When Children Stray: Encouragement for Mothers of Prodigals

When Children Stray

When Children Stray

Dear Mother of a Prodigal Child,

As a mother, there is nothing more difficult than watching your child stray from the path you had hoped for them. It can be a heart-wrenching and overwhelming experience, leaving you feeling lost and alone. But it is important to remember that you are not alone in this journey. There are countless mothers of prodigals who have faced the same struggles and have come out stronger on the other side.

One of the most important things to remember is that your child is not a reflection of you. Their choices and actions do not define your worth or value as a mother. It can be easy to blame yourself and feel guilty, but remember that ultimately, your child is responsible for their own choices and actions.

Remembering that your child is still your child, no matter where they are on their journey, can be crucial. This can be challenging when your child is making choices that hurt themselves and others, but holding onto this truth is vital. Despite them straying from the path we still choose to love them, and knowing that God always loves them, even more deeply than we do, is a comforting reassurance.

Additionally, keep in mind that your child’s prodigal journey is not just about them, but it also impacts your journey as a mother and as a child of God. It can serve as a chance for you to learn to let go and trust that God is in control.

Keep praying. Your child’s prodigal journey is not the end of their story. The prodigal son in the Bible ultimately returned to his father, so remember to hold onto hope, knowing that God is the God of miracles and He sees the end from the beginning. He can bring people and circumstances into their life to help them “come to their senses” and return home.   

So, dear mother of a prodigal child, hold onto hope, hold onto faith, and hold onto the truth that you are loved and valued, not just by your children, but by God. Keep praying for them and trust that God will work in their lives, even if it is not in the way or time that we expect.

You are not alone in this journey, and you are not forgotten.


A Mother of a Prodigal

What can we do?

When a child becomes a prodigal, it can be an emotionally and mentally challenging time for a parent. Here are a few things that parents can do to support their children and themselves during this difficult time:

  • Pray for your child: Praying for our children is one of the most powerful things we can do. It shows your child that you love them, and it allows you to entrust them into God’s care.
  • Show love and understanding: It can be easy to withdraw love and support when a child becomes a prodigal, but it’s important to remember that they still need love and understanding. Show them that you love them, no matter what they have done.
  • Communicate with them: Try to have open and honest communication with your child, and listen to what they have to say. It can help restore our relationship with them when we take the time to listen. It helps us understand their perspective, and gives us insight into how to pray for them.
  • Seek help and support: It’s important to take care of yourself during this difficult time. Reach out to friends, family, or a counselor for support. Joining a support group with other parents who have prodigal children can also be helpful.
  • Be patient and don’t give up: A prodigal journey is not a quick or easy process, it takes time, and it’s important to be patient. Remind yourself that it’s not the end of their story, so don’t lose hope. 
  • Set boundaries: While it’s important to show love and understanding, it’s also important to set boundaries. Your child needs to be responsible for their own actions and their choices.
  • Keep praying and trusting God: Pour your heart out to Him for He understands your pain. He loves your child and longs for them to come home too. Remember that He still has a plan for your child’s life.

Remember that every child’s prodigal journey is different, and it’s important to tailor your approach to the specific needs of your child.

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