Beloved Prodigal is a gathering place supported by a small team of prayer warriors and writers. Behind the scenes women are praying for you as you gather here.
Meet our contributing writers:
Hulda is a missionary mom to 3 awesome kids currently on a year-long furlough in the States, but normally living in a former communist nation right in the heart of Europe. Hulda is married to Jimmie, the love of her life and writes at Fully Alive.
Her family has been living there by faith for 13 years and with each passing year, they are learning even more how great their God is.
This is not the life she imagined for herself growing up in the suburbs of Wash. DC, but despite the challenges and maybe because of the challenges of living overseas and raising children in a third culture, their cups are overflowing. The Father’s blessings are the best and nothing else compares.
Bettie is a wife, Mom (also of two returned Prodigals) and a Grandma. She blogs at BettieG’sRAseasons. If ever there could be a chapter in the Bible that she could count for her “Life Verse” it would surely be Isaiah 55. Every verse has found a fulfillment at one point or another in her life. But these two especially have been foundational for her trust and walk with Jesus:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
So often His Ways have seemed mysterious or confusing to her, as she walked through them. But in looking back, she has seen His Grace and Protection covering her all the way. And in these last few years, as she has obeyed His urging in her heart to begin her blog, she has seen His hand upholding her in ways she could not have imagined.
These days through Chronic Illness: first with Rheumatoid Arthritis, then Fibromyalgia and Osteoporosis, along with many accompanying difficulties, have been a struggle, to say the least. But the kindness of fellow bloggers, and the community of believers that she’s found has been such an encouragement to her heart.
Linda, who blogs at Being Woven, is a quiet woman growing each day in the LORD.
Christ is her home. He is the well from which she drinks. Linda became His 24 years ago. She is 70 so that is actually a small percentage of her life through which she could have walked closely with Him. No matter, He never stopped waiting for her.
She was raised in a Christian home, yet never was told she could have a relationship with Jesus through the churches she attended nor at home. So after college, she wandered on her own and ‘mis-married,’ enduring a bad marriage for 10 years without any type of spiritual life either.
After the divorce, she continued to wander for 13 more years, literally, moving across the USA, job-to-job. She experimented with New Age religion, only to find herself more empty than before. She experienced, endured, escaped much over the years, including the suicide of her dearest friend/like-a-brother. She would be the one to find him.
She met Kenneth 10 months after the suicide. He is a Christian who introduced her to Christ Jesus. They have been married for 24 years with Christ as the Center. She praises God for Kenneth. They have no children.
Linda feels God’s call to be one of His lights in this dark world. Where He places her is where she will be illumined. She is grateful for the love God gives to her so that she may give it away.
Sadly, Linda is unable to contribute to Beloved Prodigal anymore (since December 2017) due to health concerns. We are so thankful to God for all her prayers, encouragement and blog posts for Beloved Prodigal.
Debbie Michael is a mother of four adult children. Her youngest, Roma, a prodigal returned Home and subject of many God-stories, was an extravagant gift from God through Russian adoption. Debbie lives in Maryland, U.S.A., with her husband of almost forty years.
Her first book, But the Greatest of These is Love (2012), chronicles her shocking, and, at first, unwelcomed, Call to adoption. Her blog, Consider it All Joy, shares continuing stories where the book left off. The cumulative blog posts are evolving into a second book.
Debbie sees prodigals as a painful consequence of a profoundly broken world. Until every knee is bowed to Jesus Christ our Lord, there will be prodigals. But she also believes there will be powerful stories of prodigals returning Home. These personal stories make God visible.
Lisa, who blogs at For A Purpose, was born in Finland. She learned to walk while traveling across the USA. Her missionary parents took her and her and her four older siblings to China after WWII. Her first language was a mixture of Chinese, Finnish and English. She spent her school years in Sri Lanka; studied sick children’s nursing in England; worked as a volunteer in India before marrying a Swedish-speaking Finnish missionary who worked in Thailand.
She had rebelled against her father’s hope that all his children would be missionaries. Wasn’t her uprooted childhood enough of an offering on the altar of missions? She knew in theory that Jesus loves everybody, and so he loves her too. What she thought were God’s demands and expectations were far beyond anything she was prepared to fulfill.
One day a Swedish person was praying for her. He tried to explain how much Jesus loves her. She couldn’t speak Swedish yet, so he tried to tell her in his broken English: “Jesus likes you.” She had never thought Jesus could like her, a rebellious teenager. The thought of Jesus liking her made her laugh. Soon her silent laugh became a bubbling brook in spring and she was filled with the love of God through the Holy Spirit, prepared to be sent to the ends of the earth.
She and her husband, both in their seventies now live in Finland. Their four adopted children have families of their own. Writing has been one of the ways Lisa has coped with her mixture of identities and challenges. Her mother’s teaching, always anchored in the Bible, has been a strong foundation for her life, keeping her steady even through the toughest storms of life, including severe debilitating RA, loss of friends, isolation, and much more.
Joy is a grateful grace embracer and a keen encourager, who has a special affinity with those recovering from a painful past, life’s lost, abused, broken and hurting ones. She is a woman on a mission to share the hope and joy we have in Jesus. Joy is also a wife, mother, grandma, writer, author of the poetic memoir, ‘Seeking Solace: discovering grace in life’s dark places’, poet and blogger, avid reader and book reviewer for NetGalley.
As an M.E, arthritis, hypermobility syndrome and fibromyalgia sufferer, she writes with a desire to support and encourage others going through challenging circumstances. You can find her sharing reflections, poetry and prayers at her Words of Joy blog and mostly poetry at Poetry Joy, as well as being a contributor to the Association of Christian Writers (ACW) and Godspace blogs.
Gayl lives in a log home partly surrounded by woods in upstate South Carolina. She is a seeker of truth who looks for beauty in ordinary things. You may find her walking in the woods, sitting on the hillside or relaxing in the porch swing.
Poet, amateur photographer, musician, and artist, she loves to use her talents to encourage others and glorify God. Mother of 7, grandmother of 14 and wife to Steve for 43 years and counting. You can connect with Gayl on her lovely, creative blog or follow her on Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.
Anna is a Kiwi-Dutch wife and mother of two girls. She lives in the Netherlands, but grew up in New Zealand and Germany, the child of Kiwi missionaries. A Prodigal returned home, she has personally tasted of God’s goodness in the land of the living, of a Father whose loving hand never ever departs from His suffering children and who remains eternally faithful, even when we turn away in fear or shame.
And she loves to share that beautiful Love she has received with others God places on her path. She has a special yearning to see the fulfilment of God’s Promises in the lives of His Prodigal children and to encourage and support those praying for their return to the Lord. This led her to open BelovedProdigal.com with the support, love and prayers of dear friends.