Sunday, September 9, 2012

A devo for Mothers of Addicts

Today I was praying, thinking wondering if there is anything I can post to help someone. I had started a book, sent a proposal, got no answer, so I may share some of it here. It was a devotional for Mothers of Addicts.
Help, Lord, My Child is an Addict!
Read Psalm 27:1-6
“Help, Lord! My child is an addict! I can’t bear this!” What painful words and the road to that realization may have been long and hard. You feel like you can’t go on. Is there hope for you and your family?
Is there a source of strength to help you make it through another day, hour or even moment of the types of circumstances you never dreamed of encountering in your life?

Perhaps you were brought up reading fairy tales that end with “and they lived happily ever after?” and most of the Christian books end with a happy ending, and yet your life seems full of pain? The pain that you can literally feel, the pain of hurting for your child.
Where is the comfort for you, a child of God? You may be brokenhearted and wonder what happened to the hopes and dreams you had about your son or daughter?

For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of affliction, to give you an end and patience. (Jeremiah 29:11 Douay-Rheims Bible)

Can you live to have hope again even if your circumstances don’t change immediately? Yes, you can. I know; I was there in your shoes for over 25 years and addiction still follows our family. Where did I find strength and hope? I found it in the word of God, which is a daily encouragement and through prayer and you can, too. Find a personal word to hold onto. Go back to it each day. Study it, meditate on it and let it lift your spirits. There is Hope. Let us pray.

Father God, please give hope and help for the journey no matter how long it may take. Take care of my adult child and help me to let go and let You bring the healing that is needed. I realize that You, Lord, love my child even more than I do and even though our lives are complicated I lay these things at Your feet right now, I ask for Your mercy for my whole family and for each one reading this prayer right now. You, Lord, know the full situation, the pain, the enabling and the pain when we want to help, but know we must withdraw and pray the prayer of release that their bottom come soon and even horrible if that is what it takes.

After praying this prayer, just take a deep breath, do the next best thing, smile, as best as you can remembering you are not alone but in a mighty army of mothers, envision the Lord holding your child in His loving arms. Release, Peace, Serenity will come as we say the name of Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.

Then I suggest that you share your problems with at least one person who will commit to pray with you and for you and your adult child.

Donna Collins Tinsley subject "A sister among you blog" if writing


  1. What a beautifully written devotion Donna. I hope you are recognized soon for your talent in writing and will be published. I found your blog quite by accident this morning. Well, no, it was not by accident. It was planned by God! I have enjoyed browsing through your blog and have discovered we have so much in common. After reading your blog, I've decided to open up and share even more in my writing. Thanks to you and your openness about the trials in your life, we have managed to find one another out here in the world wide web lol. I'm following your blog as of today! I look forward to coming back and reading more as time permits. Come on over and visit me sometime at May God bless you and your family.
    Love in Christ,
    Jennifer aka Jenny :-)

  2. Dear Jenny,
    Thank you so much for posting and it encouraged me that you signed up to follow.
    I pray that you will press on with your writings. There are so many people that live with chronic pain; many in my own family. There are no accidents with the Lord and it is funny I had just went on a FB site and asked more people to sign up, as that looks better for you when approaching editors. I love when someone not only signs up but comments, too. You have a beautiful blog. What a gift you possess. Peace!

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  5. We have been dealing with our son's addiction and mental illness for 15 years! He has been to rehab stayed clean for a year and a half! Been to mental ward been to prison! Got out of prison in Nov 2016 stayed clean until 2 weeks ago! I am at a loss of what to do but pray! He has a 4 year old daughter that we are raising and have been since birth. Please lift us up in prayer and pray he hits bottom fast! I am out of money and out of options BUT GOD.......

    1. Dear One, I am so sorry to read of your son's addiction and all the pain that entails for your family. First, thanks for all you've done for his child; I know it isn't easy. I've been down that road myself. If you email me, at, telling me more specifically how to pray for you, I'll send you another devo. I personally know how we wish we could fix them and how we must let go and let God. Sometimes for me, it's a daily re-surrendering as I don't know what to pray at times. Feeling your pain and sending some love, hope and prayers.

    2. Put A Sister Among You as subject/re addicts if you email or something so I'll know you aren't a stranger.

  6. Dear Donna, I hope that you do write a devotional book for parents of addicts. Your writing here was a comfort to my aching heart tonight. Thank you.

  7. Email me at with addiction blog in the subject or message me on Facebook, and I'll find another one to send you. I've been locked out of my blog for some reason so didn't get a response to you right away. Breathe and pray!

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