Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, April 26, 2015

God's Faithful Promises

Her stomach in knots and her face soaked in tears, the woman fell to her knees in complete surrender. “You promised, God, You said she has a good future, full of hope and assurance. Well, what kind of future lies ahead when the here and now appears awful. Help us, Lord!

At times circumstances speak louder than the very words of God. Focusing on the changing situations around us causes confusion and uncertainty. Doubts creep into our lives when we forget to cling to His promises. Focusing on the one true God who created heaven and earth builds confidence in His faithfulness. 

Get to know the God who made you in His own image. Open your eyes to read His words. Open your ears to hear His voice. Open your heart to experience His love. He is a relational God who longs for your presence. Cease the struggle and experience His loving peaceful Presence. Stand firm on Jesus, the very Word of God, and trust His steadfast promises. Rest in the beauty of His grace!

Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.  Joshua 21:45 (NIV)

“Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.  1 Kings 8:56 (NIV)

Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.  Psalm 119:140 (NIV)

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.  Psalm 145:13 (NIV)

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!  Luke 1:45 (NIV)

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.  2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV)

[Prayer Promises] In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you.  John 16:23 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, I want to trust You but sometimes doubts torment me. Help me focus on You throughout the daily grind of daytime and keep my mind centered on Your Word during the restless hours of darkness. I will remember Your promises and believe You! Come, Holy Spirit, to assist me. I ask this in the precious name of Jesus, AMEN. 

My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises. Psalm 119:148 (NIV)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Come Home; Jesus, our Lord, is Calling

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Philippians 2:1-11 (NASB)

One day every knee will bow before God Almighty because instantly every mind will know who the Savior God is. But unfortunately every heart will not accept His gracious salvation. As someone once told me, “I was missing Jesus by eighteen inches. I had the head knowledge of Him, but I hadn’t allowed Him into my heart.” 

Christ Jesus bridged that gap with His crucifixion and resurrection, making a way for anyone who believes on His name to be saved. Accept what He did for you on the cross. Get to know Him as you are known by Him. He’s standing at the door of your heart, your home, your church. Will you let Him in?

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.

“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”  Revelation 3:15-22 (NLT)

The time is now. Come home, prodigal! He loves you!

Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling
by Will L. Thompson

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling—
  Calling for you and for me;
Patiently Jesus is waiting and watching—
  Watching for you and for me!

Come home! come home!
  Ye who are weary, come home!
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
    Calling, O sinner, come home!

Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading—
  Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies—
  Mercies for you and for me?

Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing—
  Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, death-beds are coming—
  Coming for you and for me!

Oh, for the wonderful love He has promised—
  Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon—
  Pardon for you and for me!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Parents and Prodigals

Do you need hope in a seemingly hopeless situation? Do you need a reminder that God is by your side, offering His strength, love, and peace? Like many of us parents, Andrea Merrell has experienced backlash from the choices of a rebellious child, two as a matter of fact. And like many of us who trust in a Sovereign God, she realized He never left her or her children. God continually worked in their hearts to bring them all back together into a loving family unit. 

Please read Andrea's story below and if possible, support her efforts to encourage others by buying her book. Let's all give praise to God for being the loving Father who patiently waits for our return from a foreign land into His kingdom of love and grace. 

May God bless you, Andrea, as you make yourself vulnerable to the world in order to share the hope you received from our Heavenly Father. 

Are you the parent of a prodigal? Maybe you’re the grandparent or guardian. Perhaps you have a close friend or family member with a rebellious child, and you don’t know what to do or where to go for help.

As the mother of two former prodigals, I suffered five long years of agony until my children returned. Now, the cry of my heart is to share my experience in order to give renewed hope to those who have lost it. Everyone needs stability in the midst of the storm—something to hang on to when things spin out of control. 

When my children first went down this dark path, it was devastating. My husband and I had done everything we knew to instill Christian values and raise our son and daughter in a godly environment. We could not understand what could have possibly gone wrong and we got caught in the blame game. What we learned is that it’s not anyone’s fault. Even good kids rebel—and even good parents can end up with a prodigal. 

The first few years of this journey were spent in anger, frustration, and a feeling of sheer hopelessness. There were many tears and sleepless nights. The enemy had somehow convinced me this situation was my fault, making it difficult to go boldly to the throne of grace, as the Word instructs us to do. I struggled with guilt and condemnation and felt like God had abandoned our family.

The good news is God never let go. He saw every tear and heard every prayer. No matter how hard I tried to give up, He never let me. He kept giving me the grace and strength I needed to keep pressing on, believing my children would return. When our breakthrough came, I knew without a doubt God had been right there with us all along, loving my children, protecting them, and working in their hearts—and mine.

Satan intimidates us with his lies, and we tend to run for cover instead of facing him like Jesus did with, It is written. The most important thing I learned during this time was that God is faithful and His Word is true. When I turned to the Word and learned to pray the Scriptures over my children, things began to change—first in me, then in my children. The Bible says it is impossible to please God without faith. Sometimes we make faith a hard concept, but it is simply a matter of believing God will do what He says He will do. 

If you’re ready to do spiritual warfare for the soul of your child, Praying for the Prodigal will help equip you for the battle ahead. You will find practical survival tips, advice from the former prodigals themselves, and thirty days of prayers and Scriptures. 

No matter how bad your situation may seem, remember … there is always hope for the prodigal.

Andrea Merrell is Associate Editor for Christian Devotions Ministries and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She is also a freelance editor and has led workshops at various writers’ conferences. Andrea’s work has been published in numerous anthologies and online venues. She is the author of Murder of a Manuscript, The Gift, and Praying for the Prodigal, all available on Amazon. For more information, visit: or  

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Jesus is Alive

 Happy Resurrection Day! 
Jesus is alive—He is risen!

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”

And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”  Matthew 28:5-10 (NASB)

And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.  Mark 16:6 (NASB)

Jesus experienced pain, sorrow, heartache, and death. AND He conquered it all! Whatever you are going through, He understands. He feels the pain of your divorce. He aches with you as your child makes poor life choices. He suffers your sorrow as you watch your loved one endure cancer. He experiences your anguish over the death of your family member or a close friend. He knows and He cares deeply. 

Run to Him, fall at His feet, and worship Him. In His Presence you will find comfort. 

Jesus Christ is risen—He is risen indeed!

I took this picture because of the colors in the sky. Look how God shows His glory!