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Diane Viere was interviewed about "Hope for Moms of Prodigals" on The Sisterhood of the Beautiful Warriors with Lucy Ann Moll
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Damn the secrets! God call us to be lights in a dark world. Not just a dark world, but a world at war. And if Satan and his demons can’t take you down, they’ll go after your kids. Even your adult kids.
Diane was the special guest on Lucy Ann Moll's online radio show, "Sisterhood of the Beautiful Warriors."
As a counselor, Diane Viere has oodles of experience with adult kids and their parents, more years than she probably care to count. Yet with her own son Curt, a prodigal, Diane tried every creative parenting technique and read every hurting parent book written. Finally after years of trying to control her adult child’s addiction, she was exhausted from this life battle and screamed out to God, “Do something!”
She says that with a gentle but firm whisper, He responded, “Diane, I have been here waiting to do something. You must remove the tight grip on him so I can begin to do my work in him.”
Letting go is a process, a difficult process, that began that night as she surrendered my prodigal’s journey to God.
Of course, some young adults learn responsibility and make godly choices. Other young adults, well, they seem stuck. Stuck in drugs, alcohol, mental illness, or a parade of bad choices.
You’ll find the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15. He asks his father for his inheritance – before his death, mind you – and wastes it on wild living before he finally comes to his senses and returns home.
Here’s an open letter Diane shared with her son:
You are my gift; you are my son. Yet (how that three letter word speaks volumes), you are an adult–you are responsible for your own decisions, behaviors, actions–your own life.
For many years, I couldn’t separate where a Mother’s responsibilities ended and yours began. For many years, I struggled to change ... what was only yours to change.”
Diane's letter goes on from there. Heart-felt and transparent. What’s the best way for a mom to help her prodigal? You are gonna find out.
Prodigals are not limited to one’s children or drug use; whether child or adult, spouse, relative, or friend, anyone who walks away from God is lost and in need of prayer! Many of us love a prodigal who is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol; for others it may be a wayward spouse, sibling, parent or best friend. Adultery, addiction, distorted entitlement beliefs—extravagant reckless living.