When you are at your wit’s end with a persistent problem with your child

Friday, January 10th, 2014
Photo: SAN_DRINO (FLickr)

Photo: SAN_DRINO (FLickr)

Thought for the day

When you are at your wit’s end with a persistent problem with  your child…

My two cents: Hallelujah!  I have found that God’s generous, mighty and faithful heart searches for the mustard seeds – heck, even a part of a mustard seed of faith. He wastes none of it. It is our treasure. It is the substance of life.

Matthew 6: 33-34

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

This from Max Lucado in He Still Moves Stones: Everyone Needs a Miracle (1999) p.54-55

Compared to God’s part, our part is miniscule but necessary. We don’t have to do much, but we do have to do something. Write a letter. Ask forgiveness. Call a counselor. Confess. Call Mom. Visit a doctor. Be baptized. Feed a hungry person. Pray. Teach. Go.

Do something that demonstrates faith. For faith with no effort is not faith at all. God will respond. He has never rejected a genuine gesture of faith. Never.


Every day I thank God for intelligent life and my faith – an app for the heart and mind that overcomes my weakness and makes fearless collaboration possible with my God, my Lord and Savior Jesus. This “thought for the day” is an expression of  faith as a practical matter, that has been circulated through the years to a private distribution of family and  friends, many of whom I met in my fieldwork as a journalist focused on family life in the network culture.  I share this “thought for the day” with the hope that the peace of Jesus will be with you now and forever. Amen.



Joanna Jullien is an author, educator and speaker on strengthening the parent-child relationship in a cyber powered world. She a mother of two grown sons, the author of The Authority In Me: The Power of Family Life in the Network Culture, produces The Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on Examiner.com, and is the CyberParenting advisor on The Fish 103.9FM. Her new book, A Google World in the Garden of Eden: Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Media is now available for PC and all eReader formats including Kindle, Nook, iPad.



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About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna (jullien@surewest.net) and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.