These are the truths I know I can depend on when I’m worn out. Truths that bring me comfort and peace. Truths that help me keep an eternal perspective on my problems.
If you are the parent of a son or daughter who has a problem with alcohol or drugs, an eating disorder, any self injuring behavior, sexual identity issues, a mental illness or brain disorder, or any other challenging problem, you know how very difficult it is.
I hope the rest of my list will uplift you and increase your faith as it has for me:
8) My pain has a purpose. I may not know what it is at the moment. (Ephesians 3:20; Romans 8:28)
9) God’s love for me is unfailing; nothing can ever separate me from it. (Psalm 107:8; Romans 8:39)
10) God cares about my pain. He weeps with me; he collects my tears.One day He himself will wipe them away. (Revelation 7:17)
11) God will give me the wisdom I need. He will lead and guide. (James 1:5)
12) My suffering is temporary; it won’t last forever, even though it feels like it will. (Psalm 30:5)
13) I can have peace, even in the midst of my trouble and heartache. (Philippians 4:7)
14) God is still good, no matter what the circumstances may be. (Psalm 27:13; 145:9)
15) I can have joy, even when I’m hurting and things are unresolved. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
I encourage you to make your list (feel free to borrow anything you want from mine) and write it on an index card or print it out. Put it some place where you can look at it often. We need constant reminders when things are hard and we see no changes. This can be such a long journey. It’s easy to wear out. These truths can sustain you and keep you going. Try it, read it often and see how it helps!