Years ago I watched the movie called, “The Impossible”. It was based on the true story of a family engulfed in the waters of a large tsunami in Thailand. Confronted with unimaginable obstacles, the parents were desperate to find their children and each other. They would not give up no matter the cost. The physical, mental, and emotional waves of agony from their circumstances would cause any parent to be fearful, distressed and in crisis.
Today, there are waves of crisis pulling many parents under through their hurting teen. In the eyes of the parent, their problems look too big and impossible to change for the better. These types of crises vary from family to family: suicidal attempts, mental illness, drug overdose, self-harming, risky behaviors, running away, etc… Continue reading
I would like to promote Dena Yohe’s book, “You Are Not Alone” which will be released on July 19th, 2016. Dena and her husband have been blogging friends that I have come to know and respect for the last several years. We have often shared our posts with each other so that we could encourage our readers. Our missions are one of the same – to help parents with struggling children who are hurting and in crisis.
Dena understands this so well. Having a daughter who was suicidal, dealing with mental illness and addiction of self-harm among a plethora of other issues, Dena and her husband prayed for God to help their broken daughter. God heard those prayers and today their daughter, Renee, is a survivor.
Because of Renee’s past destructive life, her friends started a non-profit organization called, To Write Love On Her Arms. Renee’s life was also portrayed in last year’s 2015 Sony Pictures release by the same name.
To order You Are Not Alone, you can go Hope For Hurting Parents website and find the link on the right of their page to pre-order the book.
It is hard to believe that there are actually websites that encourage anorexia and bulimia. Sadly, it is true. The dangers of these websites influence these eating disorders by chat rooms, support groups, and resources on how to stay ultra thin. To learn more about this issue, click on the post.
What kind of family environment did you grow up in?
I grew up in a happy, stable home environment. The town I was raised in was small and quaint. While attending the Mennonite Brethren Church with my family, my brother and I also participated in VBS, Christian Summer Camp, Youth Group, etc.
What kind of relationship did you have with God?
I accepted Jesus into my heart at age seven. I believe I knew what it meant but didn’t understand the dynamics of it. Around age eleven or so, I had many questions about God such as, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
This really affected my relationship with my “church friends” as I was “rebelling” against Mennonite culture by asking so many questions. Although others mentored and cared for me, I was already fairly lost and angry with God. My relationship with God continued this way into my young adult years.
I believed in God and wanted to believe He was good, but I never felt He loved me. The enemy also reminded me of how much I was a failure and not good enough. I know of course today that I don’t need to earn God’s love because of His mercy and grace towards me. Continue reading
Exhausted. Weary. Stressed. How much more does this have to go on? How many more rounds does it take before my kid can finally be set free from this madness?
You’ve evaluated your options. You have done your research. You might even have great counsel. But in the end, there is still a battle within your teen that lingers on.
You know your stuff when it comes to programs and talking to the experts. You have so much knowledge that you could actually teach a class on the type of crisis your teen and other teens like yours are dealing with. However, you are still in the same place you were a month ago, 6 months ago, or even a year or more ago. Continue reading