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Monday, November 24, 2008

Waiting on the Wanderer

I have been thinking about prodigals all weekend -- the wonderful Biblical account of the prodigal son, my own time as a prodigal daughter, but mostly of my own prodigal. I talked to the Lord about it and I know His grace will cover this situation, but those questions still popped up in the back of my mind:

What could I have done differently so he wouldn’t have strayed so far?
Even though I will never give up on him, how far down will he have to go before he reaches up and out for help?
How can I step aside and completely turn this over to God without feeling like I am totally turning my back on my son?

As always, when my mind would quiet itself down, God spoke. This time He did it through other mothers and grandmothers that are going through the same thing with their own prodigals.

I read some very encouraging words from Carolyn here. She has a ministry with other women from her church that meet once a week to pray for wandering adult children.
This morning when my email opened, one of the first messages was this wonderful post by Elaine at the Internet Café. Her reminders about God's way for us to handle prodigals was a blessing to me....received at just the right time!
My sweet Jesus knew I needed confirmations of truths I already held in my heart. Through Him, I will wait patiently until my prodigal comes running because...

There is No Place Like Home!

5 thoughts:

Unknown said...

I am so happy that you were able to find just what you needed in your "inbox." God is so good!

Anonymous said...

Well Hallelujah Anyhow! Am I ever glad you found my blog so I could find you!

I have been blogging our journey with our own prodigal for nearly three years. It has been such a blessing to connect with other mom's who are praying for their adult prodigals.

Have you read the book Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children: Six Steps to Hope and Healing by Allison Bottke?

It is an amazing book--a must have for any parent who asks themself the question "How far will my adult son have to go before he/she asks for help." Using the acronym SANITY, Allison offers six steps to hope and healing as we do our best to love our adult child and not enable them. Too often, in our attempts to help--we only enable their prodigal journey.

I have posted about this book several times and it has been such a blessing to anyone who has read it.

I'm going to visit the websites you posted today--what a great network of praying women!


Waiting with you for the homecoming banquet!

Alicia said...

Thank you for your kind words and for your prayers after reading my blog. It's wonderful how Christians can pray for one another even when their only link is through the Heavenly Father. Thank you!

Tammy said...

I know God brought me over here from Carolyn blog because I,too, have a prodigal son.

In my last two post I have write about my prodigal son.

I have asked myself those same questions in my heart yet I know only in God's time will my son return home.

Nice to meet you,

Carolyn said...

Karen, I'm late reading and responding to this post. Thank you so much for the 'shout out' for my blog. God is so amazing! It is unbelievable how He is bringing so many of us together to pray for our lost kids. That tells me that He absolutely knows and cares about our pain and tears. He is answering prayer and joy comes in the morning. Carolyn

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