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 best help others based on my experiences?”
The Lord convicted me to use this blog to minister to women in the tough seasons – and the triumphant ones.
He led me to encourage women during seasons of a prodigal child, seasons of illness (like my season right now), and the good seasons, too – because there ARE good seasons ahead for us all. When you’re in a dark season, it doesn’t seem possible to ever be happy again, but it will happen. Trust God in it. He will make it happen!
Be still in the presence of the lord, and wait patiently for him to act. (Psalm 37:7a)
Before making changes on this blog to include a prodigal child season, I discussed the idea with our former prodigal. I told her I won’t share the parts that are hers to tell or private among our family members. She is fine with me sharing in ways to help others through the prodigal season. My husband and I didn’t endure those months of pain for no reason. God gives us rough seasons so we can help others later. And later is here for me now.
God taught us to trust Him completely – each step of the way, from day to day during our prodigal season. Please share this link (Embrace This Season) with friends of yours who have a prodigal. Also, please share my Facebook Page with your friends on Facebook. I welcome all who need to know they aren’t alone in this!
Today, I praise God! He healed our prodigal. The completion of that ugly season is now beautiful. We prayed fervently for a miracle while living in devastation. In His timing, God was faithful. Because HE IS FAITHFUL. Faithfulness is His very essence. If you have a prodigal, that can happen for you, too. I can say emphatically that if you raised your child in a Christian home, they WILL return. You can stand on God’s promises!
If you are a believer in Christ, the Lord is already working toward the beautiful ending of your trial. The ultimate victory is already yours through Jesus. And, He invites you to participate through prayer. I’ve recently learned new things about praying through a major illness (actually, two).
You may discover the encouragement I share here applies to your particular difficult season, whatever that may be. Hopefully, many of you are in a celebratory season! Either way, God has revealed ways He wants me to encouragement you in our Christian faith.
I’m so glad you’re here with me! God’s glad, too. He knows how much I need your support along the way. Isn’t God grand? 🙂