Episode 59: Teen Rebels and Grown Prodigals: Pain and Prayer

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Episode 59: Teen Rebels and Grown Prodigals: Pain and Prayer
Episode 59: Teen Rebels and Grown Prodigals: Pain and Prayer

Homeschooling mamas take heart. Special guest Hannah joins her mother, Deborah Wuehler, for a special heart-to-heart talk about growing up as a teen rebel—but the story doesn’t end there. Tune in to hear about Hannah’s change of heart and find out how the Lord is using her today in Episode 59 of The Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show podcast—“Teen Rebels and Grown Prodigals: Pain and Prayer.” 


Connect with God’s Word

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” (Genesis 6:5–6)

Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved. How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence. They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah. My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation: He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity. Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them. God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.” (Psalm 62)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:9)

 “The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

(Psalm 147:11)

Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?” (Malachi 3:13)

“After these things, the Word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield and thy exceeding great reward.” (Genesis 15:1)

Connect with Capernwray Harbour Bible Centre

Today’s episode is sponsored by Capernwray Harbour Bible Centre. Want an abundant life? Come to Capernwray Harbour Bible School off the West Coast of Canada, where a community is formed that seeks to discover Jesus Christ as Life as the written Word is opened. Find out more at

Connect with The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 

For more on today’s topic, click on the links to these recent articles from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine:

Homeschooling the TEEN Rebel

God’s Unlikely Candidate: When a Rebel Becomes a Homeschooling Parent

The Pain of a Prodigal 7 Lessons Learned

When Prodigal Mamas Grow Weary Four Things You Need to Know

A Battle We Must Surrender

"I've learned that I can love the prodigal and not the sin."—Deborah Wuehler

Connect with Today’s Host and Guest

Inspired by today’s conversation? Feel free to reach out to today’s host or guest directly.

Deborah Wuehler:

Hannah Wuehler:

Connect with the TOS App

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Connect with provides families with a wealth of resources for grades PreK–12—but that’s not all—parents have access to content for themselves, too. Struggling with a rebellious teen or a grown prodigal? As a member, you have immediate access to the following resources:

Homeschooling through the Rough Spots

The Trial Zone

When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Homeschooling That’s Relational

Connect with The Homeschool Minute 

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Connect with Upcoming Episodes

New episodes of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show are released every Monday. Check back right here for show notes and links at Here’s what you can look forward to next:  

  • 3/18/24: Episode 60—“What to Do with the Active, Wiggly Ones” hosted by Christine Weller of
  • 3/25/24: Episode 61—“Are Conventions Really Worth Attending?” hosted by Heather Vogler of The Old Schoolhouse®
  • 4/1/24: Episode 62—“How to Homeschool When Mom Is Sick and Tired” hosted by Deborah Weuhler of The Old Schoolhouse®

Questions or comments on the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show podcast? We’d love to hear from you at

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