Special needs parent isolation is real, and it happens for many reasons. Whether you are parenting a severely disabled child, a child with Autism Spectrum disorder, or if your child has a chronic illness, it is so easy to become so overwhelmed with the task of mothering that we forget to connect with others and with God. Disconnection leads to feelings of loneliness and isolation.
From one special needs mama to another, let me share these 4 tried and true ways I’ve found to battle special needs parent isolation as a Christian.
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Arm Yourself With Scriptures to Battle Special Needs Parent Isolation
The first step in battling special needs parent isolation is to arm yourself with scriptures. I love scriptures about God’s presence and faithfulness. I write them on notecards, memorize them, and keep them as notes in my phone. That way, when I begin to feel disconnected, I can fight those lonely thoughts with the truth that I draw directly from God’s Word.
Here are a few of my favorite scriptures to help with special needs parent isolation:
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Psalm 46:1-3
Need more? Here are 25 more scriptures to encourage special needs moms.
Renew Your Connection With God, If You Are Feeling Isolated
Unlike people, who can only be in one place at a time, and whose understanding of your feelings of isolation as a special needs parent is imperfect, God is present at all places at all times, and he perfectly understands our circumstances. Not only did he create and allow your circumstances, he experienced them and walks through them with us.
Scripture teaches that Jesus was tempted in every way and is able to empathize with our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:13). Because of that, we can unburden ourselves and renew our connection with Him at the foot of the cross.
Not only that, but we can be confident that God is always near, especially when we are feeling lonely and isolated. He promises that He is near the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18) and is in the business of healing (Isaiah 61:1).
So, if you are feeling far from God as you experience special needs parent isolation, reconnect with God. He is waiting, arms wide open, for you, his precious child.
Come near to God and he will come near to you.
Connect With Other Christian Special Needs Parents
Being a Christian was never meant to be a road we travel alone. We are made for fellowship with other believers. Fellowship provides opportunities to lift one another up and provide opportunities to carry one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2).
I know it’s hard to believe when you are feeling isolated and lonely as a special needs parent, but there are so many other parents out there who are experiencing the same things. In fact, many of them are Christians. Here are some great ways to find and connect with other Christian special needs parents:
- Meetup – Meetup is a platform for finding and building local communities and is a great resource for special needs parents to find opportunities for fellowship. People use Meetup to meet new people, learn new things, find support, get out of their comfort zones, and pursue their passions, together. You may be able to find a Meetup group for special needs parents in your area.
- Facebook Groups – With Facebook groups, you can search for communities that match your interests. Special needs parents can connect and fellowship with each other online. There are general special needs parent groups, NICU mom groups, and groups based on your child’s particular need. Just use the search bar on Facebook and see what’s out there!
- MOPS – Moms of Preschoolers (MOPS) gathers and supports moms. They believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together, face to face. That’s why they rally women to come together in their own neighborhoods and help each other through this thing called motherhood, one gathering at a time. These groups offer childcare, a Bible-based lesson, and tons of opportunities for fellowship. Check their website to see if there is a group in your area. If not, maybe you can start one!
- Local Churches – Local churches are a great place to make meaningful connections and overcome special needs parent isolation. Just do a quick search! I’m sure you’ll find a great one to try out. There are a variety of worship and preaching styles, so find one that resonates with you. Many churches offer other resources as well, including childcare during church service, pastoral counseling, small groups, as well as tons of opportunities for fellowship to help you overcome your feelings of isolation as a special needs parent.
Fill Your Mind With Encouragement For Special Needs Parents
The world is filled with negative images of parenting, especially parenting special needs children. They are often painted as a burden or worse. Those images can make special needs parent isolation feel even worse.
But we know those worldly images are not true! Our children are a blessing, and they were created by their loving Father for a purpose that only they can fulfill.
In order to counteract the negative impact that the world makes on our minds, it is important to fill the gap with encouraging words and thoughts from other Christian special needs parents. If you are feeling isolated or discouraged, check out these special needs mom blogs. I’m sure you’ll find a new favorite!
As He Leads Is Joy – Beth, writer of As He Leads Is Joy, and her family live in England where they minister in Chinese. She is the mom to an 18-year-old adopted son and 14-year-old daughter with Down Syndrome. In her spare time, she enjoys reading often while drinking a cup of coffee.
Embracing Life – Jenn Soehnlin is a mom of two special needs little boys. She blogs about growing in faith, embracing life and all the good things God has for us in this life, praying scripture, and special needs parenting. It is her heart to share the things she’s learning about embracing life and faith with anyone longing to grow in their life and find joy despite their life circumstances.
Gracefilled Growth – Sarah Lango is the founder of Gracefilled Growth. She is a wife, momma, writer, speaker, and special needs advocate. Her purpose is to create a little slice of reality on the world wide web, a place where Christian women can come to be encouraged on their journeys of motherhood, marriage, and faith.
Lullaby Lark – That’s me! I’m Erin, the mama behind Lullaby Lark. I love a good glass of wine, but mostly I’m just trying to love Jesus and live life to the fullest! My passion is to encourage other special needs moms and point them to the hope and healing available through Jesus. I blog about my adventures as a mama to my NICU/PICU miracle, crazy 18-month-old, and two fur babies and as a wife to my incredible husband.Do you feel isolated as a parent of a special needs child? Here are some resources to help. Click To Tweet
Overcome Special Needs Parent Isolation With These Christian Tools
Special needs parent isolation is a hard battle to fight. Thank God we have these weapons in our arsenal. When you are having feelings of loneliness and isolation, you have these tools at your disposal:
- Scriptures to encourage you when you’re feeling isolated
- Your unbreakable connection with God
- Fellowship, especially with other Christian special needs parents
- Encouraging thoughts from other special needs parents
Sweet friend, you were never meant to walk this path alone, so my prayer is that you will be able to build or rebuild connections so that you can overcome the isolation that too often accompanies parenting a special needs child.
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**We use verses from different Bible translations. To see more information about the copyright for each one, please visit our Scripture Citations.