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Last Saturday I began a weekly Facebook Live series on my Hall of Fame Moms Facebook Page titled “Saturdays with Tracy”. Not a very creative title but that’s what it is.
You can see my first Satuday Facebook Live video here.
Today is week two and because of the overwhelming grief in our area due to six student suicides from one school district near me and a couple other suicides nearby I thought it appropriate if not needful to share some encouraging resources for parents, grandparents and care-givers.
At the end of this post I have a link to a suicide prevention help website that has phone numbers for various cities. This week’s Facebook Live is also at the end of this post.
I have not completely finished reading all of the following books and I don’t agree with all of the beliefs that may be shared in them. My rule of thumb when reading books is to wisely discern between what is biblically correct and what information is not. I take the good and leave the bad. Use discernment when reading anything!
This post is basically the “show notes” for the Facebook Live – a place to list the resources I talked about in the video. Be sure to listen to the Facebook Live to get the context.
Encouraging Resources for Parents
#1 -The Parenting Books
When Moms Pray Together: True Stories of God’s Power to Transform Your Child by Fern Nichols
The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian. She has a variety of these you can see here.
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
Raising Real Men by Hal & Melanie Young
Additional Resources worth Sharing:
One Heartbeat Away: Your Journey into Eternity by Mark Cahill
One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven by Mark Cahill
The Teenage Years of Jesus Christ: The Ultimate Pattern for Teenagers Today by Jerry L. Ross
Faithbuilders: Listen to the Right Voices (John 8:31-32) by Pastor Rory Wineka
Seasons of a Mother’s Heart: Heart to Heart Encouragement for Homeschool Moms by Sally Clarkson
#2- The Encouraging Scripture for Parents
Get the free printable of “Fear of the LORD” verses at this link: Proverbs-FEAR of the LORD.
[This section will be updated after the Facebook Live.]
#3- Start a Local Prayer Group
Get together with other like-minded Christian women/moms and start a prayer group committed to praying over all the schools in your district. This can be done through
- individual churches,
- through the help of the Moms In Prayer organization
- or by just two or more moms coming together on their own!
#4- Suicide Hotline Numbers
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide you need to reach out to someone for help. If you do not have a trusted individual, family member or pastor / youth group leader you have other options.
Don’t give in to the lies that you must take your own life or that your problems will end if you do. You are a living soul and you will spend eternity in one of two places. Don’t give up hope! If you don’t have someone in your life to reach out to you can call the suicide help hotline below.
Visit Suicide.org for help and to find numbers.
Ohio residents can look for a local crisis /suicide numbers listed alphabetically here: http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/ohio-suicide-hotlines.html
I also uploaded my Facebook Live to Youtube. You can view it here on the blog or click over to Youtube or Facebook to see it as well. Be sure to subscribe and Like to follow me on those places if you want to see more from me.