I have debated and debated whether I would be specific about our trial we are going through. And I have decided that it would serve the purpose of allowing others to pray ,as well as, being transparent and allowing God to use this in our lives to "comfort others with the comfort we have received". The longer we are in this trial the more I am certain that there are many other adoptive families who experience this same thing without much notice after having a child for many years in the home; even after adopting from a very young age.
Our oldest son, "Hoss", is exhibiting a rebellion that stems from sin, deep rooted hurts and emotional pain. After a very speedy spiraling down, we have placed him in a Christian boys' ranch in another state.
Here are a few things we are praying for. We would love for you to join us in this endeavor. We are confident in what Christ is doing in this situation, though, it is the most painful thing we have ever and will ever experience. It slams pain in the soul that I never knew existed.
Please pray that Jesus Christ would:
-open "Hoss'" eyes to his sin and Christ's holiness.
-heal the pain in the lives of "Little Joe", "Inger" and "Marie".
-heal the pain in "Mr. and Mrs. Cartwright's" hearts.
-reveal to "Hoss" the amazing grace and peace that can come from Christ.
-break "Hoss" heart and then put it back together again.
-keep "Hoss" safe and healthy while away.
-bring an older mentor into "Hoss" life at the Ranch.
Please pray that "Hoss" would:
-give his life to Christ and fully surrender.
-accomplish his studies to the best of his ability.
-open up to a mentor while he is away.
-deal with his emotional pain and hurts.
-repent of his previous actions that have hurt his family.
-get down on his knees and cry out to God.
-truly realize Christ is the answer for all the hurt he is experiencing.
Thank you for lifting us up in prayer. The body of Christ is an amazing thing. We are Christ' hands and feet in action.