Help for Families with Wayward Children

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What do you do when your child rebels against everything you have taught them? They start to disrespect themselves and disrespect you? How do you maintain your ground in seeing them through this phase?

Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist Dr. Gloria Morrow Says, “If the child is a minor get that child into counseling immediately along with the mother and father and get to the bottom of why the child is acting out. If that child is an adult it is important to set proper boundaries and do it in love. You may have to remove the child from your home, take car keys or whatever it takes, but do it in love.”

We all know that prayer changes things but I believe that if you maintain your cool you get them through this process quicker. Don’t respond to your child out of anger even if they disrespect you because you may say or do something that you regret; giving in to prolonging your child’s deliverance. I also believe that showing love to and respecting their friends, even if these are the friends who are accomplices to holding your child in bondage, the love you have for them exemplifies Christ. Lastly remember the covenant you have with God covers your seed. I have scriptures below to help you through this season. What God’s Word Declares Stands…

Nehemiah 4

The Message (MSG)

13-14 So I stationed armed guards at the most vulnerable places of the wall and assigned people by families with their swords, lances, and bows. After looking things over I stood up and spoke to the nobles, officials, and everyone else: “Don’t be afraid of them. Put your minds on the Master, great and awesome, and then fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”

(Proverbs 22:6 NIV) Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

(Psalms 103:17 NIV) But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children–

(Psalms 112:1-2 NIV) Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands. {2} His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.

(Proverbs 20:7 NIV) The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
(Isaiah 49:25 NIV) But this is what the LORD says: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.

(Isaiah 54:13-14 NIV) All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children’s peace. {14} In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you.

(Isaiah 65:22-24 NIV) No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the works of their hands. {23} They will not toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them. {24} Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

(Jeremiah 30:20-22 NIV) Their children will be as in days of old, and their community will be established before me; I will punish all who oppress them. {21} Their leader will be one of their own; their ruler will arise from among them. I will bring him near and he will come close to me, for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?’ declares the LORD. {22} “‘So you will be my people, and I will be your God.'”

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