Sometimes family life needs the kind of renovation that only God can manufacture. When our oldest daughter was in her early teen years we went through a season that you might liken to class 4 rapids. We tell the story in our book, Relentless Parenting: The Crucial Pursuit of your Teen’s Heart and this week we shared our experience with Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine on the radio program, Family Life Today. As parents, we were careful to share the part of the story that was ours. The rest, is Hailey’s to share. And… she’s been sharing it. If you need hope as you parent teenagers read her words.
“This is my first time ever to blog……
To start off my blog I thought that I should give you the opportunity to understand why I am a Christian and why I am so passionate about Jesus. My father is a pastor, because of this I think that people often assume that I have a perfect relationship with Christ and that I do not understand their struggles. I am sharing my testimony so that you know I am not perfect, I am a sinner in desperate need of Jesus…” (To read the rest of her story click here)
One thought on “Hailey’s Story… (and the crucial pursuit of your teen’s heart)”
Brian, I was so moved by Hailey’s story. I am honored to be at a church where authenticity is encouraged and the way you and Angela have unconditionally loved Hailey through her pain. It can be hard for a pastor and a pastor’s family to shed light on the imperfections that occur in the home and I am grateful for the courage your family has had in being vulnerable and real. We live in a broken world and we all desperately need Jesus. My husband was a missionary kid and I was raised by hippies. No matter where we are raised, trouble and temptations find us and we all desperately need the love and grace and healing power of Jesus. Thank you for your transparency. I am excited to see how God uses your stories for His glory and the edification of the saints. In Him,Angel Henning