An Encouraging Word For Parents With Struggling Kids

Encouraging Word For Parents With Struggling Kids by Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.comDear mommies and daddies with struggling kids,

You love your children more than words can say. But they’re struggling, and you can’t fix them … and you’re hurting. Not hurting so much for yourself, but you hurt for them … because you love them.

Your tears stain your pillow at night. You wake up in the middle of the night praying for them. You fast and intercede for their breakthrough.

You wonder when, and how, and why, and why not yet.

But precious brother or sister, I felt like I was supposed to tell you today:

Daddy God HEARS your prayers. And His Word will NOT return to Him void.

Isaiah 55:10-11 says:

Start-quoteFor as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

You’ve been praying God’s promises in agreement with His Word. You’ve prayed:

  • For your children to be holy;
  • For them to make good choices;
  • For them to know how much God loves them;
  • For them to walk in everything God has for them.

You have prayed. You have depended on God, for only He can help. And today the Word of God says to you:

Start-quoteThus says the Lord: ‘Keep justice, and do righteousness, for My salvation is about to come, and My righteousness to be revealed.'”

Keep at it, precious friend. Keep praying. God always keeps His promises. His Word will NOT return to Him void:

Beloved, God is working in your children right now–this very moment. And you’re about to see the fruit of that.

You’re about to see the result of the work He has been doing all this time. You’re about to see the good thing He has been forming in your children all along during the times you saw little-to-no fruit on the outside. You’re about to see the work of the precious Holy Spirit–work that HE, and only He, can do.

God’s salvation is about to come, and God’s righteousness is going to be revealed IN YOUR CHILDREN.

So keep justice. Do righteousness. Keep believing. Keep standing on God’s Word …

… because Daddy God loves your children so much more than you ever could, and He will never give up on them. Never!

And because we have a Daddy God like that, our mommy-hearts and daddy-hearts can rest in His peace.

It is finished, beloved. Even if you don’t see it yet, GOD sees it; and He is more than confident in His ability to reveal His righteousness in your children.

So keep justice. Do righteousness. His salvation is about to come, and His righteousness to be revealed. You can trust Him. You can rest in Him … and let Him do what only He can do.

If this message was for you today, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.


  1. Candy Godwin says:

    I have adult children whom I am standing for in the battle against Satan and the chains of addiction, feelings of guilt over past mistakes, low self-esteem and all the lies that he loves to spew forth at them. I am being a prayer warrior for them and my household, praying and meditating on scripture. This was so encouraging to me, thank you for addressing it. Christian parents, I think, especially feel the guilt and questioning of what WE did wrong bringing them up-thank you for the reminder that God does love them even more than I do and he will not ever give up on them! I needed that word today.
    I read your blog daily and have gotten so much from the Lord because of it!
    Thank you,

  2. Thank you for this! I believe God is using you to speak to us mothers! Yes, it is true that as mothers we hurt more when we see our children hurting. This was very encouraging to me. It’s like you are talking to me personally. I have a 25 yr old daughter whom i have been praying for. Thank you and may our Daddy God continue to bless you with his wisdom so you can continue writing for us.

  3. Amen. Thank you for these words our Heavenly Father was definitely speaking to me through you I am in the same situation with my 21yr old son. Satan has strongholds on him. Living in the world of addiction, anger,depression, resentment, insecurities. But I do believe that our Daddy God will bestow his blessings on all of us.You described me perfectly in your letter. To the other mothers I feel your pain. I will keep you in my prayers. Like the scripture states where two or more Pray I am there.
    God bless you all and your children.
    Blessings Stacy

  4. Wow, Jamie, this is such an encouragment for me, I have been praying for my adult daughter who has a hardened heart. I am clinging to Isaiah 44: 3 – ” For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground; I will pour My spirit on your descendants, And my blessing upon your offspring;”
    I stand on His word!! I will keep praying! I thank you and especially thank my Father (Daddy) God! I am so blessed by your blog and ministry.

  5. This is the third time I have seen the phrase “His word will not return to Him void.” this week. God has really been trying to get that point across to me!! As we prepare for our move overseas, it is so hard not to feel guilty about the change in our 4 year old’s life it will make. I felt the Lord tell me He hasn’t forgotten him in all this and He led us as a family. Trustung everything He has led us to will come to pass because His word will not return to Him void!

    1. Thank you Jamie. In church the pastor said we need to do 3 things: Listen to God and it will agree with His word, study His word and pray. We need to not love the world, not let our wounds lead us into temptation, draw near to God and He will draw near to us. James 4 :1-10. In Spiritual Warfare we need to obey and work and will God’s will and worship. Resist the devil and he will flee. Thank you for the message that God is working for my young adult children to know Him. And for me to know Him better too.

  6. Thank you for this message, I have three children grown, then GOD blessed me with the care of two of my grand sons. GOD’S still working on my grown children and me also, seeing this message made me feel alot better;I’ll keep praying I can feel the LORD working on them I just wanted to say thank you GOD for loving my family & myself.

  7. Your website has been such a blessing to me! Keep up the good work! You are a conduit of God’s love and encouragement!
    Thank you for your obedience and your love for us. I appreciate you so much! This message really touched my heart and I KNOW He has my children in the palm of His hand and He is actively working in their lives! Praise Jesus!!!

    1. Angela, you so encouraged me. Thank you so much for your sweet words. I am so glad the Holy Spirit has blessed you through my blog. May He continue to help you and your family, and tie you together with unity and love in Jesus!
      Thank you for reading! Have a wonderful day!

      1. I just want to thank you for your blog and scriptures. They have truly spoken to me. I just need to keep trusting Him. Thank you again. My pain go to all the mothers that are going through tough times with their children. I have a 19 year old son. May God keep blessing you .

        1. Thank you so much, Maria. May our Daddy God minister to you and encourage you as you stand in the gap for your son. I pray He would show you “signs of land” – those little things that only you might see that will encourage you and show you He’s working in your son’s life. Blessings to you today, dear sister.

  8. I just had a disturbing encounter with my daughter last night. She has gone away to college and has made some bad decisions. I have not been perfect in my dealings with her. She can bring out the flesh in me. God is using your blog to show me that He still loves me, even in my imperfection. The Holy Spirit is guiding me to many things, your blog included, to gently and lovingly show me where I have been in error. He has been so lovingly patient with me while I stubbornly did things my way, of course it didn’t work. Well I have hit rock bottom and the only way to look is up. So thank you.

    1. I’m so terribly sorry that happened, Valerie, and that you’ve hit rock bottom. I pray Jesus would wrap His arms around you right now and comfort you, giving you wisdom for how to handle the situation with your daughter. I know our Daddy loves you and her very much. May He bring healing and breakthrough in your situation today.

  9. Thank you very much for this website. This scriptures really spoke to me and gave me peace. i have a 19 year old son. I pray for all the mothers out there. Thank you again and for Encouraging us. may God keep blessing you.

  10. Candy Godwin says:

    I just want to thank you again for your encouraging words! May God bless your as much as he is using you to bless others! Sometimes I feel so alone with my adult sons but then I read that others are struggling as well. I will keep praying, trusting and growing in my own knowledge of Christ and scripture!

    1. Thank you so much, Candy. Yes, Daddy God is still with you and He will reward you as you continue to seek Him! May the Holy Spirit hover and brood over your sons as only He can do, and draw them to Himself. Hang in there, sister! I will pray for you today.

  11. Felicia Riggs says:

    Thank you so much i stumbled across this on my pinterest this morning and it just blessed my soul to tears. I am struggling with my male children being under attack and all I can say is keep doing what you’re doing. You truly were a blessing to me this morning.

    1. Stacy DeLigne says:

      We rebuke and cast away every evil spirit, that is attacking our children!! And we send it to the foot of the cross so that Jesus may do of them as he wills.! We ask that the Holy Spirit cleanse them and fills them all with his holy and gracious presence..

  12. Alicia M. says:

    I stand in agreement with our Daddy God ultimately being in control, loving our kids more than we can, and that He has a good and purposeful plan for each of them!

    As a parent is difficult at times to “let go and let God.” But I pray that their foundation is strong in Him and their paths will always be led by The Lords truth and light!

    In Jesus name! “Amen”

    1. Felicia Riggs says:

      Amen and Thank you Alicia, Our Father God just always knows when to show up. I have been struggling with my male sons and they’re adults but it’s so hard to let go and just keep them lifted in prayer. As a parent we just want to take whatever is hurting them and just fix it. I guess now it the time to trust that what we instilled in them will sustain them and pray for God to move in their lives. Thank you again you really blessed my spirit this morning.

  13. So waiting for this……

  14. Thank you so much for this! My two sons were taken away from me by a horrible judge and my ex has alienated them from me. He tells them things like you don’t have to go to church to be a good person. And while although that may be true it is not what God intended. He intended for us to fellowship with other Christians because other Christians help keep us accountable! True Christian friends can intervene in our lives when sometimes we go astray… and true Christian friends can remind us that God is always with us and has a plan for us when we’re going through difficult times. I know right now my sons walk on this Earth without knowing that God is always with them… I wonder if all the seeds I’ve planted when they were young will take hold and grow! I am definitely faithful in my prayers for them and I’ll never stop praying for them!

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Wow this is definitely a word for me. I have been storming the gates of heaven on behalf of my adult son and at times it seemed like nothing was happening BUT I know God is working behind the scenes and I will see God’s work in my son. Thank you so much for this encouragement Jamie may God bless you richly ?

  16. What a timely message ??❤️Thank you Jamie ??❤️❤️❤️Praise be to God the great restorer ??Merciful and loving ??????Let it rain Lord upon my kids ????????Thank You Jesus promise keeper ??????

  17. I was just browsing thru and saw this l feel it’s holy spirit who lead me to this , l need God to intervene in my daughters life her name is Tanaka , she is at boarding schul and she was prayed for a day before schul opens and she manifested a marine spirit spirit, and the spirit was blocking her from coming out where she was and l believe in the Lord Jesus Christ that she is delivered and all was bcz she received an apple from a schul mate and was initiated please may yu keeeep on praying for her for total deliverance in Jesus name amen

  18. Eliza Mateo says:

    I just want to say thank you for this. This was very encouraging to read as a woman of God and as a parent. Thank you and may the Lord God continue to bless you and allow the rivers of living water to flow through you.

  19. I don’t know when you wrote this, I can’t find a date but it is so very fitting. I was looking for help because I was feeling at a loss for words to pray. My husband and I have been praying for our youngest daughter. She is 17 years old but when she was 13 she told us she did not believe in God and that she was transgender. We don’t believe she really is trans we think she just wants to identify with the LGBTQ+ crowd. Well, we refused to call her anything but what we named her. We also told her that as long as she lived under our roof she would not go through any kind of transition. Other than that, we just pray for her all the time. My husband has recently tried to start having discussions about pertinent matters. ?
    We get along with her okay without getting very deep. We pray, we try to make sure she knows she is loved.
    Some days it gets so hard to pray. With the way the world is now and how the LGBTQ+ crowd pushes their agenda, if we don’t keep our eyes on Christ, it can get scary. I often feel like I can’t gather my thoughts to pray. Your message here helped a lot. My husband and I need all the encouragement we can get. Thank you, and God bless you. ~ Heather ~

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