All Children Need Love

It takes a very special individual to love and care for a child that has any type of special need. Autistic children…children with Down syndrome…children with a mental illness…children with a hearing/visual/speech impairment. Everyone can’t handle seeing a child that way. When you bring a child into the world, you want the very best for them. You expect everything to be perfect. Some parents’ birth newborns with complications…some can be corrected through surgery and some can’t. Some of us have been blessed with children that have no problems at all. They can think for themselves, interact with other children their age, and be independent. Would you be able to handle that? You’d be surprised but everybody can’t handle it.

You have some parents that send their children to mental health group homes to live because they don’t fit into their ‘lifestyle’. I know because I was a Home Manager at Mental Health for two years. Count your blessings! Be thankful that your baby is healthy with a mind to think for themselves! If you see another child that requires a little more attention…pray for them…pray for the parents because it’s a hard task. It weighs on them physically and emotionally.

Before I became pregnant I would always say that I didn’t want to have a child that needed extra attention. But you know what? When I had my daughter, all of that went out of the window. That first look at her had me head over hills for her. I thank God that she is healthy and independent. I can’t imagine loving her any more than I do now, but it is possible. If she had any complications I would love her even more. Why? Because it wouldn’t be her fault. It wouldn’t be anybody’s fault. She would still be perfect in my eyes…more than perfect. I would love her harder than I do now. I would protect her more than I do now. That seems impossible even for me, but trust me, I would be even more in love with her. Way more than I do now.

Alicia E. Andrews



The Burdens of Our Children

I met a 10 year old girl yesterday. She has the innocence of a child, but her mother thinks that it’s okay to dress her up in tight clothes. The dress that she was wearing was so tight. It looked like something I would wear and it broke my heart. I couldn’t take it. I have to be honest, the first thought that came to mind when I saw her mom was to slap her. But what would that solve? Absolutely nothing. It’s my job to show the love of Christ no matter how I may be feeling. It’s important that I show God’s love. I pray that I get a chance to pour into that little girl’s life. I pray that God uses me in that situation.

I attended a small ceremony for my daughter’s art class and all I could see was the burden all over their little faces. It shouldn’t be that way! They are so young! They shouldn’t be wearing worry all over their faces! The parents aren’t dressing them like kids anymore. Only God knows what they’re dealing with at home.

Lord I ask you to protect our babies from any harm! Anything that maybe going on that is unseen, bring it to the light! Lift every burden that they may be carrying! Shine your light on every dark situation!

PARENTS we have to do better about raising our kids! We don’t have time to be selfish! The kids are here now! They don’t need a friend, they need a mother and a father! We have to protect them from danger! Some of the kids are in danger in their own homes! They depend on us to protect them! They depend on us to make the right decisions! They depend on us to take good care of them! They shouldn’t have to worry about where their next meal will come from! They shouldn’t have to worry about mommy’s boyfriend touching them!

Make their lives as easy as possible! We have to line our lives up with the Word so that we can make the best decisions! God is the answer! Somebody’s child is being touched at home and they don’t understand why! Put your needs to the side and think about your children! They need you more than you need that man! Pray for the spirit of discernment so that you will know what not to do!


Alicia E. Andrews