Showing Grace When Life Is Hard

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 22, 2013
  • Samuel's Posts

Samuel looking seriousToday I want to tell you what it is like when people don't believe you are smart. Having autism is fiercely difficult! Oftentimes, my face looks blank which can be confusing to others. Inside I might feel happy, sad, mad, interested or even laughing. Sometimes I can tell people think I am empty because my face looks flat. I told my Mom once that, "My face betrays me." Do you know that betray means to do something that a person does not agree with or want? My face is not able to show how I really feel or how I think. It is a trial for sure, but now that I can communicate it is so nice to be able to express what is going on inside of me. It hurts when people treat me like I am five years old and sometimes give me “high-fives” when it is not appropriate. After all, I am a teenager now! I ask the Lord to help me to forgive and to show grace. He can help you forgive others when they hurt you too, so ask Him to help you!


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I pray for you. I have a 12 year old asperger granddaughter and don't know WHAT to do, but PRAY. Such an honour.
  • March 10, 2014
  • 12:53 p.m.
  • Bea
I just happened to see this post through my daughter's facebook. Her son, my grandson, is on the autism spectrum and is non-verbal. We know he's smart, but he is like Sam - you cannot tell what he is thinking or feeling on the inside. Thank you for sharing this! It gives me hope that my grandson will be able to communicate, too, so we know what he's thinking or feeling. He is only seven and we're still trying to figure out the best way for him to learn to communicate with us. We treat him with dignity and respect and always assume he understands every word he says. I cannot WAIT for the day when he can communicate back.
  • Dec. 11, 2013
  • 8:36 a.m.
  • Marie
Blessed by your honesty. Thankful too that you point toward the only hope for help we have in our trials. Praying for you and with you as you share God's story through your life experiences. Tami R.
  • Dec. 8, 2013
  • 7:58 a.m.
  • Tami
Amen!! I enjoyed reading your blog. It was wonderful. Yes I can relate to what you have shared and I do not have Autism. Believe you me....I can relate to every word that you have shared. I to have to ask the LORD to help me to forgive and show grace as well for those who hurts me as well. I have to ask him to help me to forgive others. It's not easy...but Jesus never said it would be. God Bless you and I enjoyed the read. Keep expressing yourself...I know that there are many out here as well that can relate..and be encourage as well. Happy Thanksgiving!!
  • Nov. 27, 2013
  • 10:39 a.m.
  • Betty
Dear Samuel, Rejoicing and so thankful for Gods goodness and mercy. Praying for you as you press on in Christ! Love in Christ, Mrs. N.
  • Nov. 26, 2013
  • 10:15 a.m.
  • Mrs. N.
Thank you again, Samuel. Besides helping people understand, you remind us all you be as cheerful as possible--and to give grace to those who might easily be misjudged. I thank the Lord for you, my brother! Pastor Hale
  • Nov. 25, 2013
  • 9:45 a.m.
  • Errol
Samuel, You are an amazing gift to me. Your face does betray you because most of the time you are care free and loving toward others. Not judging like us "verbal communicators". I know God is using you and will use you greatly in the future. I love you son. Pop
  • Nov. 25, 2013
  • 9:30 a.m.
  • Duval
Well said IS what's inside our hearts that counts;so many choose to see only the outside and they loose the truth of what really is.
  • Nov. 25, 2013
  • 8:09 a.m.
  • Peg
Samuel, you are an amazing young man. Thank you for sharing your story, giving God the glory and helping our family understand autism better so that we can grow in our relationships with you. Our family loves you dearly.
  • Nov. 24, 2013
  • 9:01 a.m.
  • Pamela
Hi Sam! Today I have heard a lot good things that our dear and almighty God is doing. I wish to you all best and God bless you. Hi from my son Stefan. <3
  • Nov. 24, 2013
  • 6:16 a.m.
  • Lidija
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