How to respond if your teenager is leaving their faith

Nothing warmed your heart more when your seven-year-old Sally came home from Vacation Bible School in the summers belting out songs like ‘Jesus Loves Me’ and ‘This Little Light of Mine’. Because you know the love of Jesus, and because you love your child so much, your greatest desire is for them to know the love of Jesus, too.

Though, for many parents, their little Sally or Tommy may not always sing these songs of freedom in Christ as they grow older. Friends, activities, social media, and a rebellious heart may draw them away from the church they’ve always known, and as a loving parent witnessing this take place, it can be utterly heartbreaking. So, what should Mom and Dad do when it seems their child is drifting away from the Lord?

Jeannie Cunnion, speaker and author of Parenting the Wholehearted Child and Mom Set Free, recently shared how she depends on God when it comes to trusting Him with the future of her children with TheCourage as part of an exclusive audio interview inside Kirk Cameron’s The Campfire. 

For those who feel like their child is moving away from following Christ, Cunnion reminds us that “Prayer is our most powerful tool as parents. In prayer, we get to partner with God in the work that He wants to do in the lives of our kids.”

While this may seem like a simple reminder, we often forget the power of prayer, and if we doubt that our prayer is useless our child’s life, we are doubting the power of God. He tells us in His Word to never doubt Him in our hearts, so that “whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24).”

Cunnion also powerfully encourages parents to remember that their children ultimately belong to God. Listen to a clip from the audio interview below.

Jeannie Cunnion has a huge heart for parents who are stuck under the pressure to be perfect. If you need to break free from this pressure, every bit of her interview will make you feel more free and more excited for the journey that is parenting. You can hear more of what she shared by subscribing to a free 14-day trial of the Campfire — the exclusive home for Kirk Cameron insiders — here.

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