Battles with Your Teens??? Think of Your Grandbabies and Don’t Give Up!

Lisa Cherry —  August 22, 2013

Lilly Ryan Kyla praying IMG_1304By Lisa Cherry

In 29 years of parenting experience, I know what it means to be tempted to give up.

Sometimes when we work and work to instill the ways of Christ in our kids and we keep suffering setbacks, we might be tempted to give up...or give in....or compromise our own beliefs or standards.

But before you do, I encourage you look carefully at the picture at the top of this post.

Grand kids.

On the other side of your parenting work...(or lack of work) ..will be your own grandbabies!!!

How is that for a sobering reality check?

When my son in law Adam sent me this picture, I gasped to myself.

Do you know how grateful I am to the Lord that we did not give up when we nearly lost our daughter Kalyn to a messy teen disaster of rebellion and pain?

Do you know how glad I am that we weathered some dandy criticism of our parenting of Nathan, our first born, by those who thought our Christian standards were too "difficult?"

Do you know how thankful I am that even today when my house full of teens demanded so much of my leadership attention that I was tempted to get weary in well doing and give in...but I didn't?

Why? Because the baton pass to the next generation is what it is all about!!

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So maybe you are many years away from a cute little table circled with all your grandbabies praying, but believe me, the day will be here sooner than you can even believe!

And you will never regret that you took the effort and priority to disciple their mama or daddy in the things of the Lord.

I promise!   :)

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Have you got a messy teen disaster in your home too?  It may be a spiritual attack. 

I'll tell you how we fought back in my book, Unmask the Predators.












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  • Holly Solomon Barrett

    Great words of wisdom. As a single mom, I was often tempted to give up, but now seeing my children grown and fully self-supporting, leading lives of meaning and was worth every ounce of energy expended when they were growing up. And of course, the two (so far!) beautiful grandbabies are just icing on the cake!!

    • Lisa Cherry

      Thanks for stopping by. I'm so glad you did not give up!

  • Hazel Moon

    Thank you for sharing your lovely story here at "Tell Me a Story." The photo of your grandchildren is precious. Learning to pray. I can remember my daughter telling me, BUT the Pastor's daughter gets to do this. My reply was, YOU are my daughter and you will not do this. Hang in there mothers and grandmothers. You are the keeper and the example for your children

    • Lisa Cherry

      Hi Hazel,

      Great to hear from you! Thanks for your encouraging words.

  • Lisa Cherry

    You are right, He was not surprised. Thanks for you comment.

  • Lisa Cherry

    Hello Mel,
    It was so nice of you to comment. I just linked up to Essential Fridays. thanks.