Have you ever thought for a random second or two that there is something really wrong with your child? Did a horrendous thought pop in your head about your child doing something that is beyond your scope to imagine? Maybe it was a word spoken, an action taken, a response you were not expecting.
Maybe your son or daughter made a comment about how much they hated the world and wanted to rid them. Maybe it was a slammed door that reverberated throughout the house by a trigger that set them off in anger and violence. How about the moment in which you see markings on your child from self-harm or written words on their body that made you wonder what they have gotten themselves into now. Continue reading
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
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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