GETTING THERE by Beth Shriver
When your sixteen year old takes their first drive alone, you worry. It’s not something that can be avoided. No matter how much prayer, forethought, teaching and words of wisdom, you are concerned. And until that car enters your driveway again you have thoughts of police cars, ambulances and sirens. It’s just a fact of life when you’re a teen parent.
My son had a friend over and they wanted to rent a movie. They of course wanted my daughter to take them instead of me. The un-cool mom verses the cool teenager. I agreed as long as my son’s friend had permission from his parents, and they were home before curfew. Both were promised but neither followed through.
After the trip to the emergency room it was discovered that my daughter had a broken jaw and would need to see a specialist concerning further treatment. It still seemed so unreal to me, I didn’t believe this had actually happened.
Although she is a good driver, nothing makes up for experience like an accident will, and did in her case. She had misread the light and thought she had the right away and made an illegal left turn. Fortunately the other driver was a kind man and told her his own daughter had done the same thing to her car within weeks of obtaining her license.
That night made us realize how quickly your reality can change in one split second. We count our blessings that the accident didn’t seriously hurt any of the people involved, it could have been so much worse.
She has settled down but still occasionally makes a bad choice, but then we all do, we just aren’t all held accountable. God has given me a peace about her that I cling to when we hit another bump in her growth process. That sense of peace is what gets me through, thus the title of my devotional, Peace for Parents of Teens (click to watch the video). I originally wrote them for myself, as I was unable to find a devotional that dealt specifically with teens and parents, but was encouraged to continue writing them from other parents, and ended up completing a year of devotions.
What I want parents and teens to glean from my devotional is that they are not a bad parent and their teen isn’t a bad child. If we go there, Satan has us where he wants us, feeling as if we’ve failed and our teenager has as well. God only gives us what we can handle, what our teen can handle; we can get through the trial if we depend on Him to see us through.
Beth Shriver has received high accolades for her imaginative storytelling and insightful books. She presently has four books contracted for release: Annie’s Truth, Peace for Parents of Teens, A Case of the Heart and Love at First Flight. Beth judges for the RWA Golden Heart, NTRWA Great Expectations, Reflections contests and critiques for the Annual Round Table for the NTRWA writers group. She is involved with national and local writers groups: American Christian Fiction Writers, Dallas Fort-Worth Ready Writers, Romance Writers of America, and the North Texas Romance Writers
Beth Shriver received a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska. She worked as a case worker for Boulder County Department of Social Services before starting a family. Beth freelanced for local papers in her area and wrote columns and devotionals for magazines. She has two children, and two cats that keep her company when she writes. Beth currently lives in Texas after a career move from Colorado. She writes in a variety of genres in both fiction and non-fiction.
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