Battling with a Rebellious Prodigal Child

  We often hear of the story of the Prodigal son who rebelled and left his father to seek out his own independence with drinking, sex, gambling, and living the high life.   Today, parents have prodigals who live in the home too. Take the case of one mom whose young adult son refuses to acknowledge…

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My Life In Pieces – Healing for the Abused and Broken

  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…

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The Monster That Lives Within

Have you ever thought for a random second or two that there is something really wrong with your child?  Did a horrendous thought pop in your head about your child doing something that is beyond your scope to imagine?  Maybe it was a word spoken, an action taken, a response you were not expecting.  Maybe…

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Mourning Over Your Child in Crisis

During my years of being a parent of a teen and young adult in crisis, I have delved many times into the world of great mourning. Mourning can mean many different things to parents.  It can be an extreme loss such as the death of a child through addiction. It could be through the painful…

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COVID-19 and the Family in Crisis 

  When a police officer was asked how many robberies he had responded to since the Coronavirus impacted our country, the answer was quite revealing.   He only had to say a few words – “No robberies, family violence is what we are dealing with now.”  Police stations across the country are seeing an increase of…

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Appeal to the Courtroom of Heaven – Shonda’s Story

  Can you imagine a phone call that could change your life forever and shatter your dreams and hopes for your child? Can you imagine your world being rocked apart leaving you shocked, bewildered, numb, scared, and a plethora of other emotions that have you speechless? Meet Shonda.  She received one of those phone calls…

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Panini’s Lesson On Praying

  It’s 3 am and I get a visitor slapping a paw on my head.  It is our foster kitty Panini. Skinny, torn ears and a funny crouch, we found him in our yard and quickly rescued him.  After a visit with the vet hospital, Sausage (his new nickname) had quite a few medical problems…

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Truth Is Your Weapon

  You have found cocaine in your son’s drawers as you put his clothes away.  You’re devastated. You caught your child in the act of self-harming after promises of quitting. You are saddened. Your teen has “come out” as bi-sexual and you wonder where you went wrong. You’re guilt-ridden after finding out your daughter was…

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Finding Hope This Holiday Season

With one last decoration piece to go, my Christmas tree of bountiful ornaments would be embellished in beauty.  As I grabbed the heavily tarnished nail ornament in my hand, I stopped and gazed upon it silently in thought. Previous Christmas’ were not happy ones for me. Shadowed by multiple crises with a hurting child, I…

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