"Praising God in tough times draws us more deeply into His magnificent love"

and generates a precious reliance of trust and rest in His sufficiency for all our needs.

From our Heart to Yours

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Be Encouraged | 0 comments

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

Wild Child Ministries has been reaching out to families of prodigals for over eight years since the publication of the book, “Wild, Child Waiting Mom” in 2006. This “season” of WCM has been one of much blessing, many challenges and most importantly, great satisfaction and joy in encouraging families through God’s Word. All glory to our Lord and Savior! Psalm 29:1-2.

We now feel the Lord is asking us to make a change of direction at this season of life.

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Prodigals: Damaged Goods?

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Be Encouraged | Comments Off

Therefore if any [person] is in Christ [he/she] is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become NEW. 2 Corinthians 5:17

We pray for our wayward kids—talk earnestly with them, cry for them, plead with them. Two years pass, and still they continue to rebel—then three years. These dearly beloved ones remain immersed in the world’s ways—some ensnared deeply by drugs, alcohol, sex. Five years go by and as parents, we begin to emotionally pull away. It hurts too much to keep caring—the pain is heartrending, exhausting. Ten years pass. Hearts build walls of estrangement. After all these years, if our children haven’t come back yet, most likely they have ruined their lives for good. We can’t bear to watch. It’s easier to walk away. Fifteen years go by. By now it’s far too late. They will never return. All hope is gone.

Is it?

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Standing Together in Hope

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Be Encouraged | Comments Off

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, GOD WITH US). – Matthew 1:23(ESV)

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, GOD WITH US). – Matthew 1:23 (ESV)

“Merry” Christmas

Christmas season is upon us once again—and for the majority of families, it’s a time of joy and celebration: family gatherings; nostalgic traditions; the sharing, in love, of carefully chosen gifts. Happy music fills radio air waves and shopping malls. People bustle through stores aglitter with sparkling lights and decorations, to enjoy shopping and an occasional indulgent cup of flavored coffee, hot chocolate, or a frosted cookie or two. A spirit of festivity and goodwill permeates the air—and this is especially true for those who truly understand the reason for the celebration: We are commemorating the birthday of Jesus Christ, God’s Son— Immanuel, who came to earth more than 2,000 years ago to offer salvation by His sacrificial death for our sin. Thus, we sing with joy and gratitude: “Joy to the world! The Lord is come!”

Yet, amidst this season of merriment, some people are dealing with intense emotional pain. Their hearts ache deeply; their eyes brim with tears in remembrance of former happier, carefree days. Many things in life can bring hurt and sorrow, but our topic here focuses on parents of prodigals—whose children continue to spiral downward in alcohol or substance abuse . . . or continued poor choices . . . or, whatever. Fatigue daily overwhelms these parents as they seek to make sense of life. They are “holding-on” by the thinnest thread of hope.

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