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Kalyn and Adam

The candles are put away; the rented equipment is returned; the leftovers have even been eaten.  And now I am filled with memories of the launch of my first born baby girl.  She is now not only a daughter but also a wife.  Before her lies the greatest adventure imaginable:

Learning to join her every day with the man she is called beside.  I am so honored to have spent the last 23 years helping to prepare her for this big event.

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Kalyn and Lisa

In the last few days I have caught myself heading up to her room only to have stopped short when I realized she wouldn’t be there.  A tear was tempted to fill my eye but almost instantaneously, I was overcome with a big grin.  She has flown out of the nest victoriously!  And my God gets all the glory!

I remember the awful season of her youth when she was rebelling so hard against us that my mind could not even conceive of seeing her safely down the aisle.  She wanted whatever boy that we did not.  She wanted every choice that we said was dangerous.  And my mother’s heart was broken.  “Where was the little girl of my dreams?” I cried.  How could she be crushing not only her future but my own hopes as well?  Could she not see the foolishness of her ways?  Could she not trust that her parents only wanted the best for her?  Why did my teen parenting experience have to be such a nightmare?  What did I ever do to deserve this?

But I also remember the day she called with the incredible news.  God had touched her heart!   “Daddy, I don’t want to run away from you.  I want to be given away.  Can I come home?”  Our tears flowed like fountains.   Our prayers had been answered!  Our several year battle was won!

I received an email today from another bleeding mama.  Standing by helplessly waiting for her child to come to his senses.  Anguishing that he was too large to spank and too young to abandon.   Caught in a mother’s pain and waiting for the Father’s hope.

What do I have to say to my sisters (and brothers) locked up in teen madness?   DO NOT GIVE UP!

This God we serve hears your cries and He is working on your behalf!  How many times I was tempted to give up–or at least alter the vision.  I remember even thinking maybe I should just hope she will marry someone “nice.”  But my God was still working His plan!

Our children are like arrows in the hands of a warrior.  As they launch from our homes, He intends them to hit the target He designed and planned for their life.  My job is to stay in my place of authority and discipleship over their lives until His Kingdom plan comes.

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Kalyn and Doug

Saturday, Kalyn’s Daddy had the privilege of giving her away.  And now Kalyn and Adam are one.   Called together to take the gospel to the nations.  Equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit to establish a new home and a new lineage for Him.  His plans WERE UNSHAKABLE—even through sexual abuse, teenage rebellion, depression, and more.  I have a personal revelation of Isaiah 54:17 which says “No weapon formed against us shall prosper…”

Are you embroiled in battle for the heart and soul of your kids?  Are you standing with a friend or relative in battle? Have there been so many weapons formed against you that you are weary and wounded?   Hold on to God’s unchanging word that He watches over to perform.  He is faithful and He will bring you and your child through to the other side.  Listen for His battle plan and obey.  His plans are to give you and your child a future and a hope!

( I invite you to get a hold of the scripture prayer guide that God had me praying over Kalyn.  It was an amazing key to the successful launch last weekend!  And I am now praying it on behalf of my other kids today!  Go to kalynssecret.com to order your copy.)

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About frontlinemama

I am a mom who is passionate about equipping moms and parents to help their children through the challenging times we live in today.

8 responses »

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  3. Sarah says:

    Thank You! Glory 2 God! I will definitely check out the book and pass on your blog to others. I am realizing more and more each day that no matter what we are going through; God is near us when we call upon him. God Bless you and yours and keep doing a wonderful work for him!

    Sarah Idowu-Ristvedt

  4. Sarah says:

    Dear Lisa,
    I am a 29 year old newly wed soon to celebrate my 1 year anniversary. And after reading the blog I was reminded of my parents when I was a rebellious teen dabbling in drugs and alcohol. They like you had to call upon the name of the Lord and saw him answer in a mighty way. I am just Happy to see real parents of the Lord like mine who stand in the gap for there kids through thick and thin. Prayers from parents like u guys pave the way for us to live a real Godly life. Looking at Kaylyns wedding pics and reading your blog took me back to the way my mom felt on my wedding, not knowing that that day would come. I thank God for parents like you and mine that will not take no for an answer! Thats why Kaylyn and me and my brothers and sister are happy and Blessed in the Lord, and serving him 2day! Thank you for praying for your kids! God Bless!

    • Thank you so much for your inspiring response. God is so faithful! God has placed such a burden on my heart for families battling for their children’s futures! Are you familiar with our book Kalyn’s Secret in which Kalyn and I share our whole story? We are trying to get our book in as many parent’s hands as possible. You and Kalyn are proof that God CAN rescue our struggling kids. Could you pass our website info and blog on to anyone else it might help?? Blessings to you and your family. Lisa Cherry kalynssecret.com blog- frontlinemoms.com

  5. Kim says:

    While my children are far off from the teenage rebellion stage, I love reading about a mom’s passion for Jesus and raising her children. You and your family are a great example and I look forward to getting to know you better. :-)
    Kalyn looks beautiful in the pictures. I am sure she was even more striking in person.

  6. Dorene Bankester says:

    Dear Lisa,
    I can relate to your joy, as we have a very similar story. God in his mercy heard our cries and saw our tears. I rejoice with you in your happiness. Thank you so much for sharing your story and encouraging parents in the midst of the battle for the hearts and minds of their children!

    Blessings to you and yours!!

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