If you’re a hurting parent who’s been deeply wounded by your son or daughter’s choices, behaviors and troubles you know how lonely this experience can be.
Do you see yourself here? Do any of these words describe where you’ve been or where you are right now? If so, then I have good news for you. Yes. good. And yes, for. you.
I want you to know about an opportunity to receive ongoing support and encouragement from a parent who’s been in your shoes – in each of those descriptions – who really understands. From who? From me. I’m the mom of a daughter (now 28) who’s struggled for over ten years with addictions, self-injury (cutting), brain disorders (mental illness) and suicidal tendencies. I know how hard it is to walk this path and keep your sanity.
You feel so alone. So misunderstood. So emotionally beat up. So worn out. So sad. So angry. So depleted.
Who can you talk to? Where do you turn for more help – not for your child. Just. for. you.
Not many of us have people to confide in who really get it, who are able to offer the words we need to hear. Some do. If that’s you, you are unique and very fortunate. But, if you’re like me, I needed more, especially during the dark days I drug myself through.
I hope I can be that voice for you.
I’ve come far. Today I’m not the same. I’ve been blessed to learn a lot from the losses. I now have peace with what I can’t control, strength when I’m weak, courage to let go, acceptance for the unknown future, and ever-deepening trust in a God who has met me every step of the way. And that is the source of the ongoing help I offer you. I wish I’d had this when I really needed it.
Out of my pain, I now write six emails a week to offer hope, encouragement, support and resources to parents like you. You can sign up to receive these free messages through our (my husband and mine) website: hopeforhurtingparents.com
Go to the homepage and Sign up from the Main Menu under “About Us.” Use the drop down box “Free Email Subscription.” OR use the “Contact Us” page. Follow the simple instructions. I only need your email address, not even your name if you’d rather not give it.
In my next post I’ll share a sample of a recent email.
These Bible verses have helped me many times. I hope as you read these holy words they will be like healing oil for your heart and soul:
“For I am poor and needy (in spirit), and my heart is wounded within me.
I fade away . . . I am shaken off . . . my knees give way . . .
help me, O Lord my God;
save me in accordance with your love.”
Heavenly Father, please direct many hurting parents who are alone and losing their health (emotional, physical and spiritual) over their child’s painful choices to see find this blog. You understand more than anyone else. You know what they need. You know their pain. If you want to use me and my writings to be a source of support and strength, then urge them to sign up for my emails. Encourage each parent reading this to know that they don’t have to be alone any more.
In Your Son’s Strong Name.