Break in to Her Heart

For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.  Isaiah 64:3-4 (NIV)

I had been praying for my beloved college-aged daughter’s spiritual well-being for two and a half years.

With very little to show for it.

I’d even apologize at my weekly Moms in Prayer group for sounding like a broken record. I prayed for this particular daughter more than my other two daughters combined. My mother’s intuition said she was the one who most needed it.

And then came the break-through. Actually, it was a break-in.


She had just drifted off to sleep one night, when she was startled by a loud crash. An intruder had smashed her bedroom window into a million pieces, which now covered her comforter and carpet. She screamed and ran into her roommate’s room, where they locked the door and called 911. Guns drawn, the police cleared the apartment. Thankfully, the perpetrator had fled.

At 12:30am, we received one of those calls. You know, the kind every parent dreads. Our daughter was shaken and crying. But she was safe. I hardly slept the rest of that night, praying that God would comfort her and use this for good in her life.


A few weeks later she was home. As we visited over tea, she teared up and shared that the break-in was a picture of her spiritual life. In her opinion, there was nothing “random” about that random act of violence. She had been “asleep” spiritually, just going through the motions, numb. The sound of the window breaking was her wake-up call. She ran out of the bedroom and into a second chance. She was now wide awake!

I have definitely seen a change in her since the events of that night. She is more joyful, more tender, more aware of God’s presence. We can talk about spiritual things. She has gone back to church. He is wooing her to Himself, even taking her to Italy this summer to study abroad, a sweet gift she attributes to Him.


So, dear faithful mamas who are praying for beloved wayward children, don’t give up! Even if you don’t see any progress. Even if you feel like a broken record. God never tires of your prayers. And when the time is right, He will act. The break-through will come. He can use anything, even a break-in, to accomplish His purposes.



Shelley Lloyd Smith makes her home in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she and her husband have raised their three daughters. She believes prayer is a mom’s secret weapon, and has led a Moms in Prayer group since 2008.

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  1. I am wondering if there is a prayer group for prodigals in the Huntsville, Alabama area? We had seen changes in one of our daughters (age 26) and had been praying, but over the weekend, in a phone call that broke our hearts, she let us know how far she has gone away from the truth of our Lord’s Holy Word. We are grieving.

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      Hello Renee, thank you for your message. I forwarded your information to Lee Mathews, Moms in Prayer Alabama State Coordinator. She will be contacting you. I also prayed for you and your daughter. God bless you.

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      Hello Daphne, I have forwarded your message to our Moms in Prayer North Texas State Coordinator, Linda Wheeler. She will respond to you shortly. I also just prayed for you. May the God of hope fill you Daphne with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

  2. Praise God! I needed to hear your words. I was feeling like my prayers for my daughter was going unanswered because although she has made some progress, she is still not surrounded by godly friends which she needs. Thanks again for your encouraging words.

  3. Thank you for sharing! Amen! I have a daughter in prison and would really love to join a incarcerated children mothers group, if there is such a group. Please help! Yoli

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