When Our Children Are Hurting


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Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.

Genesis 21:17

Hagar and Ishmael were sent out into the wilderness with only bread and water. They were kicked out of Abraham’s home after Sarah became upset with Ishmael’s mocking of Isaac. God affirmed that they should leave, but He promised to make a nation from the boy. Shortly after they were released, Hagar ran out of water. She put her son under a bush and went a short distance away because she couldn’t bear watching him die.

God responded to Ishmael’s cries and showed Hagar where she could get water. The Lord still responds to the cries of our children, and He will show us where to get what they need. Because we know the Lord, we have hope. It’s difficult for us to witness our children hurting. It could be for multiple reasons, such as physical illnesses, bullying from school, mental or emotional delays, or just struggling to fit in with their peers. It’s hard for us to not be able to make it better for them.

Yet the water that Hagar and Ishmael needed was there all the time. Just as God opened Hagar’s eyes to see the water, He can open our eyes to see new life and hope for our children. Whatever our hurting children need most, God has it; and He will show us the way when we seek His wisdom.

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As praying mothers, we can intercede for our children and live righteously before them. We may not have all the answers, but we are connected to our Father, who knows exactly what our children need when they are hurting.


Dear Lord, help me to see what You have in store for my children. I want them to experience every good thing through knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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