Have you ever felt numb and dead inside? Maybe it was an incident that left you shocked, bewildered, and speechless. Quite possibly, a situation arose with your teen or young adult that shattered your dreams for them. Perhaps your child requires so much of your energy, thinking, and emotions, you are left exhausted with nothing more to give. Maybe they caused you pain and your response was to just shutdown.
I have been there. Sometimes, I even visit there from time to time. I often wonder to myself why I was left with so many burdens to carry because of my child in crisis. From a teen to a young adult now, some of those crises enlarged or new ones evolved. Some of those struggles were self-inflicted while others were not.
Parenting is a lifetime of judgment. Let’s face it, there is no guidebook on parenting when you have a teen or young adult in crisis and we all make mistakes along the way. I can raise both hands on this and say I made aplenty.
I certainly was not as proactive as I could have been. However, I also did not understand mental illness or disorders either and most parents don’t in the beginning. I have come a long way since then and my failures and experiences are now the top key things I am very open about so that other parents don’t fall into the same trap as I did.
The New Year has begun and chaos is happening across our nation on top of chaos in a broken family’s home. Take heart my dear parent. God is STILL in control. Nothing is without His knowledge. He still reigns! He is sovereign! He is powerful! He has a plan, even for our family. He has NOT forsaken our nation and He has NOT forsaken our family. Take courage, be brave, hold on to your faith in Christ Jesus, the Healer of all hearts and giver of our salvation. Keep your eyes on the prize – Heaven bound. God will restore your family, in His time, and providence. Thank you Lord for Your faithfulness to us, especially during these critical times.
Jesus, the light of the world, the light of HOPE! As I scrolled through the many pictures of my friends who posted beautiful family photos, I couldn’t help wanting the same thing. But you see, my family is different. We have broken children who are hurting, struggling, and we as parents are hurting for them. Here is the hope – Jesus provides the answer and He has a healing power that will one day make them whole. While we wait, He sends peace to our weary hearts and even joy in between to give us the strength to keep going, keep trusting, and building our faith too. So rejoice! He knows your heart and your requests. Keep praying and focus your eyes on Jesus!
I was introduced to Alice many years ago. Funny, interesting, creative, and eventually a good friend, her heart was BIG and caring. She loved the Lord with her very being. Behind those wonderful characteristics however, she was raised with a dark past that no one would want to go through. Growing up, her life was filled with satanic ritual abuse that evolved into dissociative mental disorder.
Very few knew the details of her life. She was one of strength, courage, and more importantly, her dedication to Christ to whom she gave her life to. This was a decision she never regretted, as she often said, “Without God, I would be dead.” Alice was no longer a victim but a survivor in Christ Jesus. Courageously, her life showed what the power of God can do. This is her story.
If you are the parent of a teen or young adult with a mental illness, disorder, or abused and broken, this book is for you.