Episode Summary:

Many parents have suffered the pain that ensues when they’ve had a prodigal child. In this episode, we talk about how to gain hope and healing when your loved one has gone astray. My guest today is Judy Slegh, who experienced having a prodigal child and is going to share what she learned through that experience.

Judy also shares how learned how to treat her prodigal child so that she could rediscover the jewel in him in this article: How to Treat A Prodigal Child: Rediscover the Jewel


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Quotables from the Episode:

  • Our emotions reveal our thoughts.
  • Do not harden your heart towards your prodigal—God hasn’t.
  • As we forgive, it releases baggage and we can receive hope for our prodigal.
  • A declaration is a statement speaking God’s heart for our situation and our agreement with that.
  • Declarations are from the heart of God.
  • Declarations can overcome distance.
  • God sets us up to win—but we choose whether to move closer to God or further away.
  • Focus on who your prodigal was before they walked away.
  • Vulnerability is being courageous.


Scripture References:

  • Malachi 4:6a “He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents”
  • Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
  • Job 1:10 “You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does.”
  • Isaiah 61:1-5 “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations. Foreigners will be your servants. They will feed your flocks and plow your fields and tend your vineyards.”


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Guest Judy R. Slegh

Judy R. Slegh, author of Help! I have a prodigal!Judy R. Slegh is passionate in helping others get free of emotional baggage through healing prayer. Writing her first book, Help! I Have a Prodigal, she combined her personal experiences with a prodigal son with the healing prayer tools she uses as leader of Nephros Ministries. She found it a joy to speak into her biology student’s lives for seventeen years and now brings hope to the imprisoned through leading a birthday card ministry called Affirming You. Being a Minnesotan, she enjoys kayaking on lakes and rivers as well bird watching and biking with her husband Daryl.



Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson



Many parents have suffered the pain that ensues when they’ve had a prodigal child. My guest, Judy Slegh, and I talk about how to gain hope and healing when your loved one has gone astray. Judy shares from her experience with her prodigal child. #prodigal #hope #faith #trustGod