The financial challenge for a special child, Part 1By Randell Tiongson on September 2nd, 2009
My sister is about to publish her book about her experiences in raising my niece, a special child. With her permission, I have an excerpt of her book about financial challenges. In reality, she is the better ‘financial planner’… Read on!
THE FINANCIAL CHALLENGE
(Excerpts from the book, “Embracing God’s Purpose
for My Special Child” by Malu Tiongson-Ortiz)
When God gave us our special child, He knew that it
will entail a lot of medical expenses and personal sacrifices.
The Bible has 2,350 verses relating to money, for the Lord
knows that money matters. I believe God allows difficult
financial circumstances for us parents with special children
for three basic reasons:
1. To accomplish His Purpose for our lives and the
lives of our special child;
2. To develop and mold our character, that we may
become the parents we were meant to be; and
3. To discipline us and to build our faith.
God has promised to provide our needs but He wants
us to “Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness.” Note
that He adds, “and all these things shall be given to you as
well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow
will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of
its own,” Matthew 6:33–34.
When the Israelites lived in the desert for forty years,
they lived in tents and traveled by foot, but their clothes
and sandals did not wear out. God provided manna and
quail for them to eat. And God gave them clouds to protect
them from the heat of the sun and fire to keep them warm
in the cold night.
Jesus too fed the 5000 people with five small barley loaves
and two small fish, John 6:5–14. He also had compassion for
the people and did not want to send them away hungry.
With seven loaves of bread and a few fish, He fed 4000
people in another incident, Matthew 15:32–38. God takes
care of His people even in the midst of crisis. When we
sincerely trust and obey Him, we can be assured that His
provisions will come at the exact time we need them. He is
seldom early, but He is never late. God’s timing is perfect.
When I felt the need to give up my work for Clarissa, I
sought God’s wisdom from the leader of our family – my
husband. Claro advised me to close my store and be a stay-at-
home mom. He had grown up seeing his mom at home,
cooking and looking after all her six children. It was exactly
what Claro wanted me to do. And so I took a leap of faith
and gave up my business. I was sad but excited at the same
time for it meant that I would be spending more time with
my family. A few months after, my husband was promoted
at work and we also received some financial help from his
father. It was amazing! I realized that whatever income I
had lost, God had given back, channeling it through my
husband. My trust in God was growing. We sometimes speak
lightly of God’s timing, but He truly gives help at the exact
time when we need it.
There is hope. You can trust that the Lord will meet the
needs of your special child. Although to quit working because
of a special child may not be appropriate in your situation,
you can be assured that as you place your life in God’s
hands, He will put you right where He wants you to be.
Because I was a workaholic, He took me out of my business
in order for me to have order in my priorities. I realized that
my family should be at the top of my list, over my work. I
realized too that being a stay-at-home mom doesn’t mean I
will stop working. Since then, I’ve found ways to earn a
living and yet be at home with my children. I continued to
make bead jewelry and consigned these items to other stores
instead of running my own store. God is good. He gave me
the wisdom to manage my time and spend quality time with
… to be continued.