About a year and a half ago, my now 21-year-old daughter went through a very difficult crisis with her faith. She struggled to even hear God’s name escape from my lips. There was so much anger and pain boiling up inside her. I honestly thought she would never find her way back.
I wish I could say I consistently raised her within a church family and was a great example of a Christian woman as she grew up. Neither one of those things is true. I spent most of my life lost and confused about my own faith. It wasn’t until a few short years ago that I truly found my way to Christ.
We took her to various churches in her childhood but never allowed her an opportunity to lay down roots. When we finally committed to a church about 2 years ago, she was old enough to decide if she wanted to go or not. By that point, she was over it. Done. She went to services a couple of times to appease us then refused to ever go back.
In July of 2013, my husband and daughter went to Swaziland, Africa with our church to visit some of the kids we sponsor. Even through all her confusion about faith, her heart for orphans allowed her to go on this trip with my friends she had deemed “those church people.”
While she was there, several amazing things happened. I would love to share those but that is her story to tell. I hope to have her write it here one day because it was truly the beautiful and amazing work of God.
She came home with a renewed faith, one stronger than I had ever seen in her. I was blown away and so incredibly excited. She went back to church with us, and friends, let me tell you, Satan fought hard for her.
The timing was crazy. She had just moved out on her own and went through a terrible break-up. Both of these events definitely rattled her new found faith.
Unfortunately, she was also hurt by several people within our church. All of these things were too much on a freshly saved soul not fully trusting Christ yet.
I was devastated for her. My heart broke right beside hers as I watched her slip farther away. I honestly put her on every prayer list I could find. Anyone that would listen about my concern for my baby girl heard the whole background story and was asked to pray for her.
I remember my sweet friend and mentor, Donna, reminding me of Philippians 1:6:
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
She would try to calm me with the hope He would complete all the good work He began in my sweet, lost daughter. I wasn’t buying it.
But I continued to pray. And pray. AND PRAY…
I couldn’t give up on my little girl’s precious soul. A mother will fight to the end for their child and we must wholeheartedly never give up on our lost, struggling babies.
Here’s the amazing news…
It worked. My daughter is a different woman today than that sad, angry girl from just last year. She found a wonderful church family that is much better suited for her age group, personality, and current needs. At least 3 times a week, she is involved in some type of church function, even sharing her many gifts serving alongside them.
A few weeks ago, she told us she wants to go to Hillsong for a 2-year worship ministry degree. We are of course overjoyed about this. I will miss her dearly but to watch her blossom as a child and servant of God is breathtaking. Her incredible musical talent and heavenly singing voice will serve Him well.
I’m immensely blessed to receive texts like this these days showing devoted time in her Bible:
And these pictures she sent me after meeting the Christian bands Veridia and For King & Country (as opposed to the ones I found on Facebook a year ago of her crowd-surfing at the Warped tour — true story):
The moral of the story is this: Don’t ever give up. If you have a child going through a lost season, pray. Ask everyone you can to join you. There is phenomenal power in this amazing free gift from God called prayer. Let’s use it…
If there’s anything I can pray about with you today, please let me know.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ~Philippians 4:6