You love Christmas. You sing and reminisce through the songs, enjoy the smell of baked goodies in the oven and having a hot drink. You are snuggled in your comfy chair, relaxed for the movie of White Christmas. You look over at the decorated Christmas tree and presents all prepared under the tree. Time to close your eyes and giggle over the funny stories and memories of Christmas past. Nope, there are no broken family members in your household.
The problem is, it’s all in your head. Continue reading
Those words echoed from my lips several years ago when we were at the pinnacle of crises with our daughter. Part of me wanted to complain and throw in the towel for the “whole being thankful” attitude during the month of November. After all, I was not in a place emotionally to celebrate with family and friends while my daughter was incarcerated.
While others around me talked about traveling, seeing family they haven’t seen in years, doing reunions with friends, and planning the big Thanksgiving dinner with shopping day after, I was lamenting how much I hated it. Seriously, what was there really to celebrate? Continue reading
As many know, I just published a devotional for parents with teens in crisis. One of the thoughts of those reading my book was, “I guess her kids are doing great and out of their problems.”
Just need to say this… The answer to that is “No!” They are still struggling and dealing with a lot of issues. Some are extremely serious and other problems will need more time to heal.
The point is this…the issues I faced in the past are very different in how I face them today. Why? Throughout the years while my children were hurting and in pain, I was a parent who was broken too. I carried guilt, shame, discouragement, hopelessness, and many other emotions too heavy for a parent to be burdened with. I also struggled with chronic depression and was not in a healthy place. Continue reading
Five years of God leading me to write a book, it has now come to fruition. My prayer for you dear parent, is that you will find hope and encouragement in this devotional as you journey through your emotional turbulent storms with your teen/young adult. To learn more of where to get this devotional – Turning the Tide of Emotional Turbulence: Devotions for Parents with Teens in Crisis