Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thanks Be To God

I’m walking through a season of grief as I mourn the loss of my mom. Many family members and friends have offered their sympathy. Those supporting hands of comfort lift my spirits. In return I offer thanks for my blessings. 

Insulating my heart from the deep sting of death is the truth of my living Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He overcame sin and death through the power of His resurrection. The grave could not hold Him—He now lives forever (Romans 6:9). 

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift (2 Corinthians 9:15). 

Gratitude is a heart expression. As Christ freely offers me grace, my praises echo back to Him. Writing thank you notes to individuals who have extended condolences to my family grant a sense of peace. I profess thanksgivings to the God who comforts me. My thanks go forth to people living as extensions of His grace and mercy on my behalf. Thanks be to God!

T - Thanks to our Almighty God
H - Hallelujah to the Lord
A - Adoration goes to Jesus
N - None greater than He
K - King of Kings
S - Salvation brings
G - Glorious is our God
I - Immanuel, God with us
V - Victorious is our Savior
I - I AM is great indeed
N - Never leaving nor deserting us
G - Great is Almighty God

Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. 1 Chronicles 16:8 (NASB)

But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:54-55 (NASB)

Natalie Grant's "Your Great Name".....

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Do You Trust Me?

        T - Trouble’s
        R - Refuge
        U - Under
        S - Salvation’s 
        T - Truth

Are you suffering from a lack of trust? Do your eyes focus on current circumstances? Is your mind stayed on misery? 

“Stop with the fear,” says the Lord God. “I will walk where you walk. I’m right beside you. You are so precious to Me. I love you.”

God repeats His Words throughout Scripture and provides proof of following through. Do we believe Him? Do we literally live out trust in the loving God of the universe? Or do we choose to suffer in the bowels of earthly captivity? 

Trembling and shaky, Mom held on tight to me. Only inches away, I braced myself to transfer her from wheelchair to sofa. “Come on, Mom, move your foot. You can do this. We’re so close. Don’t you trust me?”

My mother’s moans and trepidation said no. Her recent fall created fear of another collapse. She lacked the strength to move on her own while also needing to trust the stronger arms supporting her. Fear, distrust, immobility, nervousness—gloom hung in the air.

Honesty brings us face to face with our own daunting lack of trust. If it were me in a debilitative state, would I trust my daughter to move me from place to place? In daily life, do I trust Almighty God to take care of me and all my concerns? Over and over again His Word tells me of His support, His nearness, His commitment to stay with me forever. He loves me too much to let go. Why then do I continue to shake and whimper with fear?

It’s human nature to focus on earthly situations, but God has given us hope through His Son Jesus Christ. With a hopeful heart and His helpful hands, focus on eternity. Fix your eyes on actual things above instead of the faulty things of earth. 

No matter what you walk through, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will stand by your side till the
end. He already carried your sins to the
cross and died in your place. Don’t you think He can handle any situation before you? 

Trust Him. He is faithful
and true. He loves you. 

But now, says the Lord—
the one who created you, Jacob,
    the one who formed you, Israel:
Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    when through the rivers, they won’t sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you won’t be scorched
    and flame won’t burn you.
I am the Lord your God,
    the holy one of Israel, your savior.
I have given Egypt as your ransom,
    Cush and Sea in your place.
Because you are precious in my eyes,
    you are honored, and I love you. Isaiah 43:1-4 (CEB)

Lauren Daigle's "Trust in You".....

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Christ's Assurance

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” —-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do you fear the unknown? Are you afraid your future may contain a maze of hazards? Many of us worry about the unforeseen things in our lives. We desire to protect ourselves and our families against possible outcomes. One way to provide protection is through monetary means.

We buy insurance—health, home, auto, life—in hopes of providing the means to take care of ourselves and/or families should accidents, disease, or death befall us. Insurance is a guarantee of compensation for the payment of a premium. Paying insurance premiums gives assurance for days ahead. But sometimes insurance details surprise us if we haven’t read the fine print. 

Consider the amount of time and money spent on a variety of insurance plans and investments. We prepare while we’re able for a profitable future when we’re unable. Buying into different assets seems to give hope for the future. We plan for those times just in case something occurs. 

And then it happens—reality. Years have gone by and the dreaded disaster transpires. Your declining health may require residency in a nursing home. Your children assist you in contacting one and together a decision is reached. Then someone reads the insurance policy and discovers it doesn’t “kick in” for 90 days. You must pay out of pocket until the 91st day (this actually happened to my mom).

What if you don’t have 90 days? What now? Didn’t you guard against such stuff? You paid and strategically planned for your future with care. The time ahead seemed secure. 

But the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry wrote Robert Burns in his poem entitled “To a Mouse.” Yes, the best plans often go awry. We have no control over our future. Earthly plans have no guarantees. 

The only certainty in life is the blessed assurance of salvation through Jesus Christ. God, our Heavenly Father, planned a hopeful future for you and me. He loved His creation so much that He sent His Son to die for us, offering joy in the moment and hope for eternity. He is faithful and true—a promise-keeper. By investing in faith and belief in the name Jesus, we are guaranteed forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.

God’s Words are not cloaked in fine print. They are not concealed or hidden. They’ve been handed down to us through patriarchs, prophets, disciples, and apostles of the Lord. His desire for us is to read His revelation and hear with our hearts. God longs for all of creation to believe and be saved by the blood of Jesus. Christ is our blessed assurance for life and life eternal. 

"Blessed Assurance" by THIRD DAY....

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-18 (NASB)

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 (NASB)

…that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3 (NASB)

For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end… Hebrews 3:14 (NASB)

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:11-12 (NASB)

Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:19-22 (NASB)

For the word of the Lord is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness. Psalm 33:4 (NASB)

For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5 (NASB)

Sunday, November 6, 2016


A farmer plows the earth, creating furrows in the ground. He plants seeds and covers them with dirt. He waters the ground as he is able and trusts nature to do the rest. He waits for growth.

A mother and father raise two children, instilling godly values. They teach God’s Word, attend church, and pray regularly. One child eventually walks away from these life lessons. The parents humbly bow before Heavenly Father and pray. They wait for their child’s return. 

Over two hundred years ago, a new country emerged, building its principals around God. Today many Americans have turned away from God-instilled morals, creating dissension and division. Corruption infests our nation. In the midst of this chaos, votes are being cast for our future with a new leader. Many Christians are on their knees praying for God to wake up His church to the truth of His Word, to stand firm and speak up for God. We wait for the future before us. 

What are you waiting for?

Two weeks ago my mother passed away in her home. My sisters and I tended to her needs for nearly a week as a hospice nurse visited with medications and advice about the stages of death. We prayed, we sang, and held Mom’s hands as we stood around the hospital bed. With a cross physically in her hand and literally in our minds, we waited for Jesus to take her to eternal glory. We waited for physical death in order for Christ Jesus to grant her eternal life.

Faith waits. Faith stands firm on God’s promises and waits for His fulfillment in His own timing, not ours. In due season He will bring about His will for His people. Faith believes and trusts in God, knowing that He stands by our side as we wait for the accomplishment of His plan for our lives.

He stands by our side as we wait for the accomplishment of His plan for our lives.

After Jesus Christ arose from the dead and ascended into heaven, God promised to return to earth one day and make all things new. He will dispel darkness and restore righteousness. Believers in Jesus will live with Him for eternity. Those who reject Him will face everlasting death. 

But God….

God desires for all to join Him. His love for creation sent Jesus into the world, so all may be saved (John 3:16). At His ascension He commanded His disciples to spread the good news of His salvation to all the earth. Throughout the ages, His invisible attributes, eternal power, and divine nature have been exhibited (Romans 1:20). Now He waits for the lost to repent, turn to Him, and be saved. His patient love desires all people to be saved. So He waits—is He waiting on you?

Well then, what are you waiting for?

Do you know the Heavenly Father? Have you asked Jesus to forgive your sins? He is waiting for you to repent and believe in Jesus’ name. He desires to redeem you. Are you ready to proclaim your belief and live out faith in Jesus Christ from now through eternity?

Don’t wait to get to know Him. Bow now and declare your trust in Jesus. He’ll run to you and never leave you. He’ll pour out His gracious mercy on you and faithfully stand by your side. He’ll wait with you as you wait for His fulfillment in your life. 

He’ll wait with you as you wait for His fulfillment in your life.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3 (NIV)

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 (NIV)

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20 (NIV)

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7 (NIV)

Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God. Psalm 38:15 (NIV)

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1 (NIV)

If someone dies, will they live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come. Job 14:14 (NIV)

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

They all wait for You
To give them their food in due season.
You give to them, they gather it up;
You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.
You hide Your face, they are dismayed;
You take away their spirit, they expire
And return to their dust.
You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the ground. Psalm 104:27-30 (NASB)

Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him. Isaiah 30:18 (NASB)