Helping Hurting Parents of Prodigals

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

I read these words several times this morning…Do we really believe this? These are words coming straight from our Savior’s mouth recorded by His beloved disciple John…

31 Days ~ Take Heart

These words are TRUTH. If He was to sit before you today and say to you…“In Me you shall have peace“. You might reply, but Lord, this is more pain than I can bear…

He would say, “Cast your burdens on Me, for I care for you. Be anxious for nothing.

In the world ye shall have tribulation“, Yes, Lord, this tribulation, this prodigal journey…it is so very painful…it is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with…

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The Shepherd's daughter

Recently, a messenger brought me a thorn. My heart was pierced with news about a loved one. I thought, Oh LORD, I have prayed so hard, and still so much sin and sadness. Why?
In the next few days, as I searched The Word of God, and read the following excerpt of “Absolute Surrender”, written by Andrew Murray, God opened my eyes and I understood so much more about what God was doing. God was so merciful and loving to show me this.
Here is the excerpt:

I remember Dr.Boardman telling how once he was invited by a gentleman to go to a factory where they made fine shot. I believe the workmen did so by pouring down molten lead from a great height. This gentleman wanted to take Dr.Boardman up to the top of the tower to see how the work was done. The doctor came to the tower…

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31 Days of Prayers for Prodigals ~ For Chains to Fall

I have been praying through James Banks book Prayers for Prodigals and decided to discipline myself to pray for prodigals and their families for 90 days…Yes!…That’s how many prayers are in this wonderful book. So my daughter suggested that I go ahead and do the 31 Days ~ a challenge to post all through the month of October with the rest of the incredible, encouraging delightful bloggers out there, and share what I have been given to share. So here goes…

Day 1 ~ For Chains to Fall

One of our very good friends and a brother in Christ is a returned prodigal… His story is a little different than ours, as he ran from God when both his parents died in a car wreck when he was 18. For 12 years he ran from the pain…ran from God…

Today he is a man of God. He has a wife and 3 beautiful children. Circumstances have been very rough lately. When he returned he did not have parents to return to…he had to face an immense loneliness that very few of us have had to face…

He is a horse-shoer and he writes a blog…this is what he shared today after writing about all that he had to do to replace the handle of a very important tool…his hammer.

“Today I have a hammer handle that feels amazing, does it’s job very well, is easy on my hand as I drive nails. Yet it holds the scars of being driven in a spot not large enough for it, burnt by fire, infused with green poison, all to make it into the exact utensil desired.

That’s kinda how Yahweh does with us sometimes. We see constant failure in life…He sees perseverance in the making. We see loneliness…He sees someone being groomed to stand alone in the gap. We see hurt and heartbreak…He sees someone being given a huge, unique, dose of compassion. We see persecution and shame…He sees someone being refined by fire. Little bits of our old self being stripped away and cast aside in a pile of ash; spent and beaten we emerge a vessel worthy to be called a fellow heir to the Throne. Always will we bear the scars of the fire, the hammer of the Master as He buffets our soul. Refining us with every blow. Until we are made to fit His hand perfectly, to be wielded by the Master for His perfect purpose.” ~ A Journey to True Freedom

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear your prodigal utter words like this? It takes deep refining that only God can do in our prodigal’s lives and in our own lives as well.

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“He brought them our of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains.” Psalms 107:14

“My son has his chains too, Lord.They’re not made of iron. They’re made from the sins he forged of his own free will, thinking they would bring him more freedom.

They’ve done anything but that. They’ve only kept him from coming closer to you.

You promised that “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36)

Your word says, “The Lord sets prisoners free” (Psalms 146:7)

Set him free, Lord! He needs You to break his chains.I ask to hear the sound of chains falling with a dull thud, never to be put on again.

I long to hear my son say, “The Lord has done great things” for me and I am “filled with joy” (Psalms 126:3)

~Prayer by James Banks

From This Time Forth ~Go Comfort Others

“It seems that this is one way he turns evil against itself using our healed-up but still-visible scars to help others whose wounds are still gaping open.”~ Joy from her blog   Joy in this Journey

“Sometimes God sends severe blasts of trial upon His children to develop their graces. Just as torches burn most brightly when swung to and fro; just as the juniper plant smells sweetest when flung into the flames; so the richest qualities of a Christian often come out under the north wind of suffering and adversity. Bruised hearts often emit the fragrance that God loveth to smell.” ~Streams in the Desert
A friend told me that they were not getting any tomatoes in their garden, and heard that if they shook their tomato plants it would help them to pollinate and give much fruit. I found this interesting as there is a lot of shaking going on in lives everywhere…
“Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out!” Song of Solomon 4:16
Perhaps there was not enough wind blowing on the garden to shake the plants. Winds or adversities in our lives, will they bring forth good fruit? I know that I was very shaken and still am by what happened with my prodigal. Is there good fruit in me? Is my bruised heart emitting a fragrance that brings comfort to others and delight to God? Is there good fruit in you?
I had a tiny box, a precious box
Of human love ~ my spikenard of a great price;
I kept it close within my heart of hearts
And scarce would lift the lid lest it should waste
Its perfume on the air. One day a strange
Deep sorrow came with crushing weight, and fell
Upon my costly treasure, sweet and rare
And broke the box to atoms. All my heart
Rose in dismay and sorrow at this waste,
But as I mourned, behold a miracle
Of grace Divine. My human love was changed
To Heaven’s own, and poured in healing streams
On other broken hearts, while soft and clear
A voice above me whispered, “Child of Mine,
With comfort wherewith thou art comforted,
From this time forth ~ go comfort others
And thou shalt know blest fellowship with Me,
Whose broken heart of love hath healed the world.
It may not feel like it, but your broken heart is pouring healing streams…
Let it flow ~ you have no idea whose broken heart you will help to heal…
I read a beautiful post the other day by Joy
A confirmation that God is doing an incredible work in our lives ~
One broken heart touching another…

Painting ~ Magdalene with Alabaster Box of Ointment
Giovanni Brilli (Italy)after Andrea del Sarto (Italy, b.1487, d.1531)

Poem from Streams in the Desert

Heart Rocks Photos ~ me

Steps in a Crisis

I read this on Facebook this morning over my daughter’s shoulder. I don’t know who wrote it, but I thought it was good. I hope it will be a help…

1.Emotions are out of control and are inhibiting straight thinking, so first, confess your sins. This will get your thinking off of other people and back to God, and will restore your fellowship with God. This is the first step in getting emotions back under control.

2.Claim a promise. There are 7000 promises in the Bible. Start a notebook of promises, or get a book of promises to refer to under duress. When you mix the promises of God with your faith, it results in a state of mental stability which is free of anxiety. It is marked by trust, reliance and dependence on the faithfulness of God to solve our problems.

3.Thank God for the circumstances. I Peter 5:7 – Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.

4.Know that this is God’s will for you. I Thes. 5:18 – Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

5.Ask the Sprit to bring to mind the necessary biblical principles that will help in your particular situation.

6.Apply these principles. The Word of God is alive and powerful.