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Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Gift Of Hope That Dwells Within Us

Many parents who come to me for help are at their wits’ end. They have exhausted all of their resources. Nothing they have tried works consistently for any length of time. These parents feel like they’re on a treadmill that takes them through crisis after crisis and things don’t get better.

This is a common story from parents who have adopted or take in foster children.

Parents of children with challenging behaviors don’t need judgments or criticism. They are exhausted mentally, emotionally, and physically. They need answers, support, and hope.

Using the Post Stress Model and my own experience as a Christian family counselor, I can help guide parents to those answers, support, and hope they are seeking.

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 hope. He gave us Jesus which is a gift that dwells 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, who is the source of hope within us.


Ken Thom, MS, LPC is a nationally recognized Christian counselor and writer. He is available for parent and individual coaching. Ken is a Post Institute Certified Family Regulatory Therapist, Certified Coach and Great Behavior Breakdown Instructor as well as a certified BCI parent trainer. Ken's book Christian Parent Wisdom is a daily scripture based medication book for parenting children with challenging behaviors. Contact Ken.