Through The Darkness for Parents




 Have you ever turned on the news only to  wish you  hadn’t? Or answered a  phone call only to  wish you  could un-hear  the  news on  the  other end? Whether it’s  a  global disaster,   a school shooting, our parents’ divorce, or the death of a friend, there’s nothing fun about tragedy. It can make us feel like we’re walking around in total darkness—where nothing seems quite right and there are more questions than answers.

What do we say? What do we do? What happens next? And, how long will it take before things go  back  to  normal?  At some point, we‘ll all find ourselves in or  around  a  tragedy,  but

being there doesn’t mean we have to stay there

. There’s    a way through the darkness to the other side, to  healing—  and we’ll get there by trusting the One who is leading us.


Family Prayer Guide


The old adage “The family that prays together stays together”, while repeated by many
pastors and authors, still holds true. One of the most powerful things you can do as a family with
your child or teen is pray with them.
When children are small, we teach them cute prayers to pray at bedtime, meals, and other
occasions. As our children get older and head into the tween and teen years, it is important for us as
parents to teach them how to personally and powerfully pray as independent followers of Christ.
This guide will follow the simple instructions that Christ used to teach his followers how to pray
powerful, personal, and passionate prayers.


A Conversation about Bullying

Having conversations with children about difficult topics or during difficult situations is not easy for parents. Often we don’t know what to say or even how to say the things we want to say.

Below  is a “parenting script” of a conversation on one of these tough topics, “bullying”. This is simply a helpful example to use in order to see how a conversation might go to empower you to have your own conversation with your child.

Parent Cheat Sheet: Dealing with Fears

Often, there are very common and normal fears children face as they develop.  Parents can deal with these common fears before they become something more serious.  Christian parents have the opportunity to turn to God’s word to help them deal with the common levels of these negative emotions in their child’s life. Here is a quick helpful resource to consider and pray over,as you deal with the 4 Kinds of “Fears” and 4 stages of “Fears” that your children may face.


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