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Don’t Be Complacent

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God has shown his grace in so many ways these past two months. I honestly don’t know how I would have gotten myself or our family through if it was not for my faith in the grace God provides. 

Our family’s journey has given us a reality of how frustrating our medical system is, how fragile our children are, and how society is out to ruin our children. 

So, what am I referring to when I say this all again? 

My oldest son Josh is 16 years old and has struggled with mental illness for a few years. Rightfully so, with all of the medical traumas he has endured. With having EOE (Eosinophilic esophagitis it is a chronic disease of the esophagus), chronic migraines that can last for days, abdominal migraines, insomnia, asthma, allergies, has been healing from a traumatic brain injury, and still an undiagnosed GI issue that we are working to find. Top that all off with anxiety and depression and our society’s lovely agenda with our children. His mental illness is justified. Not that it has to be. Just saying it is. 

Well, these past two months have been what most would consider a parent’s worst dreams come true. It is what brings me today to tell you DON’T BE COMPLACENT, especially when it comes to your children. You really need to be on guard and making sure be checking in multiple times a day with your children to check how they are doing. You can simply ask them that, or you can be the amazing parent you already are and talk with them. Have a conversation that gets them talking. That helps you to gauge their well-being. 

These past two months have shown me more than ever before the importance of ensuring we, as parents, closely guard our children. One such way is by guarding their hearts, minds, and souls. Making sure as parents that our children understand values and beliefs that are truly surrounded by what God is asking of us. 
 
It is why we need to monitor what it is that we feed our children’s minds with. But this really starts with us. It starts with being intentional. Making the hard choices for the good of your children. 
 
The lessons we have been learning, the struggles we have been processing, and how God has shown up in so many ways have been the blessing that has helped us get through this struggle. 
 
 This is just one small piece of that chapter. I will continue telling you more in the days to weeks to come. 

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