By:  Misty

A beautiful baby girl.  I made up my mind no one would ever hurt my little girl but . . .

In 1989, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.  After seeing her, I made up my mind that I would never allow anyone to hurt her.  Little did I know, I would be the one to hurt her the most.

As she began to get curious and do things she should have been corrected for, I quickly found out her father's method and mine were different.  When she was very young, we would fight every time correction was needed.  His response was, 'If you don't do it now, you will be sorry later.'  Boy, was he right.  She quickly learned I was the 'sucker.'  If her father said or did something she didn't like, she would come crying to me, and it was on once again.  As her teen years approached, things really got bad.  She was hanging out with the wrong people, doing all the wrong things, and thought she was unstoppable.  Her mouth would run like a wildfire.  By this time, her dad was done.  He was tired of the fighting it caused between him and I.  He would always tell me, 'You wanted to handle her, now do it.'  I soon realized he wouldn't, and I couldn't.  I truly understand the saying, 'Words cut like a knife.'  She said and did things to me that were horrible.  When I tried to correct her, instant guilt set in and I would apologize.  Then I wondered why she acted the way she did.  It was a losing battle for me.  Either way  I went, I felt guilty.  Each year, things got worse and worse.  My heart would race every time I heard a cop car or the telephone would ring, for fear something else happened.  In 2005, she did something that could have sent her to jail for six years at the age of 17.  Not only was her life in danger, but the whole family's was.

I've been in church all my life and knew that God was bigger than this problem, but fear gripped my heart badly.  This was more than I could handle. I began to pray more than ever, and I know that God gave me strength and protection for my family.  I have a wonderful pastor and his wife who helped me get through things.  I have a wonderful boss who gave me words of encouragement every day.  I know God heard my plea because my daughter was never charged with anything, and my family stayed safe.  After that episode, she decided it was time to grow up.  She no longer hangs out with the same people, and she regrets her decisions.  She apologizes a lot for the things she said and did.  We are now working on repairing our relationship.  This does not come easy for me because Satan reminds me constantly of many things she said and did.  But God is much stronger, and through Him, we will make it.

Don't make the same mistake I did.  There is a scripture in the Bible that says, 'Spare the rod, spoil the child.'  Take this scripture to heart because it is the TRUTH.

If you are going through things with your child, God will help you also.  Just ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to be your Lord and Savior.  From that day forward, He will give you the strength you need.

Dear Reader - are you at peace with God?  If not, you can be.  Do you know what awaits you when you die?  You can have the assurance from God that heaven will be your home, if you would like to be certain.  Either Jesus Christ died for yours sins, or He didn't (He did!).  Are you prepared to stand before God on the Judgment Day and tell Him that you didn't need the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross to have your sins forgiven and get in right-standing with God?  We plead with you ... please don't make such a tragic mistake.

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