There is nothing more awarding than receiving a medal to honor your written work. For me, this was God-given. Six years ago, God gave me this vision to write a devotional for parents with teens and young adults in crisis. It was a devotional that would hit every emotion that a parent struggles with when confronted with a child in crisis. Never in my mind would I have believed that I would receive three extraordinary blessings – this award, the endorsement by Jim Daly of Focus on the Family, and now the book becoming digital and offered around the world. Thank you to all that have supported me in this journey. May God get the glory and may many parents be ministered to through Turning the Tide of Emotional Turbulence: Devotions for Parents with Teens and Young Adults in Crisis.
A time of thanksgiving and reflection is once again upon us. However, this year it comes with many challenges. Not only are we dealing with a national pandemic, but there is the added unresolved election, unemployment, and the school system in shambles.
If that weren’t the tip of the iceberg, you have a teen or young adult in crisis as well. How in the world can we lift up our heads during this holiday season and find the words to be thankful?
My youngest is still broken. She is still filled with hurt and pain and struggles every day with some serious issues. There are days that I wonder and ask God, “When will you heal her, when will I not have to worry anymore, when can I finally live a normal life?”
Well, here’s the kicker. Life will never be normal. Every day, I am thankful that she made it through another day. I am thankful that despite the many hardships and disappointments in life, I am thankful that my faith is not what it used to be – it is better!
For eight months I was out of work because of the covid. But praise God, even though it was difficult, I was able to spend time with my daughter and dive into her world a little more to try to understand the tremendous burdens she carries and what it will take for her get better.
I became more thankful FOR her problems because she educated me on how she lives every day in her mind. I would take what I learned and applied it to my knowledge bank so that I could guide and encourage her in a new way. I was and still am thankful for how God opened doors and brought individuals into our lives that specifically work in the areas of my daughter’s disabilities and struggles. God is good.
God never changes. Our circumstances change, our lives change, and God remains the same yesterday, today, and forever. So until now and Thanksgiving Day, find at lease one thing to be thankful for in your life and include your child into that time of Thanksgiving. I promise, your spirit will be filled with praise, thankfulness, and peace in the midst of any storm you are faced with. Thank you God for your goodness!
Those words echoed from my lips several years ago when we were at the pinnacle of crises with our daughter. Part of me wanted to complain and throw in the towel for the “whole being thankful” attitude during the month of November. After all, I was not in a place emotionally to celebrate with family and friends while my daughter was incarcerated.
While others around me talked about traveling, seeing family they haven’t seen in years, doing reunions with friends, and planning the big Thanksgiving dinner with shopping day after, I was lamenting how much I hated it. Seriously, what was there really to celebrate? Continue reading
Five years of God leading me to write a book, it has now come to fruition. My prayer for you dear parent, is that you will find hope and encouragement in this devotional as you journey through your emotional turbulent storms with your teen/young adult. To learn more of where to get this devotional – Turning the Tide of Emotional Turbulence: Devotions for Parents with Teens in Crisis