Amid all the turmoil in the world there are always blessings each day. One of them has been the addition of my new granddaughter, Madilynn Grace Turner, born June 18. She brings a new awareness of all of God's goodness and blessings that he continues to lavish on us each day. It makes me so happy to see my son become a dad for the first time, and just days before Father's Day! Her middle name, Grace, depicts the unmerited love God has given to my family. You see, our family has overcome being imprisoned by addiction, broken relationships, and heartache. Our family has been restored, resurrected, mended, and strengthened through all the trials we have been through. God has raised us up and healed us all so that now we have the ability to be participants and witnesses to God's grace and mercy.
When I meet other mothers and fathers who have a child in addiction I immediately begin smiling. I light up as I begin to tell them of all God has done for our family and how He can do that for them as well. It doesn't always mean that he will bring their child out of addiction. Their child has to be willing to leave that behind. But, I tell them about how they can trust God to protect them until they decide to seek recovery. And if they don't ever seek recovery, how the parents can have peace and give total control to God to work in all their lives. It takes surrounding yourself with other Christians who understand the pain of having a wayward child. I know that pain to well. And I also know the glorious feeling of having your child return back to you, restored and healed! I thank God all the time for that miracle. Because that is exactly what it is....a miracle.
I remember a time not so long ago when I would have not even imagined having a relationship with my children, one of honesty and openness. It amazes me still when I see the deep love we all have and all the joys we share with each other. I especially love being a Mimi to all 6 of my grandchildren. My heart is so full and I feel so undeserving of such blessings which makes God's Grace even sweeter. I hope you all get to experience a meaningful relationship with our Savior. And if you have a heartache from a wayward child, then I urge you to give it to God and let Him heal you. If you need to talk then please contact me! I would love to share with you how to swim in the storm. God Bless, Jennifer