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“Though they stumble, they will never fall,

for the Lord holds them by the hand.”

Psalms 37:24 (NLT)

This week we continue our summer series on women who have been “held by God’s hand” through challenging life circumstances.  The story for this week concerning the challenges of parenting a prodigal is a great follow-up to last week’s story of the prodigal who found her way back.   Real Life of a Real Woman faced with Real Truth! 

I prayed Hannah’s prayer pleading with the Lord God to give me a child.  I wasn’t just barren spiritually, but I was a broken-hearted woman as I endured repeated miscarriages.  I promised the Lord if He blessed me with a child, the child would be dedicated to Him just as Hannah dedicated Samuel. (I Samuel 1-2)

God did bless me with a wonderful daughter and for more than 28 years, regularly heard around our home and in public was that she “made us look good” because she was everything a parent could desire in terms of a tender-hearted, loving, sweet-spirited servant leader who openly worshipped and served the Lord Jesus Christ every day.  We had no teenage rebellion issues or challenges with many matters families grabble with such as drinking, drugs, curfews, or disrespect.  Then, life through her a curve that we, as parents, could not fix and her level of anger at God and at us suddenly thrust on me a new level of understanding of the challenges parents face, but more particularly it has given me a deeper appreciation for the father of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15: 11-32 and my own role as a prodigal to my Heavenly Father.

Interestingly, we have all heard the saying “what goes around, comes around”, well, I was that child who challenged my parents authority and questioned at every turn their guidance and wisdom.

As we continue our series on women who have faced tough circumstances (real women, real life and real truth), I will share my journey of discovering how strong God’s hand is when He was all I had to hold on to because I could no longer “hold” my child.  “Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”    Psalms 37:24 (NLT)

Please join us each day this week at our Daily Devotional site for the rest of this story:  Parenting a Prodigal.


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