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Troubled Teens and Running Away

In my teen years, I was an admitted runaway. I would always emotionally run away until finally at 17 I was so emotionally sad and angry I started physically running away. I remember being in a “me” fog where life was almost like tunnel vision on a daily and moment to moment basis. I couldn’t think or process clearly, all I could think was “I have to do this.” Zion Educational Systems is here to help, for more information regarding teen runaways call now at 866-471-8579.

I was sent to a program after 3 months of constant running, a 10 day stay at a psychiatric ward, and 2 visits to a juvinile holding cell. Since I had been emotionally running for 12 months by that time through alcohol, sex, and smoking cigarettes, I was so exhausted I looked like I was 30. I came in carrying so much emotional baggage I probably could have slept for days.

About 2 weeks into my program stay, and trying to get out by acting psychotic, I couldn’t do it anymore. I went to my christian life coaches who then prayed over me. I remember feeling all of my pain being lifted off my shoulders and such an intense peace that I cried. God’s love had never been more real to me then in that moment. I stopped running, and God’s love filled the spaces that I was so afraid to face.

Don’t we all have runaway moments? We find our escape routes and use them when we need. Our flesh always has an answer in the rush and blur of the moment. When can we ever just wait enough to be patient and wait on the God of the world? We hand over our lives to the lover of our souls and can’t communicate! How quickly we forget communication is talking and LISTENING!

Training our hearts to stay and listen is never easy. I’m a 5 year recovering runaway, and there are moments I still catch myself running. There is still grace and love abounding in Jesus Christ. He will stay and wait while we have our mental breakdowns and go away. Let him be the Lord and healer of your life. Let Him walk through the trials and peace of your life. With Jesus, your runaway moments will soon be your recovery moments.

Zion Educational Systems Helps  Troubled Teens who Run Away

Troubled teens often think about running away, and many act on those feelings. If you are the parent of a troubled teen who is running away on a consistent basis, then help options are available to assist you. For more information regarding the help options available to troubled teen run aways, call Zion Educational Systems now at 866-471-8579.

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