How to Love the Addict in Your Life


Addiction is in my family. My father was an alcoholic, so were my grandfathers, and uncles. Two of my siblings have struggled with addiction. My oldest brother has been in the grip of drug addiction for decades. It has taken everything from him. He has been homeless most of his life. In and out of jail, rehab, and even prison. When I see one of his mugshots it takes my breath away. I have been praying for my brother for years, and I will continue to do so until he gets set free and fully surrenders his life to Jesus Christ.

I am no expert on addiction, but I do have a lot of compassion for the addict and their loved ones. There are wonderful people out there fighting the good fight for the addicted. Jeannie Delahunt is one of those special people. I am honored to have Jeannie on my blog.

Jeannie is an author who wrote out of love for her heroin addicted son. She is a Jesus loving woman with a strong faith, and hope for the addict. Please welcome Jeannie and read a little of her story. You will be blessed.

Jeannie’s Story

I wrote my two books, Tough Loving My Heroin Addict, A Lesson from the Parable of the Prodigal Son, and You’re Not Alone, the Prayer Journey of a Heroin Addict’s Mother, first for my own sanity, then, in the hopes of supporting other parents enduring the same or similar anguish.

Writing has always been a coping mechanism for me.

When I first found out how all-consuming my son’s addiction was, all I could do for two weeks was sit on my couch and stare out the window.  I hardly ate or slept.  I just couldn’t believe this happened to my son, to us, his brother, our family.  I felt as though I had entered the land of never-ending tombs.  

I remember saying in my mind, because I couldn’t really pray at the time, “If You don’t do something, this will kill me.”

Fortunately, a dear Christian sister checked on me every couple of days.  She didn’t lecture, or preach, she just asked, “Can I do anything for you?  I’m praying for you, your son, the situation.”

Somewhere, during those two weeks, it came to me to write.  I do believe that came from God.  

I wrote.

It didn’t take any form at first. I just wrote whatever came to me.  In time it took form.  Actually, it took form after another perspective from the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24).  

I focused on the dad in the story.  

Then I knew with the help of the Holy Spirit, I needed to let my son go and place him in the care of the Lord.  In no way, shape, or form, could I protect my son, enable him.  He would need to suffer the consequences of his own actions. I suffered, too. 

Everyone who loves an addict, alcoholic, suffers, too.

The second book I wrote to support those parents or loved ones praying daily, all through the day, and even into the night- time.  Those sobbing into their pillows, some, perhaps, having to go to work in the morning, trying to muster all the internal strength they had just to get through the day.

I wanted them to know that someone else understood their sufferings and prayed for them. My greatest hope with that book, for the reader(s) to hold on, and trust.  For each day could mean a knock on the door from the authorities.  A knock signaling the death from overdose, or any other drug-related reason.

Unfortunately, there aren’t enough services out there.  And our culture is a drug-oriented culture.  Just look at the passing of recreational marijuana recently.  Now, we not only have to cope with drunk-driving, but stoned, and drunk-driving.  

Marijuana, for instance, might have its place – but under the strict supervision of the docs, not for legal sale on the street corners.  Our culture holds many double-messages.  We advertise the dangers of smoking cigarettes but endorse the smoking of pot.  Go figure.

To date, my son struggles with sobriety.  I praise God and believe some day; God will set every cell in his body free from this oppression.  I pray for all who love an addict, alcoholic and for deliverance of their loved one.

Connect with Jeannie at her website.


Q & A with Author Leah Meahl


Please welcome my friend, and fellow author, Leah Meahl to the blog. Leah and I met last year through blogging, and connected immediately because of our shared faith. She has been very kind and supportive of my writing, and even invited me to contribute as a guest on her blog. 

Leah is a talented, accomplished writer with two books to her name. Her first book, The Threshold, debuted last year. Students at North Greenville University turned Leah’s book, The Threshold, into a film. How cool is that! It’s a powerful story. Here is the link:  Leah makes a cameo in the opening scene. 

Her new book, Pebbles: 31 days of faith-enriching parables, releases September 25th on Amazon. Please go to her website to find out more about her books and blog. I’m going to stop talking, and let Leah tell you about her new book. Without further ado, the talented, kind, lovely, Jesus loving author, Leah Meahl! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Thanks for sharing with us. Take it away, Leah.

Thank you, Meghan for having me on your wonderful blog! I’m so thrilled to share a little bit about me and the process of writing my latest book Pebbles: 31 days of faith-enriching parables.

  1. What made you write Pebbles?

I originally wanted to write a comprehensive guide to everyday faith. I guess it’s no surprise that it was more complicated than I thought. I happened to write a parable for my blog one day and the thrill of it eventually sparked the idea to write a series of parables. Parables are a fun and creative way to get to the heart of a matter rather than just spelling it all out. Writing about certain aspects of faith became easier for me because I could layer them with relatable events, characters, and qualities. 

  1. What do you hope to accomplish with Pebbles?

I want readers to have a fresh devotional that they can connect with emotionally and spiritually. I want the illustrations to grab their attention and rest in their minds long after they read them. Most importantly, I want this devotional to give readers a chance to examine the faith they already have and challenge it to a new level in their lives. 

  1. What do you like about writing parables?

I enjoy the process of crafting a concise and poetic story. They don’t take long to write and yet they still pack a punch. I love it! I will definitely be doing more in the future!

  1. What was the most challenging part about writing the parables?

31 individual stories ended up being a lot more than I thought and sometimes I lacked inspiration. I had to learn to let the ideas come organically and not rush myself. Some parables took a couple hours to write, others took a couple weeks. No matter how long they took me to figure out, I’m really pleased with how they turned out. 

  1. Which one of Jesus’s parables do you connect with the most?

I really love the parable of the pearl. The merchant finds a pearl and sells everything to get it. The parable is one or two lines, yet it has always struck a chord with me because of how outrageous it is. To give up everything for a pearl that on the outside doesn’t really do much for you, really reveals how precious the kingdom of God is, even if it doesn’t look like it on earth. 

I’ve had an awesome time writing these parables as well as commissioning the original artwork to go along with them. I can’t wait for readers to sink their teeth into them September 25th


Leah Jordan Meahl is a northern girl raised in the south. She has many passions including belting showtunes and drinking too much coffee, but none of them come close to the love she has for God and for writing. She loves fiction and devotional writing, but she also writes a blog for the average growing Christian. Her debut novella, The Threshold, was published in 2019, and she’s gearing up to release Pebbles: 31 days of faith-enriching parables. Feel free to connect with her!

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My Author Interview on Novel Thoughts

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I hope and pray you are doing well. Just wanted to pass along my recent author interview. My friend and fellow author, Sharon K. Connell, included me in her monthly newsletter. Sharon’s newsletter, Novel Thoughts, is filled with all sorts of good information like poetry, art, writing tips, funny stories and recipes. One of my recipes is also included in July’s newsletter. So, I’m very blessed to have such an opportunity.

Sharon is an accomplished author with quite a few books to her name. Her genre is Christian Romance Suspense. The links to her books are included in Novel Thoughts.

Please go to the link and read all the great content Sharon has in her newsletter. Also, you can read my interview and find out about my writing process, and a few other fun facts about me.

Thank you!



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Joey Flynn is my beloved main character. Joey moves from California to Oregon the summer before sixth grade. He explores the woods of his new property in Oregon where he meets an extraordinary creature. Come along with Joey and his friends as he learns what it means to trust God.

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Q & A with Author Patrick Egle


Please welcome author Patrick Egle to my blog. His brand new devotional Renovating Your Mind just released last week. The title says it all. Our minds do need renewed. So many Believers are saved, yet stuck in their thinking. Salvation is the first step on our journey with Jesus. Then the real work begins. The transforming work of the Holy Spirit in each of us. So many battles are in our minds. Freedom comes through the truth of God’s word.

We need to be in the Bible every single day. A great way to do that is with the use of devotionals like Renovating Your Mind. This one makes it so easy for you. There are 365 devotions all marked by the day of the year. You can jump in on the day you receive your copy. There’s a Bible verse and an insightful illustration from Patrick. It’s relatable and will make you think, which I like and need. I also appreciate the male perspective, after reading so many female devotionals.

Patrick is the real deal. He loves Jesus, and his beautiful family. He’s kind, which has almost disappeared in the world, even among Christians. Patrick wrote this out of a love for God and his family. He poured himself into writing this and it shows in his words. They will touch you.

Take a few minutes and read about Patrick and why he wrote Renovating Your Mind. May it inspire you to go after what God is calling you to do. Purchase your copies today with the links below. Keep one for yourself, and give the rest away to new believers, non believers, friends, and family. They will be blessed and so will you.

Thank you for stopping by!


Q: How did you begin writing devotions? 

A: I didn’t sit down and decide to write devotions one day . . . in fact, the thought never even entered my mind. It all started with a conversation I had with my brother Chris. See, as a family, we always spent Sundays together at my parent’s house watching football, doing laundry, catching up with each other, etc. The problem was that I was saved and wanted to talk about God, and my family was not comfortable doing that. So one Monday morning, my brother and I got into a conversation about this over email and I told him that I couldn’t truly be who I was around our family because God was everything to me yet I couldn’t talk about Him to them. Chris was shocked, as it never even dawned on him that I felt this way. He apologized and said that I could talk to him about God whenever I wanted to, I just shouldn’t ever expect a response from him. So that morning I decided to send an email to the members of my family sharing with them what I learned in my devotional time. The following day I sent another email to them, but also felt I should send it to some guys in my bible study as well. The next day I included some Christians at my work. It was then that one of my co-workers, Keith Ricker, a faithful Christian brother, wrote me back and said, “Bro, these are really good . . . you should do this every day.” And with that, a ministry was born. I never imagined an email distribution list, a website, or a book . . . I just wanted to share God with those I loved so that they might come to know Him more. But God had a greater vision for these devotions, one that included saving my family and publishing a devotion book. 

Q: To help people get an idea of the kind of devotions that are in this book, let me ask you this . . . if your devotions were a type of food, what would they be? 

A: In Texas there is a restaurant that sells 72-ounce steaks for $72. The challenge is that if you can eat the entire 72-ounce steak in one sitting, you get it for free. I would say that these devotions are kind of like that. They are not light like a salad and they are not something quick like fast food; they are a substantial meal that requires you to sit down and really digest what is being said because you are going to be challenged to consider and apply spiritual truths that may not always be comfortable or politically correct in today’s society. At the same time though, you will encounter God in a deep and meaningful way through the explanation and application of His word. 

Q: How did God encourage you as you went through the process of putting this book together? 

A: When I first started writing devotions in 2008, I was given some really bad advice from a friend. I was told that if you read something, and you put it in your own words, then you do not have to cite the source. So when it came time to submit my manuscript to the publisher for editing, imagine my surprise when I learned that I had to cite every source I had ever read and wrote about. Some of these devotions were ten years old and I couldn’t remember if portions of them were given to me by the Holy Spirit, or if He influenced my writing through someone else, so, I went through every single devotion, line by line, verse by verse, using every resource I could think of . . . bibles, commentaries, devotion books, online resources, subject books, movies, etc., meticulously checking to see where I may have been influenced by someone else’s material. It was the most stressful, exhausting experience of my life. It got so bad that I actually quit publishing this book at least 10 different times. Yet God would not let me quit. Each time, within hours after quitting, I was spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally renewed and restored in such a powerful and complete way that I knew it had to be God. It literally felt like a reset button had been hit within me to where I just knew that everything was going to be ok. Once I realized what God was doing, my entire perspective changed as I now knew that God was fully in this and that He had a plan and purpose for this book that far exceeded the difficulties I was experiencing. 

Q: What would you like your readers to take from these devotions? 

A: I think that many times when we read the Bible, we forget to take it literally, kind of like it is just a book of stories and is not really for us today. We forget that the Bible is absolute truth that transcends time and culture; that it is alive and active and is fully relevant for every situation we will ever face. It is not just for certain moments in life, but it is for every moment in life as it instructs us how to act, what to say, and how to navigate life’s troubled waters correctly. I want readers to see the relevance of God’s word in their lives today . . . in the every day things, so that they may experience the freedom and joy that He desires for all of us to have regardless of the situation we are facing. These devotions are real life examples of how an average man saw and experienced God’s word move in and around his life. 

Q: Can you give us an example of a real life experience that led to a devotion? 

A: My wife, Michelle, and I love to go for long walks around our hometown of Redlands because the south side of the city has some amazing homes from the early 1900’s. With that though, the infrastructure is pretty old as well; the sidewalks are cracked, uprooted, uneven, and sometimes just stop, so you have to be very aware of your surroundings. So one Saturday, as we were out walking, Michelle pointed out something for me to look at. As I looked to see what she was pointing at, the sidewalk dropped because of a tree root and I missed a step causing me to tweak my back. About a block later, I pointed out something for her to look at and she about broke her ankle as the sidewalk suddenly stopped. Then, as I was looking at my phone to see how far we had walked, I hit my head on a low hanging tree branch. As we were laughing about our random misfortune, and talking about the “dangers of walking in Redlands”, I said to Michelle, “You can’t take your eyes off of where you are going for 2 seconds without getting hurt.” 

As soon as I said that, something clicked. A divine truth was revealed to me about our walk with God. See, I had always pictured the Christian walk as us walking on this perfectly smooth dirt path up and down hills and valleys. I now realized that along this path, on both sides, is the world with all of its temptations and distractions. As we walk along this path, keeping our eyes straight ahead, we do not stumble or fall. But, if we take our eyes off of where we are going, and begin looking at the things of the world, desiring them, we slowly drift off the path onto very uneven ground with lots of pitfalls and dangers. This is when we get hurt. I was reminded that we have an enemy and a world and a flesh that purposefully tries to sabotage our walk with Jesus by getting us to focus on all of these other things. 

Q: Why do you believe people should read this book? 

A: I once heard a saying, “If you write a message from your head, you will only reach a person’s mind; but, if you write a message from your heart, you will touch a person’s soul.” When I would receive responses from people who read these devotions, I would say 95% of the comments I received were, “You have no idea how much I needed to hear this today.” This book is kind of a divine appointment between God and its readers. To put it simply, I believe people should read this book because God is in it and He will speak to them through it. 

Q: Can you explain what you mean by, “this book is kind of a divine appointment between God and its readers”? 

A: A divine appointment is where God has prepared two parties for a specific time and purpose. Generally speaking, it is a time where one person can serve God by playing a part in the life of someone else. For example, one morning I was standing outside of the prayer room in between services at church; and as I was looking around the sanctuary, I noticed a young man sitting in the front row all by himself. It was then that I felt God say to me, “Go say ‘Hi’ to him.” “What?” I replied. “Go say ‘Hi’ to him.” The Lord repeated. “And then what Lord?” “Just go.” He said. My thoughts began racing. “This is dumb. Saying ‘Hi’ won’t change anything . . . it’s trivial.” 

But the Lord kept pressing on my heart to go, so, reluctantly, I walked over to this young man and said to him, “Hey bro, the Lord really impressed on my heart that I needed to come say ‘Hi’ to you, so . . . Hi.” Immediately his eyes welled up with tears. He told me that he had been to our church seven times, and not one person ever said ‘Hi’ to him. He said, “I was just praying that God would please send someone over to say ‘Hi’ to me.” We both rejoiced and praised our amazing God. That is a divine appointment, and that is what I have seen God do through these devotions over and over again as He has spoken into people’s lives at exactly the right moment. 

Q: How has your family supported you through this process? 

A: My family was really great throughout this process. They were our prayer warriors, our sounding board, our test group, and a great source of insight when we needed it most. My wife, Michelle, though, she really carried the heavy load and was amazing through it all. When I would vent, complain, or express all the hopelessness I was feeling, she would patiently listen and then would just pray for me. She constantly encouraged me when I was down and corrected my thinking when I was of the wrong mind. She wrote me notes daily expressing how proud she was of me, and would text me verses throughout the day reminding me of who God is and who this book was for first and foremost. She always gave me the right perspective when I needed it most. 

Q: So, who is this book for first and foremost? 

A: It is for our children, Kate and Joel. This was the answer God gave me when I was praying about the vision for this book. He reminded me that when they get older, and are able to read and understand the spiritual truths that are written in this book, they will get to read about us when we were single, when we became friends, when we were courting, when we got married, and eventually when the Lord gave us them. They will see our struggles, our failures, the lessons we learned, the victories we experienced, and more importantly, they will see how God was always faithful to us no matter what we faced. This book is essentially a diary of how God wrote our love story, formed our family, and walked with us through every season of life. 

Q: The title Renovating Your Mind is very interesting, what does it mean exactly? 

A: The title was birthed out of Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” One of the meanings for the word renew that is used in this verse is to renovate. As believers, there has to be a renovation of our thought process and how we deduce things. In other words, we have to change our thinking from the carnal to the eternal. No longer can we think and act like the world does, for we are no longer of the world. We are now of Christ and must think as Christ thinks if we are to become more like Him. That is essentially what this verse tells us, without renovation, there can be no transformation. This renovation of our minds only takes place when we read, memorize, and apply the word of God to our every day lives; for it is by doing this that we are transformed more into His image. 

Q: Is this book for men or women? 

A: In the spirit of the Galatians 3:28, and really the Bible as a whole, this book is written with truth being both universal and absolute which effectively breaks down the barriers that exist between gender, ethnicity, age, and social status. In short, this book will appeal to anyone who is seeking truth.