Picture description: an old set of railroad tracks in Buffalo, New York.
Source: RJSBird Photography Facebook Site
Hope is in planting the seeds. What comes to my mind are children, they are easily influenced. If left to the worldly ways they will be end up empty and confused. Always looking to fill that hole in their heart. They need to be given a good foundation.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” -Prov. 22:6 (NAS)
There are strong- willed rebellious children who test parents at every opportunity. These are frustrating difficult years, for parents feeling inadequate. I know that it can feel like a lonely time too.
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NAS)
“The New Strong-Willed Child” by James Dobson is a good resource.
Remember to plant the seeds!
Grace to you.