Parenting the Adult Prodigal
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We are at a new season in our life. A season of parenting adult children.
Where we have a son who is serving his junior high youth group. The one on fire for God. We see him for holidays and birthdays because he is ‘so busy.’
The other son isn’t walking with The Lord right now. He’s been a roller coster of commitment when it comes to following God’s will for his life.
Parenting a prodigal keeps you on your knees
This son has kept me on my knees most of his life. He holds God at arms length. This is the same son I prayed would be called home so I wouldn’t have to worry about him. Yes. I gave him to God long ago. The not knowing was tearing my apart.
Today he isn’t attending church. His living arraignment isn’t great. He just isn’t walking the walk.
As parents, that raised him so opposite from the life he is living, it is hard to watch.
Hard not to preach or give opinions or nag.
You want to give your opinion. You want to save them from the heartache they are SURELY going to experience by not doing it you way.
We apparently don’t know what we are talking about. We are ‘just’ parents after all. We were never kids.
Let me encourage you friend. (read this if you have time)
NEVER GIVE UP. Never stop praying.
This journey. This prodigal is NOT bigger than God.
He has your back!
He isn’t going to leave you or your child.
I know it’s cliche to say “It’s His plan,” but it’s truth.
If your child is still on this earth. Still a living, breathing human being then God isn’t ready to call that child of His home yet.
We may not live to see that glorious day of a heart change.
We have not prayed in vain. He hears ALL of our prayers.
I can tell you this. When I get to heaven and Jesus asks me “Did you do all you could for your prodigal?” I will be able to say yes.
Which is a lot better than giving up hope and then having to answer to Jesus when I meet Him.
I’m linking up this week with Mom’s Mustard Seeds