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Laine Lawson Craft



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Parental Challenges In Dealing With Prodigals

In this episode of Warfare Parenting, Laine Lawson Craft and Monica Schmelter delve into the emotional and practical challenges that come with having prodigal children. Laine shares her personal experience of having three prodigals in her family and discusses the initial shock and emotional turmoil that parents often experience when they realize their children have rejected the faith they were raised with. She highlights the importance of setting healthy boundaries, maintaining a calm disposition, and trusting in God's sovereignty when dealing with prodigal children. The conversation provides hope and encouragement for parents who may be facing similar struggles, reminding them of the importance of prayer and the potential for miraculous life transformations. Join us as we explore the complex journey of parenting prodigal children and discover valuable insights for navigating this challenging experience.   Timestamps 00:00 Challenges of prodigal children in Christian families. 05:02 Book shares spiritual approach to guiding children. 08:07 Worried about potential consequences of destructive choices. 10:05 Accept parental guilt, then release it to God. 14:26 Monica talks about prodigal children and emotions. 19:07 Seeking divine guidance with patience and faith. 22:40 Encourage prodigal's return home with faith. 24:34 Praying for prodigals and facing family struggles. 27:36 "I'll see you next week."   Key Topics Primary topic: Emotional Experience of Parents with Prodigal Children - Initial shock, anger, and resentment - Numbness and panic reactions - Emotional whirlwind of anger, resentment, shame, and guilt - Impact on marriage and family dynamics - Strategies to cope with emotional turmoil, such as leaning on faith and managing guilt Primary topic: Practical Strategies for Dealing with Prodigal Children - Setting healthy boundaries - Navigating parental guilt and the process of laying down children's lives to God - Prayer and waiting for God's intervention - Understanding and addressing the impact on the whole family Primary topic: Faith and Hope in Parenting Prodigal Children - Understanding the prodigal child as "lost" and in need of miracles - Sharing stories of transformation and miraculous experiences - Planting seeds of faith and hope while waiting for God's intervention Primary topic: Persistence and Connection with Parents of Prodigal Children - Offering encouragement to parents with long-term prodigal children - Maintaining the emotional connection and support for parents - Providing resources and information for parents dealing with prodigal children   Keywords parenting podcast, Christian faith, prodigal children, crisis, challenges, award-winning author, family, shock, anger, resentment, sacrifices, faith, mistakes, boundaries, self-destructive choices, contemporary, spiritual mindset, battle, strategies, emotions, guilt, shame, hope, parental prayer, brokenhearted, darkness, lost, skepticism, miracles, marriage, connection

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