I think most people tend to look at people, who’ve been to prison, with a certain amount of judgement. There could be those who’ve committed the same crimes, and we know they’ve committed the same crimes, but somehow we might see them as “better”, simply because they haven’t been to prison. The thing is, we’ve ALL been in a prison of sorts, if we’ve ever lived in sin, and Jesus is the key to unlocking the cell, and setting us free! Thanks Lajuana for that nugget of truth!
Most likely, none of this would’ve ever crossed my mind had our son not went to prison. Since then, I’ve come to realize there’s not too many families out there who aren’t affected by drug addiction, or some sort of sin problem.
Those of you who struggle with addiction, or know, and love someone who does, listen to me, and you listen good!! Prison, or jail, is not the end! It very well could be the beginning! Relapse is not the end! It can be a great learning tool!
Those of us, who love an addict, know how frustrating it can be. All the ups and downs. All the hope that seems to lead to heart ache. The fear of getting that phone call. It’s so easy to get down and out, and to lose all hope. That’s why it’s so important to surround yourself with good people who will lift you up, encourage you, and listen, with nonjudgmental ears, when you just need to vent.
Fortunately, God’s blessed us with the very people He knew we needed for such a time as this. I’m sad to say that our FMoG, our son Tucker, relapsed. To say we are heartbroken would be a vast understatement. We’re doing our best to hold our heads high, and hang on to the promises God has made us, but I have to tell you, we have been struggling. This has been a very sad time for us. We’ve had to make the, very painful, yet necessary decision to cut off all communication with our son. He has to know that we are done!! We’re not giving up on him, by any means, but it’s time for him to grow up, and do things on his own. Fortunately for us, God’s placed just the right people in our lives for such a time as this.
I have friends, and family who encourage me on a daily basis. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, they pray for my family. Yesterday a friend reminded me, that every time a person messes up, it’s not failure, it’s a learning experience! And that each time, no matter how many times it may take, they’re getting better. I have a friend who constantly reminds me of God’s promises, and that they’re true; no matter how I may feel. One of our friends went to visit with Tucker. He took time out of his weekend to make sure our son was ok, and to encourage him, and to speak truth to him, while God’s telling us to stand back. People, that’s love right there!
I’m doing my best to see all this for what it really is; a spiritual battle. God’s been opening some big doors for me, and you can best believe the devil doesn’t want me to succeed! And if he can’t get to me, he’ll, most definitely, go after what hurts me the most, our son! I’ve got news for him though! He won’t stop me from doing what God’s called me to do! And he’s not going to get our son either! There are some demons that can’t be overcome but by prayer and fasting, (Matthew 17:21) and that’s exactly what we’re going to do!
I’m challenging anyone who’s reading this blog to fast and pray this week for our families! So many families are under attack right now, and I’m sick and tired of satan winning! Who’s with me? You don’t have to fast from food. You can fast from anything! Facebook, a game, TV, radio, whatever you want to sacrifice and replace that time with prayer and God’s word. We can do this! We are more than conquerors through Christ! Romans 8:37