“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and “be content with such things as ye have; for he hath said, “I will never leave thee,nor forsake thee.” ~ Hebrews 13:5

Consider the status of a prodigal child who has not yet reconciled with the Father.  Does the promise of Hebrews 13:5 belong to the prodigal who has turned their back on God to wander in the wilderness?  On the surface, it would not seem likely.

As one who wandered, stumbling about in the wasteland of the wilderness (from the ages of 22 through 62) I have some experiences that indicate that my Father was always there watching over me.  Did I deserve for Him to do that?  Absolutely not!  The devil had been telling me throughout those years that God would forsake me because He no longer loved me.  

I had accepted Christ as my Savior at the tender age of 12. For more background about the wilderness wanderings of this once prodigal daughter, read my June 7, 2016, Tuesday Testimonies message called: “Psalm 32:10 Abiding Love.”  In that message I also describe the time before and during my 40 years adrift.


Also see my October 17, 2016 Monday Memories message: “Forever Forgiven by a Merciful God, ” which details my journey back to the loving God of my childhood.   The devil had told me many times that after all of those years I was forgotten and unforgiveable and that I belonged to him, but as soon as I turned back to my fellowship with the God of my childhood – salvation intact – the wily devil slinked away, licking his wounds, and he has not spoken to me since. 


In today’s message, I want to share with you the fact that my Father did indeed still care about me during my years in exile.  Contrary to the lies told me by the devil, I seemed to still have a Guardian Angel.  Imagine that!  There were four distinct times during my wanderings, all taking place in situations in automobiles, when I came so close to death, I was sure I had reached the end.  I was plucked out every time, set back on my feet to continue somewhat aimlessly on my wilderness path.  I will save the details of those “close calls” for another message later on.

I believe He did not leave me nor forsake me because He had other plans for me to fulfill.  We are loved by an awesome God who forgives us and forgets our sins.  Are you a prodigal who is still in the devil’s grasp ~ afraid to return to God?  I urge you to wait no longer. I am living proof that He is waiting for you with open arms and unconditional love.

I am sharing a quote by Emilie Barnes:  “God has put into each of our lives a void that cannot be filled by the world.  We may leave God or put Him on hold, but He is always there, patiently waiting for us . . .to turn back to Him.”

Prodigal friend, are you ready to run back to Him today so that He can show you the purpose He has for your life?

To read the messages I refer to in this message, click on the title line.  You will be taken to the message.  To return to this message, use the “back” arrow.

Psalm 32:10 Abiding Love

Forever Forgiven by a Merciful God


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Joyce Graves

Founder of Heart"wings" at Heart"wings" ministries
Joyce Graves founded Heart”wings”- a women’s fellowship as a Facebook ministry to share God's great love, to encourage and support sisters in Christ. Born in Houston, TX on a bright summer morning in 1941, she grew up in a Christian home as a “sunny-side up, glass half-full” little girl. She accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of 12. Joyce and her husband are enjoying life in Arizona and love the desert of Lake Havasu City in the winter and Lakeside in the majestic White Mountains in the summer. At both places, she spends a lot of time on her Facebook ministry with maintenance matters and communicating with her Heart”wings” sisters. God led her to start the Facebook ministry on March 2, 2015. Her obedient service to our Lord is simple but fulfilling. To any lady who is interested in joining Heart"wings" - a women's fellowship (a secret/secured Facebook group), there are several places on these blog pages that you can click on and ask her to "friend you."

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