In the Know – Refuge When Raising Teens

Unfamiliar with my new surroundings, I lay my head down wondering where the sun will rise this morning. It will come; no doubt about that. It is just a matter of where for a weary traveler.

Then morning dawns, sure and true, popping out from behind the mountain. Burning away the fog as it slowly rises, the sun takes its place in the early sky.

Some nights as I lay my head to sleep, I contemplate my unfamiliar life situations. Surely as the dawn rises; God is there, though often I feel engrossed by the unsettling fog of worry, tiredness or discouragement. But just like the sun, His wisdom, presence and strength come to me as I seek His face. He is faithful.

“Please pray for me. I am so weary from raising my teen. I am not sure how much more I can take.” another mother expressed her pain with me last week.

I have been there my friend. Even more important, God the Father has been there, raising His children who often resemble rebellious and irresponsible teens.

He is here for us.

Psalm 9: 9 – 10 “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (NIV)

As I observed that foggy morning sky, something happened that I had never seen before. The fog rolled back in again; this time covering the sun. Yet as thick and dark as it was, the heavy mist could not shut out the powerful light nor the warmth that continued to burn on. Try as it may, the fog is no match for the sun.

The same is true in the lives of our children, my friend.

Our situation may be dark and heavy.

Their choices may be causing a turbulent storm.

But friend, this fog, this seasonal climate is no match for the powerful Son!

Be encouraged today! He drew you close to His heart. He knew what you needed to make you His own. He has the same wisdom for your own!

Have you found this encouraging? If so, please share with a friend! A little bit of hope goes a long way.



  1. Hope Varnedoe says:

    I cannot thank you enough for this post. It is just what I needed to hear.

  2. Thanks Lynn, My son, My son…I have been praying and praying. He tells me he no longer believes in God. Praying these verses over him!!

  3. KimA – I had a nephew who said the same thing to his mom. He is now sharing the gospel with everyone at work! God will do the drawing…we can trust that!

  4. Thank you so much for the wonderful post. I so needed to read this today. Raising two teenage girls is very trying in comparing to raising my oldest son. I keep praying that God will speak to their hearts and protect them. Thank you again Lynn!!!

  5. Thank you for your encouraging words this morning…they were written for me 🙂

  6. My facebook status last night said "Please pray for me. I have a teenager." Thank you for this post. What a blessing and encouragement.

  7. This is one of the hardest parts of being a mom. I have three teenage daughters. The influences at school are crazy. I am up all night sometimes praying at their doors that they will realize who God is. The middle child is the hardest – she runs away – yells at us – you name it. I just pray God holds me up.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thank you…I am on my 4th teen….and my (just out of teens) son is having struggles that break my heart…It is a long journey…thanks for the reminder of God's faithfulness…

    Praying for the LORD of the HARVEST to send out workers in the fields around our "children"….to cross their paths with Godly people…to direct their path, just as His Word says…

    God bless all you who are struggling along with me…God is on our side and on the side of our "children"!

  9. Amen! The 'fog' is no match for the Son! Oh, I needed this tonight! Thank you, sweet sister!

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