Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Thank you

Our daughter Hayley, came home to us on Sunday night. I am so thankful to God for protecting her and bringing her home safely. We are working on re-establishing boundaries. We enrolled her in another high school today for students who are at risk of dropping out. She may be able to graduate as early as August. The school also has a lot of resources available to students regarding college or other post graduation training that I hope she takes advantage of.

I know no one ever said being a parent would be easy. I will say I am simply exhausted. I am reading a book called "Moments for Families with Prodigals". (Thank you for the recommendation, Nan) It is a devotional that is filled with so much encouragement and hope. One of the first things I read that hit me right in the heart said "Stop mourning the child you thought you had (or thought they should be) and start loving the child you have." I don't have the book in front of me so I may not have the quote exactly correct. I immediately felt convicted. I am committing myself to loving Hayley right where she is at and continuing to pray specifically for her heart to soften and that she renews her relationship with Jesus.

I told her that she had an amazing group of prayer warriors praying for her safe return home. I know she doesn't appreciate that now, but hopefully someday she will realize just how mighty our God truly is and acknowledge the power of prayer. You have my deepest thanks for your prayers and encouraging words.

God bless you!


Carrie said...

I'm praising God for His faithfullness in keeping Hayley safe and bringing her home again. I'll continue praying that boundaries are established and adhered to, that Hayley adjusts well to her new school and takes advantage of all the opportunities afforded her, and that you will have peace in loving her as she is. Love you!

Sandy said...

"Stop mourning the child you thought you had (or thought they should be) and start loving the child you have." Those are some powerful words. Even now, with mine being 7 and "almost 9", I need to remember that statement. I wonder if God thinks that towards me too?

Polly said...

Praying for your sweet family!!

Nicole said...

Just always remember that God loves her even more than you do! You're such a great mom. Keep up the great work!

Andrew said...

I'll be praying for Hayley and the rest of the family!