A New Year’s Prayer for the Hurting Parent

  Dear God, May this New Year of 2020 be the beginning of healing broken hearts in my family.  As I ask in prayer for restoration of my troubled child as well as for my own spirit, may we receive above and beyond rest and peace during our journey despite any chaos that comes our…

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Christmas, the Most Beautiful and Painful Time of the Year

  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…

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There is Nothing to be Thankful for…Or is There? 

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…

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Sometimes Crises Continue but God is Still in Control

  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…

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PTSD – The War Within Our Teens

  PTSD was a vague term when I was growing up. Military men and women returning from war struggled to be a part of society due to the trauma they encountered.  You heard of stories told in which men and women (mostly men), struggled to get by with daily life. Years later, a diagnosis was…

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I Used To Hate Mother’s Day

  I used to hate Mother’s Day.  Did you hear that? “Used” to! I would see all of the mother’s surrounded by their smiling and laughing children of all ages giving honor to their mom.  These children would present signs, crafts, give gifts, and bestow beautiful words of love and respect onto their mother. Me?…

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Seasons

  In the past several months I have had to purge through life’s memories, pack tons of treasure troves, and prepare for a life change – moving from a large home to a small apartment.  Never had I realized the years of accumulation we had collected. For my husband, it was sixty years worth passed…

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How to Keep Your Faith Tank Filled for the New Year

  I don’t know about you, but 2018 was NOT a good year for me and I am not alone.  Many are the ups and downs of having a teen or young adult in crisis. This past year brought for me a child whose anxiety was higher than years in the past coupled with PTSD.…

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