It’s Mother’s Day! Flowers, candy, and a day off from cleaning and cooking. That is what many moms wish for. These are some of the things that a mother enjoys while the day is celebrated. Some families go all out. They give lavish retreats away from home, a day at the spa, or give praise through cards, phone calls, and social media to express their love for “Mom”.
However, being a “mom” of a teen in crisis brings about a very different kind of Mother’s Day. You see, teens who are hurting and struggling have moms who put themselves last on the list of receiving care. We also don’t always experience the benefits or rewards of adulation along with hugs and words of love and thankfulness. Continue reading
Have you ever asked God to intervene in your teen’s life at any cost? Have you ever been desperate enough to give God choices to remedy the crisis? When the answer came, were you prepared for how God handled it?
When I was in one of those situations, I prayed, by giving God two choices that I asked for thinking those requests would rectify the problem. However, when the answer came, it was what I had asked, but way more than what I had planned, wanted or could handle.
In fact, the answer that I received was heartbreaking, devastating, scary, painful, and wishing that I had never prayed the prayer that I did. I don’t think that I had ever cried so much or been so fearful of what was presented to me from that answer. 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.