Walking by Faith with Autism

By Gina Sternfels

April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month.  For our family, autism awareness, acceptance and action are every day.  

Each year, I see growth in my awareness of what my son can do, and I have always had faith that there is more for him. But, I did not know how it would happen. So, I am excited to share that God placed us in a new direction that answered that prayer.  

It has been taking consistent action to help him, and the Holy Spirit has been guiding us that there is more for him to do and share with us.  As a family, we have a new awareness of what is possible in his life. 

Are you looking for direction or a new path? That confusion or fear is not from God. He wants us to come to him. Ask a saint for intercession. Keep bringing it to God, keep your faith strong and see what he can do. 

I thought I was doing it all already and had no idea that what I wanted was possible. 

In 2 Corinthians 5:5-7, “He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage; we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.”

God calls us to trust him and keep walking in his faith. We are finding a new way to communicate with our son. Every step closer, my faith grows stronger, giving me new hope.  

I am grateful to have this new awareness to see and know it is all from God so we can offer prayers of thanksgiving. 

Thank you, St. Dymphna – the patroness of those suffering nervous and mental afflictions, neurological disorders or depression and anxiety for your intercession. Pray for us.

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