Families stuck in their homes. Four walls. No personal room to breathe and dealing with a teen or young adult in crisis. Yikes! How in the world as a parent am I going to get through this?
Well, we can go under or rise above it. Today, I rise above it. How? First pray! You cannot successfully survive unless you put God and prayer first. That’s not a thought. This is imperative if you want to get through the coming days and weeks.
So let me get frank. I have a daughter with multiple issues. PTSD, CAPD, Anxiety, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Short Term Memory issues, and the list goes on. I have survived ten years with these problems. They were much worse than what they are now. In fact, suicidal ideology, sub-culture identity issues, self-harm, and a few others were added into that mix many years ago.
I am amazed in my tenacity and perseverance that kept me going when there were many times I struggled with the idea of giving up. I was tired, worn, frustrated, depressed, fearful, and filled with shame as a parent. Continue reading
Can you imagine a phone call that could change your life forever and shatter your dreams and hopes for your child? Can you imagine your world being rocked apart leaving you shocked, bewildered, numb, scared, and a plethora of other emotions that have you speechless?
Meet Shonda. She received one of those phone calls after her son Stephen was arrested. This wasn’t just a petty crime. This was much more serious. Murder. Continue reading
Oh that wonderful word – REBELLION. You beg and plead for your child to change their ways; Stop smoking! Stop drinking! Stop hanging out with the wrong kids! Stop getting into trouble with the law! Stop, Stop, STOP!!!
Kids live off of it and you want to do everything in your power to stop that rebellion. But the fact is, you can’t. I have cried my eyes over my daughter’s rebellious behavior to no avail. Some parents get desperate and find ways to discipline them into change. They remove their precious treasures like the phone, sports, and friends. They bribe them with money, games, trips, and so on. You name it, parents have tried it. Continue reading
It’s 3 am and I get a visitor slapping a paw on my head. It is our foster kitty Panini. Skinny, torn ears and a funny crouch, we found him in our yard and quickly rescued him. After a visit with the vet hospital, Sausage (his new nickname) had quite a few medical problems and we were thankful he made it this far being a stray.
During his vet visit, we uncovered quite a few ailments he was suffering from. Although his stature is quite thin and small, he is one tough cookie. Both of his ears were ripped and there was scarring in his right eye. He cannot crouch down normally to the floor like other cats do. The vet believes that he was either hit by a car or fell out of a tree. He has a pretty strong heart murmur too. Continue reading
May this New Year of 2020 be the beginning of healing broken hearts in my family. As I ask in prayer for restoration of my troubled child as well as for my own spirit, may we receive above and beyond rest and peace during our journey despite any chaos that comes our way.
As we seek Your guidance and wisdom, may Your Word penetrate our soul as well as our child who is wayward. As our child seeks the things of the world to heal their own heart, may You redirect them back to You and show them Your love, comfort, and freedom through Christ Jesus. In Him only, they will find release from their pain and hurt as well as be delivered from the chains that bind them.
When we search for answers through You, let the doors of opportunity and blessings be bestowed on our family. For You are our true answer for all of our needs. There is nothing outside of your realm or power that cannot meet us where we are at in this moment of time.
Let 2020 be the year in which our lives are changed, renewed, restored, and set free. Let us as parents be encouraged with a renewed hope, faith, strength, and victory as we travel the road of parenting a child in crisis. Amen!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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