Tuesday, April 4, 2017

It's Not As simple As Just Reconnecting With Your Child... Or Is It?

""I'm Isaiah. Isaiah Russo," he said, wondering if maybe she had forgotten the name after all of the years that had gone by.
Hailey's face paled slightly. "Isaiah."
Apparently not. "Hello."
"Dominic's father." Hailey leaned against the wall next to the door. "You're Isaiah.""
Excerpt from No Longer Broken.

Everyone messes up. If you have made mistakes in regard to your child, by growing distant, or by abandoning them altogether, don't give up hope.

It's not as simple as just reconnecting with your child... or is it?

You can change the situation. You can love your child and make things right.

Sometimes the first step just needs to be taken in order for good things to occur. And sometimes the first step is easier than we make it out to be when we overthink things.

The journey might be hard, but you are strong enough to overcome the obstacles that get in your way. It will be worth it for you to push past them, so that you can get to know your child once again.

Don't let fear or pride get in your way.

God does not promise to make your life perfect here on earth, but he will help you if you let him. Allow him to lead you and guide you as you are thinking of reconnecting with your child. Draw close to God during this time, so that you will know just what to do and say.

Apologize to your child. Remember that they are the one who should have been able to depend on you through the years. Look out for them now. Be patient with them. Love them. Step back when you need to, but let them know that you are not going anywhere.

Prove to them that you are a changed person. Let them see God in you.

In No Longer Broken, Isaiah meets his son for the first time when the boy is a teenager. And he has to fight hard to prove to Dominic that he loves him and is always going to be there for him. He has to fight to find a place in his life.

Jack, Isaiah's brother, struggles as he reconnects with the children who had been taken away from him. And their father and Isaiah have a hard time as they get to know one another again. The reconnecting in this book is about all different people at different ages and stages in life. And we hope that it might inspire families to reconnect and love each other more.

You might not be able to fix all that has been broken. Real life is not as easy as fiction. But you just might be able to start fresh with a new relationship with your child. And if so, then that will be everything.

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

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