Praying For Your Prodigal Daughter
Offering hope, help, and encouragement to hurting parents of prodigal daughters, ^author Janet Thompson shares out of her own experience as a prodigal daughter and ^as the mother of a prodigal daughter. And the key to the help she offers...
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Offering hope, help, and encouragement to hurting parents of prodigal daughters, ^author Janet Thompson shares out of her own experience as a prodigal daughter and ^as the mother of a prodigal daughter. And the key to the help she offers is ^"prayer," ^While you, as a hurting mom or dad, may know that you need to pray for your ^daughter, this walk-along-beside-you book will take you gently by the hand and ^show you "how," In it you will find candid stories of other parents of ^prodigals -- and even the stories of prodigals themselves. ^Don't wait until you have a prodigal situation. Any parent will benefit from ^this book's incredible insights, prayers, and stories. "Praying for Your ^Prodigal Daughter" is about hope, help, and support from others who have ^walked a similar road. ^"Chapter Topics Include" ^- Setting Boundaries - Surviving in Marriage - Resolving Conflict ^- Making it All About Her - What Did We Do to Cause This? ^
PRAYING DAILY A Praying Mother Shares Our daughter grew up in a Christ-centered home, filled with small group Bible studies, family devotions, and parents madly in love with Jesus. She went to a Christian university and led Bible studies. She knew the talk and the walk and did them well...until five years ago, when the spiritual foundation of her life began gradually eroding as the result of sporadic church attendance, the stress of infertility treatments, the influence of ungodly friends, and isolating herself from a family that dearly loved her, to name a few contributing factors. Daily my husband and I prayed and prayed. Things only worsened. What would it take to bring this daughter to the end of herself? Where was the fruit of the Spirit? We couldn't see any evidence. Parents feel so helpless, especially a mom, who once had the most intimate of ties with this person. Our daughter hit bottom again and again. We continued praying. Then God intervened. Through an incredible set of circumstances that continue to unfold, God flooded our daughter with the light of His presence. Suddenly she could see the awfulness of her sin and was unbelievably broken. Our daughter is now an avid follower of Jesus Christ. She has reconnected with her father and me, and her perspective that I was her adversary has changed. How it melted my heart when she told me recently that I'm her greatest confidante. She sees Jesus guiding her life and responds obediently. The spiritual fruit in her life is plentiful and evident to everyone who knows her. As a mom, I praise our all-knowing and faithful God, who takes better care of the children He has given us than we as parents could ever do or imagine. But one thing I learned is that we aren't helpless as moms. Prayer is powerful. --Sherrie My Daughter Kim Shares Mom, I saw the bookPraying God's Will for My Daughterin your bathroom one time, and I felt resentful that you thought I was "lost" and needed you to pray for me. You turned your life around so completely, and I couldn't relate to the new, "weird" you. All the praying stuff was outside of my comfort zone. When I learned you were praying for me, it upset me. I felt that I could take care of myself and didn't need your prayers. Praying Daily A prodigal daughter is sick in spirit, and maybe in body, and the Great Physician's prescription is found in this chapter's opening scripture. In James 5:13-16 God tells us to pray for her healing. She may not appreciate our doing this, but when she's physically ill and a doctor tells us to give her medication daily, we don't hesitate to follow his instructions, even when she doesn't like the medicine. Similarly, we must follow God's instructions diligently if we want our daughters to be well. Praying is the most powerful thing we can do for our prodigal daughters. Too often we turn to prayer as a last resort, when we've exhausted all other attempts to solve the problem on our own. We reserve calling on God for the big crisis instead of realizing that without including God, everything becomes a big crisis! Perhaps you've been praying while making frantic phone calls, researching counselors, crying, screaming, pleading, and asking others for help; but I'm suggesting that prayer take precedence over everything else you're doing. How can I say that? Because I've been in your shoes. I know what it's like to watch your best efforts fail to change your daughter. My daughter's life turned around only after I acknowledged that daily prayer was my best effort. Not instantly -- God doesn't usually work like that. Your prodigal daughter may not even change in your lifetime. Regardless of the timetable, are you willing to place her well-being in God's capable hands? Can you surrender to His timing and plans? I know how hard that is and what a test of faith. But God gave our daughters to us, and He asks us to tr
Janet Thompson, founder and director of About His Work Ministries, is an author and speaker on topics relevant to today?'s Christian. Janet discovered her purpose when God called her to Feed My sheep. Janet answered that call by developing the Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministry at Saddleback Church, where she and her husband, Dave, have been members since 1987. Janet served as a lay minister for 12 years leading Saddleback?'s Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministry, and she continues to share the blessings of mentoring by training churches around the worldDave and Janet have four married children and