Mothers for Prodigals

Itching Ears

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For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.  2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NASB)  


Winds of change blow through the atmosphere turning heads and tickling ears. Time-honored traditions deteriorate as people justify the substitution of their truth for well-founded principles. Truth is exchanged for lies and creatures are worshipped rather than the Creator. And the world spins out of control while God waits with endless grace for our repentant hearts. 

In the beginning God spoke life and created everything good. But His creatures weren’t satisfied with their Creator’s blessings. Instead they turned their heads to another voice and allowed a lie to prick their ears, entice their hearts, and move their hands and feet to take action in direct contrast to the commands of God. Eve’s ears itched with Satan’s seductive words and she longed to satisfy her desire. She passed her truth on to her husband, Adam, and at once their delight turned to despair. They exchanged their Heavenly Father’s truth for the devil’s deceit and consequences for their choices immediately engulfed them. Meanwhile God waited with endless grace for their repentant return to His Truth. 

In Jesus’ parable of the prodigal, the younger son wasn’t content living on an estate with a loving family. He heard about his share of the property and requesting it from his father, he concentrated on the pleasure his money offered. So he walked away from the fundamentals of home, choosing to gratify his cravings. Slowly but surely his actions stripped away all the allure of his newly acquired truths and he found himself penniless, lost, and alone. At the same time, his father waited with open arms of endless grace for his son’s return. 

Many beliefs and ideologies come and go. People pick and choose what teachings sound good to them and live accordingly. From flattery to foolery, compliments to compromise, the ears of humans are tickled and begin to itch. Men, women, and children satisfy those itching ears by scratching them with the latest fads and fetishes. Eve and Adam did it, the prodigal son did it, and we do it. In the mean time, God waits with endless grace for us to repent and turn back to His firm foundation of Truth. 

The winds of change are surging into storms of transformation. Attractions, trends, idolization, devotion to anything but God strengthens as we allow what we see and hear to move our hands and feet toward instant pleasure. We want it, we want it our way, and we want it now. 

Lead astray and away from the truth of our Creator, our eyes see abundance and we desire more. Our ears hear adaptation and we crave change. Our mouths speak complaints and we join protests. Our hands grab hold and our feet take us places we never thought we would go! We simply follow and surround ourselves with like-minded people, soothing the tension within us. The God who created us in His very image is pushed aside and we’re slowly swept away like shifting sand. For the time being God waits with endless grace for His creation to come home. 

Are your ears itching? Have you or a loved one turned aside from the sound doctrine of our loving Heavenly Father and satisfied the pull of temptation? Turn back to the God of Truth who waits with endless grace and mercy for your return. Receive the forgiveness of His Son Jesus Christ and stand firm on His Holy Word. Satisfy your itch with the joy of the Lord and He will be your strength.


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For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.  Romans 1:20-23 (NASB)



Below is a children’s song by an unknown author with authoritative but uncomplicated instruction for us. Read it slowly, remembering the God of endless grace. Following it is a link to a powerfully worded song by Casting Crowns. I pray the words tickle our ears and turn our hearts toward home.

O Be Careful, Little Eyes

O be careful little eyes what you see
O be careful little eyes what you see
There's a Father up above
And He's looking down in love
So, be careful little eyes what you see

O be careful little ears what you hear
O be careful little ears what you hear
There's a Father up above
And He's looking down in love
So, be careful little ears what you hear

O be careful little hands what you do
O be careful little hands what you do
There's a Father up above
And He's looking down in love
So, be careful little hands what you do

O be careful little feet where you go
O be careful little feet where you go
There's a Father up above
And He's looking down in love
So, be careful little feet where you go

O be careful little mouth what you say
O be careful little mouth what you say
There's a Father up above
And He's looking down in love
So, be careful little mouth what you say


“Slow Fade” by Casting Crowns


Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. AMEN! (Psalm 19:14)

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