The things we go through don’t always make sense. In the midst of our pain, it is hard to step back and ask what the purpose of it might be. Rest assured of the fact that when you are going through something difficult, God’s plan and God’s desire is to help you to grow stronger and wiser through that pain. It might not be easier to go through, but it is comforting, even in the throws of pain, to know that there is something good that can come out it.
Is your family different? Have your parents divorced? Have you done things that you are ashamed of? Did your mom leave when you were young? Did you ever know your Dad? Whatever the environment you are in, or come from, looks like, it doesn’t have to define who you are! It may explain certain things about you, but you don’t have to let it define you! Like the beautiful flower springing up from the dry cracked ground around it, you are capable of being so much more than your past. Do not lose hope! Finally, no matter where life has you, it’s important to remember that there is a brighter future out there no matter how dark things might seem.
Sometimes the pressure and pain of life can make it seem almost unbearable. In those moments, many children, teens and young adults find themselves contemplating suicide. Many actually get to such a point of despair that they attempt suicide, and tragically way too many every year actually do take their own lives. Now, there is help! This booklet from The Hope Line titled Understanding Suicide is designed for those working with kids who may be contemplating suicide.
It includes sections on:
- Myths & Truths
- Risk Factors
- The Most Common Methods of Suicide
- Teen Suicide Warning Signs
- How to Help a Suicidal Person
- A Portrait in Words
- When Support is available
If you know a hurting young person, this booklet will be a valuable resource! CLICK HERE to download a free copy of Understanding Suicide from The Hope Line!
My mother died days after I turned six years old. For six years, my father raised myself and my three brothers by himself to fulfill a promise he had made to my mother. When I was twelve, my father remarried and we plunged head first into the world of step families. At the time, it all seemed so very normal to me at the same time all the while knowing that my family was different. There were some struggles and some hard times, but that’s family. That’s my story. We all have a story, and for those of us who did not grow up in “traditional families” often have stories marked by loss, pain and longing for something we felt like we should have had.
Do you fit into any of the following categories as a kid?
- Growing up or grew up without a father?
- Growing up or grew up without a mother?
- Live or lived in single-parent home?
- Live or lived in a step-family?
- Live or lived with unmarried cohabiting parent?
- Have gay parents?
- Have step or half siblings?
- Live or lived with your grandparents?
- Live or lived with an aunt, uncle or other relative?
- Live or lived with a friends’ family?
- Growing up or grew up in foster care?
- Growing up or grew up in some other environment other than with your natural married parents?
If so, we want to hear your story and give you the opportunity to get your story out there. Please comment on this article below and share with others. Together, let’s share our stories (the good, the bad and the ugly) to help others in the same situation.
No matter where this holiday may find you this year, and no matter what emotional state this holiday finds you in, at Hope 4 Hurting Kids, we want you to know that you are loved and to wish you a very Merry Christmas from Hope 4 Hurting Kids!
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”Continue reading