Jumping Ship

A friend’s son has jumped ship. At fifteen he has decided he would rather live on his own, than live by his parent’s rules. It breaks my heart. And terrifies me.  My sons (and daughters) are precious, and I love the people they are and who they are becoming. But,am I doing what I need to do to build them up, train them, and encourage them? I pray so, and pray often for guidance. My friend’s situation speaks to my heart but it also reminded me that there is a tool out there to help prevent this from happening.

A few months ago, hubby and I attended a seminar on Homeschooling the High School years. Here, the speaker shared her heart about a time in their lives when one of their sons “jumped ship”. She highly recommended reading the article series that help her and her husband to gain perspective and rebuild their relationship with their son.

The series is called Jumping Ship by Michael Pearl. It’s a five part series, long but definitely worth the read. But I have also found it challenging. Sometimes realizing our mistakes and our humanity is difficult; but providing our children with the best environment to grow and mature in is essential. Here are the direct links to the article (I’m not familar with any other content on the site, but I know these articles are worth a visit.):

Jumping Ship
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

If reading it online is a challenge, the author has created a book based on the article series. I found it on Amazon for $5 new, less used. Here’s that link:
Jumping Ship: What to do so your children don’t jump ship to the world when they get older

In the meantime, please pray for my friend, her husband, and her son, that they will all grow in faith and seek God’s will and plan.

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