Four Things God does for Parents in Pain

When my daughter’s choices and behaviors were breaking my heart there was nothing I could do to stop her. I was powerless to change her.  As hope9hard as I tried, I couldn’t make her stop drinking or abusing drugs, cutting herself, or accept help for her mental health problems. I felt crazy at times. It was insanity – devastating.

The day finally came when I had to admit I was powerless. Everywhere I turned was brokenness – in my own heart as well as hers. I couldn’t fix either of us. In desperation I  reached out to a power greater than myself. For me, this power was God. By turning to him I discovered  four wonderful things he could do for me if I would humble myself and admit I needed his help. I believe he can help you, too.

– Provide help when we’re in despair.

– Support us with his unfailing love when we’re weak.

– Comfort and console us when we’re anxious.

– Give us joy from  his comfort.

Help. Love. Comfort. Joy. Exactly what we need.

The Bible talks about these four things:

When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolations brought me joy. (Psalm 94:18) NIV

Each of these have been given to me during my lowest times. All it took was humbly asking God for help, admitting my powerlessness. I’m speechless and moved to gratitude because of what he has done . He’ll do these things for all who come to him. Do you feel weak today?  Are you in despair? Anxious? In need of comfort? There is help for you in God.

Stop for a moment right now and thank him for all he’s done for you and wants to do. He really can help us with anything. Not sure? Reach out to him today and see what happens. I just have one word of warning. This is not a promise that our child will be okay, but we will.

Father, we admit our powerlessness to change our child, even to help ourselves. When we look at their lives we break into a million little pieces. We turn to you, lover of all souls. Thank you that you care and are able to help us. We come to you now for help, love, comfort and even joy.  We want this to be our experience. We are looking to you now. Come take our faces in your gentle hands and mend our broken hearts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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