April 20, 2018
“TALK TO ME”
written by Wanda, a mom in our Spreading Sunshine community
Please don’t be afraid to talk to me. I would love to know that you care.
I may not look you in your eyes, but I still know that you’re there.
I sometimes get upset when you get too close or whenever I’m in a crowd.
It even hurts my ears and I might cry when music is too loud.
I don’t like change, it bothers me.
I need things to stay the same.
I may not understand what you are telling me, but…
I do recognize my name.
I don’t see your color or even understand hate. I see everyone the same.
I like to play by myself and with the same few toys.
I can’t handle playing with other girls and boys.
If you see me cry, I’ll be okay.
Things will be better another day.
I have Autism and that makes me different, but I still love big, just the same as you
So please accept me and talk to me.
And help me make it through.
I’m not sure what my tomorrow holds, or any other day?
But I will be fine because one thing that I know…
I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE!!!
This month is Autism Awareness month and we want to lift our voices to help raise awareness. Many children in our sunshine community have autism in addition to the medical challenges they face. Thank you, Wanda, for sharing these thoughts with us and for sharing this beautiful picture of Tookie.
Spreading Sunshine is giving away a FREE Autism Awareness tumbler from The Blue Envelope (note: this is not sponsored; we just love The Blue Envelope products) Click link to see more details Tumbler Giveaway
April 9, 2018
written by Louis Sacran
In the midst of pain and anguish, we must answer some predictable, yet weighty questions. Where is God? What is He doing? Is God mad at me, or is He punishing me?
These questions are all too real in the heart and mind of the sufferer as he or she seeks to make sense out of a difficult, painful situation. Our answers to these questions will often make us, or break us, in the midst of life’s storms.
In 1 Peter 1:5, Peter encourages those who are suffering that they are “kept by the power of God, through faith.” The Greek word for kept means to guard or protect. When we are enduring intense suffering, it is common to wonder if we can endure the pain and anguish and remain mentally and emotionally intact on the other side.
Peter reassures us that by faith we have access to God’s protective power. Philippians 4:7 gets even more specific when Paul says, “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds.” This passage assumes our hearts and minds are in need of protection. As we try to make sense out of life, we tend to do that through how we feel (heart) and how we think (mind).
So, how will God guard your heart and mind? Through believing the truth about God and how He relates to His children. Consider these five realities about God. Use them to help answer the questions we asked in the opening paragraph.
- Isaiah 43:1-3 – I am with you.
- Hebrews 13:5 – I will never leave you.
- Romans 8:31 – I am for you.
- Psalm 23:6 – My goodness and mercy are pursuing you.
- Lamentations 3:22-23 – My mercies and compassions never fail; they are new every day.
Would you like our prayer team to pray for you? Please contact us.
April 3, 2018
written by Sandi, Family Care Coordinator, Spreading Sunshine
Spreading Sunshine recently partnered with The Victory Project to spread love and kindness to children facing medical challenges. The Victory Project is an after school program for at-risk teenage boys. The project gives them a safe place to go after school for fun, tutoring, chores (yes, chores), dinner, Bible study and service projects.
One of our wonderful Sunshine Volunteers, Laura, organized two hands-on projects for these young men. They created coloring tins and tic-tac-toe game tins, which will be included in our future Sunshine Boxes. It was a delight seeing these young men work diligently and lovingly, wanting to make the tins perfect for the children receiving them. There is hope for the next generation y’all!
We are grateful to these young men for letting their Light SHINE and we hope to work with them in the future! Also, a big thank you to our donors who help make projects like this possible!
Do you have a group that would like to spread love and kindness to the families we serve? We need your help! Please fill out the form below and someone from our team will contact you.