Many of the parents who came to the parent camp in Wisconsin in November were first time participants. This usually means that they are exhausted all of their resources. Nothing they have tried works consistently for any length of time. These parents feel Ike they’re on a treadmill that takes them through crisis after crisis and things don’t get better. This is not at all a judgment or criticism. This is a common story from parents who have adopted or take in foster children. They are exhausted mentally, emotionally, and physically. I am encouraged to say the Bryan Post’s Stress Model gives parents hope because it works. Even when using these strategies, parenting children with challenging behaviors can be exhausting. This is when we need to use our spiritual resources. Philippians 4:19 says “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
God is the source of our supply. He gave us Jesus which is a gift that indwells in us. We do not have to depend on our own abilities or strength. All our needs are met through God’s endless supply. We can always depend on God. God pursued us. God is loyal and faithful even when we are not and don’t deserve it. The gift of Jesus gives us hope as our savior. We then look forward to the promise of mercy and grace that came from the resurrection and empty tomb. Be grateful this season for the gift of Jesus. Read about Jesus - the Gift of Relationship @ http://bit.ly/pBwc85. More to follow in next blog.