When a Parent needs Comfort

SunsetWhen you are in so much pain and your heart hurts until it feels like it will break, where do you turn? I turn to God and his word. This passage comforted me today:
“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me . . I will praise your name, O Lord, for it is good. For he has delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.” (Ps. 54:4,7)
If you are wondering where God is

A Hurting Parent’s Christmas Wish List

Christmas candles and cookiesAs the mom of a daughter who struggles with alcohol and drugs, anxiety and self harm, is bipolar, has been raped and suicidal numerous times, my wants during the holidays are few. If I could be a child again I’d  climb up onto Santa’s lap and have a very different kind of wish list this year.  Maybe you would, too. Material things mean nothing if one of our children is suffering. Their pain is our pain. We grieve over their losses. Our lives have been profoundly affected. We will never be the same.  What do you really want for Christmas hurting mom or dad?

My list is more like a prayer.

All I want for Christmas is:

1)  A “do over” for my daughter. To be able to turn the clock back and let her start over again;

How Can a Weary Parent Find Hope This Christmas?

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“… Into the middle of impossible messes — comes the Messiah who makes the miracles possible.”  (Ann Voskamp)

Does your child’s life look like an impossible mess? Are they so trapped in addictive behaviors and destructive relationships that it looks like there’s no way out?  Alcohol and drug addiction, an eating disorder, mental illness, a jail sentence, same-sex relationship, pornography, self-harm. Is all you see impossibilities –  in their life and in yours, too?

Find comfort in knowing