A Ministry for Women Whose Loved Ones Struggle With Addiction
“The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.”
- Isaiah 58:11
Hi. My name is Dawn Ward. Welcome to The Faith to Flourish.
As a young girl, I loved to write. Well, really, I loved to talk, but writing was a close second! In high school I was encouraged by my English teacher to develop my talent for writing. Not only did I enjoy writing, it was also a means of escape from some stressful circumstances in my childhood, allowing me to express the complicated emotions of adolesence.
Fast forward many years later; my children are now adults. Life has thrown me a few curveballs, to say the least. Being a busy, working mom, I buried my desire to write until one day the Lord fanned the little flame that still burned deep within me. This blog was birthed out of the hope that it will inspire and encourage those of you who have also had some curveballs thrown your way.
The Lord has been faithful to guide me as I have experienced the heartbreak of being the mom of children who struggled with addiction and mental health issues. He has taught me how to cling to him in the longest of dry spells. He has watered my roots deeply in preparation for the droughts he knew would await me in the desert.
He has blessed me with sweet summer rains and periods of rest. He has encouraged me when hope seemed like a mirage far off in the distance. And right when all faith seemed lost, a rare desert bloom would remind me of his steadfast love and his constant provision.
The Faith to Flourish blog shares these stories of hope God wrote into my life along this journey. I invite you to join me in its pages.
Several years ago, I felt the Lord’s nudging for me to start a ministry to hurting women and families. He gave me a vision of a beautiful, flourishing oasis in the middle of a dry and barren desert. The words of Isaiah 58:11 came to mind as I pondered the vision.
“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”
“Anything but addiction, Lord,” I prayed, as I wrote down the vision and embellished it with my own ideas of how it would be fulfilled. My resistance to God’s plan was rooted more in fear than in rebellion. Admittedly, I was terrified at the idea that our family’s struggles with addiction might be far from over. But that would prove to be the case, and God, in his infinite wisdom, wasn’t waiting until I had it all figured out to get me started.
Christian Moms of Addicted Children is a closed Facebook group created as a space of grace for women who are hurting, even devastated, by their child’s addiction and its destructive effects on them as well as their families. Here, moms will find a refuge from the storms they are facing. They will find encouragement, prayer and understanding.
In our group, we are reminded that no matter how hopeless the situation may seem, God is still in control. Whether you find yourself in a season of barrenness or bounty, I invite you to join me, along with over 2000 women, as we learn to bloom where we are planted. Together, no matter what season we find ourselves in, we will truly be able to say that we have the faith to flourish.
Stay tuned for my book. God has placed an inspiring message on my heart to share with each of you. There is life in the desert of your trials. There is beauty in what appears to be only barren ground.
“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But, I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.” - Isaiah 41:17-20
I would also like to introduce you to a book I co-authored with my friend, Valerie Silveira, Still Standing After All The Tears Workbook, Faith in the Battle Version. Think bible study and action plan to help get you out of the funk you are stuck in with your child’s addiction. Valerie’s books were very helpful to me on my journey, and I am honored to have participated in this project with her.
“Dawn is a woman after God’s heart. She leads with passion and dedication to the women she serves. I’ve had the honor of working closely with her over the past few years and it’s been an absolute pleasure. She has taught me, mentored me, and has never been afraid to be honest. In a world so heavy-laden with insincerity, it’s refreshing to be around. Everything she does, she does with integrity and out of a pure form of love that is rare and hard to find. She is an absolute gem of a woman and I couldn’t be more pleased to have met her!”
— Leah Grey, Grey Ministries