My stepchildren are facing extreme challenges at an early age—drugs, sex, threats of violence, emotional manipulation. They have deep holes due to the loss of their mother that we simply cannot fill for them—I don’t know that any human can. Consequently they’ve been looking to outside influences that we have no control over, and we feel helpless. They aren’t even in high school yet. We’ve done everything we can to surround them with love and structure and a healthy environment, yet these evil pulls seem to have a greater attraction. Organizations we have trusted, even church groups, have exposed them to things beyond their years. It’s been exhausting, frustrating, heartbreaking, defeating, and leaves me with a feeling of hopeless dread. I trust that Christ is always present and speaking to them. I pray to be a witness to their ability to hear His voice and live accordingly. I ask for serenity, patience, discernment, and to ease the physical effects the stress has on me. Also that my marriage will endure the stress of it all. Thank you and God bless!