“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent.”
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
The Great Depression, this is a time in history that I can only read about. I was not born in that time, but I can learn to appreciate what happened and what the way of life was. Many times I have sat and listened to my dad talk about a meal called Scrumptial, his father would make this for them on Saturday nights with the leftovers from that week. This unique pot of leftovers was the highlight of his week.
Recently I was listening to an older lady talk about living in the Depression era, and she recalled one of her fondest memories. She remembered that on Sundays they would go to her aunt’s house, but her aunt could not afford heat. So they would grab the kitchen chairs and huddle around the stove while lunch was cooking and get warm by the fire. She went on to say that they would sit facing the stove to get the front of them warm and then have to turn around so their backs would get warm. As she talked about this, she was giggling and repeating, “Oh the good old days.”
Fast forward to 2020 and what do we have? Central air, heat in our homes, cars to drive, and so many other advantages. We have plenty of food, clothes, and almost everything we could want or need at our fingertips. Yet, I never hear, “These are the great present days.” What has happened to us? Why do we not seem like a happy people? You would think with all these “things” that make our lives more convenient and stress free, that we would be overjoyed.
Many times I have said to my husband that I almost wish we could go back to a time like that. A time when we as a people appreciated what we had. Working in a guest service position, I see the side of people that is ungrateful and demanding. I see this at church when we want what we want and demand our rights. What happened to being thankful, grateful, and appreciative? I personally am challenged to look at what I have and learn to be content in these things and to appreciate them even more.
Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother
Life is definitely a journey and an adventure if you know anything about me. Every day brings new and exciting things and also some overwhelming moments. For the past two weeks my husband has had two major falls from having seizures which led him to be in the chiropractor’s office 2 to 3 times a week plus having to have physical therapy and wear a back brace.
Because of this we decided to take a quick weekend away that we called a Saturday vacation. While on this vacation he had a seizure, his scooter that he uses to get around in large places died in the middle of the museum. This led to us having to push it out of the museum, to loading it in the car manually, and causing me to be completely overwhelmed and having to have a good cry.
If you asked me is it all worth it I’d say 100%. If you asked me what I marry this man again I would tell you absolutely 100%. He is the man of my dreams and if he comes with an extra package called epilepsy …I wouldn’t change a thing. Now having said all that… I have stated over and over it many times that I have found “my new normal and it’s a moving target”.￼￼￼￼￼￼ so what does all of this mean, for me there is no normal, normal is only for a moment and that changes again. And I am OK with that. I’ve had to learn to be OK with that… Otherwise I would not have survived life and all that has been part of it.
This is made me in the long run realize how precious life is, it is giving me the desire to encourage other women and their walk and their journey, it is also encouraged me to invest in peoples lives whenever I can.
But having said all that… I have a new journey in life and an adventure and that is my YouTube channel. Come and join me and come and visit me and see what this crazy life entails.￼￼￼￼ I hope you will find encouragement along the way, maybe some new ideas that you’ve never thought of before, maybe a few laughs, but most of all I hope that you leave feeling a little bit better about yourself, a little bit more encouraged than when you first started to visit with me.
Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother
YouTube Channel name: “At Home with Lynn Wilson”
I am about to teach this coming Friday to a group of young people at our church called Discovery Kids. The ages range from three to fourteen. Trying to incorporate enough information to keep them all interested in the devotion can be hard at times. We as a church have committed to reach out to our neighborhood kids, and share each week with them that Jesus loves them.
This weekend the topic is “The Journey that Saved the World.” We have gone with an overall theme this year of the “Olympics.” Teaching the kids about preparation, endurance, and finishing the race. So let me take you on the journey that I have prepared for the kids.
- In order for Joseph and Mary to hear the call of the Lord, they needed to be prepared and walking close with Him.
- Then when the angel came and told them what was to happen, they needed to prepare for the journey.
- Because they prepared they would be able to endure the journey.
- They knew that God called them to do this task, so they needed to endure no matter how hard the journey would become.
- When they got to Bethlehem the journey was not done. They needed to find lodging, a safe place to deliver baby Jesus, and prepare the area for the baby to come.
- Once the baby was born, they could look back and see that they prepared for a work to be done. They could see that they endured the journey they had to go on to get to the place where He needed them to be, and then they needed to deliver the baby to finish the task.
- What can we learn from this….
- We need to be ready and prepared for when He calls us to do a job.
- We need to know that we will need to endure the journey and that it might not be easy all the time.
- We need to know that when the journey is over that we can look back with joy. We completed what was asked of us.
We also can look at the fact that when we prepare and answer the call, endure the journey, and finish it. that it is not only us who are affected but many around us. A task given to us by the Lord always has layers to it. Our lives are not our own and we affect others all the time.
Mary and Joseph answering the call brought us a Savior (His divine plan). This Savior would ultimately be the one who would save the world. I am sure that Mary and Joseph had no idea the impact they would have on us today, thousands of years later.
Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother
My husband and I have been talking more and more of late about having just a fresh start in life. So many times we get down, by the things we should’ve done, didn’t do or should do better. Attitude has a lot to do with how we perceive things and our attitude can drastically change our perspective.
So my husband and I have decided to sit down over the next 52 weeks and make some changes in our life. Nothing that drastic, nothing so miraculous that it will change the world… but what it will do is change our lives and how we look and view life.
The 52 week challenge of 2020 will be as simple as this. Each week on a Tuesday I will post here on the blog, also on Instagram and Facebook what our challenges are that we have chosen to do for that up-and-coming week. Feel free to take on the same challenges as us or come up with your own. We may not always meet that challenge… and that’s OK. The whole point of this is to make a difference in our lives. It’s to make a better you. It’s just a start fresh and recharge in life.
At the end of 52 weeks… We can look back and honestly tell ourselves that we tried new things, we face challenges, we set out to make a difference. Again whether all of those challenges were met exactly to perfection or not is not the point. But at the end of 52 weeks the point is that we are two better people because of having tried.
Our challenge for each other this week is called the “take 5”. We have challenged each other for this week to come up with five things over the next year we want to learn that we have been putting off for years. Graeme and I each need to come up with five different things that we want to either learn or experience. You might think five things are too simple… but when you add that to a full plate already …those five things will be a challenge in itself.
Come follow us on our journey as we begin the 52 week challenge as well as trying out five new things in this up-and-coming year.
Comment below if you dare to take the 52 week challenge 2020. Let me know what some of your challenges might be or if you’re going to follow along with the challenges that we put in front of ourselves. I would love to hear from you!
Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother￼￼￼￼￼￼
What an amazing night… What an amazing event! How many of you have someone with some type special needs and long for them to have a typical night like any other teenager could have such as a prom night? Tim Tebow foundation has created an event for people with special needs to have a prom like event for them to feel special for one night… and for them to “shine”!!!!
We were absolutely amazed at the organization, presentation, and variety of events put together in one evening. We arrived to find that girls were getting their hair, nails and make up done… while the boys were getting their shoes shined and their hair touched up. From there they went and met up with a buddy that they would have for the evening to keep them company. Then on to the horse and buggy carriage ride, and then to ride in a limousine! Once they departed from the limousine they were escorted to a red carpet where there were volunteers lined up on the carpet to root them on and cheer them on and take pictures. As our son said “I felt like a movie star”!!
Then they entered the gala… with white twinkling lights, beautiful tables decorated, a DJ, and I wonderful meal provided by Chick Fil A!
They could dance all night, they could be with their friends all night, they could feel as special as any other person ever felt on a prom night.
The final event… Would be to gather all the people with special needs and their buddies… They would be prayed over, and then everybody was crowned king and or queen of the prom with a beautiful crown or tiara.
No one was left behind and no one was left out during this beautiful moment. Everybody felt like they shined for this one special evening… our son came home feeling like he was worth something so special!!! This is one night he will never forget for the rest of his life!
Lynn A. C. Wilson– Resume of a Mother
Many people are misinformed and have a distorted view of Autism, disabilities, and what can be achieved! We have told our son he can do anything he wants… he might need to do it in a different way, but he can do it!
We are blessed here in New Jersey with several organizations that help people with disabilities and Autism. We have an organization called POAC, NJ Autism Warriors and organization that has come to New Jersey for this event in particular called “Walk on water”.
This day was created entirely for people with Autism and disabilities to have the freedom to feel the Atlantic Ocean surround them… to allow them to learn how to surf with a professional by their side… and to allow them to have the opportunity to know that they can do anything when they put their mind to it.
I have personally never surfed, but I have a few friends who have, and they said that there is nothing like riding a wave and the freedom it allows you to feel.
These kids were blessed one by one with riding the wave, winning an award, having a day set aside just for them and the list goes and on.
For one day they felt like they could be like everyone else. For one day they could feel proud. For one day they could feel like they were “all that”.
We were blessed to have such a special and awesome day for our family!!!
We had been invited for the past couple of years to go horseback riding with one of our Autism support groups. It always seemed to fall on a day that either I had to work or we had other events going on, and honestly I didn’t think much about it. For some reason this year I felt compelled to make a point of attending. I was absolutely amazed and blessed after we went to see how beneficial it was!
This particular horse ranch is designed to assist people with any sort of disability and will teach them how to ride a horse in a safe environment. The trainers are certified and definitely know how to handle children with Autism! Our son found peace, he found joy, and I watched him actually be able to relax and be calm like I had never seen before. If you know anything about Autism in children this is very unusual!
When we arrived they gathered all the kids together and then they had them pick out their helmets for protection, before they could ride a horse. They then divided them into two groups and each group needed to find a buddy. Our son was in the first group… We started on the other side of the barn, where he was able to learn how to care and feed a horse.
Gavin was able to brush a horse named Lady, he was able to feed a horse named Terminator, he was able to talk to a horse named Finn and it was amazing to watch him and Finn together. The horse just stood there ever so kind, as Gavin just continued to talk and talk and talk to the horse. I watched a gentle and loving side of Gavin come out as he was able to connect with this beautiful animal.
In addition to brushing the horses and feed them…the kids were able to get some great lessons on the care of a horse in general. They then brought them to the next room where they lined up to have the opportunity to ride a horse.
One by one they brought them in and saddled them up with a horse based on the size of the child and the size of a horse. Once they were on the horse, two of the trainers walked them around three times in a very large enclosed barn. Gavin was able to also ride a horse as he did a gallop around the barn, which was a real treat!
I saw a different spark in Gavin’s eyes… this day was a huge blessing to him and I can truly understand why these beautiful animals are therapeutic.
We will continue with horseback riding lessons in this next home school year and Gavin also would like to volunteer there one day a week as well. Looking forward to some new adventures!
Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother
It was interesting to sit and watch the other night at a group of kids all of whom had Autism. I learned a very valuable lesson that night!
Let me back track a little for you to get the whole picture. Our youngest son has Autism and we belong to two different support groups. One group especially offers a wide variety of support for parents and lots of activities for the kiddos. This night happened to be a night for the kids, it was filled with fun, running around and freedom for them.
Freedom for them!….what I mean is that they could be who they were created to be. It was a time for them not to be judged, made fun of, no one was looking at them as if they were weird. They could speak their own language, wave their hands if they needed to, swing their legs and jump as high as they wanted. They are a unique group of people! They have uniqueness that are their own…..and yet they don’t judge each other and they seem to relate to each other on a higher level. They are like minded and understand each other. Most of them have never even met before, and yet they can get along as if they were best friends forever.
What a lesson for me to learn! Here I live in the ‘average” world without Autism. My friends and acquaintances are “average” people. And yet we seem to judge, talk about each other, and we are not like minded. If we enter a room with people we haven’t met before ….we tend to look at our phones or just down right ignore each other. Oh if we could only have the mind of someone who is Autistic….and let loose and be free! Be free to say hello to a stranger, be free to play with someone we met for the first time, be free to jump as high as we wanted to and swing around in circles if we felt like it.
I am so glad that we have a place that allows our son to be free! A place for us to be with other parents who we can relate to! A place for him to be able to feel like and where he can say…..“I can just be me”. God has given him a uniqueness called Autism…he is not strange or weird just different.
Lynn A. Wilson – Resume of a Mother
It is a snowy, cold yucky day here where I live today! As I sit here at work they just declared a state of emergency due to the weather. That leaves you with a dismal feeling inside and as I look outside …it is so gray and sad-looking.
As I sat at my desk….knowing that most of my co-workers will not be in today I decided to think spring!!! Just as I was thinking spring my friend from down the hall gave me a gift. She had gone to the flower show the other day and picked up a little gift for me. “Think Spring”…was all wrapped up in this gift. What a beautiful pen but most of all a beautiful thought!
“RAK” would need to be this person’s middle name. “Random Act of Kindness”….describes her to a “T”. This friend never stops giving to others….there is not a day that goes that she isn’t thinking of someone who needs a gift, a card, a kind word or something else. She is a real example to me of what we should all be doing. She thinks of others all the time.
This is a simple message to all of us to stop and think of someone else today and to do a “RAK” for someone. Who can you do something for today? Leave a note in the comments below with your experience of an RAK that was done for you or one that you did for someone else!
Lynn A. Wilson – Resume of a Mother