February 26, 2018

Trust God and His Timing (Guest Post)

Hey friends. I’ve been so excited to introduce you to a dear friend. Her name is Jodie Berndt. She’s easy to love, and if you love UVA, you’ll love her even more!! HUGE Wahoo fan!

You know how we love prayer here. That’s why I invited Jodie to share from her new book, Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children. Be sure to enter to win your own copy at the end.

She not only has a HUGE heart bent toward praying for children, she also has a passion to equip parents how to pray for their children. I only wish I had her books when my kids were young. But, I’m so thankful for this one because her newest book teaches us how to pray for our adult children. It’s filled with stories, examples, scripture and humor. It’s a great book to get and to give!

Take it away Jodie …


“Hillary doesn’t have a job,” I said, “and she seems…content.”

I was having lunch with a friend, confiding my latest parenting worry. I was afraid that I’d raised one of those boomerang kids—the kind who get out of college and then brings their lives (and their laundry) back home.

My friend smiled. “Your daughter,” she countered, “only graduated three months ago. Trust me; she’s probably not content. She’s an engineer—they think in linear terms. She’s pursuing a job; she’s just not doing it the way that you would.”

Well, she had that one right. Hillary was definitely not looking for a job the way I would have. I would have loaded my résumé into the barrel of a shotgun and pulled the trigger, splattering my education and experience all over any company that was hiring. But Hillary was a little more particular. She had some job offers but, having earned a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering, she’d set her sights on the space industry. Ideally? Ideally, my girl wanted to be an astronaut.

Which was, honestly, kind of hard for me to appreciate. Who actually does that? Was “astronaut” even a job? And how long would it take? I don’t remember my exact words, but I think my advice went something like this:

“Aim lower.”

(Yeah. Not my best parenting speech.)

You can read about Hillary’s job hunt (and how I ugly-wrestled with God over how and when he’d provide) in Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children. But if you want the condensed version, it pretty much boils down to this:

Trusting God with our children’s future means being willing to trust his timing.

Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children. A guest post by Jodie Berndt for wendyblight.com.

Psalm 139:16 says, “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Pick that one apart and you get the idea that 1) God has a plan; 2) He’s on a clearly defined timetable, and 3) His design has been in place since forever. Had I embraced these three truths at the start of Hillary’s job search (instead of eight months later, after I’d pretty much been exposed as the opposite of the Proverbs 31 mother), I could have saved myself a lot of mental anguish and spent the better part of a year enjoying time with my girl, instead of worrying about her future.

We know God has good purposes, and that (Philippians 2:13) his job is to work in us—and in our children—to get us to think and act in ways that line up with these plans. Part of that alignment, I’m (slowly) coming to realize, is being willing to depend on his timing.

Let us not become weary” Paul writes, “in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” That’s Galatians 6:9, and it’s always been one of my favorite “hang in there” verses.

Sometimes, “doing good” simply means waiting well. Because it doesn’t matter what our request is, or what it is that we think we need, God already has the answer all mapped out. He will provide. The harvest will come (spoiler alert: Hillary got her dream job) at the just the right time.

So let’s hang in there. Let’s wait well. And let’s pray:

Heavenly Father, 

Help me, as I put my trust in you, to trust your timing. Today, I give you ___________, surrendering this situation into your tender care.

Help me to wait well.

In Jesus’ name,


The Giveaway – now closed – Congrats Michelle Reed!

Where do you find yourself struggling to trust God’s timing? Leave a comment—perhaps a favorite Bible verse or promise that helps—for a chance to win a copy of Jodie’s latest book, Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children.


Okay, don’t ya’ll just love her? Thank you, Jodie, for letting me share your book with my word loving, prayer warrior sisters here.

Jodie Berndt is the author of several books, including Praying the Scriptures for Your Children, Praying the Scriptures for Your Teens, and Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children. A speaker and Bible teacher, Jodie encourages readers to pursue joy, celebrate grace, and live on purpose. Find her writing (and download free prayer printables) at JodieBerndt.com and follow her on Instagram @Jodie_Berndt, Twitter @JodieBerndt, and Facebook @JodieBerndtWrites. Jodie and her husband, Robert, have four grown children and two sons-in-law.




  1. Sherry Roberts says

    Thank you for this wonderful reminder! Loving and praying for my children only increases as they get older, so I really appreciate this book as a continuation of “training up a child in the way they should go”! Also thank you Lord for these faithful women hearing and writing down your words for us!

  2. Mary Ann Bell says

    This sounds like the perfect book for me to be diving into.
    Trying to wait patiently on my young adult child to return back to God. But in the current situation it is very hard. She is living with her boyfriend and just found out she is pregnant. I just want to hold her and tell her it will be ok and at the same time put her in time out (yes I know won’t change anything).
    And to hear how the baby is a blessing. Both the parents need to grow up (How is it a blessing to bring a baby into their current situation? I just don’t see it!

    • Sharon Serrano says

      Mary Ann my heart goes out to you as it’s been almost 3 years my prodigal left. It’s been a rollercoaster ride with her, this past weekend was one of those moments. It’s hard to sit and wait as the prodigal father did, but not impossible. Hang in there my friend! God is able!

    • Oh my, Mary Ann (and also Sharon)…I know you know that prodigal father was looking out his window EVERY SINGLE DAY, longing and waiting for that beloved child to come home! There is one prayer verse that has gotten me through so many times when I did not understand or agree with the choices my children made: Philippians 2:13. That’s where Paul tell us: “It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Time and again I have turned my adult children over to God, counting on this promise: He has good plans for their lives, and that he will work in them so that they will DESIRE and DO the things that line up with those purposes. God is not finished writing our children’s stories, and he is with us in our pain. He knows what it’s like to have a child walk away…but read Hosea 11 and see his heart of love and compassion. He won’t stop pursuing your precious children, and they are never out of his reach!

  3. My prayer is for my children…my daughter, 17, and my son, 15. The world is so shiny and polished….so tempting. The pull of the world is strong and my children have made choices towards the world. I am trusting the Lord but it is so hard waiting as we walk through this seemingly long period of time. 💕

  4. My prayer for my daughter is that she will look to the LORD to give her value and not the young men in her life.

  5. Cathy Larson says

    I’m praying and claiming these three verses for my adult sons:
    “Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures.” Luke 24:45
    “And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him.” Luke 24:31a
    “I have no grater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 4
    My heart’s desire is that my sons’ lives bring glory to God, in their lifetime, if not in mine.

  6. Cathy Larson says

    I’m praying and claiming these three verses for my adult sons:
    “Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures.” Luke 24:45
    “And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him.” Luke 24:31a
    “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 4
    My heart’s desire is that my sons’ lives bring glory to God, in their lifetime, if not in mine.

  7. My prayer is for my son who just turned 13. I pray that he would be strengthened with the Spirit in his inner being so that Christ dwells in him through faith. Ephesians 3:14-19.

  8. My prayer is for my sons 17 and 23 to have a heart to follow the Lord in whatever they do.

  9. I encourage my daughter to trust God with her relationships and to wait knowing God has a plan yet there are times I struggle with the “wait” when I see her discouraged. It is a “daily give it to Jesus” kind of prayer I must do so I can continue to encourage her.

    • Sharon Serrano says

      Kim I hear you!! I have a daughter who is struggling in her “wait and see” season with God. I so many times want to step in and make it all better. They struggle in their “wait” while I struggle with not trying to fix it.

  10. Jacalyn McAnlis says

    I have one verse that I keep “praying” over my adult children. The book sounds very interesting to bring to light many other promises from God that we as parents can pray. I have 3 adult children that I pray over daily. One of my children has me “up nights” worrying — as I regress often and not leave him in God’s care. Thanks for sharing this author’s book with us.

  11. I have trouble, even after ALL these years, trusting God with His timing and His purpose in my own life. I literally feel panic at the idea of trusting Him with my daughter’s. My head knows better than to feel this way, but tell that to the rest of me.

    • I understand this struggle so well! Sometimes I think I have learned how to trust…and then sometimes that slips away. I am grateful for God’s patience with me, for his never-ending faithfulness, and his willingness to supply all that we need (he will even supply faith when we ask him…Philippians 4:19).

  12. I’m struggling with my husband’s unemployment. He is an engineer, in management, where there are fewer jobs at the top. However, he has become doubtful, and kind of complacent, which is freaking me out. Trying to trust God has a plan, but wondering, if you’re giving up, and not following God, or trusting Him, does He leave you to your own consequences? Debt is growing, and we need his paycheck. Please pray with me. Thanks ladies

    • God never leaves us to our own consequences. 2 Timothy 2:13 says, ‘If we are faithless, he will remain faithful.” God IS faithful…our doubt or unbelief or fear will never change that. Even so, what you are going through is incredibly hard, and I am praying with you right now: May the Lord provide a job for your husband. May he “establish the work of his hands and make his efforts successful.” (Psalm 90:17). May he show aptitude for every kind of learning, be quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the job God has prepared. (Daniel 1:4) And may you both sense the strength and comfort of God’s nearness as you walk through this trial. (Isaiah 43:2) May joy come soon to you. (Psalm 30)

  13. Annette Hunter says

    I am not one to wait wel..and beings this is the 3rd post I have read this morning ing email, by 3 different ladies … well you know I think as I prayed through tears for my adult children..then read this post..i was like okay God I get it…
    Thank you for this… I may not win the book or afford to buy it.. but if perhaps maybe you could send me a list of the scriptures…
    I just realized I haven’t been praying well.. I have been praying but rushed …
    And this may be why I am not good in the wait.
    Thank you again.

    • Oh Annette…waiting is hard! That’s probably why Psalm 27 tells us to “be strong and take heart” when we have to wait on the Lord. But that psalm also comes with a promise, and I am praying it now for you: that you will remain confident that you will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)
      (Scroll back to see scriptures others have posted…or just open your Bible and ask God to show you his promises and his love. He will show you what to pray!)

  14. Mary Beth Powers says

    Yes! My youngest finished a 2 year degree in robotics and industrial maintenance and is working. He works 3rd which has been really hard on him. We are trying to keep him encouraged. He feels God calling him into ministry but we are not sure how to pray for him. We would be thrilled at any calling God gives him but we want him to be prepared and know this is his calling. We want to teach him how to step out in faith too. Also one daughter just got married and the other is getting married soon. Our family is changing so much I would love to have a guide on how to pray for them. I’m excited about this prayer journal!

  15. Happy Monday(: #newmercies! Boy am I there, boomerang season Lol. My emptied nest via divorce & college is not full again with my two college age sons. The oldest is a lost college graduate (2 years out of school now & way too content for my liking). I pray daily Psalm 119:133, John 17:17 & Psalm 34:8 over my sons and Jeremiah 29:11.

  16. This is such a crucial topic! I feel like every mother should own a copy of this book- the earlier the better :).
    I think you touch upon a very important aspect: letting the kids do things according to their personality (like the given example with job searching). Parents often feel that they know better because of they have lived longer- but giving space for a child to develop and grow according to their individuality and God’s plan for them- indeed, takes courage and requires wisdom.
    I would love to read the book, and despite being an adult myself already, I feel like i could share it with my mom too, because it seems like ‘parenting’ never stops despite how old ”kids” may be 🙂 .
    The scripture that seems to help me in times of anxiety about the future and decisions to be made/paths to choose is ”Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…”

    • You are so right, Karol! You never stop being a parent! I gave the book to my mom, too! 🙂

      • that is funny! hope your mom will take the message in if relevant 🙂
        With my mom it does not matter what msg I convey, even if it is true, she usually discards it. I noticed that if someone else says the same thing to her that I did- she listens to them (while usually does not hear me 🙁 ) . So I thought it would be the same story with this book: if I give it to her, she may even get offended; but if someone else- she’d be full of excitement…what do ya know! 🙂

  17. I believe I need this book. My oldest son just moved back in with me at the first of February, with no job. I had been told not to help him, but with December and January being bitter cold and freezing temperatures, his car having not heat and so old it could die any day now, I couldn’t see how I could possibly let him live in his car.

    Almost a month later, still no job. Depression has coupled with laziness. I’m praying daily for him, but to be honest not very good at waiting well. I need help. God, please help me know how to help him and not enable him.

    Isaiah 40:31 …but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

  18. Lisa Richardson says

    I have 2 bonus children that I pray for. Taylor and his wife r newlyweds and I want to see them seeking to put God first in their marriage. And I am unsure of their salvation, I know what they say but only God knows their heart. I’m looking for fruit in them. My other bonus child is in a homosexual marriage. She was raised in church and says she is a Christian. Again looking for fruit. It has been very hard to watch her go through with this relationship. I pray believing that God is in control and has a plan. He can use all things for His glory. I need help in knowing how to pray for all of these babies in my life

    • Lisa, praying for a new marriage and loving/praying for a homosexual child are two topics covered in the book. If you go to JodieBerndt.com and click on the RESOURCES tab, you can download two free chapters (one has prayers for blessing your child, even if you don’t agree with the choices he or she makes). You can also download a free printable Marriage Blessing that comes with scripture references – it’s my favorite prayer for a new marriage (or an old marriage!)

  19. Waiting well. God already has a plan, and I don’t need to control it. Wh6 is this so hard to rest in? It is so simple.

  20. Janice Kesterson says

    Thank you for your great reminder today. I need to let go and trust God’s timing with my 4 adult children, especially my youngest who I want to direct his life at times. Help me Lord to completely trust you with my children!!

  21. I think using scripture in our prayers is such a wonderful idea. There is no better tool to use than God’s very own words!! Thank you for this reminder

  22. It’s hard to wait faithfully most of the time. Thank you for sharing your journey through this.

  23. Michelle Reed says

    I am so grateful for how God loves us so… This weekend with me worrying about my sons and doubting myself as a single mother raising them, I am reminded thru this and other avenues that the Lord has blessed me to see that I am to keep speaking life into them and praying for them continuously. Thank you so much for sharing and writing this book to help us remember that we can never stop praying for our loved ones. God Bless. I remember when I first started to doubt and the Lord lead me to Jeremiah 24:7
    ‘I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.
    No matter what I see I believe in my Lord’s promises.

  24. Praying for adult children who have turned their backs to God and have walked so far away I don’t see them ever returning to God.

    • That is so hard. Maybe it helps to remember that it does not matter what we see (Hebrews 11 talks about how faith is the evidence of things “not seen”). God knows. God sees. And God will never stop pursuing our children. They are never too far for him…may the Lord give you strength to stand firm and keep waging the battle in prayer.

  25. Thank you so much for your encouraging words..God is so good and his mercy endures forever. His ways are higher than ours, and he will never leave us nor forsake us. I’m a mother to four grown children and seven precious grandbabies. Over the years, I battled depression and fear. I firmly believe those were tools from the enemy to try to keep me from being a prayer warrior for my children and others. Praise God for victory in Jesus I am free from fear and depression. God wants us all to live a full life and to continually reach out to others the way He does with us..unconditional love. God bless you all.

  26. As I read God’s Word and The Holy Spirit ministers to my mind and heart, many times what I read in the Bible becomes a prayer for my adult children. Praise God that His Word is Alive and active!!

  27. We worry so when our children are little, but that changes dramatically when they’re grown! Having two grown and married daughters with the last exiting High School soon, a book including praying scriptures is just what every mom needs!

  28. I heard a podcast recently with Jodie and a discussion of this book. With two “adult” daughters (almost 19 and 24) I really need this book. They are amazing girls and they both love and seek the Lord, which is a blessing. But this mama is getting ready for the oldest to move out after college and working for almost two years and it isn’t easy. I know it’s time and she will be fine, but it is still hard. This book could help ease the transition by helping to improve my prayer life, specifically in an area that has always challenged me. I would find myself prayer for what I want for my girls not necessarily what they want, and more importantly to focus on what God wants for them.

    • I hear you! The transition times are SOOO hard. You might be encouraged to know that the new book has prayers we mommas can pray for ourselves…goodness knows, I need the Lord’s strength, comfort and wisdom every single day – and now more than ever!

  29. Terri caulfield says

    Going to get this book! Thank you for sharing! The timing is perfect, I needed this reminder today—my son is heading out in a couple of hours to take the Florida Bar exam, again. I love Galatians 6:9, thanks for that reminder too. Waiting well with my adult children is hard.
    Thank you too Wendy for your prayer at the end, I have taken a screen-shot and will refer to it many times throughout the next few days or years! Lol

  30. Praying each day for my adult children. Trusting the Lord is working in their hearts to return to Him.

  31. Alana Morgan says

    Praying for adult children … ah, yes this is a daily prayer for me. One of my favorite scriptures is Lamentations 3:21-23…”This I call to mind and therefore I have hope, the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies will never come to an end, they are new every morning…GREAT is Your faithfulness!” Thanks for the chance to win the book!!!

  32. This is SO my season of life!
    I pray over them daily and often. I cannot love them enough but wonder if I do too much for them.
    I claim Jeremiah 31:17over my daughters…
    There is hope for your future,this is the Lord’s declaration, and your children will return to their own territory? HCSB

  33. Your book sounds so right for me in this phase of life. My two sons are 43 and 45 years old. Both have families and two children each. My younger son has found that he needs to pursue another career or job as his company is making changes that will impact his salary and give him more constraints. He believes in the Lord, but doesn’t feel he needs Church or fellowship. His older brother is in the medical field and a faithful believer who follows the Lord. My younger son needs to find a job that will give him a salary that covers all the bills. I love these boys and especially love and enjoy my grandkids. I live four hours away (by car) and desire to move closer to them. My husband has no desire to do so. It causes a lot of conflict in my second marriage. There is much need for prayer for all of these situations. May the Lord give me a heart to pray without ceasing and to listen to His voice to follow Him.

  34. Roberta Nelson says

    My husband and I have no children of our own. We do have several nephews and a goddaughter. My heart is so heavy because they do not have a relationship with the Lord. Even though several of them were raised in the church, they stepped away many years ago and have not returned. Some of their choices have not been the best. I do lift them up in prayer. It would be so helpful to know what words to pray over them and their situations. They are all so very special to us and we love them so. This sounds like a wonderful book. I am so glad for any help in prayer as I often feel inadequate in this area.

    • Sharon Serrano says

      Roberta I LOVE this! This makes my heart smile! I have so many people praying in my church for my daughter. People with children, people with no children, elders, aunts etc. I love when God uses His body to move in prayer for others in need. I’ve witnessed it first hand and am thankful for people like you who stand in the GAP for our children.

      Be encouraged. I was raised in the gospel all my life and left at the age of 16. returning when I was 20-21 with 3 kids. My Pastor when I was 16 and left always prayed and spoke Proverbs 22:6 over my life, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” I can truly tell you that when I was out in the world doing my thing, I could remember all that I was taught by my mom and in church. It never leaves you!

      Thank you for praying for them. First hand I can tell you, when I don’t have words to pray for my kids, God will raise up people like you to help us pray. 🙂

  35. I struggle with trusting that my child will continue to put God first and not drown in the pursuit of early material gain. I also worry that my step children still don’t know him as savior

  36. Philippians 2:13 New Living Translation (NLT)
    13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

    I pray, “Heavenly Father, work in my daughter’s life. Give her the desire and the power (strength) to do what pleases you.”

    Isaiah 26:3-4
    3 You will keep in perfect peace
    all who trust in you,
    all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
    4 Trust in the Lord always,
    for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.

    Thank you for the post and this opportunity.

  37. This is just the reminder that I needed today. I have 5 adult children and I had just finished praying for them when I read this. I need to remember that where they are and what they are going through is no surprise to God.

    • Sharon Serrano says

      Patricia I like that reminder, “its no surprise to God”. I remind myself of this also. He sees the bigger picture and my job is to pray for them 🙂

  38. Sharon Serrano says

    God never seizes to amaze me in how He always arrives with a timely word. The last couple of months a friend and I have been praying for our children and husbands. I have 6 children. Three are adults and 3 are between the ages of 11-15. I have one prodigal daughter who after almost 3 years of not living with us, seems to be getting back on the right track (I’m hoping) but this past weekend was a hard one for me with her. I keep hearing the words “Be Still” and wonder at times how? But every time I hear those words in my mind I say out loud, “Let go Sharon, Let go”.
    Then I have another daughter who loves Jesus and is in her what I would call “faith crisis”. She’s followed Jesus without a doubt, really all her life, but now is learning to believe Him even when her plans aren’t turning out as she envisioned it. And this momma heart hurts for her and feels her pain as well. But again, those words, “Be still, Be Still.” Let go Sharon, Let go!

    As I write these words I hold back tears because as a mother, you can’t help but want to fix their world. Today, I share with you as I share with my friend whom I pray with….even in the midst of our mother hearts breaking for them, hope is louder. Why? Because as we pray for them I feel my hope increase, even when things don’t turn out the way I’d like. I will be honest, since we began praying more intentional for our kids, the waters seem more turbulent, for both our families…but Hope through prayer has become such an anchor for me. Yes the waters are turbulent, the rain is piercing, the wind is howling, the visibility is at a minimum, but my hope is daily being anchored more and more in Jesus, and you know what, they see it ladies.

    Thank you Wendy for having your guest Jodie with us and Jodie thanks so much for writing these prayers and encouraging us today. This momma heart sure needed it….And all you ladies on here, thank you for sharing your hearts, I’m so encouraged by you.

  39. I love praying for our adult son and daughter-in-love and our first grandchild. A boy!! What a blessing to pray for children of all ages! 🙂

  40. Wendy Collier says

    I just finished the I am left Bible study. I’ve been praying for a while about a person in my life who it is imperative that I love. This person is very different from me and I often find myself wounded. I discussed this person with other people and they said I was in the right and this person was in the wrong and I felt Vindicated. But in the back of my mind I knew that this is not what being a Christian looks like. I cried out for God to help me find answers to help me to know how to love and show Grace and show Mercy. The very next day your Bible study and the invitation showed up in my email. It has been such a blessing and I feel like I’ve learned so much and I cannot thank you enough for being the answer to God’s prayer.

  41. Just what I need to read. Been praying circles around my adult children without ceasing!

  42. DONNA M TORRADO says

    Oh there are several areas I struggle with my children. Especially my boys.
    I stand believing God’s Word which says my whole house would be saved. I know God will keep this promise. I just need to trust.

  43. Linda Neely says

    My greatest struggle is most likely my own guilt at not raising my sons to have a personal relationship with Jesus. I was baptized as a child but really didn’t follow Jesus until much later in life. My sons admire and respect my faith, but neither has accepted Christ personally. That is my #1 prayer. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book. It is exactly what I need.

    • Linda, please do not let the enemy beat you up or fill you with guilt. Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). Your prayers now are working – they are (as 2 Corinthians 1:11 puts it in the Message version) “part of the rescue operation.” God is giving you the privilege of partnering with him, through prayer, to draw these precious young men into a saving relationship with Jesus!

  44. Thank you for this. This is just what I needed to read. I’ve been praying for my adult daughter (as well as my husband), and have to remember God’s timing is always perfect.
    This book is much needed in today’s world. I can’t wait to read it!

  45. Anna Medina says

    We have four children and pray for them daily, we all want the best for them and we give our opinions, and then I came upon JEREMIAH 29 :11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope…….
    For I know… God knows what their lives will be, it’s our job to pray without ceasing💜💙💙💖

  46. I have been praying for my adult children and would love to read your ideas on how to add to my prayers.

  47. I have difficult trust God in relation to my adult children…coming back to God. Would love to read your new book.

  48. I continue to confess out loud that I am trusting God to write the testimonies of my boys lives. That they have not just behavior modification but heart transformation.

  49. I like the verse mentioned in the devotion John 10:10. I have mostly quoted part b of the verse to encourage others to live life to its fullest everyday which is ” the abundant Christ filled life here on earth.”Now I appreciate the whole verse – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that may have life and have it abundantly” – Thank you. In Sharon Jaynes devotion for today she quotes verse which fits perfectly for me for praying for my adult children 2 Corinthians 10 : 3-4 ” For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” This verse just came to me, but I can’t remember where it is – I just found the verse in the concordance in the back of my Bible. Proverbs 3: 5 – 6 ” Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

  50. Thank you for the reminder. I’ve had this book in my wish list on Amazon for sometime. I have been praying for my two adult children in several areas. Have to remember that it is in God’s timing and not mine.

  51. I look forward to reading your book Jodie. Thank you so much for encouraging parents like us who are watching for our Heavenly Father as He works in our adult children’s lives.

  52. Those were just the words this worried mom needed to read. Thank you. My youngest is going through some tough times. I’m praying we support her well, the way she needs now as an adult & as a mom herself.

  53. Jenny Francis says

    I have prayed for my now adult children since they were little. I don’t have a great relationship with any of them right now. I have prayed for them, their spouses and our relationships. I have been suffering from severe treatment resistant depression for years and many times I have not been nearly as diligent with my prayers as I should be. I have missed out on almost all of my precious two year old grandson’s life. I have struggled with suicidal ideation for months due to the depression. God blessed me with the gift of prayer, but I have not been a good steward with this gift lately. I have had a hard go of waiting on Poppa God’s timing, and I have not asked for prayer for myself (not wanting to share everything I’ve been going through). My Gracious Heavenly Father has been working on me about all of this and I put on my Armor every day and battle the spiritual forces of darkness. God is with me. I am again praying for my adult children and will continue.

  54. This was good encouragement. Thank you for sharing!

    Isaiah 55:11, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

  55. I’m just reading this now and it hits home so much. Our 20 year old son is a good kid, doesn’t get into trouble, but he acts like a victim of his circumstances and makes poor choices. He doesn’t want to go to college, so we ask that he get a full time job. He’s been working part time jobs since high school. He has had more jobs than I care to recall. He quits when it gets hard and says that people are annoy him. He thinks we ask too much of him and gets angry when we insist he get off the couch and find another part time job if he can’t get a full time job. He has recently left our home is bouncing around with friends. I know he will be back once his welcome wears off and he has no place to go. We’ve been through this once with him already. It’s just so hard. Every day we pray over our son, and our daughter. I talk to God on a daily basis. I write my prayers down. I know that God has a plan for Him but I also know that my son doesn’t have a relationship with God. So much it hurts my heart, and my husband is so depressed. It makes me sad. I’m not depressed, just sad that our son can’t see what is right in front of him. A family that loves him and an almighty God that wants an abundance of goodness for him.

  56. i have a hard time in my two grown sons to start reading the bible and change their type of music and to not play their video games so much-they im afraid are addicted to it and for them to move out on their own for them to be independant. i worry that i won’t see them in the new kingdom of jerusalem. that they are or will be saved too i worry. please help.

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