Single Moms with Teens in Crisis – Meet Lynn

  When we think of “parents with a teen in crisis” we immediately come to the conclusion that mom and dad are involved.  However, there are also thousands of single moms and dads who struggle as parents too.  One such parent is my friend Lynn.  I asked her to share with me some of the…

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I Want My Life Back!

  As I was decorating for the fall, I was reminded of the countless times in the past I was consumed by the many crises of my teen. Those crises preoccupied my life to the point that finding joy in a new season or celebrating a holiday became non-existent.   Having a teen or young…

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Grooming: Could Your Hurting Teen Be Another Elizabeth Thomas?

Every other day, I have been tracking the news story of Elizabeth Thomas, the young teen who was kidnapped by her teacher Tad Cummins from Tennessee. Parents across the country are shocked that this could have happened.  The term “grooming” is a word often used when an adult figure manipulates, deceives, and earns the trust…

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Have the Waves of Crisis Pulled You Under?

Years ago I watched the movie called, “The Impossible”.  It was based on the true story of a family engulfed in the waters of a large tsunami in Thailand.  Confronted with unimaginable obstacles, the parents were desperate to find their children and each other.  They would not give up no matter the cost.  The physical,…

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This is NOT What I Prayed For

  Have you ever asked God to intervene in your teen’s life at any cost?  Have you ever been desperate enough to give God choices to remedy the crisis?  When the answer came, were you prepared for how God handled it? When I was in one of those situations, I prayed, by giving God two…

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She Screamed As Loud As She Could

Going down the expressway, her screams became louder and more piercing.  She couldn’t stop.  She was beyond overwhelmed.  She could not put into words how she felt.  All she could do was scream.  One long scream after the other as she drove. “Jesus!” “Jesus!”  “Help my child Jesus!” Tears flowed down her face as she…

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When Other Parents Are Afraid of Your Teen

Your teen wants to hang out with her friend.  They have been best buds for years.  But your teen has been going through some very difficult problems.  So difficult, that it has caused concern by other parents. Before you know it, your teen’s social life has dwindled and parents are giving excuses why their teen…

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I Will Trust in You

It’s hard us parents to see the dreams we have for our teens fading away when they are in crisis and are not doing what we had hoped for.  We are in constant battle.  Either keeping them alive, moving forward, or finding healing, this is what we are aiming for. Sometimes we run into mountains…

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When It Rains It Pours

Sometimes it is hard to breathe…hard to think…hard to just keep going. Just when things seem like they are calming down, another crisis hits or more bad news comes. You can’t take this anymore. The downpour of problems coming one after another has you collapsing and crying out for relief. How much more God? This…

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Silence.

It’s been days, weeks, months, and for some of you…years. Still you wait. You wonder if God even hears you. You have prayed and prayed and now have come to a dreaded conclusion in your mind. You have started to doubt in God. You imagine God lowering His head to listen to every word of…

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