by Nan Jones   @NanJonesAuthor

Guest blogger, Andrea Merrell   @AndreaMerrell

What a special lady I have as a guest on Morning Glory. I met Andrea Merrell about four years ago at my first writer’s conference, Writer’s Advance Boot Camp, held at The Cove every February. Andrea has been a cheerleader for my work ever since that first hug. She’s one of those who is quiet and gracious, but everyone listens up when she speaks. I know her heart yearns to encourage those who have children who have gone astray. She wants the prodigal to know you are worthy of God’s love. I join my heart with Andrea’s and pray that through her words you will find hope in Christ once again.

Welcome Andrea!

muscle in my body tensed as the phone rang late one evening. I didn’t know how
much more bad news I could take. Was it one of my children? Another prank call?
Maybe this time it was the police, the hospital, or—worse yet—the morgue.

eased the phone to my ear and heard a raspy female voice. “I know where your
daughter is and she almost OD’d.”
gasped and squeezed the receiver. My eyes closed in a feeble attempt to shut
out the words and images bouncing around in my mind. My daughter—and her dad’s
truck—had been missing for days.
is this?” I barely recognized my own voice.

not important. Do you wanna know where she is or not? She’s okay now, but
yesterday her buddies said if she died, they’d throw her in a dumpster and not
think another thing about it.”
you’ve never gotten a phone call like this—and never will. It was certainly one
I never expected, but because of a stranger’s willingness to let me know how to
contact my daughter, a chain of events began that culminated in the
deliverance, redemption, and restoration of both my children.
parent, grandparent, or guardian is ever prepared for a beloved child, teen, or
young adult to walk away from everything they have been taught—everything good
and wholesome in their lives—but the staggering truth is: even good kids rebel—and even good parents can end up with a prodigal.
Even more
important is the fact that it’s no one’s fault.
We can waste a lot of time and effort pointing the finger of blame. This only
creates an environment of guilt and condemnation, and makes us feel hopeless.
Through those
dark days, God’s presence was always with me, even when I didn’t realize it. At
times when things looked impossible and the pain was the greatest, He held me
securely in His hands. He also taught me many practical lessons and how to pray
His Word over my children daily. Most importantly, I learned that God is
faithful, His Word is truth, and we should never give up when we are praying
according to His will.
If you or
someone you love is dealing with a prodigal, let me offer hope, support, and encouragement.
Praying for the Prodigal is filled
with practical survival tips, advice from the former prodigals, and thirty days
of prayers and Scriptures. This book will strengthen you for the battle ahead
and help you hold fast to God’s promises. It will remind you that there is
always hope for the prodigal and help for those who wait.
A Tweetable to Encourage Others
Meet Andrea:
Andrea Merrell is Associate Editor for Christian
Devotions Ministries and
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She is also a freelance editor and has
been published in numerous anthologies and online venues. Andrea is the author of Murder of a
. The Gift
, and Praying for the Prodigal. For more information
visit or  
 You can find Praying for the Prodigal  on Amazon.