Judy Douglass Articles

Worldwide Prodigal Prayer Day: We Will Pray for Your Prodigal

The gang our son had joined had a confrontation with another gang. It didn't lead to violence, but for some reason the...
Battle-Worn Parents of Prodigals, Remember This Key Truth

Battle-Worn Parents of Prodigals, Remember This Key Truth

The night our prodigal came to Christ, two additional, greatly significant events occurred.First, I had a vision in which God poured His love for our adopted son into me, assuring me I would need it. Yes, I have needed it.Second, that began three sleepless nights...

Why I Thank God for His Grievous Gift

Why I Thank God for His Grievous Gift

My phone rang at 2 a.m., jarring me awake. I was in a hotel room, 1,000 miles from home. Not again, I thought. Which will this be—hospital or jail?It was jail. My son was calling to tell me it was all a mistake; he shouldn't have been taken to jail. And so I...

Can You Love the Holidays…when You Love a Prodigal?

Can You Love the Holidays…when You Love a Prodigal?

Holidays—especially Christmas—are often painful for anyone who loves a prodigal.Dena and Tom Yohe certainly experienced that. Their years on a prodigal journey covered many holidays. Tension and conflict often prevailed. If the prodigal is home, emotional...

Eleven Children and a Global Mission

Eleven Children and a Global Mission

Todd and Beth Guckenberger connected at Indiana University where, they say, they majored in Campus Crusade (Cru). The mission trips they took then gave them a heart and a vision for the world.When they finished their education, they headed to Mexico to work with a...

Prayer For The Battle

Prayer For The Battle

The night our prodigal came to Christ, two additional events of great significance occurred.First God poured His love for him into me, assuring me I would need it. Yes, that was an understatement.Second, that began three sleepless nights engaged in fierce battle with...

Why Do They Do It? When Your Brother Is a Prodigal

Why Do They Do It? When Your Brother Is a Prodigal

I think Michelle started her counseling ministry before she was 12.Her friends often came to her for her wise counsel and her compassionate heart — and sometimes for a place to stay when things weren't good at home.When God sent a 9-year-old boy to us as a...

When You Love a Prodigal, Who Can You Trust?

When You Love a Prodigal, Who Can You Trust?

"You can trust me."How many times has your prodigal said that? How long has it taken you to realize that no, you can't trust them?I had been warned: "If an addict's lips are moving, it's a lie."Like the time our prodigal needed to buy something for an upcoming soccer...

How to Find Rest for Your Soul and Your Relationships

How to Find Rest for Your Soul and Your Relationships

I'm inviting you to the possibility of an unhurried life.If you are a parent, coming out of pandemic lockdowns, you didn't find calm, unhurried, peaceful days for the past year. If you are the parent of a prodigal, a child making destructive choices for their life,...

Why the Devil Is Such an Opportunist

Why the Devil Is Such an Opportunist

When you love a prodigal, you get used to the roller coaster—the ups and downs, the unexpected turns, the dashed hope.I know; I lived it. I remember well when my prodigal was making great progress. Better choices. Greater stability. Hope for a good future.Then...

What Will You Find at the End of a Prodigal Journey?

What Will You Find at the End of a Prodigal Journey?

The son—we'll call him Seth—broke every custom and tradition.Weary of all the hard work, annoyed at his controlling elder brother and resentful that most of the land and livestock would one day belong to his brother, he made a defiant decision. This...

What to Do When You Love a Prodigal

What to Do When You Love a Prodigal

As usual, when those calls came, I was out of town.This time it was the hospital. Our son had been in a serious accident.His friend was driving. He lost control, and the truck jumped the curb and ended up on top of an electrical box.Both boys were knocked out, but...

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