Itís Time to Come Home
ďSometimes what you fear the most is the very thing that will set
you free.Ē (Robert Tew) Fear is something that we often live with like
a second skin. It becomes second nature and we tolerate the way it
feels because itís what we know, itís the place we are choosing to
Diana Martin was intimately acquainted with fear, not only for
herself but her children, particularly her son who was on a downward
spiral of drugs and alcohol and spending more time locked up than
walking in freedom. She feared for her grandchildren, her sonís
children, because they were trapped in the consequences of their
She had been through a divorce herself and her self-worth was in
shambles. Itís difficult to help another up when you are wounded
yourself. But Diana knew the Lord and when God is fighting for you,
nothing can stop you.
In 2000, something changed. Diana was no longer willing to stand
by and watch her son spin out of control. On a visit to the county
jail, she told him she couldnít do this anymore. ďI canít be involved
in your dysfunction any longer. You need to change and get your life
in order. I wonít be back to visit you until you are ready to change
and get your life right before God. Itís time to walk the walk and not
just talk the talk.Ē
Her heart was broken. She loved her son so much but he was bound
in sin. Enabling him would not set him free; it was time for some
tough love with her daughterís support.
She may have been absent physically, but her prayers were always
with him. Diana prayed and she claimed the promises in Scripture for
her son. They included John 10:10, ďThe thief (Satan) comes only to
steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) have come that they may have
life, and have it to the full.Ē(NIV) And Proverbs 3:5-6, ďTrust in
the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways submit (acknowledge) Him and He will make your paths
A motherís heart saw the redemption that was possible through
Jesus Christ. More hard times followed. Her son was released from jail
but continued down the wrong path. He and his children were living in
a meth house and then became homeless while his addiction continued to
control his life and his choices.
At this point, Diana decided she needed to work on herself and
leave her son and grandchildren in the Lordís hands. Just as Abraham
was willing to place his son, Isaac, on the altar and offer him as a
sacrifice to the Lord, Diana gave her son and grandchildren to the
Transformation began in her life as God began to purify her and
heal old wounds while exposing the lies the devil was speaking to her.
From 2 Kings 18:18 God spoke to her, ďDiana, how long will you falter
between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him.Ē
Some months later in September 2000, her son was arrested again
and this time he decided it was time to change. Diana received a
prophetic word that in three months her son would no longer be
involved with drugs. ďGod is doing and is going to do a great thing in
This mother could have doubted the Lord after her sonís track
record but she decided to change her thoughts. Keeping her eyes on God
and His Word, she did not look at the facts and circumstances but
believed that her son would be okay. Miraculously three months later,
he was released from jail and came to live with his mother.
That same day, as they drove home they noticed there was a church
across the street from her apartment, Foundation Ministries which
later became Spokane Dream Center. Her son called the church and met
with Pastor Dave. This began the healing and transformation that was
necessary to turn his life around. Today Vince Martin is an Associate
Pastor at Spokane Dream Center and the Program Director of the Menís
Discipleship Program. He is instrumental in helping other men turn
their lives around because of the work God did in him.
What about you? You may be the parent of a prodigal son or
daughter, what encouragement is there for your situation? Diana shared
what got her through her darkest days.
1. Believe the promises of God. Hide His word in your heart so
that you know the truth according to what God says. Align your
thoughts with the word of God. Be transformed by the renewing of your
2. What fruit are you producing? Examine what you are believing
and the wisdom you are receiving. Godly wisdom comes from above while
confusion comes from the world.
3. Nothing is impossible with God. Miracles do happen. Find a
church that is rooted in the word of God that will stand with you.
Then pray and believe that the circumstances will change. Listen to
Godís voice and He will direct your path.
Out of lifeís chaos come the blessings of the Lord. God does not
waste any circumstance in our lives. He uses everything for His glory.
Today Diana has the opportunity to sow hope into others. For the last
five years, she has been a teacher at Dream Centerís Womenís
Discipleship Program and is able to encourage the women to know who
they are in Christ. Many of them came from similar circumstances as
her son. Diana brings the heart of a mother who knows the
transformation that occurs when we surrender to God.
She also leads a womenís bible study group. Because of her own
journey, Diana has a heart for the wounded and broken-hearted.
Together these women are growing in their walk with Christ while
building new strongholds of faith in alignment with Godís word.
ďI am truly beginning to live the life God has for me to live,Ē
Diana said. God is a God of deliverance, healing, restoration and
miracles. Nothing is too difficult for Him.
If you are the parent of a wayward child, donít give up. God loves
you and your child. Diana learned that being filled with anxiety and
fear did not help her or her son, but trusting in God and believing in
His word brought her peace and allowed God to work through her. He is
waiting to help you.
If you are that wayward child, itís time to come home. Your
heavenly Father loves you so much and He is willing to receive you
just as you are. It doesnít matter what you have done. Bring your
burdens to Him. Accept His love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
And exchange your old life for a new one that offers hope and a second
chance. Find a church that will support you in your new walk. Call
your family and let them know you are ready to start over.
On April 4th at the INB Performing Arts Center at 334 Spokane
Falls Blvd in downtown Spokane, Spokane Dream Center will present
Behold Jesus, the story of his life and ministry. On stage you will
see Jesusí life from his childhood through his teachings, crucifixion
and resurrection, and then a glimpse of heaven. The cast of about 150
people, including Diana and her son, represent changed lives, people
just like you and me who have found a second chance in Jesus. There
are two performances, 1 pm and 6:30 pm, and itís free.
Wayward child, if youíre not ready to walk through the doors of a
church, come to the INB and you will find the opportunity to learn
more about Jesus. Itís time to come home.