Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, June 26, 2016


For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NIV)

“At what time, Lord? When will it happen?” I ask God on a regular basis.

“At that time. When it’s a wholehearted search, then I will be found,” He says to me.  

Do you ever wonder when things are going to get better? Or even if they will get better? God doesn’t promise us pain-free lives. I know this because He called us to follow Him and His path led to a cross. He didn’t walk carefree in the direction of His death. His battered body carried the weight of the world and a cross on His shoulders. His bruised face wore sorrow while tears fell from His eyes. His heart ached with pain for humanity’s sins, for mankind’s rebellious ways.

Yet He did it all for the joy set before Him, paving a pathway to forgiveness and freedom for sinners. He gained a seat in eternity at the right hand of God and made a way for us to live eternally with Him. He obtained mercy and grace for those who would believe on His name. He attained peace for anyone who would seek Him with a whole heart. So…

Are you anxious about your past? Does your future look grim? Have you spent years praying for a prodigal child? Are you weary and about to give up?

“Don’t lose heart,” says Jesus. “I’ve got prosperous plans for you that will give you hope. Wait on Me, trust my ways, and you will gain My strength because I never get tired. Your future contains peace beyond human understanding, if you will only seek Me with your entire being. Go ahead and begin your search, but do it with your whole heart. And when you seek Me in this way, then you’ll find Me and be refreshed. I love you and will never leave you.”

Have you been asking God when? Do you know His answer then? Don’t give up. Look to Him with your heart and soul. He has prosperous plans for you, me, and our families. But remember, God’s economy is not like ours. His prosperity means love, forgiveness, grace, mercy, peace, hope, and joy. Anything more than that is a blessing for which we offer thanks.    

He loved you enough to die for you. Seek Him with your whole heart and love Him even more. While you’re at it, offer thanksgiving for His faithfulness. 

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your being, and all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5 (CEB)

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:28-31 (NASB)

…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2-3 (NIV)

What then are we to say about these things?
If God is for us, who is against us?
He did not even spare His own Son
but offered Him up for us all;
how will He not also with Him grant us everything?
Romans 8:31-32 (HCSB)

Praise God with this wonderful song by Lincoln Brewster......

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Good Good Heavenly Father

If a child asks his father for a loaf of bread, will he be given a stone instead? If he asks for fish, will he be
given a poisonous snake? Of course not! And if you hard-hearted, sinful men know how to give good gifts to your children, won’t your Father in heaven even more certainly give good gifts to those who ask him for them? Matthew 7:9-11 (TLB)

“Look, there, see it. It’s what I’ve been wanting for so long. Can I have it, please, please, pleeeease? 

Children aren’t shy about asking. Their approach is simple, honest, and heart-felt. And parents truly desire to fulfill these wishes for their children (but good parents use wisdom when answering their pleas). Love is the reason. A parent’s love for her child pours out in many ways. Good parents train children properly, blessing them with good gifts. 

True love causes one person to want to give another person the shirt off his back (this American phrase means to give anything that is asked for, no matter the sacrifice required). Most parents give generously to their children, even being willing to die for them. Loving parent-child relationships beautifully illustrate the attainable bond between us and our Heavenly Father. 

Whether you’ve experienced a devoted earthly parent-child relationship or not, God offers you the opportunity to experience the heavenly one. Your Heavenly Father, who created you, yearns for a loving relationship with you. He desires to bless you with good gifts, and yet He’s already given you everything because He laid down His life for you (John 3:16-17). With His sacrifice comes gifts of gracious forgiveness, peace on earth, life eternal, and more. Now if He is willing to die for you, which He did, won't He give you these good gifts, if you ask Him?

Go ahead. Ask, seek, and knock (Matthew 7:7-8). Expect Him to answer (Psalm 5:3, Galatians 5:5). In faith, believe (2 Corinthians 4:13) you have received.

What good gifts does your Heavenly Father offer?

He gives forgiveness…..Matthew 26:28
He gives mercy…..Psalm 6:9
He gives grace…..Ephesians 2:8-9 
He gives peace…..Numbers 6:26
He gives strength…..Isaiah 40:29 
He gives comfort…..2 Corinthians 1:3-4
He gives joy….. Psalm 16:11
He gives assurance of His presence.....Hebrews 13:5


As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on his faithful followers.
Psalm 103:13 (NET)

See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that we should be called God’s children—and indeed we are! 1 John 3:1a (NET)

Enjoy Chris Tomlin's "Good Good Father"......

Sunday, June 12, 2016

True Church

Ok, you grew up in church, maybe even gently forced to attend each Sunday. Is that so bad? Maybe, maybe not. Possibly you’ve witnessed the worst of the worst in church, and you can’t stand the thought of being a part of such disgrace, especially among church leaders. 

With those past experiences, you now ponder these questions. Where is God in all this stuff? Why does He allow bad things to happen, especially in church and among church people? Surely He’s alright with me living life from my own perspective as long as I act good and don’t hurt anyone.

Before we find God’s answers to those questions, please be advised that church is comprised of sinners. Yep, you heard right. There are no perfect people at church. Not one. But there is One who is the head of the true Church, the body of Christ, the people of God. He is perfect and His name is Jesus. He came to us while we were sinners in order to show the way to true freedom lived in Him. Yes, your freedom is God-given, and you are free to reject His way, truth, life, even church. 

In case you missed what I said, let me repeat. God came to us while we were still sinners, while we rebelled against Him. He came to live on earth to demonstrate true love. He came to die on earth to pay the penalty for sin. He willingly sacrificed His life so that we might have a chance at life, real life with Him on earth and in heaven. He offers grace and mercy to all repentant sinners.

So do you really understand God’s love for you and His Church? He loves you enough to die for you. Has anyone ever died for you, sacrificed life for you? Now that’s love worthy of thanksgiving.

Not only does He love you, but He desires for you to walk with Him, not in rebellion to Him because someone is misrepresenting Him in church. Become aware of Who He really is and how much He loves you. Allow His love to guide you in all truth. Worship Him and only Him, even at church. 

Instead of walking away from the God of the universe who loves you completely, follow Him. You’ve been given a choice. Listen with your heart to God’s Word and make the right one.

You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me.
Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;
    they will go down to the depths of the earth.
They will be given over to the sword
    and become food for jackals.
But the king will rejoice in God;
    all who swear by God will glory in him,
    while the mouths of liars will be silenced.  Psalm 63 (NIV)

Jesus called out, “Come along with me and I will show you how to fish for the souls of men!”  Matthew 4:19 (TLB)

Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  John 14:6 (NET)

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 
1 John 3:1 (NIV)

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8 (NASB)

Then Jesus said to those Judeans who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:31-32 (NET)

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7 (NASB)

If you have no desire to worship the Lord, choose today whom you will worship, whether it be the gods whom your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But I and my family will worship the Lord!”  Joshua 24:15 (NET)

The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong,
Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.  Psalm 37:23-24 (NASB)

Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.  Isaiah 30:21 (NASB)

But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.’  Jeremiah 7:23 (NASB)

But a time is coming—and now is here—when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such people to be his worshipers.  John 4:23 (NET)

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Fear Not

This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)

Day dawns, but worry plagues my mind. I wake up with thoughts of family issues, diseases, tragedy, natural disasters from storms and fires, wars, riots, persecuted people, prodigal children, and on and on. The heaviness of distress causes me to drop to my knees.

Forgive me, Lord, for focusing on fear. Your Word repeatedly instructs me not to fear. I need to heed your command. Take captive my faithless pondering. Fill my mind with peace as I set my eyes on you, in Jesus’ name. Now let me start again. 

It’s a new day. Thank you, God, for life. Sitting in stillness with a cup of coffee, I concentrate on your Word and rest in Your faithfulness. Silence speaks serenity. As I fuel up with your morning manna, I hear birds chirping and realize your provision in all things. Why should I be afraid?

This is the day you made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. Circumstances will not draw my attention away from you. I will trust in you no matter the situation. Your plans are for good—let me seek your ways. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your love and loyalty. 

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)

So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. Deuteronomy 8:3 (NKJV)

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26 (NKJV)

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4 (NKJV)

“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments; Deuteronomy 7:9 (NKJV)

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1 (NIV)