Picture This: The Prodigal Son’s Dad on Social Media The Biblical account of the prodigal son doesn’t mention how the father occupied his time after his son left home. Let’s envision what might happen in our current times. Can you imagine it – the prodigal son’s dad on Facebook or Instagram (aka instantgram)? In today’s world, would the prodigal father of Luke’s account post selfies and display himself publicly in his devastation, misery, loneliness, betrayal, and fear? I think not. The grief of a prodigal is such a private matter that I can’t imagine putting it “out there” for all
Do you sometimes feel that God doesn’t hear you? Do your prayers seem to end at the ceiling? God, where are You? When you’re in a tough season and praying for a certain outcome in your circumstances, what’s a good way to pray fervently and know God is hearing your prayer? The answer is this: by praying in alignment with His word… by praying scripture. Regarding your recent earnest prayer, what is a barrier for you? Is it hard for you to draw near to God? Why do you think so? Why do we oftentimes resist spending time with God
If you are the parent of a prodigal, one of the best things you can do is to live your life. Meanwhile, God will bring you peace regarding your prodigal. A former prodigal shared that tidbit of information with us as we were waiting and watching for a sign that our prodigal was turning back to us. Our friend said, “If your child is at all paying attention to your life in their absence, they’ll notice.” Continuing on “as usual” sends the message to your prodigal that they are missing out. Life is marching on, and you are living it.
We have a real treat today! Shelley Jarl, our guest post author today, has written a wonderful book of inspiration called “The Humidity Makes My Hair Frizz and It’s Really Starting to Stink in Here”. Doesn’t that title grab you? I met Shelley about a year and a half ago when she took the helm at Faithful Bloggers. Shelley is a mom, Christian, entrepreneur, business owner, author, and lover of all things creative. She strives every day to embrace the abundant life God has given her. As a self-proclaimed warrior, she has put on the armor of God numerous times to
No two people are alike. God heals our broken hearts and bandages our wounds differently from others. Whether male or female, it’s difficult to manage pain and loss of a trial while drudging through the otherwise “normal” days of life. We need not expect our journey to be the same as the journey of our Mr Embracer. REALIZING YOUR DIFFERENCES: The Emotional Mess – We women are known as the emotional creatures, so it’s no surprise that we are often a crying heap. But, when things are anything but normal, you may find your Mr. Embracer to be an emotional
In a trial of any kind, you’ll get all sorts of advice. Others think they know what you’re going through. But they don’t. Friends want to help you. They really do, and they think they’re being helpful. People have the best intentions. But, sometimes they give advice based on what they think or feel and not according to what God says about it. When in our prodigal season, close family members advised us in opposite directions from what God was saying to us. People think the prodigal son story gives us all the answers. Let them go. Like the prodigal,
This praise challenge is the perfect way to renew your mind and bring peace and joy to your life! All week, I have been looking forward to sharing this with you – this thirty days of praise for ten minutes each day. I’m so excited for you! You will quickly feel renewed and energized – more in love with the Lord than ever. Loving life again – afresh. Whether you’re a little sad these days, somewhat depressed, greatly shaken, or singing happily, praising God will transform your life. What prompted me to write this challenge of praise? I hate to
I love how the brother of Jesus speaks plainly and clearly in his New Testament book of James. He gets down to the nitty-gritty in his five chapters, and he doesn’t mince words. If we get confused about God’s intentions for our actions, James is certain to straighten us out! The first part of James 4:2 is fairly sharp as he says we want what we don’t have, so we scheme and kill to get it. We are jealous of what others have, but we can’t get it, so we fight and wage war to take it away from them.
Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week. Were you aware? I wasn’t aware of that. Also, how I missed you all last week! No reason for alarm – just a busy week, that’s all. To make it up to you, I plan to publish two posts this week. How’s that? I could never cover all the different tough and triumphant seasons we might face in our lives. Since we all experience varied seasons, I want to send you to articles by other writers that will give you encouragement in seasons I don’t cover here. Not that I wish more tough
I have a fairly long list of friends who are the topic of my prayers – and their prodigal (teen and adult) children. Once you have a prodigal of your own, you identify with the emotional trauma others are going through. It can be the most gut-wrenching of seasons! Several weeks ago, as I recovered from sickness after my first chemo treatment, God and I had a discussion about the true desires of my heart. My previous plans for this blog were suddenly blurry and uncertain. I knew God was up to something, so I asked Him, “How can I