How to Keep Your Faith Tank Filled for the New Year

How to Keep Your Faith Tank Filled for the New Year - Anchor Of Promise

 

I don’t know about you, but 2018 was NOT a good year for me and I am not alone.  Many are the ups and downs of having a teen or young adult in crisis.

This past year brought for me a child whose anxiety was higher than years in the past coupled with PTSD.  Depression and low self-esteem thoughts came next with multiple days of sleeplessness and frustration. Then there are the relationship complications with other children and before you know it, more obstacles come and you find yourself with not one dilemma but a quandary of them.

You try to guide your child through it, but some days you just want to throw your hands up in the air and say, “I’m done!”  To make matters more difficult, you have your own problems to deal with. A broken dishwasher, a broken microwave, a broken tooth, bills piling up, a spouse with health issues, a sick animal, car headaches, and the list just goes on and on.  

How can you stay hopeful when your tank of faith gets drained at every turn?  One source for me is the Word of God. In fact, it is the ONLY source that I need to go to and the only one which fills me for what I need every day.  I cannot continue on this parenting journey if my tank of faith and hope is empty and I have nothing to fill it.

So with that, I must be refilled every morning – with encouragement, hope, strength, joy, peace, and most of all faith, which is what carries me from day to day. Last year, I lost my vision of direction amongst the problems I was faced with.  They were mountains in which I could not see over or pass through. The main reason, I was too focused on them instead of the Lord who is our mountain mover.

This year, I am changing how I deal with our crises.  They will be head on with God as my armor. Here are some of the New Year resolutions on my list that I plan to keep, how about you? 

 

  1. Finish reading the entire book of the Bible.
  2. Highlight encouraging scriptures and place them in strategic places that will grab my attention and renew in my mind.
  3. Make a “Worry” box to write down my concerns, pray over them, put them in my box as a way to let God know I am giving them to Him to worry about and take care of instead of me.
  4. Strive to remind myself something positive each day instead of something negative.
  5. Read one book that is encouraging for parents – a devotional, a biography of an overcomer, etc…
  6. Reach out – meet with friends more often, connect with other hurting moms and pray together.
  7. Take care of myself – I bought a Fitbit to monitor my health and wellbeing.  
  8. Pray for someone else who is hurting.  Be their prayer support. Praying for others is another way to be blessed through your own circumstances and another avenue to build your faith.
  9. Find more mentors for your child to help them grow and heal so that the burden does not rely so heavily on you as parent.
  10. Pray, pray, pray, pray, and never stop praying.

 

Today, as the New Year has started, be encouraged.  Be hopeful! Be build up in your faith. God has it.  He is waiting for you to take hold of it. He continues to be our burden bearer. He never intended us to do it alone.  

So fill up your tank today! Happy New Year!

𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓬𝔂 𝓛𝓮𝓮

 

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40:30-31

 

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

 

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”  Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5

 

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I Have Not Forgotten You

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As many of you know, I have not been as active as I would have liked on my blog. There have been many excuses, mainly one, that has kept me from keeping up to date with blog posts.  

The biggest reason is the publication of my first book, Turn the Tide of Emotional Turbulence: Devotions for Parents with Teens in Crisis.  A long time coming, I am finally seeing the light of it being put to print. Book launch will be early spring 2019.

The devotions in this book relate to my emotional rollercoaster ride as a parent when my daughter was going through many crises.  For many parents, crises have focused on one or two issues such as a disorder, addiction, a mental illness, and so forth. For our family, mainly our daughter, there were too many issues to even count over a period of 15 years.  

Yes, I had a lot of emotional turbulence which kept me quite alone.  The good news though, is that each year, more resources, support, and one on one help is now available.  However, it doesn’t always take away the feeling of being alone when you are going through your tsunami storms of life.  

For me, I felt battered by every wave that hit us.  If I am feeling this way, I’m sure other parents are too.  Those thoughts persuaded me (along with others) to start journaling.  I had no idea my journaling would turn into writing a book about it.

With lots of prayer, encouragement, and guidance from great authors, agents, publishers, family, and friends, the book was born.  

Thank you for being so patient with me in not receiving weekly posts.  I will definitely change that in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please pray for the finishing edits and touches on the book.  This book was written for you.

 

Happy Autumn Blessings!

Stacy Lee

 

 

 

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Seasons of Change

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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

Holiday Merry or Holiday Misery?

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Parents who struggle with a teen in crisis find it extremely overwhelming to get through the holidays.  Although Thanksgiving has passed, another holiday is around the corner – Christmas.

While every other parent around you is singing in holiday cheer, you are thinking about how you can just get through the day.  While your co-worker or friend talks about how excited they are that their child is coming home for a holiday visit, you are thinking more about how to help your child in crisis.  Maybe you are faced with a child who needs to get into a detox program.  Maybe you need to figure out how to get your child to eat that holiday dinner when they struggle with an eating disorder.

And let us not forget those parents who have teens who have suicidal tendencies or mental health issues and are not into celebrating any holiday. Continue reading