Welcome to Parents of Prodigals
Parents of Prodigals is intended to be a place of hope, prayer and resources for those of us going through some very difficult and perhaps the most misunderstood times of our lives as parents. At this time it is intended to help those in Southeastern North Carolina, particularly Wilmington and surrounding areas. However, wherever you are, if you can find hope for your situation or offer some to someone else, welcome.
By sharing our experiences and resources that we have found helpful, we can lighten one another's burdens and not feel so helpless and alone. From a book I am reading called, "The Hurting Parent", by Margie and Greg Lewis, I have found some scripture to reinforce our need to help one another:
Hebrews 10:24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
Gal 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
One of the most helpful words I've heard in my personal struggle is that we cannot blame ourselves for our children's behavior. Our example; God. His first two kids rebelled and that's why we're in the mess we're in. Their first son was a murderer. But God offers reconciliation and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Something else that's important to remember is that what appears to be rebellious behavior might just be your teen having difficulty with school, peer pressure or something else that needs to be dealt with using medication, therapy or both. You'll find some good books and other helpful information in our resources section.
Are you familiar with the story of the prodigal son? It would be worth reviewing again even if you are familiar with it. Whether your son or daughter is gone from the house or just gone in the sense they are not who they used to be, would you not welcome them back in a second if they made the choice to repent and return? The scripture is written out for you in our section on scripture.
Who We Are
We are the parents of teens who have been rebellious, out of control, involved in drugs and/or have been in legal trouble. Or perhaps our children have been in close association with what we call a prodigal and we want to avoid them getting involved.
If you can relate to some of the above behavior you probably understand the frustration and feeling of hopelessness many of us feel. Sadly, in our community, there's not much in the way of support for Parents of Prodigals. (POP) If you have a close group of friends and hopefully a good church, there is some support, but few answers.
One objective of this site is to find some resources, speak to some parents who may have gone through a similar situation and to help you get through this difficult time. Regardless of your faith, we know God has a plan and trusting in Him is best.
In my struggle, I have found so much comfort from the Word of God; I will share some key verses with you. Feel free to contact us with other scripture and we will consider adding it to our site. (Please check our scripture section.)
John 14: 27”Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
Jerimiah 31:17 "There is hope for your future," declares the LORD, "And your children will return to their own territory.
What We Do
At the present time we are an internet based group of parents praying for one another and our children. If there is a specific prayer request, contact us and we'll post it here.
This is the list of the teens we're praying for. At this time we are using first names only. When we set up a password protected area on this site I would like to add parents’ names and perhaps last names along with contact information as each parent sees fit. (Again, this list contains those who need help and perhaps some who are just close friends.)
Please pray God will protect these teens, bring them into His loving arms and away from the dangerous behavior we know is all around them.
Kris, Austin, Tessa, Christina, Sean, Mike, Stetson, Dillon, Connor, Ben, Josh, John, Anthony, Carson, Tres, Becka, Sherwood, Daniel, Perry, Grayson, Lennon, Davey, Stevey, Timothy, Spencer, Brad, Ashley, Mikey, Alan, Tommy, Jordan, Tori, Jay, Lloyd
(Please go to our new "Prayer Requests" tab)
What Keeps Us Going
Answered prayer and faith in God is what keeps us going. Only days after deciding to begin to pray for one another we began seeing some positive changes in our children.
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