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Remember when your children were young and were invited to birthday parties? We’d go shopping together and selectkidsbirthday a fun gift for them to take. After several years I noticed my children began coming home from those parties with gifts, too. A prize they won in a game or a party favor; a thank you for coming.
Our children are all grown up now, but did you know they’ve been invited to another party? By God. Yep. And it’s the ultimate gift exchange. He invites them to bring their sins and He’ll give them His Son. What an offer! What an exchange! What a prize!
Lord, we pray our children will accept Your amazing invitation. Convince them it’s really true – that You love them enough to offer Your one and only son.
Their worst for Your best.
Their dirt for Your cleansing.
Their shame for Your forgiveness.
Their bondage for Your freedom.
Their emptiness for Your purpose.
It sounds too good to be true.
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No more guilt.
No more loneliness.
No more searching for a place to belong or for someone to really love them for who they are.
No more aimless wandering.
No more soul-suffering.I realize it sounds simplistic, but Jesus really is the answer and the solution for their lives. He’s the best gift ever – for them and for you.
062O Father, may today be the day our children respond to your invitation. Refute Satan’s lies that this offer is only for certain people and not for them. For those who are good enough, not for those who’ve fallen and failed. Help them believe Your offer still stands even though they’ve turned it down time after time, year after year.
You’re just as eager today as you were when You first asked them to come. Your arms are stretched out wide in an open welcome. How You long for them to be made whole, to simply say, “yes”. Come to the party and receive the ultimate gift, my child!
I pray with you for this prayer to be answered soon. While you wait, may your hope remain strong and please don’t neglect yourself. You are of great value and worth to your heavenly Father. He wants you to live in joy and peace, knowing He’s working where you cannot. Rest fully in Christ who knows what you will face today and in every tomorrow. Breathe in his fragrance; soak in his love. He is your sufficiency in all things. Amen.
This book will encourage you: Will Your Prodigal Come Home? by Jeff Lucas.

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Something I hate to do is wait, especially when I’m waiting for something I want to have happen. I can wait for a long time with no problem at all  for something I’mfrozen dreading:  A doctor’s appointment; results of a medical test; getting my teeth cleaned; a meeting to resolve some conflict or inter-personal problem – anything unpleasant. I don’t really want these things to happen. They can take a long time to occur as far as I’m concerned. That’s just fine with me.

But waiting for something I want to have happen,well, that’s quite different. I don’t like to wait for those things. You’re probably a lot like me.

This kind of waiting feels like a barren, frozen wasteland. And waiting for  my child to change when they’re making life-threatening choices involving drugs or alcohol, suffering from self injury, an eating disorder or mental illness, make repeated suicide attempts, in bondage to pornography, or are attracted to the same sex, is pure agony.

During a time in my life when I was having a particularly difficult time waiting for changes in my daughter’s life, I came across a book I found to be quite helpful. It had a huge impact on me when all I could do was cry out to God saying, “Help!”

I decided to share part of it with you in today’s post. The authors are two moms who have been there and understand what we go through every day. I hope their writing will encourage you as it did me.

“Of all the strategies we could suggest, waiting is perhaps the hardest. Somehow we feel better about dealing with our prodigals if we can take action – it gives us the false illusion that we are in control of things. The truth is, we’re not in control.  (more…)

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Something I hate to do is wait, especially when I’m waiting for something I want to have happen. I can wait for a long time with no problem at all  for something I’mfrozen dreading:  A doctor’s appointment; results of a medical test; getting my teeth cleaned; a meeting to resolve some conflict or inter-personal problem – anything unpleasant. I don’t really want these things to happen. They can take a long time to occur as far as I’m concerned. That’s just fine with me. But waiting for something I want to have happen, that I’m hoping for a good outcome – well, that’s quite different. I don’t like to wait for those things, do you?

For me, that kind of waiting feels like a barren, frozen wasteland. And waiting for  my child to change when they’re making life-threatening choices, suffering from cutting and mental illness and has made suicide attempts, is pure agony. During a time in my life when I was having a particularly difficult time waiting for changes in my daughter, I came across a book I found to be quite helpful. It had a powerful impact on me when all I could do was cry out to God saying, “Help!” I decided to share part of it with you in today’s post. It is written by two moms who have been there and understand what we go through every day.  I hope their writing will encourage you as it did me. You may decide to purchase one for yourself. The book is called Praying Prodigals Home by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock. I have included a portion from pages 58 – 60.

“Of all the strategies we could suggest, waiting is perhaps the hardest. Somehow we feel better about dealing with our prodigals if we can take action – it gives us the false illusion that we are in control of things. The truth is, we’re not in control.  (more…)

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The following is taken from a newsletter to the parents of youth at a local church with my additions.  If your child is in full-blown rebellion, no matter how old they are, there are certain things you can do to still have an impact on them and it will help improve your relationship with them.

1) Be an aggressive observer by paying careful attention to them in their comfort zones. 

Become a student of your child.  Study them and notice what they like, what they are good at, what is important to them, where are there strengths, etc.  If they are no longer living with you it will take more effort on your part to do this. God will give you ideas.

2)  Be available to listen as they talk about their struggles. 

No lectures.  No preaching at them.  No judgements or disapproval.  Just asking good questions and listening, listening, (more…)

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The other day I woke up early and went outside to watch the sunrise.  It was so peaceful sitting there talking with “Papa”.  Such beauty He has made all around us, revealing himself to us in so many ways!  I was struck once again with the truth of how light dispels darkness as I watched the sun’s rays slowly drive the clouds of night away.   The sun eventually showed itself!  All the clouds gradually disappeared.  In the same way, Jesus the “Son” is able to break through the darkness that surrounds us (and our child)!   The brightness of God’s Presence penetrates the darkness and brings His light. What was once black becomes lighter – the sky very slowly turned grey, gradually lightening until finally the blue skies broke through.  Clouds parted, seemed to evaporate, vanishing right before my eyes.  Sometimes other colors could be seen – pink, lavender, other shades of blue.

I had to wait patiently and trust that morning’s light would come.  And it did.  It may be night – the blackest of nights – in your life right now, but morning IS coming!  Dawn is almost here!  Don’t give up if the night feels long and endless.  Morning WILL come.
WAIT FOR IT – but I urge you to wait with hope, even though you may not see any reason for it right now!

“Wait (trust, hope, have faith in) for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  (Ps. 27:14)

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.”  (Ps. 130:5)

 

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