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For many years my beautiful wife Amy (42) has been struggling with alcoholism. We have two young boys. Josh (6, ours) & Jayce (12, my step son) on October 8th she lost her battle. While we were gone she drank, passed out in our tub and drowned. As if that’s not bad enough, her sister in San Diego, against Amy’s unwritten wishes is splitting up our boys. She’s taking Jayce and adopting him. Iowa law is clear that Jayce’s opinion doesn’t matter and there’s nothing I can do. Both boys are dealing with mommy’s death well. Josh isn’t going to understand why Jayce is leaving for good. I need strength and wisdom in dealing with everything. In addition to all of this they have been living with my parents for the last 8 months due to her drinking and DHS involvement. Her sister when she was here for the funeral took Amy’s journal from rehab. Unbeknownst to me, it detailed things from years past when I was drinking too (I’m 9 months sober). I made a lot of very bad mistakes with her then that I’m not proud of and have been forgiven for. Anyway her sister took it straight to DHS knowing it would make things more difficult to bring Josh home. DHS is using it against me and things are being slowed down. Please pray that this will change and that he will return home before Christmas. Please pray for Jayce that he will adjust rapidly, make new friends, and most importantly, be allowed to keep in touch with his brother. I haven’t been able to even begin grieving due to all these other issues. I know I’ve mentioned a lot. Thank you for reading this and for your prayers in advance.