Christian Parents Handling Teens Gone Wild

You are absolutely positive that your kids have lost their minds. At this very moment, you’re thinking “Gosh! I know I did not raise my babies to act this way.” Yep, they’re going through that phase — that rebellious stage where kids throw everything their parents ever taught them out of the window. Technically, this should never happen for children who are believers, right? Ideally, a believer always strives to follow after the Word of the Lord — the very Word you have striven so diligently to instill in them throughout their childhood. Yet, none of us can escape the fallen nature of our humanity. Though salvation frees us from being enslaved by sin, it does not mean we all of a sudden gain the capacity to never sin again. At this point you may be thinking, “That’s all fine and dandy, but right now it’s not looking like my son or daughter will ever do RIGHT again.” Fear not concernedly disgruntled parent. God already has a plan of action in place. If you’re the God-fearing parent I know you are, all you have to do is sit back, trust the Lord, and watch Him work. This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 22:6 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:

6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Voila! Your problem is already solved. Though some take longer than others, if you have been raising your children in the Word, they will come back to their righteous senses. As we speak, God is convicting their hearts. Save yourself the agony of worrying. Continue to pray God’s divine protection for your children as they sow their wild oats. Our Heavenly Father honors His Word, so stand firm on it, and before you know it, you’ll have that good little boy or girl back.

Have a blessed day!


Click here to submit your prayer request. Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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