Moms across this nation are faced with a family in crisis – mainly their teen or young adult. That crisis comes in the form of addiction, mental illness, suicidal tendencies, eating disorders, and many more problematic issues.
Along with those crises, are tsunami size emotions. Moms are especially hit hard with these emotions because it is part of a mother’s make-up of who we are as a woman. God specifically made us that way so that we could connect more intimately with those around us, such as our children.
When we think of “mother” we think of words such as – compassionate, loving, forgiving, kind, and selfless. However, when a mother is confronted with a child in crisis, those descriptions change to a mother who is sad, angry, hurt, worried, and stressed. Combine all of those descriptions and emotions and you have a mother whose is fighting a major battle for her child’s life.
That battle for that mother uses special tools – Counseling, therapy, reading of His Word and PRAYER! It is hard, and tough with a lot of sweat and tears and also some insanity. Continue reading
We have said goodbye to winter and hello to spring. With that, it has also brought seasons of change in my personal life as well.
During one of those seasons, I broke my toe, hurt a rib, and was congratulated for getting the flu. All at the same time! No fun.
If that weren’t enough, our house went up for sale. Can you imagine a hobbling sick woman trying to clean her house for visitors, coughing with an “ouch” at the end of each move? Continue reading
Last year I took the plunge and joined an online chat group that consisted of moms just like me. This wasn’t your normal chat group that most would think about.
In fact, we didn’t come to just chat, share stories, and make promises as if we were back in time like the sisterhood of the traveling pants. No, we came to do something bigger and more profound that would affect the lives of our family, especially our children. Continue reading
Every year, friends, family, and co-workers talk about their New Year’s resolutions. Some of the favorites are losing weight, go on a long awaited trip, spend less money, and even go back to school. When we are a parent with a child in crisis however, our goals fade and we lose ourselves in the chaos that surrounds us.
Most of the time when we set goals, they are too big or take too long and so our hope and desires for them to be fulfilled become diminished. We also lose site of those goals when we only make a list in our heads and never get it on the calendar. That is something I have often done with little success in reaching my goals.
Adding to that difficulty is when your focus is so much on the needs of your child in crisis that we often forget about the care of ourselves. This is another area in which I badly lost my way to reach those goals. This coming year, I chose to make ones that ARE reachable. These goals I pray, will bring my life less stress, give me more rest, and to encourage as well as comfort me when I am confronted with something difficult. So, here they are. Maybe you can add a couple onto your list of goals for 2018. Continue reading