A Story of Hope for Parents in Pain

by | Apr 20, 2020 | hope

photo cred. April Yohe

When parents in pain center their attention on their problems, they lose their focus…and their hope.

When we’re consumed with fear and what-ifs, it’s an indicator we don’t trust God. Our faith has grown weak and needs strengthened.

My pastor also said we need to remember our God is a big God, bigger than any problem we’ll ever have–even COVID-19. We need not worry or fear. God’s got our whole lives in His hands. We can cast all our anxieties on Him, because He cares for us (I Peter 5:7).

If we really believe our Heavenly Father loves and cares for us, like Jesus told us He did in Matthew 6: 25-27, we can trust Him with our chld and the unknowns of these times.

If you can’t stop worrying or find any reason to hope, fill your mind with the Word of God by reading the Bible. These two verses encouraged me when I needed hope and peace of mind:

Tonight I will sleep securely on a bed of peace because I trust in You, You alone, O Eternal One, will keep me safe (Psalms 4:8  Voice).

Perhaps the reason he was separated from you a little while was that you might have him back forever– (Philemon 1:15  NIV).

A Hope-filled Story

Today I wanted to share a hope-filled story of recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). The young man being interviewed is Brendan McDonough, the sole survivor of the Yarnell Hill Fire where 19 of his fellow Granite Mountain Hotshots died in a fire. A movie was made about what happened. The film is called Only the Brave. I’ve seen it and it was well done. Brendan also wrote a book about what happened that day: My Lost Brothers.

Your child may not have an issue with drugs or alcohol, but I believe hearing these young men share their stories, how God helped them overcome and rebuild their lives will increase your hope for your son or daughter. I’m grateful for their honesty and willingness to tell what they’ve been through to help others.

You might pray about encouraging your child to listen to this podcast after you listen to it.

“There is hope and there is a God who wants to share it with you” Brendan McDonough. 

Nothing is too hard for Him.

Recommended resources

Thrive – Thrive! Family Support seeks to bring hope and restoration to the families of loved ones struggling with substance abuse or other destructive behaviors by providing resources, support, education, advocacy and healing connections with compassion, understanding and love. They provide information, assistance, and a broad array of resources to families. Whether your loved one is living at home or in the community, they are there to support your entire family. CALL NOW: (844) 349-2911

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