When Starbucks promotes a new drink, they offer free sips (i.e. samples). Those free sips fill me to
the brim with good vibes. But the sip, albeit a good one,has no eternal effect. It's yummy in the mouth, but once down the shoot, the pleasure's gone. However... When I see a rainbow penetrate a convoy of dark clouds after a
Florida storm...that's a sip of heaven;when I see the sun cascade onto the sapphire ocean as the waves jump up to greet it...that's a sip of heaven;when I'm on the other side of a valley & undoubtedly know it's God who led me out...that's a sip of heaven;when I see a toddler smile so big at his mommy that his whole body wiggles
& jiggles...that's a sip of heaven.These sips of heaven arenotshort-lived because they're
introducing our eternal heaven!Heaven is so glorious & luminous & powerful--that we couldn't handle all of it now--so God lets us have sips. And if we know we're going there, those sips are sometimes all that keeps us going--& that's OK. Oh, I can't wait to get to heaven, but for now, I'll enjoy the sips!
Parenting teens is hard enough, but parenting a troubled teen can feel impossible. Most parents simply don’t have the training in psychotherapy techniques, communication skills, and mentoring necessary to guide a teen through the troubled years of adolescence, especially when that teen is also struggling with mental…