we have in Christ to be reunited with our loves ones in heaven, where all things will be made new.
Easter Episode: Redeeming Love by Anne Steele
Sarah talks through the hope of Easter with a reading of Anne Steele's poem, Redeeming Love. Easter might look different this year, but we can still celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, all things new, and the hope of glory.
Read more about Anne Steele at Hymnary or on the Indelible Grace website. I highly recommend the book, Refuge of My Weary Soul, Selected Works by Anne Steele edited by Alex Webster.
Hope Anew: Creating Community with Jonathan and Sarah McGuire
“We have to build a new vision for what life will be going forward - grieving what isn’t anymore, and building A NEW vision…”
Sarah Broady talks with Jonathan and Sarah McGuire about their ministry organization, Hope Anew, and the new online community that launches October 1, 2019. They share their story as autism parents, the isolation they experienced, the drought of rest Sarah went through, and how their family coped and handled those struggles.
Through everything, they’ve created a ministry to parents of children with unique needs and disability in their writing, speaking, podcasting, and are launching A NEW ministry specific to creating community. I’m so excited to introduce the McGuires to you if you don’t know them already, and I highly encourage you to check out the incredible resources on their website, Hope Anew.
You can connect with them on Facebook and on Twitter. Find their 5 Minute Vacations on their website via pop up, or watch the video on the show notes page.
The Inclusive Classroom in Children's Ministry with Jared Kennedy
Sarah talks with autism dad and children’s pastor, Jared Kennedy, about creating inclusive classroom environments for children’s ministry. They discuss tools and strategies leaders and teachers can use with individuals with unique needs in their classes, as well as boundaries if a teacher suspects a diagnosis, but the parent has not provided any diagnosis, or there hasn’t been any testing yet. They talk through the books Jared has written and the free resources available on his website, Gospel Centered Family.
In addition to practical ideas and steps for ministry leaders and teachers to use with families, Sarah and Jared also talk through how spouses grieve differently, and the encouragement of hope we have in Christ as our High Priest who empathizes with us in our suffering.
Jared is the author of "The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible," fifty-two Bible stories retold in a simple and compelling way for toddlers and preschoolers. and "Before the Lord, Before the Church," a book on planning a child dedication service.
Transitioning a Child to Residential: Battling Fear, Grief, Guilt, and Striving for Hope with Debbie Abbs
As a special needs parent, have you felt fear about your child’s future? Do you struggle with doubts about decisions you’ve made, grief over the fact that you even had to make those very decisions? Do you feel guilty for either how you’ve handled a situation, or even your own emotions?
Sarah Broady talks with Deb Abbs about “the other ‘R’ word,” as Deb puts it, Residential, through their family’s story of transitioning their teenage son Luke from home to a residential boarding school for children with disabilities. They talk through the all-encompassing fear, grief, and guilt that Deb's family faced as special needs parents and the hope they have held onto throughout it all.
The 5 Love Languages for Special Needs Families is Finally Here
Jolene Philo and Dr. Gary Chapman have co-authored a book on the 5 love languages just for special needs families and it is finally here! Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities is available for purchase through Jolene's website, or on Amazon.
Host Sarah Broady talks with Jolene about the book, how it came into being, all the ideas for families to use the 5 love languages with their families - with spouses, typical siblings, and children with disabilities, and the hope Jolene has to share through it all. So many books written for parents, while excellent resources, can't really be put to use by special needs families for a vast variety of reasons. This book has been requested time and time again, and providentially, Jolene Philo is answering the call and addressing these specific needs for special needs families. Thank you Jolene for the work and heart you poured into this, and thank you especially to Dr. Gary Chapman for saying yes to this book!
Thank you for understanding
The episode “When you can’t talk about the hard things” really resonated with me. I was in tears at the end when you said “ Hear me now, I understand and God understands what you’re going through.” Thank you for this. It was exactly what I needed to hear today.
Hope is necessary
I enjoy listening to every episode, picking up on ministry ideas and being encouraged as a parent and advocate. Thanks for sharing hope in every podcast.
A+ for Hope
Thank you Sarah for putting out such a great podcast to help parents! We are grateful for people like you.