Ephesians 6.16

To The Mother of a Prodigal: You Are NOT a Bad Mom!

If you are the mom of a prodigal child, you may feel like a failure.  You think you’ve somehow wasted these last umpteen years since your child was born.  But, you are NOT the worthless mother that you think you must be to have landed with a prodigal child.

Your years weren’t a waste.  The hours of sweat, tears, and investment into your child’s life were definitely meaningful.  And, you will see the results of your efforts some day.  If you raised your prodigal in a Christian home, showing them the examples and Biblical teachings of living the Christian life, he or she WILL return.

This Sunday, Mother’s Day, might be a very hard day for you.  Understandable.  I remember Mother’s Day to be the hardest of all days when our daughter was away on her walkabout (our recent term for her months of wandering).

NOTE:  I never capitalize the words “satan” and “devil”.
He doesn’t deserve the treatment of a proper noun because he is never  proper!

While worshiping at church this weekend, you may feel unworthy of any motherly recognition doled out by your pastor.  Any unworthiness you feel is a lie from the devil – a falsehood that satan uses to beat you down.  If he can only get you to believe it.  Don’t fall for it!

As Christians, we’re not supposed to hate anyone.  But, can I be real honest here and say how much I hate satan?  I do.  I want to punch him in the face!  He has caused so much destruction in my family, and I owe him some major pay-back.  (But, hold tight here for a few minutes.  I’m getting to the best part.)

John 10:10 tells us that satan, our enemy, seeks to kill, steal, and destroy.  We must guard ourselves.  Faith is our shield.  We know Jesus has dominion over satan, so satan can’t destroy us.  He doesn’t know he’s already lost the battle…unless we let him beat us down and live in defeat.

Through Jesus, we have power over satan.  Let’s look at Jesus’s words in Luke 10:19.

Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them.  Nothing will injure you.

We need to stand up and declare war on satan.  Tell him he has no power over you, and you’re not going to fall for his lies!  Hold up your shield of faith in Christ, and satan will not only whither away, he will flee from you!

Ephesians 6.16In John 10:10b, Jesus tells us the rest of the story:

I came that they (we, you & me) may have life and have it abundantly.

Whenever satan brings up defeated thoughts, picture yourself punching him in the face.  Renew your mind with God’s truth about Who has control here:  Jesus.

Does that help you prepare for Mother’s Day with a new outlook – a more positive and hopeful one?  I hope so.  God’s working on your story even now.  He will bring your prodigal home, and it will one day be beautiful.

Blessings for a Happy Mother’s Day~


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  • Robin

    This was really good. It is a great reminder for those of us who already know this but tend to forget ….. just a little bit… at times. At those times satan starts adding ALL kinds of negative thoughts to our mind, and bringing up all the JUNK from the past we WISH we could forget. We ALL have a past. Thanks to Jesus God puts it behind His back. But we don’t seem to be able to, due to the constant poking by the enemy.

    I, too, never capitalize satan’s name either. (Although my phone autocorrects it to a capital S and I have to go back and fix it. Figures! Lol)

    • Kim

      It’s so easy to slip back into old patterns of listening to satan’s accusations. This was as much of a reminder for me as for you. Glad you understand and didn’t feel the need to let me know of a capitalization error. We do think alike on this little s satan, for sure! 🙂

  • Pam Richardson

    Yes, satan is the deceiver! Great post, Kim! I am going to share with some Moms that I know who are walking this journey. I hope every day you are feeling better! Hugs~

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