Yesterday was one of the most challenging days in the life of our teen and for us as parents. I want you to know WHY.
Last night as the evil one slowly crept into our living room and wanted to destroy each of us, he FAILED! I want you to know WHY!
Even what the enemy meant for evil, God used it for HIS good! I want you to know WHY!
Through the evening of peer pressure, hurtful words, the broken hearts, the grounding from the phone.. love remained! I want you to know WHY!!!
After an evening that interrupted our plans of fun, we were able to shed tears, snuggle, laugh, and get an amazing night of sleep and REST! I want you to know WHY!
The details of WHAT happened do not matter and do not need to be shared, BUT the reason and the results are so exciting that I couldn’t wait to share them this morning.
Friends, even during the MIDST of a teenage meltdown, CALL on the name of GOD to help you and HE WILL! GOD will engineer the circumstance that is going on in ways that are unimaginable and will give you LOVE to pour out even in the painful moments of life.
A wise woman, named Janice, told me years ago to “do what is right and leave the details to God”… I challenge you to try it! It is the answer and as I clung to God’s word last night, I did what was right and HE DID take care of the rest! I prayed for wisdom and for words…HE gave them to me… GOD brought Ephesians 4 to life as I realized it was time to put it into action quickly! I was able to teach precious Rachel what God says about forgiveness, about not letting the sun go down on our anger, about the power of words and how they can destroy. We talked about peer pressure and honoring our parents and choosing to live in GOD’s plan. My husband and I took what was evil and used it for the glory of GOD. Within an hour, the peace of GOD was flowing in our little family like never before. God used this time for Rachel to open up about even more things that are going on in her life. What a blessing to have gone to bed with a stronger bond than the 3 of us had ever had before. Actually, we need to include GOD in that number… the 4 of us!
This was our first big teenage conflict and it was scary! Rachel is our 17 year old angel and we just ended up having all of the life lessons at once with her. We were ALL able to witness God’s hand in the midst of the potentially bad situation. HE carried each of us, HE protected each of us, HE healed our hearts, and HE poured out his love lavishly!
One of my favorite moments came when Rachel, who is grounded from her phone for the weekend, said ” I really need a break from my phone and all of the drama, I don’t want it back.” While she may not know it, GOD has convicted her heart to REST and to pause on the things of this world. What an unexpected lesson for me to learn from Rachel!!!
Take a moment today and read Ephesians 4. I am involved in a very deep study of Ephesians that I know GOD used in my life for this very moment. He was equipping me in ways I didn’t even know!
This morning, I am filled with joy, I am grateful, and I witnessed miracles right in my own living room last night! I just wanted you to know WHY!
May you REST in doing what is right, and leaving the details to GOD!